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Nejat Newsletter - ISSUE 23

Nejat Newsletter - ISSUE 23

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The free periodical on-line newsletter publishes the latest news focusing on Nejat Society activities and recent status of Mujahedin khalq organization . NewsLetter authored by Nejat Society was first created in2006 with the aim of keeping politic men, journalists, scholars …informed about Nejat Society, PMOI, Rajavis, Camp Ashraf, Iran Terrorist Group,Mujahedin khalq defectors,
The free periodical on-line newsletter publishes the latest news focusing on Nejat Society activities and recent status of Mujahedin khalq organization . NewsLetter authored by Nejat Society was first created in2006 with the aim of keeping politic men, journalists, scholars …informed about Nejat Society, PMOI, Rajavis, Camp Ashraf, Iran Terrorist Group,Mujahedin khalq defectors,

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Issue No 23
Nejat Newsletter
Periodical Publication of the Nejat Society
Iraqi Cabinet TakesHardline Stance OnMKO
1
Combating Terror-ism Requires NewOutlook
2
EU postpones deci-sion on MKO
2
Mojahedin KhalqLeader on trial inUSA 
3
Iran Policy Com-mittee: TerroristFinancial Involve-ment
4, 5
Iraq accuses theUnited States andallies for Support-ing MojahedinKhalq terror-ists against Iraqipeople
7
Letter of Nejat So-ciety to the PrimeMinister of Iraq
8
Iraqi cabinet rulesto expel MKO6Iraq set to expelMojahedin KhalqOrgainsation6 An Iranian voice inthe wilderness5
Inside this issue:
 
 June 24, 2008
Posted By Cernig
The anti-Iranian groupvariously known as theMujahedeen e-Kalq,MKO, People's Mojahe-din Organization of Iran(PMOI) orNationalCouncil of Resistance of Iranhas long been apampered favorite of theneoconservative factionwithin the Bush admini-stration. We've writtenafair bit about the MKOat Newshoggersover the years. Theyhave ensured that theUS has kept the groupin comparative luxuryin their Camp Ashraf inIraq and used MKOmembers as sources of Iran intel, as interpret-ers or interrogators forthe US military and as -allegedly - proxies forterror strikes insideIran. However, theMKO are highly unlovedby the Maliki admini-stration as the groupacted as Saddam'sbully-boys, carrying outatrocities on his behalf against the Shiite popu-lation of Iraq. Thus thegroup's sheleteredstatus has become abone of contention be-tween the US and Iraq.Now the Iraqi cabinethasbanned anyone atallfrom dealing withthe organisation.Iraq's cabinet has in itslatest meeting stressedexpulsion of the Muja-hideen Khalq Organiza-tion (MKO) from Iraqiterritory, an organiza-tion considering as"terrorist" by Iran andsome other countries....A cabinet approvalbans on any engage-ment with the MKO byany Iraqi or foreign or-ganization, party, insti-tution or person insideIraq.It says any person deal-ing with the MKO "lawbreakers," will betreated based on theanti-terrorism rulingsand will be handed overto legal authorities un-der the law.It also called on all themultinational forces (a
 
possible indirect refer-ence to the US forces) tostop considering them-selves responsible forthe MKO and cede allthe checking and moni-toring affairs to Iraqiauthorities.It remains to be seen if the Iraqi governmentwill try to get US occu-pation forces to stop us-ing MKO interpretersand interrogators. If they do, we may well seea dramatic drop inclaims that some cap-tured militant or otherhas confessed to beingan Iranian agent. It alsoremains to be seenwhether the US militarywill allow the Irai gov-ernment to enforce ar-rest warrants for MKOmembers inside Camp Ashraf.But maybe KenTimmerman of News-Max, FOX News' AliJafarzadeh and thefolks at the Iran PolicyCommittee shouldn'tplan any trips to visittheir friends at Camp Ashraf.
Iraqi Cabinet Takes HardlineStance On MKO
30 June 2008
 
Ahmad BaaraanParis-FranceJune 27, 2008ABaaraan@yahoo.fr 
Despite many clear evidencepointing to the contrary, thereare still some who when theyhear about a hideous act of terror, they naturally think thatthe person or the group whocommitted it is in one way oranother lunatic. Well, this maybe true in some cases, but it isnot in most other situations.Indeed, the terrorists of ourtime have proven to be smart,sophisticated, and well capableto highjack even our own de-mocratic judicial and executivesystems and turn them againstus before our eyes. This leadsme to say that to effectivelycombat terrorism, we need ashift in our view about terror-ists and their tactics. For aslong as we continue hanging toour old thinking, they (the ter-rorists) can easily manipulateour very system that is sup-posed to shield us from theiracts. A recent UK court rulingin favor of de-listing an Iranianterror group speaks volumesabout how easily our legal sys-tems can be manipulated.
 
A common deceptive tactic thathas been overlooked by EU of-ficials is that terror groups op-erate under various aliases andmantles. This is an effectivetactic that enables them tocontinue their operation on oursoil even when they arebanned. For example, the PMOIhas many aliases such as MeK,MKO, NCRI, NLA, to name afew. But all refer to the samegroup, the Mojahdeen-e Khalgh(MeK). When the group waslisted in the EU terror list, itsmembers continued their ac-tivities under the façade of NCRI. The US State Depart-ment discovered this manipu-lative tactic by MeK and addedthe NCRI to the terror list in2004. A judicial decision inWashington DC also concludedthat NCRI is just an alias of theMeK, effectively rejecting thegroup’s claim that the two aretwo separate entities. 362 U.S.App. D.C. 143; 373 F.3d 152
 
Now the question is how long itwould take for EU to realise theNCRI is the same as PMOI, andPMOI is just another name forNLA, and NLA just anotheralias for MKO?
 
Another devastating flaw in ourcurrent thinking of terrorism iseven more serious when wetend to downplay or ignore ter-ror acts perpetrated on otherpeople or nations, and frownonly when we or our interestsare targeted. Thus giving ter-rorists another false pretext toargue that since we are notdirectly targeted by their acts,we cannot call them terrorists!In this distorted view and in-terpretation of terrorism, weseem to be content when oth-ers are targeted by the sameterrorists. Terror groups likePMOI want us to be indifferentto the life and death of theirvictims only because these vic-tims live outside of EU bounda-ries. We should not play intotheir hands, and we need to beaware of such manipulativetactics. The current US Secre-tary of State, Dr. Rice, oncesaid that a terrorist is a terror-ist, is a terrorist. Alas! Thisseems to have fallen on deaf ears with some EU officials.
 
To protect our citizens andthose of other nations, weneed to outsmart the terrorgroups, and to foil their decep-tive tactics. When a terror or-ganization like PMOI is banned,it is imperative to list all otheraliases used by the group, orelse expect them to be at yourdoor the next day, albeit undera different name.review the list of terrorist or-ganizations at a meeting inLuxembourg next Monday.The issue, however, has beendropped from the meeting'sagenda pending a decision bythe British Parliament on takingthe terrorist group off the UK's
Thu, 12 Jun 2008
EU diplomats say the blochas postponed a decision onwhether to remove the Mu- jahedin Khalq Organizationfrom its list of terroristgroups.
A diplomat said on Wednesdaythat European Union foreignministers had been expected toblacklist, the diplomat added.The MKO, which is blacklistedby many countries as a terror-ist organization, has so farclaimed responsibility for manyterror attacks inside Iran.It is also accused of assistingformer Iraqi dictator SaddamHussein in the massacre of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
Combating Terrorism Requires New Outlook
 
EU postpones decision on MKO
 
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NEJAT NEWSLETTER
ISSUE NO 23
 
Mojahedin Khalq Leader on trial in USA
 
By TOM HAYS,Associated Press Writer,June 19, 2008Associated Press Newswires
 
In a largely overlooked case that hasoutraged some, Iranian widow facesterror charges in US
NEW YORK (AP) -
In March 2003,Zeinab Taleb-Jedi was a middle-agedwidow who found herself trapped in acold, dusty bunker in Iraq as invadingU.S. forces began blowing up buildingsand inflicting casualties all around her."The noise was overwhelming andfrightening," the Iran-born U.S. citizensaid in a statement recounting the airraids around Camp Ashraf, a strong-hold for Iranian exiles about 60 miles(96 kilometers) north of Baghdad. "Theattacks terrified me."Taleb-Jedi, 52, escaped serious harm.But more than five years later, sheremains stuck in legal limbo in NewYork, facing federal terrorism chargeslabeling her a leader of a militantgroup advocating the violent overthrowof the Iranian government.Her largely overlooked arrest and pro-tracted prosecution has outraged civilrights advocates, who accuse federalauthorities of trampling free speech byoverzealously enforcing laws againstproviding material support to terroristgroups.Defense attorney Justine Harris hasquestioned why "the governmentwould want to put this woman in jailfor associating with a group whose goalis regime change in Iran, arguably acentral tenant of our own foreign pol-icy."Taleb-Jedi has been linked to the Peo-ple's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran,a group designated a terrorist organi-zation by the State Department in1997. Prosecutors say she became anEnglish teacher in 1999 at the organi-zation's Iraq headquarters, Camp Ash-raf, and that two informants have sinceidentified her as a member of a leader-ship council.In a pending motion to dismiss thecase, Harris claims the government hasnever specified how her client purport-edly supported terrorism, "other thanteaching English -- itself an entirelyinnocuous act."Prosecutors counter that "teachingEnglish to other terrorists is not pro-tected First Amendment activity."A federal judge in Brooklyn has said hewill soon decide whether to let the casego forward. If convicted, Taleb-Jedifaces up to 15 years in prison.Meanwhile, Taleb-Jedi is free on$500,000 bond and living in a home-less shelter in Manhattan.Originally a Marxist-Islamist group, thePeople's Mujahedeen formed in themid-1960s to oppose the U.S.-backeddictatorship of the late ShahMohammad Reza Pahlavi. During the1970s, it killed U.S. citizens working inTehran, supported the 1979 takeoverof the American Embassy there andparticipated in Iran's Islamic Revolu-tion, according to the State Depart-ment.After a falling out with the ruling cler-ics, the group launched a campaign of assassinations and bombings in anattempt to topple them. The groupmoved to Iraq in the early 1980s tofight Iran's rulers from there.The group insists it no longer engagesin armed struggle, and it won a courtdecision last year in Britain removing itfrom that government's terror list. Italso won the support of some U.S.lawmakers by providing intelligence onTehran's disputed nuclear program.Prosecutors in Los Angeles, who soughtthe indictment against Taleb-Jedi amida broader investigation of the People'sMujahedeen, had no comment.A frail-looking Taleb-Jedi declined totalk about her case when she left arecent court hearing."Life has been very difficult for her,"her lawyer said.FBI reports about interviews withTaleb-Jedi in 2004 -- questioning herlawyer claims was done under duress -- and the widow's own sworn state-ment tell a story more sorrowful thansinister.Born in Tehran, Taleb-Jedi came to theUnited States on a student visa in 1978and earned a master's degree in politi-cal science. Around the same time, herfirst marriage fell apart because herhusband was "very cruel" and "becamea Khomeini supporter," FBI agents saidshe told them.She said she was granted political asy-lum in the mid-1980s, the FBI said.She remarried and moved to New YorkCity with her husband in 1983.Her second husband left the U.S. a fewyears later to join the People's Mujahe-deen at Camp Ashraf. She stayed be-hind to work odd jobs and raise thecouple's son.According to the FBI reports, Taleb-Jedi said she visited her husband atCamp Ashraf in 1987. Records showthat year she also became a registeredpress officer for the group.The FBI claims she told them that sheknew that the group had been desig-nated as a terrorist organization andconsidered the decision"unconstitutional and unfair."In 1996, Taleb-Jedi became a U.S.citizen. A year later, she learned herhusband had died in a bus bombing ona road between Camp Ashraf andBaghdad.Taleb-Jedi "described herself as beingextremely distraught about her hus-band's assassination," the FBI reportssaid. "Because she wanted to be closeto his grave, she decided to come toCamp Ashraf."She told agents she taught English inthe camp and believed in the group'scause, but never became an officialmember.U.S. officials say that at Camp Ashraf they seized tanks, anti-aircraft weap-ons, rocket-propelled grenade launch-ers and more than 420,000 pounds of plastic explosives. Despite the stock-pile, no one there was expected to becharged, according to news accounts in2004.That changed for Taleb-Jedi in March2006 when, after waiting for more thana year to receive a renewed U.S. pass-port, she flew from Jordan to New Yorkto see her adult son and seek medicaltreatment for malnutrition and otherailments, her lawyer said.FBI agents who were waiting at John F.Kennedy International Airport arrestedher.
 
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