As part of its ongoing covert war against Iran, the U.S. government has for years been providing training — some of it on American soil — and other material support to a State Department-designated “foreign terrorist organization,” the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), the New Yorker’s Seymour M. Hersh reports.
The MEK, wrote The New American’s Alex Newman, is “a notorious Islamic-Communist terror group” whose “history ... includes assassinations of more than a few senior U.S. military personnel, terror attacks on American installations, murder of civilians, and much more.” Despite public renunciations of violence and intense lobbying efforts, some involving former high U.S. officials, the group remains on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. As such, it is a crime for Americans “to knowingly provide ‘material support or resources’ ” to the MEK; yet that is precisely what the U.S. government has been doing with impunity for many years. And while current and former officials may never pay the price for their flouting of the law, average Americans may suffer as a result of it.
According to Hersh, from 2005 to at least 2007, the Defense Department’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training sessions for MEK members at the Energy Department’s Nevada National Security Site. The training included lessons “in commo [communications], crypto [cryptography], small-unit tactics, and weaponry,” a “retired four-star general, who has advised the Bush and Obama Administrations on national-security issues” told Hersh, saying he had been privately briefed on the training program in 2005. He also said that the site was being used simultaneously “for advanced training of élite Iraqi combat units.”
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Photo of MEK soldier in Iraq: AP Images