The Obama administration leaked to several reporters including Scott Shane of the NYT that it planned to remove the MEK from the Treasury Department’s terrorist list. Note that it leaked this story on a Friday, which is the day of the week that U.S. presidents always announce embarrassing news they hope will be buried by a long weekend. The delisting means that the group will no longer be deemed a terror group nor will its activities collaborating with U.S. intelligence agencies in sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program be impeded.
Among the statements in Shane’s report I intensely disagreed with were that the MEK is “by most accounts” no longer engaging in terror. That presumes of course that assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, which the MEK has done with Mossad’s help, isn’t an act of terror. Otherwise, this statement is ludicrous. Not to mention Shane’s comment that the list of those Republican and Democrats bought off by MEK and who endorse the delisting is “impressive.” I wonder by whose standards is it impressive to be paid $50,000 per speech to act as a lobbyist for a terror group?
Comment is Free has published my latest piece on the delisting. I hope you’ll read it and spread the word.