CNN Opinion | Sep 2011 | Take Iran opponent MEK off terror list

By Louis Freeh, Lord Corbett of Castle Vale and Lord Waddington, Special to CNN
September 12, 2011 7:04 p.m. EDT

Editor’s note: Louis Freeh served as director of the FBI from 1993-2001; Lord Corbett of Castle Vale heads the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom; and Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington QC is a former British home secretary and leader of the House of Lords. Freeh has received payment for travel expenses and speaking at conferences organized by groups that want People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran removed from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

In 1997, the Clinton administration added the MEK to the State Department’s blacklist in what a senior administration official, according to the Los Angeles Times, described as a good will gesture to Iran — thought at the time to be moving toward a more moderate form of government. The Bush administration maintained the ban, which many saw as an effort to persuade the Iranians to abandon their nuclear weapons program. But Iran is no closer to moderation and its nuclear ambitions get closer and closer to fulfillment.

Former U.S. officials calling for the MEK to be de-listed include former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, three former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs, two former directors of the CIA, former commander of NATO Wesley K. Clark, two former U.S. ambassadors to the U.N., former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a former White House chief of staff, a former commander of the Marine Corps, former U.S. National Security Adviser Fran Townsend, now a CNN contributor; and even President Obama’s recently retired National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones. Their call is backed by 93 members of Congress, who have signed a bipartisan resolution urging the president to revoke the designation, and by prominent Democratic and Republican leaders such as Howard Dean and Rudy Giuliani.

 

Advertisements

NY Post | March 2011 | Ellis Is. honcho in Iran $candal

March 20, 2011

By Isabel Vincent

The group in charge of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor — bestowed on such icons as Ronald Reagan, Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra — is being sullied by infighting and charges of shady spending, including steering money to Iran.
The nonprofit National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, or NECO, has been hijacked by its millionaire Iranian-born chairman Nasser Kazeminy, who is using the group to serve his own ego, alleges William Fugazy Jr., the son of the group’s founder.
Fugazy also contends Kazeminy has refused to hold a meeting to elect new officers.
“It’s not a p.r. firm for him,” rails Fugazy, who alerted board members like ex-Gov. George Pataki and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, but no one has taken action.
The state Attorney General’s Office in March 2010 told the group to hold a membership meeting within 60 days, but the group never did. The AG is reviewing the situation.
The organization was formed in 1986 by Fugazy’s father, a limo mogul, and others to protest the limited selection of honorees for a new award given for the Statue of Liberty centennial.
Awards are doled out each year during a gala on Ellis Island. This year’s ceremony is set for May 7.
Kazeminy, himself a Medal of Honor winner, joined the board around 2003. The businessman made his fortune in computer leasing.
He heads Minneapolis investment firm NJK Holding Corp.
Documents obtained by The Post show Kazeminy’s company sent $170,000 to NECO in 2006 to transfer to other charities including $50,000 to the Knights of Malta, an ancient Catholic organization.
Kazeminy claims in an online bio he was inducted into the Knights. They say he merely got a commendation.
A year later, documents show, Kazeminy’s company wired another $94,225 to NECO for the Knights.
His firm ordered $20,000 be sent to the California-based Maziar Foundation — which sends funds to the student movement in Iran — through NECO in 2006, according to an e-mail obtained by The Post.
NECO also gave $50,000 in 2006 to California’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization, which then gave Kazeminy its Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award.
Read the story

The National Interest Aug 2014 | Beware of the MEK

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Based on news reports, a number of U.S. officials and former officials have adopted this motto in recent months. They seem to believe the prospect of the nuclear issue being solved and rapprochement with Tehran so threatening that they have rushed to Iran’s great foe: the People’s Mojahdein Organization (MEK).

The MEK is a cult-like dissident group, based outside of Iran, primarily in Iraq and France for much of the past three decades. It was considered a terrorist group by the United States until 2012 and by the European Union until 2009, when it was removed from the list of terrorist organizations and became increasingly viewed as an alternative to Iran’s current regime. This shows that the MEK’s campaign to galvanize support in the West has been relatively successful.

Read more about the group supported by Louis Freeh