The Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group, has taken a step forward in its legal fight to get delisted as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with the MEK, giving the State Department until March 26 to complete its review of the designation and present justification for its continuance. If the MEK is vindicated, then the Iranian regime will tremble and many Iranians will celebrate and get to work trying to free their country.
Alan note: while it has since turned into a personality cult for founder's wife Marian Rajavi - co-founder ex-husband Massoud no longer in the picture - and is a Marxist-Islamist group of by now elderly people who were active in the 1970's, the Mullahs still fear the MEK and have spent decades making them our to be anti-Iranian because they opposed the Mullahs and fought them out of Iraq.
The MEK has also been split into two main groups, one of which has been infiltrated and taken over by Mullah friendly "leaders", whose role is to prevent the MEK from forming a united front against the clerics.
The MEK was first delisted in the United Kingdom in June 2009 after going to court. Earlier, the European Union Court of First Instance ruled that the evidence justifying the MEK’s label as a terrorist group is “manifestly insufficient.” In 2009, after a protracted legal battle, the European Union was forced by court order to delist the MEK, finding the allegations against it to be baseless.
The U.S. still lists the MEK as a terrorist group, a designation it has held since 1997 when the Clinton Administration sought to extend an olive branch to the Iranian regime and its new president, Mohammad Khatami. On July 16, 2009 the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered the State Department to review this designation and concluded that the MEK’s rights were violated because it was not shown the confidential evidence against it and given an opportunity to respond.
The State Department reacted by indefinitely “reviewing” while the MEK had to sit and wait. AND OBAMA'S MULLAH BUDDIES IN IRAN WERE DELIGHTED by this Obama support!
Meanwhile, over 3,000 MEK members in Iraq at Camp Ashraf were isolated, attacked, intimidated and subjected to other forms of mistreatment. The Iraqi government is deporting them all by May and they have nowhere to go because of this designation.