portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting united states

government | imperialism & war

U.S. Running a Terror Organization?

This might be shocking to some, but it's been reported on in pieces by the mainstream media. It appears as if the United States is in charge of an Iranian terrorist group.
U.S. Running a Terror Organization?
By: Andrew Limburg
Independent Media TV Date: 05/29/2003



(Independent Media TV) - This might be shocking to some, but it's been reported on in pieces by the mainstream media. It appears as if the United States is in charge of an Iranian terrorist group. To go a little further, a New York Times columnist thinks the Bush Administration should use evidence from this U.S. defined terror organization as showing that Iran is enriching uranium for nuclear weapons.

I have to hand it the administration, they have become so accustomed to being unchallenged in the corporate media that they feel they can get away with anything. Nothing would surprise me at this point.

Now I'm not saying that Iran is not developing Nuclear weapons. In my uneducated opinion, who would blame them if they did? They just watched their neighbor and fellow "axis of evil" companion be destroyed even though Iraq claimed it had destroyed all their WMD. The pre and post war inspections have not found 1 milligram of evidence. My wife could testify that the gas coming out of my butt is more deadly then anything they have found in Iraq.

Well, I digress, let us get back to the story at hand. On May 1st, 2003, The Guardian reported, "Iran expressed outrage yesterday at a US ceasefire agreement with an Iranian resistance group based in Iraq that has been named by Washington as a terrorist organisation. The ceasefire deal between the US military and the Iraq-based Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (MKO) allows the group to keep its weapons."

On May 10th, 2003 The BBC reported, that "United States military officials in Iraq have reportedly reached a disarmament deal with a heavily armed Iranian opposition group based in camps north-east of Baghdad. The group, known as the People's Mujahideen of Iran, was backed by the former Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, and it is considered a terrorist organisation by Washington."

"An American general who conducted the negotiations said the group would gather its fighters in camps under the control of the US army. He said the deal was not a surrender but an agreement to disarm."

"Details of the deal are not available and it is not clear whether the group will be able to keep some of its light weapons for self-defence against Iraqi Shia groups close to the Iranian Government."

"The People's Mujahideen is the most powerful external opposition to Iran's ruling clergy with an estimated 5,000 heavily-armed fighters."

On May 25th, 2003, the Washington Post reported,"the U.S. military arranged a cease-fire with the group, infuriating the Iranians. Some Pentagon officials, impressed by the military discipline and equipment of the thousands of MEK troops, began to envision them as a potential military force for use against Tehran, much like the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan."

So first the Administration made a cease-fire deal with them, and allowed them to keep their weapons. Then, possibly after world outcry of hypocrisy, the Administration negotiates ("we will not negotiate with terrorists") and decides to disarm them and "gather its fighters in camps under the control of the US army." Amazingly, it sounds like they're running the "resistance group" now.

On May 26th, 2003, Sheryl Stolberg, of the New York Times reported,"An Iranian group said Monday that it had evidence of two previously undisclosed uranium-enrichment facilities west of Tehran -- information that, if proved, might add to the Bush administration's argument that Iran is violating its commitment not to produce nuclear weapons."

"The group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an umbrella for anti-Iranian government organizations, said the facilities were two small laboratories that operate as satellite plants to a larger nuclear facility in Natanz, in central Iran. The group said the facilities were discovered by the People's Mujahedeen, a resistance group that brought the Natanz plant to the attention of international weapons inspectors." - Again, notice that they are now referred to as a "resistance group".

The premise of Sheryl Stolberg's report in the New York Times seems to be summed up in this statement, "Gary Milhollin, director of The Wisconsin Project, an arms control research group, said, 'I think the Bush administration ought to take it seriously'."

Now with the administration "ready to embrace an aggressive policy of trying to destabilise the Iranian Government". Reuters, via New Zealand Herald. We should be a little concerned when our administration is accusing Iran of harboring terrorists, when one could easily question if we are doing the same thing.

In addition, after the Bush Administration lied, used forged documents, and intelligence that the UN inspectors called "garbage" to convince the American public that we had to attack Iraq NOW, they would have to be insane to take the advice of NY Times columnist Stolberg. You don't think that the Bush League would use evidence from a U.S. defined terrorist organization, who wants to overthrow the Iranian government, who had backing from Sadaam Hussein, as a reliable source of evidence?

Sure, why not.

Just a quick note of apparently unimportant information. Iran has the worlds 5th largest reserves of oil, and the Israeli Government has stated, that the U.S. should go after Iran and Syria after Iraq. Economic domination (read:Oil) and "reshaping" the Middle East, are also stated goals of The Project for a New American Century.





Original Link:  http://www.independent-media.tv/item.cfm?fmedia_id=963&fcategory_desc=Under%20Reported



Copyright 2003 Independent Media TV
... 25.Nov.2003 15:20

this thing here

al-CIA. period.

Not the first time 25.Nov.2003 23:14

Gene

The USG during the Clinton administration supported the Kosovo Liberation Army after a State Department official said they were obviously a terrorist group. (I don't know if USG officially classified them as terrorist group). The USG also used mujahedin to fight Serbs in Bosnia and Kosovo. After the war, Kosovo mosques were built in the Wahabi style with Saujdi funding.