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U.S. Officials Confirm Mossad-MEK Covert War Against Iran

MSNBC finally confirms possibly one of the worst kept secrets of the war between Israel and Iran: that the Mossad has recruited, trained, equipped and directed a domestic terror campaign against Iran’s nuclear program using the personnel of the Mujahadeen al-Khalq (MEK):

Two senior U.S. officials confirmed for NBC News  the MEK’s role in the assassinations, with one senior official saying, “All your inclinations are correct.”

One aspect of this report, however, is misleading.  The U.S. officials who confirm Mossad involvement in these plots carefully note that the U.S. is not participating.  That, unfortunately is not quite true.  The Bush administration allocated $400-million for this black ops war against Iran.  A good portion of this is suspected of funding Israel’s efforts.  So it is highly likely that we are the paymasters for this effort and our denials ring hollow.

With the help of a high level source inside Israel I have been reporting the Mossad-MEK connection for months, though I had no direct confirmation from U.S. officials, which is what was needed to nail down the allegations.  It’s good to be vindicated. Now I expect the MSM to beat a path to my door asking for interviews and expressing interest in all that information I’ve been reporting for so long. Right.

The blockbuster report also includes an instructive interview with a senior Iranian aide who details the charges and explains in detail how the Mossad trained one of the suspects:

“The relation is very intricate and close,” said Mohammad Javad Larijani, a senior aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, speaking of the MEK and Israel.  “They (Israelis) are paying … the Mujahedin. Some of their (MEK) agents … (are) providing Israel with information.  And they recruit and also manage logistical support.”

Moreover, he said, the Mossad, the Israeli secret service, is training MEK members in Israel on the use of motorcycles and small bombs.  In one case, he said, Mossad agents built a replica of the home of an Iranian nuclear scientist so that the assassins could familiarize themselves with the layout prior to the attack.

…Israel does not have direct access to our society. Mujahedin, being Iranian and being part of Iranian society, they have … a good number of … places to get into the touch with people. So I think they are working hand-to-hand very close.  And we do have very concrete documents.”

There is another element to this that is important which I’ve reported before.  The MSNBC goes into great detail about the MEK’s long-term war against both the Shah, the succeeding Iranian regime, and the U.S.  In the process, they even collaborated with elements of Al Qaeda.  May this sound the death knell for MEK lobbying efforts to remove itself from the Treasury Department’s terror list.  And all the Beltway insiders who accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for joining in this effort should not only be ashamed, they should return it as blood money.  That includes people like Howard Dean, Michael Mukasey, John Bolton, Tom Ridge, Louis Freeh, Patrick Kennedy, James Woolsey and others.  In light of today’s report, Ridge may want to rethink this paean to terrorists he offered in a media interview:

“There’s an extraordinary group of bipartisan or even apolitical leaders, military leaders, diplomats, the United States … the United Kingdom, the European Union, even a U.S. District Court in Washington, said that this group that was put on the foreign terrorist organization watch list in 1997 doesn’t deserve to be there,” Ridge said in November on “The Andrea Mitchell Show” on MSNBC TV.

I’m also gratified that the MSNBC reporters get a Saban Center scholar to concede that this program by Israel is state sponsored terror.  He waffles and wavers a bit, but finally concedes that it walks and talks like a duck and it’s pretty much a duck:

Daniel Byman, a professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and also a senior fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, said that if the accounts of the Israeli-MEK assassinations are accurate, the operation borders on terrorism.

“In theory, states cannot be terrorist, but if they hire locals to do assassinations, that would be state sponsorship,” said Byman, author of the recent book, “A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism.” “You could argue that they took action not to terrorize the public, the purpose of terrorism, but only the nuclear community. An argument could also be made that degrading the program means that you don’t have to take military action and thus, this is a lower level of violence and that really these are military targets, where normally terrorist targets are civilians.”

But ultimately, Byman said, there is a “spectrum of responsibility” and that Israel is ultimately responsible.

Remember that the Saban Center is financed by one of Aipac’s wealthiest supporters, Haim Saban.  In fact, I imagine that the scholar may be having a conversation with his superiors right about now about being “overly candid” in his assessment.

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  • IR2D2 February 9, 2012, 2:50 PM

    “U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Obama administration is aware of the assassination campaign but has no direct involvement.”

    There is so much psy-ops going on, that i wouldn’t trust anything coming from an anonymous source.

    If you decided to trust anonymous, be my guest.

    The video displays Mohammad Javad Larijani, a senior aide to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

  • ginger February 9, 2012, 4:30 PM

    Why is the US outinng the Mossad at this juncture – doesn’t sound too ‘ironclad, lockstep, no daylight, unbreakable, Angelina Jolie’s blood flask pendant, tattooed, permanent ink, cross my heart and hope to die, or same page’ to me

    First we said it ‘wasn’t us’, then we leaked the Mossad-Jundallah false flag operation, now we say ‘it was Mossad’

    I think the Israelis are ‘going to Iran’ and we’re putting out all the deniability of covert warfare we can so that we can have some semblance of moral authority to counterattack Iran when a couple our Fifth Fleet ships hit the bottom of the Persian Gulf, after the Israelis use our bunker busters, fighter planes, intelligence and convenient overflight of Iraq

    I think the US aircontrollers should let the Iranians know when the Israelis are coming and pre-deny them Iraqi airspace as well

  • Bob Mann February 10, 2012, 8:08 AM

    You might be posting too many stories. Lately you seem to post in chunks of 3-4 at a time. Often daily. In the past it would generally be 1 story every couple of days or so. This would allow important stories to get serious attention, comments, reflections, etc. I urge you to consider returning to that model. Important stories are getting lost in the clutter.

    • Richard Silverstein February 10, 2012, 11:57 AM

      That’s simply not true. I publish posts as I’m moved to write them. Sometimes 1 a day, sometimes more. The posts don’t take that long to read, & they’ll remain on the site forever. So you can come back to them if you don’t have enough time to read them the first time.

      • Bob Mann February 10, 2012, 4:59 PM

        Just suggesting that if you post fewer stories, the ones you do post will stay on your front page longer and thus generate more attention.

        As of today, there are posts that you made just three days ago that one would have to click through to your second page to get to.

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