Iran stops a Terrorist Attack carried out/funded by the USA/CIA (UPDATED: VIDEO Hllary Clinton)

By Christopher R Rice

Journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed that the Bush administration secretly trained an Iranian opposition group on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists. Hersh reports the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command trained operatives from Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, at a secret site in Nevada beginning in 2005. According to Hersh, MEK members were trained in intercepting communications, cryptography, weaponry and small unit tactics at the Nevada site up until President Obama took office. The MEK has been listed as a foreign terrorist groups since 1997 and is linked to a number of attacks, spanning from the murders of six U.S. citizens in the 1970s to the recent wave of assassinations targeting Iranian nuclear scientists.

In 2006, Seymour Hersh reported that Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PEJAK) was a US proxy. Hersh said he was told, in November 2006, by a government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon civilian leadership of secret US support for PEJAK for operations inside Iran, stating that the group had been given "a list of targets inside Iran of interest to the U.S".

A report in 2007 claimed that the CIA was supporting Kurdish, Azeri, Baluchi, and Ahwazi Arab separatist groups in Iran that were using terror tactics. The CIA denied involvement.

The PBS documentary series "Frontline", reported, in October 2007, that the CIA were supporting anti-Iranian organizations such as the People's Mujahedin of Iran (also known as the MEK or MKO) which has been involved in terrorist activities within Iran, and that Iran was demanding that the US stop supporting the MEK in exchange for stopping its support of Shiites in Iraq.

New evidence was cited in a 2012 New Yorker article by Seymour Hersh regarding U.S. government assistance to MEK: "It was here [the Department of Energy's Nevada National Security Site] the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training, beginning in 2005, for members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq…. Funds were covertly passed to a number of dissident organizations, for intelligence collection and, ultimately, for anti-government terrorist activities. Directly, or indirectly, the M.E.K. ended up with resources like arms and intelligence. Some American-supported covert operations continue in Iran today, according to past and present intelligence officials and military consultants."

In 2008, in response to an inquiry from the Washington Post regarding a story by Seymour Hersh appearing in the July 7, 2008 issue of The New Yorker, which claims that the Bush administration undertook a greatly expanded program of covert actions inside Iran beginning the previous year, agency spokesman George Little said, "The CIA does not, as a rule, comment on allegations regarding covert operations." Hersh detailed US covert action plans against Iran involving CIA, DIA and Special Forces. According to Hersh, the United States was materially supporting Jundallah, a Sunni and Baluchi group, which was performing acts of violence inside Iran.

Iran's intelligence minister says Sunni extremists arrested last week were planning 50 bombings in the capital.

Mahmoud Alavi was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency Tuesday as saying that 10 "terrorists" were arrested in Tehran and three border provinces. He did not specify which border.

He says the suspects planned to carry out suicide attacks and other bombings in heavily-populated parts of Tehran. He says authorities confiscated 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives and thwarted the delivery of another 1,000 kilograms.

Iran said Monday it had broken up one of the "biggest terrorist plots" ever on its soil.

Alavi says investigations into the plot are still being carried out inside and outside Iran, without elaborating.

Last week, the troops from the Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps were involved in clashes with "terrorist cells" in the northwest of the country, killing several militants, according to the semi-official FARS news agency.

Authorities also seized bombs and ammunition during the operation, the report says.

This also comes a month after the Iranian Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi, said that some 20 "terrorist groups" across the country planning to carry out bomb attacks had been arrested by the authorities.

Shia Iran has been active in helping both the Syrian and the Iraqi government in their battles against Islamic State.

The report did not identify those arrested but referred to "a major plot by the Takfiri-Wahhabi groups".

Wahhabism is a conservative form of Sunni Islam that originated in Saudi Arabia and whose followers include members of al-Qaeda and Islamic State. The kingdom cut diplomatic relations with Tehran following those attacks.

The hajj pilgrimage is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their lifetime.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency, citing the Intelligence Ministry, said the attack was supposed to come on the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's wife, Khadija, which was marked Thursday in small ceremonies across Iran.

Further information about the terrorist plot will be announced in the following days as the investigation process advances, it added. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman claimed that Saudi Arabia "supports terrorists. while executing and suppressing critics inside the country". A total of 22 jihadists and Kurdish rebels were killed as well as three soldiers and a policeman.

In Washington D.C., a prominent group of former government officials gathered for a panel on Iran. Among them were a former National Security Adviser, a former CENTCOM Commander, a former Democratic Senator, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, a former Republican Attorney General, a former Republican Homeland Security Secretary, a former CIA Director and a former FBI Director. Almost to a man -- and they were all men -- they expressed support for a group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

NYTIMES: Many of the American supporters, though not all, accepted fees of $15,000 to $30,000 to give speeches to the group, as well as travel expenses to attend M.E.K. rallies in Paris. Edward G. Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, said in March that he had been paid a total of $150,000 to $160,000.

A video produced by Iranian-American opponents of an Iranian exile group, the Mujahedeen e-Khalq, features excerpts from speeches in support of the group by former U.S. officials.

Getting the MEK off the United States' list of terrorist organizations has become a top priority for "members of Congress, former Bush administration officials, and Iran experts touting an overtly anti-regime policy," according to The Christian Science Monitor. Last month, TPM reported how former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey flew to Paris to speak at an MEK event.

What is the MEK? The State Department website states that the group "advocates the violent overthrow of the Iranian regime and was responsible for the assassination of several U.S. military personnel and civilians in the 1970's." When it was founded by students in the 1960s, the group's philosophy blended Marxism and Islam.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the group fell out of favor with Ayatollah Khomeini. In 1981, the MEK attempted to overthrow the regime, which responded by arresting and targeting group members. In a subsequent bombing campaign, the MEK managed to kill Chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, President Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar. One bomb cost current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei the use of his right arm. Popular sentiment in Iran turned against the MEK, and the group fled, first to France, and then, in 1986, to Iraq, where they were offered safe haven by Saddam Hussein.

Hussein armed the MEK with tanks and other heavy military equipment, and deployed "thousands of MEK fighters in suicidal, mass wave attacks against Iranian forces" during the Iran-Iraq war, according to the State Department. In 1991, Hussein used the MEK to crack down on Iraqi Shia and Kurds. ''Take the Kurds under your tanks, and save your bullets for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards," MEK leader Maryam Rajavi commanded her troops at the time, according to The New York Times. During the rest of the 1990s, and through 2001, the MEK was engaged in various anti-Iranian attacks and operations, and it received millions of dollars in Oil-for-Food program subsidies from Hussein. None of the speakers at last week's panel mentioned the MEK's prior ties with Hussein.

The State Department states that the MEK maintains "the capacity and will" to commit terrorist acts across the world.

MEK members are not allowed to marry, attend weekly "ideological cleansings" and children are separated from parents. When Elizabeth Rubin, a New York Times Magazine reporter, toured Camp Ashraf in 2003, she found Rajavi's image displayed "almost as ubiquitously as the image of Saddam in Iraq or Khomeini in Iran."

The Wall Street Journal reports, Gen. James Jones, who was Obama's National Security Adviser and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson were in Brussels, for yet another pro-MEK panel, this one alongside former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.

MEK support is not new in Washington. When the MEK's leader Maryam Rajavi was arrested in France in 2003, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) were among those who protested publicly.

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On September 28, 2012 The U.S. State Department formally removed MEK from its official list of terrorist organizations, beating the October 1 deadline in a MEK lawsuit. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement the decision was made because MEK had renounced violence and had cooperated in closing their Iraqi paramilitary base. An official denied that lobbying by well-known figures influenced the decision to remove the designation.

The National Iranian American Council denounced the decision, stating it "opens the door to Congressional funding of the M.E.K. to conduct terrorist attacks in Iran" and "makes war with Iran far more likely." Iran state television condemned the delisting of the group, saying that the U.S. considers MEK to be "good terrorists because the U.S. is using them against Iran."

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