Denying the charge of "material support" to a terrorist group, Rendell says, "The only thing we've done is spoken out on behalf of the MeK, a U.S. designated terrorist group. And you certainly can't in any way encumber free speech in America..."
It's no surprise that providing "material support" to a terrorist group is against the law... Why, then, nearly two months after it was revealed that former Gov. Ed Rendell is being investigated for just such advocacy, has he not been indicted?
In recent years, Rendell had delivered speeches in support of Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian Marxist-Islamist group that resides in an Iraqi desert base and that the U.S. designated a terrorist organization.
One 10-minute speech earned Rendell $20,000, and he frequently flew to Europe to call for MEK's removal from the terror list. That would appear to fall within the extraordinarily broad definition of "material support" used by the Obama administration.
Rendell calls that "ludicrous." He says, "The only thing we've done is spoken out on their behalf. And you certainly can't in any way encumber free speech in America..."
You shouldn't be able to encumber free speech. But the Supreme Court did just that, and Muslims have been prosecuted for doing less: a satellite TV salesman sentenced to five years for broadcasting Hezbollah's TV channel; a man indicted for favorable web comments on shooting U.S. soldiers.
Rendell says: "If you indict me, I hope you know, you have to indict 67 other Americans who did the same thing, including seven generals ... [who] served in Iraq. You'd have to indict James Jones, President Obama's first NSC chief adviser, you'd have to indict former Attorney General [Michael] Mukasey, former FBI Director Louis Freeh ... the whole kit and caboodle." That includes Tom Ridge, UN Ambassador John Bolton, Rudolph Giuliani and Howard Dean, among others.
So, Indict Rendell - and Ridge, Mukasey, Giuliani, etc. - or repeal this law.