Tuesday, September 25, 2012

When is a terrrorist group not a terrorist group? When the US government says so...

U.S. Government Embraces the Same Iranian Terrorist Group that Bush Cited When He Alleged that Saddam Was Sponsoring “International Terrorism”

Washington’s Blog

We’ve long noted that the Americans who are the biggest scaremongers regarding terrorism arethemselves supporting terrorists … such as the Iranian MEK group. And see this, this and this.

Indeed, any objective analysis of the facts find that the U.S. may be the world’s largest promoter of terrorism. And see this.

Anyone who questions the U.S. may be labeled as a “potential terrorist“.

When America does anything, it’s a-okay … but when anyone else does what America does they’re labeled a terrorist.

Moreover, organizations are labeled as terrorists, then de-listed, and then re-listed … depending on ever-changing American policy objectives.

For example, two-time Emmy award-winning 20/20 news producer Danny Schecther writes:

Question: When is a terrorist a terrorist?

Answer: When the US government says so.

When the Mujhadeen in Afghanistan were assassinating members of their government and the Russian troops dispatched to support it, they were, in Washington’s view, freedom fighters, even as their enemies branded them terrorists.

When they turned against an Afghan government imposed by the United States or revolted against a US invasion, they were once again branded terrorists.

When armed groups battling Gadaffi’s govermment were supported by NATO, they were called freedom fighters. When some recently and allegedly turned violently against the United States which is now dominating Libyan politics, they are once again castigated as terrorists.


One day they were feared terrorists, the next day they were not. The “bad guys” became “good guys” [and back again] with the swipe of a pen.

And Glenn Greenwald – who has been writing about American support for the Iranian terrorist group MEK for years – notes:

[MEK] is an Iranian dissident group that has been formally designated for the last 15 years by the US State Department as a “foreign terrorist organization”. When the Bush administration sought to justify its attack on Iraq in 2003 by accusing Saddam Hussein of being a sponsor of “international terrorism”, one of its prime examples was Iraq’s “sheltering” of the MEK. Its inclusion on the terrorist list has meant that it is a felony to provide any “material support” to that group.

Nonetheless, a large group of prominent former US government officials from both political parties has spent the last several years receiving substantial sums of cash to give speeches to the MEK, and have then become vocal, relentless advocates for the group, specifically for removing them from the terrorist list. Last year, the Christian Science Monitor thoroughly described “these former high-ranking US officials – who represent the full political spectrum – [who] have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak in support of the MEK.” They include Democrats Howard Dean, Ed Rendell, Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson, and Lee Hamilton, and Republicans Rudy Giuliani, Fran Townsend, Tom Ridge, Michael Mukasey, and Andrew Card...

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