False claims smear Iranian opposition movement

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Re: “U.S. government supports Iranian terrorist group,” by Cyrus Shamloo, Sept. 5:

This letter is merely a rehash of the totally false and mythical claims that put the mullahs’ propagandists and intelligence operatives to shame. Some of the sheer lies are so outlandish, offensive and outrageous that they represent an egregious affront to the newspaper’s journalistic ethics and hardly deserve a serious response. The timing of the piece can be explained in the context of the clerical regime’s utter desperation and vulnerability in the face of continuing protests and increasing regional and international isolation, which have expedited the prospects of its overthrow.

As acknowledged by the regime itself, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is the largest and most organized popular Iranian opposition movement. Its “terrorist” designation was politically motivated. In October 1997, the Los Angeles Times quoted a senior State Department official as saying that the MEK’s designation “was a goodwill gesture to Tehran and its newly elected moderate president, Mohammad Khatami.” Prior to the U.S. delisting of the MEK in 2012, the UK, France and European Union had removed the PMOI from their terrorist lists.

In May 2018, the Court of Appeals for England and Wales issued its judgment based on 15 volumes of classified and public information on which the UK government said it had made its decision. The court said: “having carefully considered all the material before us [classified and non-classified information], we have concluded that the decision” to keep the MEK (PMOI) on the list of terrorist organizations “was flawed and must be set aside.”

A European Union court rejected the MEK’s terrorist designation three times. And, In June 2012, the second highest court said it would delist the MEK itself. The regime has failed to label its most viable alternative as a “terrorist” organization. Obviously, its supporters in the U.S. are unhappy with that outcome.

One final point. The law firm of Joseph diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing have never represented the MEK.

Shahin Gobadi


The writer is press spokesman for the MEK.