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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.

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