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Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 02:12:31 in Politics

“Frances Townsend

12/23/2010

Part - 2

“We know how the tyrannical regime in Iran reacts to a perceived weakness. They became more aggressive and they permitted, encouraged and actually enabled the transfer of parts for electronically formed projectile weapons produced in Iran across the border into Iraq which killed our soldiers. So, they do not understand good will. Their response to goodwill is direct aggression against US forces.

If the United States really and truly wants to put pressure on the current regime in Iran, we need more than talk and we need more than sanctions. The greatest single step right now today that I believe the United States government can take to really put pressure on the Iranian regime and really insist and enable change is to delist the MEK.

We should do that because the listing is not warranted by the evidence that is public or anything that is classified. We should delist because it is not only inconsistent with our values and with our Declaration of Independence, but because it is inconsistent with the commitment that we made to the residents in Camp Ashraf when they turned over their weapons. We should delist because, as I have said, it is in the national security interest of the United States to do so and to make the MEK our ally. And, we need to do more than merely to delist the MEK. We must also lift all the restrictions that result from the listing.””
Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 02:07:10 in Politics

“Frances Townsend
Former Assistant to the President

12/23/2010

PART-1

“The listing of the PMOI or MEK began in the Clinton administration under the delusion that such goodwill gesture might be received and reciprocated. That thinking clearly failed. The subsequent Bush administration could have delisted the PMOI. Let me put a sharper edge on why I think that did not happen and let us be honest. After 2003 we were in a very difficult fight in Iraq. We were losing our men and women in uniform and I can assure you, being in the administration, that that was a very painful reality. If there was anything you could do to save one American life or one soldier you would have done it. It led perhaps to a bad judgment, because of course, if in the midst of that fight in Iraq we had delisted the MEK; there was fear that it could have provoked a reaction from Iran.
Let’s be honest about why we failed during the Bush administration to delist. We were wrong. I know we were wrong not just because it was an unjust thing not to delist PMOI; I know we were wrong because of Iran’s reaction. What did they do as a result of our failure to delist the MEK? It would have been progress if they had done nothing but they didn’t because the tyrannical regime in Iran believed that that failure to delist the PMOI was weakness not strength."”
Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 00:14:08 in Politics

“I like your line, but I give him the choice. Ed is a decent man and I believe in what he said. Recently, along other prominent Americans he has been talking about human rights abuses against Tehran. There are some at the highest level in Washington that they do not like that, so they have sacrificed Ed reputation to intimidate others not to talk more against Tehran and for the Iranian dissidents in camp Ashraf in Iraq. Need more info. read more on”
Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 23:19:51 in Politics

“While I agree with your line in general, I have to say Ed is a decent man. This issue is about public intimidation of some prominent Americans for Iranian government sake at the highest level? check out MEK continued illegal designation.”
Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 22:56:38 in Politics

“This is a case of intimidation at the highest level to shut some good prominent Americans, in line with Tehran wishes. Mr. Rendell is a decent man, standing for what is right.

and granted he has received speaking fees, but 20 or even 100 grand is not much for these figures to jeopardise their reputation, there is a bigger issue.”
Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Ed Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs 'Terrorist' Group

Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 14:01:32 in Politics

“Iranian Mullahs vs. MEK and its supporters
I bet many of you did not know this is an article about Iranian regime vs. Iranian main opposition (MEK)
This article does not have much to do with Gov. Rendell who has simply spoken about the human rights of 3,400 camp Ashraf Iranian dissidents who have lived in Iraq for the past three decades, and recently they have been attacked, killed, and grossly violated. These residents were protected during 2003-2009 by the US forces and they were granted “protected person” status.
Indeed, this article and the likes are a pressure tactic to silence Gov. Rendell’s decent work and the likes from both parties by Iranian regime’s lobbies in the US!?

I learned a lot more in reading the following post; I invite the author to read this article once more to get her facts and her legion straight, since it is addressing her previous post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allan-gerson/post_2286_b_924434.html
Money vs. Facts: The Mujahedin-e Khalq Is a Terrorist Organization

Money vs. Facts: The Mujahedin-e Khalq Is a Terrorist Organization

Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 09:51:29 in World

“Frances Townsend
Former Assistant to the President

12/23/2010

PART-1

“The listing of the PMOI or MEK began in the Clinton administration under the delusion that such goodwill gesture might be received and reciprocated. That thinking clearly failed. The subsequent Bush administration could have delisted the PMOI. Let me put a sharper edge on why I think that did not happen and let us be honest. After 2003 we were in a very difficult fight in Iraq. We were losing our men and women in uniform and I can assure you, being in the administration, that that was a very painful reality. If there was anything you could do to save one American life or one soldier you would have done it. It led perhaps to a bad judgment, because of course, if in the midst of that fight in Iraq we had delisted the MEK; there was fear that it could have provoked a reaction from Iran.
Let’s be honest about why we failed during the Bush administration to delist. We were wrong. I know we were wrong not just because it was an unjust thing not to delist PMOI; I know we were wrong because of Iran’s reaction. What did they do as a result of our failure to delist the MEK? It would have been progress if they had done nothing but they didn’t because the tyrannical regime in Iran believed that that failure to delist the PMOI was weakness not strength."”