Unfortunately in Washington, things are seldom what they really seem, and some of the organized demonstrations opposing the visit last week by controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were actively organized by a U.S. sponsored anti-Iranian government terrorist organization, the MEK (Mujahedin-e-Khalq). These demonstrations appeared very well organized with slickly produced commercially produced protest signs with supporting messages about MEK leader Maryam Rajavi. The MEK claims as many as 50,000 armed fighters and members worldwide with strong branches of support in both France and the U.S. including front organizations run as charities to covertly funnel funds to MEK operations.
Officially the U.S. government claims that the Socialist cult of Maryam Rajavi is a terrorist organization, however evidence that dates back to the Clinton and Bush Administrations that proves a long trail of American support for this organization. The MEK also has many strong supporters in Washington including Richard Perle who was a keynote speaker at a fundraising event held by a MEK front organization and other supporters such as Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Vice President Dick Cheney, Rep. Ton Tancredo, former Attorney General John Ashcroft and about 150 members of Congress who signed on as supporting lifting the "terrorist" designation of the MEK. as a step towards open U.S. government support for the organization.
Despite a reputation for planting bombs and killing both government officials and military members in Iran, the U.S. government has a long, but shaky history with this terrorist organization. On April 21, 2006, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich wrote a letter to President Bush, demanding that the White House come clean on the extent to which it is sponsoring the terrorist MEK and PEJAK (Party For A Free Life In Kurdistan) organizations. The MEK has become one of the most important sources of intelligence about Iran's highly secretative nuclear weapons program, and both the CIA and U.S. military intelligence find this organization's information very important.
At one time, the MEK was heavily funded and armed by Saddam Hussein as a counter to Iran, but before that was known to have actively supported the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran in 1979 before a political falling out between the Marxist organization and the Tehran government left the organization operating in exile in Iraq. In the 2003 war in Iraq, the U.S. first bombed bases of the MEK in Iraq, but soon a ceasefire agreement between the U.S. and the MEK resulted in unofficial support for this organization to carry out covert activity in Iran to collect intelligence and undermine the government in Iran. There are also some claims of a real conflict between the Vice President's office and that of the Secretary Of State whether to trust and support this anti-Tehran terrorist organization or not, leaving the White House somewhat divided on the issue.
It is not known whether any U.S. funds were directly involved in the staged demonstrations opposing the visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week. But the protest signs were slickly produced and the demonstrations well organized and were prominently featured in news coverage of the Ahmadinejad vist for maximum public news exposure to help shape the public mood about the current Iranian government. Certainly Ahmadinejad is a very negative and repressive figure in Iranian politics who can jell plenty of opposition among the U.S. Iranian community and U.S. public both. But with the long trail of U.S. covert support for the MEK the big question remains whether these anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrations may have been organized with some help from the U.S. government or not and part of some U.S. government sponsored project to help shape American public opinion against Tehran, which can only only help to justify any possible military action against Iran if needed in the future.
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