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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Former US Officials Reiterate Backing for Delisting the Iranian Opposition Group, Say They Will Not be Intimidated or Silenced

I would like to draw your attention to a brief report on a conference in Washington DC attached bellow, in support of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the rights of residents of Ashraf and Liberty. You may watch A short footage of the conference in the following URL: 

Former US Officials Reiterate Backing for Delisting the Iranian Opposition
Group, Say They Will Not be Intimidated or Silenced

Monday, 09 April 2012

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A
group of prominent former officials say they refuse to abandon their support
for the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and their efforts to have the
group removed from the State Department's terrorist list, despite indirect
warnings from the Treasury Department that their support for the group could
constitute a crime.

"I never knew obtaining a subpoena from your own government would be so much
fun," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told a crowd of nearly 1,000 at an
event to commemorate the first anniversary of an attack by Iraqi military
forces against Iranian citizens in the Camp Ashraf in Iraq, where 36,
including eight women, were killed and hundreds wounded.

"On the one hand
we're being investigated by the Treasury Department for contact with the
MEK, (but) the State Department asked us to have contact with the MEK. Can
someone explain that to me?"

Referring to the media reports on the Treasury's potential probe of a number
of the luminaries who have spoken out about the failure of the United States
to uphold its commitments to protect Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf and
the need to delist the MEK, Harvard Law Prof.

Alan Dershowitz said, "It's a
tragedy that we have had to place our own sacred honor at risk by supporting
humanitarian cause, the saving of innocent lives and obligation of our
government to keep its commitments."

"I never thought I would live to see
the day when my own country... threatens its own citizens who speak up on
behalf of law, justice and humanitarian obligations of the United States." 

"Up here on the dais with me we have some of America's most distinguished
public servants, most decorated military officers, and most respected
diplomats," said Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, who served as Policy Planning
Director under former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

"We come together today at a time when some people in the U.S. Government
are trying to intimidate us.our presence a rebuke to those who
oppose this cause," Reiss who moderated the event added. "We will not be
intimidated, discouraged, and we will not be silenced."

"I want to say with all of my heart and sincerity that I was advised by my
friends in the administration not to be here today," said Ambassador Marc
Ginsberg, the former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco said, adding, "Why are they
leaking inflammatory and inappropriate information about the rights of the
people sitting up here today to speak their minds even if they were being
paid to leave their offices and to spend time before you. Are they trying to
shoot the messenger because they don't like the message?"

Referring to the writ of mandamus submitted to the Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia by the MEK Counsel, Attorney General Michael Mukasey
said, "The State Department can do all the conduct in foreign relations that
it wants, but it can't put anybody on the list or keep anybody on the list
unless they qualify. And I think, as a piece of friendly advice, it is
ill-advised to tell a court that it is none of their business. I suggest to
you that they will find out soon enough that it is the business of a court."

"We had seen within the past weeks Secretary Clinton say that the conduct of
the MEK in transferring residents from Ashraf to Camp Liberty would be a
factor in deciding whether the MEK would stay on the list of foreign
terrorist organizations. Another fundamentally political point," the former
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador John Bolton said. "If the
original designation was bad and it was, and if the decision in 2008 to
continue the listing was worse, this is worst of all."

"I think we all have to be very vigilant and this is a real test for the
United Nations as to what UNHCR does at Camp Liberty.there should be an
evaluation of what can be done at the Security Council to push and
accelerate the process to repatriating our colleagues and family members and
friends in Camp Liberty," former U.S. ambassador for special political
affairs, Stuart Holliday, said.

Former Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway and former chief judge
of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Eugene Sullivan
questioned the designation of the MEK and underscored the need to fulfill
America's promise to protect the residents of Camp Ashraf until they are
resettled in third countries.

The MEK formally renounced violence in 2001, and voluntarily disarmed when
US forces arrived at Camp Ashraf in 2003. Investigations since by the US
military, the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and others
US agencies have all concluded the group is not a terrorist organization.

Excerpts of speeches: Gov. Ed Rendell: Secretary Clinton, said that we fully support the MOU; the U.S. fully
supports the MOU that was executed between the United Nations and government
of Iraq in December.

Well, we fully support it but we have let the
government of Iraq systematically violate tenant after tenant of the MOU and
the United States Government has stood by and done nothing to enforce the
MOU that we support. We have leverage over the Maliki government; they need
our supplies and our arms. Why we are afraid to stand up and say no, you
agreed to this MOU, you agreed to things that you are violating right now.
To say that the people of Ashraf can't take their personal property, the
cars, all of the things in the MOU.

Judge Michael Mukasey: Camp Liberty was supposed to be a place where the residents of Ashraf would
be safe and the Iraqi forces that had run over them with Humvees and shot
them with automatic weapons and killed the people whose pictures you see up
there. It was supposed to be a place where U.N. personnel would conduct
interviews so they could be resettled in other countries. This form of
military outpost as I said is uninhabitable. Electric generators have been
stripped of the few parts that they need to operate. And even when they can
operate, fuel has to be trucked in at the cost of literally millions of

The sewage systems are broken down. Why do I go into details like
that? Because conditions like that are meant to break people, not to offer
them hope. And it has become increasingly clear that the agenda of the
Iraqi government is to take them to Camp Liberty not so they can survive, so
they can be broken and eliminated at the behest of the Iranian regime. Camp
Liberty is guarded by the same Iraqi forces that attacked and murdered the
people of Ashraf.