Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year?

One area in which 2010 was a productive use of time was writing this blog. I wrote more entries within one year (45) than I did in the previous three years combined (46). But reflecting on the positive exposure that my last entry received on Rigorous Intuition and Democratic Underground (169 recommendations! Thanks!), it seems I'm always building on the foundation first established with the first and second editions of my initial research into Valerie Plame and Sibel Edmonds. I draw upon that foundation in analyzing this latest report:

Leading conservatives call for Obama to back terrorist group

By David Edwards
Monday, January 3rd, 2011 -- 2:03 pm

mek Leading conservatives call for Obama to back terrorist group

A group of prominent Republicans may have actually committed a crime last month when they traveled to Paris to speak to an Iranian opposition group that the US has deemed to be terrorists.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former national security adviser Fran Townsend and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey all attended a forum organized by supporters of Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK).
The MEK is a communist group that helped Saddam Hussein carry out attacks against Iraq's Shiite population in the 1990s. The group attacked Americans in Iran in the 1980s and helped with the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran.
The US designated the MEK a foreign terrorist organization in January 2009.

The name MEK sounded very familiar to me. I found it within the second edition of American Judas. It seems these terrorists have favorite sons of the neo-cons for some time:

It is clear the neo-cons have had plans for Iran, with or without Chalabi’s help. Even during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Undersecretary of State John Bolton was credited with saying, “Real men want to go to Iran”. On May 30, 2003, the Pentagon was reported to be advocating massive covert action to overthrow Iran’s ayatollahs. Indicating they would like to use the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), though the State Department had them on their terrorist list, Feith went on the record arguing that the MEK had not targeted Americans since the 1970s and was only put on the terror list in 1996 by President Clinton to improve Iran relations. Subsequently, in the spring of 2006, the MEK was committing acts of violence in Iran in hopes of staging an insurgency among the Iranian Sunni population. They were being used by the Pentagon to do this in a plan made by Rumsfeld under pressure from Cheney. (Yet another example of what former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson describes as the “Oval Office Cabal” headed by Cheney. The crazy plan was carried out by Stephen Cambone, which consisted of him making them swear an oath to democracy and resign the MEK. He then incorporated them into their special unit and trained them. That might explain why Major Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib infamy, stated in a memorandum that the US has designated members of the MEK as “protected persons”. It might also explain why the MEK was the subject of the Paris meeting in June 2002 between Ghorbanifar, Rhode and convicted spy Larry Franklin.

I'm not sure if Guiliani and company are doing this because they feel emboldened by the Tea Party-fueled GOP House takeover in November or not. (Though I find it hard to imagine TP warming up to a group of commie terrorists, but then avoiding hypocrisy has never been their strong suit) But it just seems to me that the more things change, the more they stay the same!


Tanya Savko said...

"the more things change, the more they stay the same" - sad but true!

Robert Paulsen said...

Exactly Tanya! Here's a follow-up on a character I wrote about a lot in both editions of American Judas:

Authors: CIA waited years to stop nuclear proliferation

By David Edwards
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 -- 12:32 pm

The US government is guilty of allowing nuclear materials and intelligence to proliferate among some of the most dangerous regimes in the world for more than 30 years, a new book alleges.

In Fallout, authors Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins charge that the CIA waited until it was too late to stop the A.Q. Kahn network from disseminating nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Libya and Iran.

"They could literally have stopped him in his tracks [in the 1970s]," Franz told NPR's Fresh Air Tuesday. "It would have done an enormous amount to delay Pakistan building its own nuclear weapon, to delay the arms race on the South Asian continent and to stop Iran from getting where it is on the nuclear front."

"You know, so this is something that the CIA has been, in our view, guilty of for more than 30 years now," he added.