January 13, 2009

US: MEK still a terrorist organization and national security threat

After months if not years of lobbying, protests and public campaigning, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (commonly referred to as the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, MKO or MEK) failed in its bid to exonerate itself from the US foreign terrorist list. Per federal regulation and US law, the group was entitled to oppose the designation, which was up for regular review by the State Department this year.

But in an announcement January 12, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied the MEK petition to remove its terrorist designation, citing: “the circumstances that were the basis for the 2003 re-designation [of the MEK] as a foreign terrorist organization have not changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation… and the national security of the United States does not warrant a revocation.” (See Federal Register document E9-474; Filed 1-9-09)

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