I've been reporting on the MEK for The Huffington Post since last summer, and members of the group have threatened my house and hacked my email. Still, I believe the State Department's decision Friday to remove the MEK from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations was a good one.
The MEK's desperation is showing through. They no longer pretend to be disconnected from their campaigns against other Iranian Americans. Their attacks are posted on their own websites, and the attackers openly declare their dedication and loyalty to the MEK.
The unprecedented campaign in Washington to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations represents a critical threat to Iran's indigenous democratic movement.
For those of us who remain oceans and continents away from our loved ones, we are forced to live with the fact that our family members at Camp Ashraf are being used as human bargaining chips, mere pawns in the global game of Realpolitik.
In addition to pressuring the regime through sanctions and offering moral support to the Iranian people's legitimate demands, the US should follow a two-pronged approach in dealing with the opposition.
To avoid seeing the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism equipped with the world's deadliest weapon, Washington and her allies need to rectify past policy mistakes and stand with the Iranian people for democratic change.
The Guardian recently took out the red pen and brazenly changed the wording in a piece regarding the MEK to say: "a guerrilla Sunni-Marxist movement" -- a label used by the regime to disparage the organization in the public eye.
Had there been any evidence of the MEK's collusion with the former Iraqi government on any issue, let alone suppressing the Kurds or the Shiites, it would have surfaced in the seven years since the invasion of Iraq.
The Iranian uprising has ascended and, regardless of crackdown, it will not decline. Rather, it will guide future developments along the lines of toppling the clerical regime and establishing democracy in Iran.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq's, as the first democratic Muslim organization in contemporary Iran, has emerged historically as the antithesis to the fundamentalist and extremist ideology haunting the Middle East.