Re­think MEK ter­ror des­ig­na­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

The tim­ing of the Trea­sury Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion into speeches al­legedly given by a top Demo­crat for the Mu­ja­hedeen-e-khalq (MEK) is highly sus­pect (“Top Demo­crat’s speeches for ter­ror­ist group probed,” Web, March 9).

For over a year, dozens of high-rank­ing for­mer of­fi­cials have ad­vo­cated for the MEK’S delist­ing. The re­cent sub­poena was re­lated to pay­ments that for­mer Penn­syl­va­nia Gov. Ed­ward G. Ren­dell has ac­cepted for “public speak­ing en­gage­ments.” No wrong­do­ing has been proved. Be­yond this diver­sion, the larger ques­tion is: Does the MEK be­long on the ter­ror­ist list?

In­deed, sup­port for delist­ing “is wide­spread in Washington.” For years, Congress has called for MEK’S delist­ing, with a ma­jor­ity go­ing on the record and call­ing it a le­git­i­mate op­po­si­tion to the Ira­nian regime. This was re­it­er­ated by 228 mem­bers in Oc­to­ber 2000 and 150 mem­bers in De­cem­ber 2002. Most re­cently, 98 mem­bers of Congress from both sides of the aisle co-spon­sored House Res­o­lu­tion 60, which urges delist­ing.

De­spite a fed­eral court rul­ing in 2010, the State Depart­ment has been de­lay­ing for 20 months. Why has it re­fused to present ev­i­dence to the court all this time? This un­law­ful list­ing is the real rea­son why so many se­nior of­fi­cials have been fu­ri­ous and are there­fore ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of the MEK. KASRA NE­JAT St. Louis

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