‘President-elect Trump understands need for new vision in Syria – that includes Russia’
There will be no status quo in America after January 20, and then President Trump will be more than willing to work with the Russians to solve the Middle East problems, Paul Vallely, retired US General and Chairman of Stand Up America, told RT.
The Syrian army liberated almost half of Eastern Aleppo from militants, according to the Russian defense ministry. Thousands of civilians can now flee to the safety of government-held areas of the city.
Last ditch effort? Kerry ‘wants to seal deal’ with Russia before Trump becomes US president – Kremlin https://t.co/KFxyfGf1X3
US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump, who will assume office in January, have different approaches to solving the crisis in Syria and the Middle East in general. Trump’s remarks suggest the US doesn’t “know who the rebels are,” while highlighting the importance of cooperation with Russia to bring about some sense of normalcy in Syria. Meanwhile, some Syrian groups that define themselves as ‘moderate’ hope that Trump will be able to separate so-called ‘rebels’ from terrorists.
RT:You’re now working with Trump’s team. Can you shed some light on what could potentially change regarding America’s approach to the Syrian crisis?
Paul Vallely: Well, here’s a number of things that you have to realize, the importance of the transition right now naming new members of the administration is the top priority. But as these individuals are named, like General [Michael] Flynn of National Security, they are starting to form positions so that when Trump takes over as President January 20, they’ll have a firm ground and they will have some vision and strategy particularly as it pertains to the Middle East and Syria.
Much of the advice and recommendations coming from my organization to the Trump organization really deals with a whole new vision for Syria, and it is called ‘The Reconciliation and Reunification of Syria,’ and that is what we would like to work very closely with the Russians, as well as with a lot of the ex-patriots and members of the Syrian population that do not support Assad. So we’re looking for a whole new vision here and a whole new strategy to come after the first year.
RT:Do you think the new administration will look to increase cooperation with Russia in Syria?
PV: I’ll guarantee there will be no status quo in America after January 20, and that President Trump at that time will be more than willing to work with the Russians to solve the Middle East problems over there. General Flynn and I both realize that nothing is going to be solved in the Middle East until we can work up some kind of relationship and some kind of a strategy with the Russians. It is very important we do that, just like we did with Gorbachev; just like we did with Stalin in WWII to defeat the Nazis. Trump is very open to work with anyone that can come up with solutions that will solve these problems that we see, particularly in the Middle East.
RT:How will Obama’s legacy concerning Iraq and Afghanistan be viewed by Trump and his advisers?
PV: I think very badly, because they have been very unsuccessful as you well know, when you examine what has happened in Afghanistan and Iraq. Basically the frustration and the complexity of understating the dynamics of Syria, and they certainly – in the Obama administration – have never understood that. As you know, I am the only senior officer that has gone into Syria on two occasions. So the credibility I have there in Syria with the opposition and the ex-patriots who would like to see a new government in Syria for this reunification I thoroughly understand it. I am imparting my experience to the Trump organization at this time so that we do have new a vision and a new outlook.
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Close Your Windows
It has been said…If communists cannot come through the front door, they will try the back door. If that doesn’t work they will crawl through a window. The liberals/socialists/progressives/communists have lost a major battle this election season and they are neither happy nor giving up.
On December 19, 2016, the actual vote for president of the United States will take place in each state even though a projected winnner has already been announced.
The Constitution does not require an elector to vote according to the popular vote of their state. But, about half the states do require electors to vote according to the popular vote.
Comes the Presidential Election of 2016. In the best tradition of liberal love and tolerance, electors are being threatened in multiple states with physical harm or death in a final attempt to block the election of Donald Trump.
Alex Kim, an elector from the 24th Congressional District in Texas, is being pressured by Democrats to vote for Hillary Clinton. “At first everyone was kinda enchanted by it,” Kim told NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth. “Now all the electors are starting to get beaten down. There are some electors who have been threatened with harm or with death.”
Anti-Trump groups have circulated lists with the personal information of electors encouraging people to sway them to become “faithless electors” – not voting for Trump even though he won the election in their state.
In Georgia, Secretary of State, Brian Kemp issued a statement last week asking people to stop threatening his state’s electors.
Idaho’s Secretary of State has made similar comments after reports of their electors being harassed with phone calls and messages.
In Tennessee, electors told the Tennessean they are receiving about 200 emails a day.
In Arizona, electors are facing “total harassment” from mostly out-of-state emails.
In Iowa, an elector is receiving harrassing emails.
At least one elector in Detroit has received a number of death threats. Michael Banerian, an elector in Michigan said, “I’ve had people talk about shoving a gun in my mouth and blowing my brains out. And I’ve received dozens and dozens of those emails.”
Although the reaction of many Democrats is outrageous, it is understandable why so many Democrats have become so incensed. Almost overnight, they have become a coastal party, having the smallest number of House Democrats since 1929. When I last visited Massachusetts, a cousin (one of the nicest Democrats you’ll ever meet) took me to the State House where I saw a plaque with the names of all the state representatives…rows of Democrats with just a sprinking of Republicans. It is now in reverse, not in Massachsetts, but nationally.
When a party loses the White House, doesn’t regain any part of Congress, surrenders a multide of governorships and state legislators, has roughly 70 members of Congress belonging to the Democratic Socialists of America, and finds itself in disagreement with the oppposing party on even the most basic tenets of our free republic, that party desperately needs self-examination.
The Electoral College did exactly what it was designed to do…prevent the states with the largest cities from consistently choosing who the next president will be.
Let’s make it as plain as possible. There is a concerted worldwide effort to establish global socialism/communism. They missed an important opportunity this past election season and they are angry. They know this ‘Trump Movement’ could spread. It has already affected the ongoing presidential campaign in France and is spreading elsewhere.
Communsts are like vampires. They never die. They will ‘sleep’ in their own dirt and always awaken when the opportunity presents itself. I suggest you keep your doors and windows closed.
7,700 Terrorist Encounters in One Year – Leaked FBI Docs Show
Leaked documents with sensitive FBI data show that 7,712 terrorist encounters occurred within the United States in just one year. Many of the encounters occurred near the U.S.–Mexico border. The incidents are characterized as “Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters”…or, in many cases, terrorists suspected of attempting to sneak into the U.S. Breitbart
Editor’s note: We can all thank the outgoing Obama administration and the santuary cities for all but eliminating our borders
Jill Stein Wants Recount
Jill Stein, Greenpeace candidate for president, is filing a motion to recount votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania on the theory that voting machines were hacked during the 2016 election. The group admits they have no proof of any hacking activity. Townhall
Editor’s note: With Obama having left our economy, the world and the Democrat Party totally screwed up, liberals still can’t believe the people want change. The left is vasilating between the first two stages of grief, denial and anger. It took over two weeks for Michigan to count the votes and now she wants a recount…please, close your windows!
Final Michigan tally:
Donald Trump – 2,279,543
Hillary Clinton – 2,268,839
Detroit Free Press
Fires Rage In Israel
Fires tore across northern Israel as tens of thousands of residents evacuated their homes. Leaders have blamed arsonists for the blaze calling them ‘arson terrorists.’ Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Turkey and Russia have offered help with several aircraft already joining the effort. Hundreds of homes have been affected in and around the city of Haifa. Twelve people have been arrested under suspicion of arson or incitement to commit arson. Reservists, on Thursday, were called up to aid police and fire fighters.
Update: It has been reported today that fires have broken out near Jerusalem, some 75 miles to the southeast. The Guardian
Police Officer Shot in Detroit Has Died
Colin Rose, the Wayne State University police officer who was shot in the head on Tuesday night has died. Officer Rose was engaged to be married next year. His family and fiancee were with him when he died. He was 29. Townhall, Daily News
Editor’s note: According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, from January 1, 2016 through November 25, 2016, a total of 130 police officers have died in the line of duty with Texas having the most fatalities, 18. This has to stop now! The Obama silence is deafening
John F. Kennedy
5/19/1917 – 11/22/1963
On that day in November, President Kennedy was on his way to a luncheon with civic and business leaders where he was scheduled to make a major speech proposing tax cuts.
Editor’s note: A little green book with the heading, “I Will Kill” was found in Lee Harvey Oswald’s apartment by a Secret Service agent. There were four names on the list, an FBI agent named James Hosty, a right-wing general named Edwin Walker, former Vice-President Richard Nixon and Texas Governor John Connally. Through Connally’s name, Oswald drew a dagger with blood dripping downward. The agent turned the book over to the FBI and, ultimately, to the Warren Commission. Some time later, the green book, with its huge insight into the killer’s motive was found…with the page torn out.
In her testimony, Oswald’s wife, Marina, named John Connally and not Kennedy as her husband’s target.
Oswald associated all his misfortune to John Connelly. Oswald had received a dishonorable discharge from the Marine Corp hence his move to the Soviet Union. When Oswald found that life in Soviet Russia was not as advertised, he appealed to John Connally, then Secretary of the Navy, to redress his discharge, knowing he would have few prospects were he to return to America. The reply Oswald received was a brushoff. The dismissive letter arrived in an envelope with Connally’s smiling face on the envelope announcing his bid for the Texas governorship. LA Times
Islamic Terror Update
There were 2,238 Islamic terrorist attacks so far in 2016 in 59 countries.
19,513 people were killed and 24,362 people were injured
Since last report, 11/19/16, there have been:
67 additional Islamic attacks
425 additional killed
1,364 additional injured
As a reminder, these are civilian casualties.
11/24/16 – Muslim terrorists pull up on motorcycles and fire at a school, killing a guard. – Songkhla, Thailand – 1 killed.
11/21/16 – A massive truck bomb rips the life out of one hundred shiite pilgrims gathered at a road stop – Hillah, Iraq – 97 killed, 40 injured.
11/21/16 – Over thirty worshipers, at a Shiite mosque are torn to shreds by a Sunni suicide bomber – Kabul, Afghanistan – 32 killed, 50 injured.
11/20/16 – Sunni miltants send a rocket into a school, killing ten students – Furqan, Syria – 10 killed, 59 injured.
11/19/16 – A sufi cleric, allegedly 100-years old is kidnapped and executed by religion of peace rivals – Arish, Egypt – 1 killed.
Islamic terrorists have carried out more than
29,792 deadly attacks since 9/11
Editor’s note: Since Obama has been in office, the Middle East, as bad as it was, is now much worse. Barbaric attacks are a daily occurence. There is not enough room to include all the latest terrorist attacks. We show only a partial list.
Chicago Shooting Count
The Chicago shooting count since the beginning of the year as of
November 25, 2016 (10am MT time), is:
3,998 Shooting Victims (a shooting every 1:58 hours)
714 Homicides (a murder every 11:03 hours)
Since Last Week (11/19/16)
Total Homicides: 11
2016 Totals By Race
77.8% Black, 16.9% Hispanic, 5.3% White/Other
No word yet from President Obama or Mayor Emanuel. They are more concerned about shielding illegal immigrants.
Editor’s note: Police involved shootings for 2016, so far: 8 killed, 15 wounded. Cost of medical care for 2016 through 10/31 is: $203,593,800. heyjackass.com
In Case You Missed It
Family of Fallen Soldier Booed on Plane
The father of an Army soldier killed in Afghanistan says he and his family were booed as they flew to meet his son’s body coming home. The booing came from the first class section on an American Airlines flight that landed in Phoenix on Monday, 11/14. Sgt. John Perry, 30. was killed in a suicide attack at Bagram Airfield the previous Saturday, along with pfc. Tyler Lubelt and two contractors. The father, Stewart Perry, says his son stopped the suicide bomber short of his target and may have saved hundreds of lives. Fox News
Editor’s note: You will not meet any meaner, more intolerant bunch of people than commited liberals.
What Say You?
Different Dreams – 11/19/16
“Great article. Question – Are we already at “war”? MF
“Very well said. But I am still hopeful. The “useful idiots” are weak and don’t know what end of the gun to point forward. Hopefully they will weigh down those that do know to the point that we at least have a 40/60 chance.” BB
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“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
“It is incumbent upon every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted upon would save one-half the wars of the world.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
President Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
“This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
Just For Fun
“I haven’t seen Democrats this mad since we freed the slaves”
Editor’s note: On June 15th, 1864, the first House vote for the 13th Amendment, freeing the slaves and making involuntary servitude illegal, fell far short of the votes needed to pass, 93 for, 65 opposed with 23 not voting. Only one Democrat voted for the Amendment. On January 31, 1865, the House took a second vote. It passed with two votes to spare, 119 – 56. All 86 Republicans voted for the Amendment with 50 Democrats voting against it. On April 8, 1864, the Senate passed the Amendment by 38 – 6. All 30 Republicans voted for it with 3 Democrats being absent. On February 1, 1865, the proposed Amendment was submitted to the States. loc.gov
Note: Women’s suffrage was also a party line issue. Starting in the late 19th century, Republicans introduced the 19th Amendment (giving women the right to vote) every year, but the Democrats were able to bottle it up in various committees and unsuccessful votes. Finally, in 1919, the 19th Amendment passed the House with 91% of Republicans voting for the amendment with 59% Democrats voting for. In the Senate, 82% of Republicans voted for with 59% Democrats voting for the Amendment. usconstitutiondayus.com
Speaker of the House, Frederick Gillett (R-MA), signs the bill that would become the 19th Amendment to the Constitution
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Editor’s Note: From our great friend and regular SUA contributor, Michael Cutler, retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) whose career spanned some 30 years. He has testified before well over a dozen congressional hearings.
He hosts “The Michael Cutler Hour” on USA Talk Radio Fridays at 7 p.m. (EST) and is frequently interviewed by broadcast media on various aspects of immigration issues, especially the nexus to national security.
DHS Loses Thousands of ‘Keys to the Kingdom’
And issues some “keys” to the wrong people.
By Michael Cutler
President-Elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico resonated with many Americans and galvanized their support, which ultimately enabled him to win the election. These voters want to prevent narcotics and illegal aliens and the criminals and terrorists among them from flowing freely into the United States.
Indeed, that porous border must be made secure. However, simply securing that problematic border would not end the immigration crisis. Indeed, the lack of security along the southwest border had nothing to do with the ability of the 9/11 hijacker-terrorists to enter the United States nor did that border play a role in the great majority of terrorists who have entered the United States prior to the attacks of 9/11 or after those deadly attacks.
While illegal immigration represents a huge multi-faceted challenge and, indeed threat, to America and Americans, the multiple failures of the legal immigration system is no less problematic.
Many politicians have said that after the Trump administration secures the southwest border and removes the estimated two to three million criminal aliens that we should then consider how to address the remaining millions of illegal aliens. In reality, in addition to removing the criminal aliens the Trump administration must take immediate and decisive steps to address the abject lack of integrity in the legal immigration system that is utterly unable to deal with its current workload let alone deal with any further increases of applications.
Green Cards, also known as Alien Registration Receipt Cards, are issued to provide reliable documentation that attests to aliens granted lawful immigrant status. These cards serve many purposes including providing prima facia evidence of the bearer’s identity as well as his or her immigration status that enables that individual to be lawfully employed in the United States.
Green Cards also enable aliens to enter the United States through ports of entry not unlike a passport. Green Cards can also serve as required ID to enable the bearer to board airliners and have access to corporate and government office buildings and facilities.
In a very real sense, given the multitude of lawful uses for these documents, Green Cards represent the “Keys to the Kingdom” and consequently have serious national security implications.
On November 21, 2016 OIG (the Office of the Inspector General) of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) issued a press release on the continuing failures of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to address numerous deficiencies in the process by which Green Cards are issued.
To begin with, here is the full text of the press release:
A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to struggle to ensure proper Green Card issuance. The audit was conducted as a follow-up to a March 2016 report where where the DHS OIG disclosed that USCIS had sent potentially hundreds of Green Cards to the wrong addresses.
In fact, the problem was far worse than originally thought. Over the last 3 years, USCIS produced at least 19,000 cards that included incorrect information or were issued in duplicate. Additional mistakes included over 2,400 immigrants approved for 2-year conditional residence status being inadvertently issued cards with 10-year expiration dates. The agency also received over 200,000 reports of cards potentially misdelivered, or not being delivered to approved applicants.
The majority of the card issuance errors were due to the flawed design and functionality problems in the agency’s Electronic Immigration System (ELIS). The delays and cost overruns of the ELIS system have been documented in previous OIG reports. Although USCIS conducted a number of efforts to recover the inappropriately issued and missing cards, its efforts to address the errors have been inadequate.
“It appears that thousands of Green Cards have simply gone missing. In the wrong hands, Green Cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States,” said Inspector General Roth. “It is vital that USCIS ensure better tools and procedures are in place to mitigate such risks.”
The preceding paragraph contained in the OIG press release noted that “In the wrong hands, Green Cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States.” Yet efforts to flag those cards at ports of entry through the computer system employed by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors, have not been consistently implemented. Consequently, aliens improperly issued those cards may still be able to use them to enter the United States.
These problems are not new but are decades old and have been getting increasingly worse as USCIS is forced to adjudicate a growing avalanche of applications for various immigration benefits including applications filed by aliens for political asylum, lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship.
The hearing created a media circus and was covered by C-SPAN. The C-SPAN video is worth watching. Every member of Congress that participated in that hearing was indignant about this unbelievable failure of the immigration system.
However, virtually none of the promises made during that hearing, nearly 15 years ago, has been kept to this very day, allowing history to repeat itself over and over again.
Aliens who seek to naturalize are supposed to be subjected to a thorough investigation to determine if they possess, “Good Moral Character.” however, those investigations are rarely, if ever conducted. Indeed, even face-to-face interviews of these applicants have often been dispensed with.
Additionally, these disturbing reports focus purely on the multitude of failures of the mechanics of the system for issuing Green Cards to aliens but do not address the issue of aliens who commit fraud.
On May 30, 2013, UPI posted a report about an alleged former member of Hezbollah successfully immigrating the United States by allegedly concealing his terrorist background as noted in this headline, “Immigrant allegedly failed to reveal Hezbollah membership.” That immigrant was ultimately naturalized and held a security clearance.
On December 6, 2014 Fox News published a report, “Saudi-born US naval engineer allegedly gave undercover agent info on how to sink carrier” that focused on how Mostafa Ahmed Awwad was educated in the United States and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, agreed to provide an FBI undercover agent with the plans of the Gerald R. Ford, a 13 billion dollar aircraft carrier that was still under construction. Allegedly Awwad even told the undercover agent where the ship would be most vulnerable to being sunk by a missile strike.
On December 12, 2013, an additional hearing was conducted on the issue: “Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders?” This hearing focused on the impact on our borders when, in reality the asylum abuse impacts each and every state.
Of course limiting the hearing to the issue of only “our borders” coincides neatly with the myth that all that our nation needs to do in preparation for a massive amnesty program, likely involving tens of millions of illegal aliens, is to “secure our southern border.”
Donald Trump has promised to “Drain the Swamp” as he referred to the filth and corruption of our current political system. All Americans should be cheering him on. However, he must also turn his attention to another “swamp” the Department of Homeland Security or, as I have come to refer to it, the “Department of Homeland Surrender,” especially where all of the immigration components of that horrifically overwhelmed and inept agency are concerned.
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Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.
To understand a free Iran we must understand “Who is the MEK”.
From our great friend and SUA contributor Alireza Jafarzadeh.
ALIREZA JAFARZADEH is a terrorism expert, Middle East analyst, and Fox News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst. He is president of Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc. in Washington D.C. and has frequently appeared on major television and radio broadcasts including CNN, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, NBC, NPR, and BBC to discuss Iran. Jafarzadeh is also former media director for the Washington, DC office of the parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
From the Free Iran Rally in which over 100,000 people attended in Paris, France July 2016.
MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.) attended.
Who is the MEK?
by Alireza Jafarzadeh
Formed in 1965, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the largest and best-organized Iranian opposition movement, is the main component of the coalition, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which acts as the parliament-in-exile.
The NCRI and MEK, have been committed to a secular, democratic, non-nuclear republic; gender equality; freedom of religion, thought, press, and association; support for peace in the Middle East; and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The president-elect of the NCRI is Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who addressed a rally of 100,000 in Paris, well attended by dozens of prominent speakers from all over the world.
A. The MEK role was critical in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb
The MEK has been instrumental in exposing Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Relying on a vast network inside Iran, MEK revelations of the weapons program significantly contributed to the world peace and the national security of the United States.
These revelations triggered the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and Heavy Water Facility in Arak in 2002 for the first time, and since then, the majority of the visits by the IAEA inspection teams have been to the sites first exposed by the MEK.
Senior U.S. officials including President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have repeatedly pointed to the role the MEK had played in getting the world attention on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
In March 2005, President, George W. Bush, emphasized that the MEK’s revelation of Natanz prompted an international campaign to stop the nuclear weapons program of Iran. “Iran has concealed its — a nuclear program. That became discovered, not because of their compliance with the IAEA or NPT, but because a dissident group pointed it out to the world.”
If it were not for the MEK nuclear revelations, Tehran would have had the bomb by now. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) told a House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the MEK for bringing this information to the world, and causing the United States and the world to focus on the problem.”
B. MEK exposed the terrorist network of Iran
The MEK has played a key role in exposing the terrorist operations by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its entity, the Qods Force. MEK’s actionable intelligence on Qods Force operations in Iraq saved many lives, and thwarted many terrorist operations by the Iranian regime.
MEK documented the details of the Qods force production and shipment of advanced EFP’s (Explosively Formed Projectiles), the number one killer of U.S. forces in Iraq. MEK also exposed Iran’s involvement in the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 American servicemen.
C. MEK enjoys extensive bi-partisan support in U.S. Congress
Over the past two decades, MEK has gained extensive support among a large bi-partisan group of members of congress. Congress strongly rejected MEK’s FTO designation, which it viewed as a goodwill gesture to Tehran, as 99 members (52 D and 47 R) called for the group’s delisting. Secretary Clinton revoked the designation in 2012, after being urged by the U.S. Court of Appeals- DC Circuit.
Congress held hearings in the House and the Senate strongly supporting the safety & security of thousands of MEK members based in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, as they were being subject to attacks instigated by Tehran. There were several pieces of legislations in support of MEK members in Iraq, e.g., H.Res.704 with 224 co-sponsors (126 D and 98 R).
In addition, the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2016, signed by President Obama and became law, included a language in support of the “security and protection” of MEK members in Camp Liberty, Iraq.
Secretary of State John Kerry lauded the resettlement of all members of “exiled Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin e-Khalq, or MEK,” from Iraq to Europe in September 2016, emphasizing that “their departure concludes a significant American diplomatic initiative that has assured the safety of more than 3,000 MEK members whose lives have been under threat…I first became involved in this effort when I was in the Senate … I’m very proud that the United States was able to play a pivotal role in helping to get this job done.”
Also, the U.S. military fully protected all the MEK members in Iraq and recognized them as “protected persons” under the 4th Geneva Convention, long before the group was delisted.
D. MEK has been leading the opposition against the regime at home and abroad
MEK has been in the forefront of opposition to the mullahs since early days of the 1979 revolution, when it soon become the number one target of the Iranian regime’s repression.
The rulers of Iran view the MEK as an existential threat due to its support at home, and undermining the regime’s Islamic extremist ideology among a vast majority of the Iranian population, especially the youth. MEK’s modern, tolerant and democratic view on Islam has been the antithesis to the Islamic fundamentalists and the velayat-e faqih system. The MEK has been the main victim of repression in Iran. In Summer 1988, the Iranian regime, by direct order of Supreme Leader Khomeini, massacred 30,000 political prisoners, most members of MEK. Over 100,000 of its members have been murdered since 1981, and many of its supporters are currently jailed in notorious prisons across the country. Most of those arrested and sentenced to death after the summer 2009 uprising in Iran, belonged to the MEK.
After having failed to physically eliminate the MEK, Tehran waged an international effort to have the MEK designated as a terrorist organization, which eventually failed after all the designations were overturned in Europe and the U.S. with the help of over 20 court rulings. Eventually, Tehran embarked upon a multi-million-dollar campaign of character assassination and demonization, which described the MEK as a cult, to justify the policy of appeasement. None of those efforts succeeded.
MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.) with Professor Ray Tanter co-founders along with LTG Thomas McInerney USAF (ret.) of the Iran Policy Committee
MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (ret.) with our great friend and correspondent Sara Carter.
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