Saturday, May 14, 2011

terrorist interest group

I know and respect that Americans have a Constitutional right to organize and petition the government for a redress of grievances, but I'm uneasy when former senior officials with major national security responsibilities start shilling for an organization that's been on the official list of terrorist supporters for over a dozen years. According to the Wall Street Journal, many of these former officials even take five-figure speaking fees to endorse the Mujahedin-e-Khalq [MeK], a group that opposes the current regime in Tehran. Shared dislikes are not the same as shared values. If the MeK has renounced its violent past and has enough in common with U.S. policy to warrant removal from the terrorist list, then let that be determined by officials with access to all the intelligence -- and not by former officials who get big speaking fees.

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