MEK Mystery Deserves Investigation
Yesterday morning, one of our readers alerted us to an article written by former weapons inspector Scott Ritter and published by the Arab news service Al Jazeera. In that article, Scott Ritter charges that the United States government is already at war with Iran. Part of Ritter’s charge is that the Bush Administration is conducting military espionage within Iranian borders. Much more shocking is the claim by Ritter that the USA is supporting a terrorist group in Iran called Mujahideen-e-Khalq (shortened to MEK for friendliness to English-speaking tongues).
Is the MEK a terrorist group? Well, the U.S. State Department says so. The MEK is on the USA’s official list of terrorist organizations. That means that it would be a serious crime for any American to give any support to the MEK. For the President of the United States to provide support to the MEK would certainly be an impeachable offense.
There are also charges that the MEK is responsible for recent bombings in Iran, bombings that killed and injured large numbers of civilians, just like the bombings this week in London. For President Bush to give preachy statements condemning the terrorism in London even while providing logistical and financial support to acts of terrorism in Tehran would be a betrayal of all his promises to the American people, exposing the War on Terror as a crass sham.
Serious charges, Mr. Ritter. But what are the established facts?
- Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) is a recognized terrorist organization
- There are serious allegations, supported by unnamed sources, that the Bush Administration is supporting the MEK
- The MEK is accused by the Iranian government organizing bombings that killed and injured large numbers of Iranian civilians, but the MEK denies responsibility
- The MEK’s involvement in other destructive explosions aimed at causing chaos and political disruption is not disputed
- Well over 100 members of Congress who count themselves as allies of President Bush have asked that the MEK be removed from the State Department’s list of official terrorist organizations so that it would no longer be illegal for the American government to support the MEK
- Even as President Bush claims that he is waging war against terrorists everywhere, Bush has taken to referring to members of the MEK as “dissidents” in his public speeches, neglecting to mention that they are, in fact, officially recognized as terrorists
In all these established facts, there is no absolute evidence that the Bush Administration is waging war against Iran and supporting the terrorist organization Mujahideen-e-Khalq. However, there strong indications that that American support for an Iranian terrorist group is taking place.
The information that is available right now is not sufficient to support all of Scott Ritter’s shocking claims, and by going so far as he does in those claims, Ritter is putting his reputation in serious jeopardy.
However, the facts do all point in the direction of foul play on the part of President Bush. When a such an impression of criminal activity in the White House is created, it is the right and the duty of the United States Congress to exercise its constitutional right to oversee the activities of the Executive Branch, and conduct an official, public investigation into the matter.
The American people have the right to know whether the Bush Administration is using their tax dollars to support a known terrorist organization in the Middle East. Congress needs to call Bush Administration Cabinet members to testify about American government links to the MEK, and needs to subpoena all documents from the White House and Pentagon relating to the MEK.
If no congressional investigation is launched, then this story will continue to grow, especially overseas. The failure to address charges that the Bush Administration is supporting a terrorist organizations will be interpreted as a sign that the Bush Administration has something to hide, and will contribute to the continuing disintegration of America’s reputation in the world.