A Senate Select Committee on Intelligence member is calling on the State Department to provide a special briefing to explain why an Iranian dissident group is listed as a terrorist organization.
The State Department also is facing a federal court deadline Monday to justify the continued blacklisting of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. The dissidents were designated a terrorist group in 1997 in what many believed to be a political act by President Clinton to open talks with Iran.
Sen. Roy Blunt complained in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that her department has spent most of the past year stalling his requests for details on why the dissidents are on the terrorist list.
“For the past year, my staff and I have been seeking information from the department and from other federal agencies on this [terrorist] designation but have thus far received little substantive response,” the Missouri Republican wrote Friday.