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Protester hold's Maryam Rajavi's photo in a rally in London.

Regime Official: The Threat Knows No Bounds

Protester hold's Maryam Rajavi's photo in a rally in London.

Archive photo- An MEK supporter holds a placard of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI during a rally in London.

In an opinion piece, regime official Alireza Davoudi detailed his experiences with young clerics and their affinity for the democratic beliefs of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). Davoudi describes a trip he took in March 2017 from Isfahan to Tehran. On his trip, he traveled with a young clerical student.

The student and Davoudi struck up a conversation and the topic soon turned political, as they explored the political challenges facing Iran. “I was staring at the soft and partial beard of the young cleric student while listening to passionate words flowing out of his lips”, he said, adding, “he was passionately articulating thoughts that I had only come across in the Monafeqin (The derogatory name the Iranian regime uses for MEK) literature”.

“He effortlessly quoted content from Massoud Rajavi’s Interpreting the World lecture series. He flaunted topics like ‘evolution’ and ‘the dialectical method of dominating ontological and social affairs’. He talked as though those ideas have completely conquered his mind and spirit.”

Davoudi describes the moment as a “wake-up call within myself.” At this moment, Davoudi realized the traction that MEK ideas were gaining across the population. A young cleric student, who had been exposed to regime ideology on a daily basis, had still adopted MEK ideas.

“Since then,” Davoudi says, “I have realized with every fiber of my being how destructive the influence of the enemy and especially the MEK can be, which can demolish our homeland” expressing the regime’s fear of its existential threat.

A Threat Without Boundaries

Davoudi continues. “This threat knows no bounds. It does not stop at the Hawza (religious seminary), universities, or high schools.”

“The fact is that young people need to experiment with fresh outlooks and their ‘sense of curiosity’ can lead them in any direction”. Frequently that “curiosity” Davoudi refers to, leads the nation’s youth to the MEK.

Regime Experts Admit MEK’s Major Role in Recent Protests

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It is worth noting that Davoudi’s anecdote took place in March 2017, long before the national MEK-coordinated uprisings in December and January. Now MEK thought and slogans are much more prevalent.

The state-media and individuals from the regime have warned of the escalating threat of the MEK. Davoudi’s anecdote holds more relevance now, particularly following the August 16th seminary in Qom, where anti-Rouhani clerics held a placard directed at Rouhani which read, “Farah’s pool is your fate”.

Davoudi concluded, “I am not even going to mention that some of the circles that are formed in religious seminaries are directly or indirectly associated with the MEK”. He didn’t need to. The sentiment is clear. MEK thought and democratic ideas are gaining traction across all sections of Iranian society.

Even the religious seminaries, once a bastion for regime ideology, are undergoing a democratic transition. Nowhere is safe for the mullahs.

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Lindsey Hilsum filming MEK residence without permission

Channel 4 News Report Serves as Tool for Iran Lobby

Lindsey Hilsum filming MEK residence without permission

Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 editor shows up next to the camp of the place of residence of Iranian refugees in Albania, filming the compound and individuals to be used to vilify Iran’s principal opposition the MEK.

One of the keys to a successful lobbying campaign is to get your point across through the use of surrogates and third parties, especially if those entities are not even aware of being manipulated for a specific purpose.

In politics, the tactics are well-worn and timeless as the third party, grassroots organizations, think tanks and other groups spring up like weeds to advocate a specific position, recruit like-minded people and then activate them to write letters, post on comment boards, give money or man phone banks.

The Iranian regime recognized the effectiveness of those tactics, even though it bans them within its own political world, and utilizes them to advocate abroad, especially in the U.S. and Europe. Those tactics have taken shape in forms both legal and illegal.

Iranian regime made significant investments in building a political lobbying and PR machine to help rally support for the nuclear deal during the Obama administration. Messages were carefully crafted to coincide with the projection of a moderate in the form of Hassan Rouhani’s election as president.

Many news organizations bought it hook, line and sinker as they dutifully spit out the concepts of Iranian moderation and ignored the excesses of the regime in its crackdown on human rights at home.

Predictably it all fell apart as Iran sank billions in supporting the Assad regime even as it gassed hundreds of men, women, and children and killed over half a million people and turned another five million into refugees that swamped Europe and spread Islamic extremism that Europe still wrestles with daily.

But now as the regime is facing more and more demonstrations against its corrupt and repressive rule, and as Trump administration has decided to withdraw from the nuclear deal and impose economic sanctions, the regime is under the greatest stress economically and politically it has ever been. Predictably, the regime has gone looking for a scapegoat as well as stepped up efforts to stomp out any dissension.

Given the role of MEK in recent uprisings in Iran, the mullahs in Tehran have decided to focus their efforts on the Iranian opposition, and its principal member, the MEK, and sought to bring all of their lobbying and PR tools to bear. In the U.S., the effectiveness of that lobby has been severely retarded and advocates for the regime have found it tough sledding to get their editorials and commentaries placed.

Whereas before you could see editorials in prestigious publications such as the New York Times and Washington Post, those same editorials can now only be found on obscure blogs or those already controlled by the regime’s state news apparatus.

But periodically, someone gets taken in and in this case, it was Britain’s Channel 4 News and international editor Lindsey Hilsum.

She produced a piece that dutifully checked off all the boxes for the regime in attacking the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), the oldest and principal opposition group to the Iranian regime and failed to provide many contexts to the realities of the regime’s actions.

In it, she attempts to vilify the Iranian opposition by showing visually arresting visuals of her attempt to enter the main camp in Albania where displaced MEK refugees were relocated after suffering continued attacks at another camp in Iraq by Iranian forces and affiliated Shiite militias – many of whom would later go on to fight in Syria on behalf of the Assad regime.

While the video depicts security guards trying to deter the crew from filming the camp and security measures being put in place, she never provides the context of why those measures are necessary.

Hilsum gives some lip service to prior attacks on the MEK refugee camp in Iraq and to the mass execution of MEK political prisoners by the Iranian regime but neglects to mention how relentlessly the regime continues to pursue attacks on these harsh critics of the mullahs’ rule.

She mentions the MEK’s annual gathering in Paris but doesn’t mention the arrest of Iranian diplomats and operatives by French and Belgium police who were planning on smuggling a bomb to the MEK’s convention this summer.

Nor does she mention the recent disclosure by cybersecurity firm FireEye of a sophisticated operation by Iran Ministry of Intelligence Services (MOIS) to influence U.S. and European opinion about economic sanctions on Iran through the use of false front social media profiles who were also involved in massive vilifying campaigns against the MEK.

Taken in context, it’s understandable why the MEK in Albania are nervous about any video showing the layout, security, and location of the camp and its facilities. Remarkably, Hilsum adds with emphasis that this is Albania, how can they be in danger here?

Obviously, she must believe that Paris, Brussels, Sydney, Ottawa, San Bernardino, Nice, Orlando, Berlin, and other cities are immune from Islamic extremism. The fact that Iranian diplomatic personnel was attempting to smuggle a bomb from Belgium to France to bomb the MEK must have slipped her attention.

While Hilsum conveniently mentions the MEK’s placement on the U.S. terrorism list, she neglects to mention that it was taken off that list by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Obama administration.

That bipartisan support of the MEK is also neglected by Hilsum who makes a big show of discussing support from the MEK by Trump legal counsel Rudy Giuliani and National Security Advisor John Bolton, but never mentions support from Democratic senators Robert Menendez, Richard Torricelli and Joseph Liberman, not to mention a slew of Democratic representatives and ex-administration officials.

Hardly a club of extremists.

Oddly, in the video of the MEK gathering, Hilsum prominently displays videos and name tags for American officials attending, but curiously in one scene, blurs the nameplate for a prominent British official.

Why? Afraid to showcase support from Channel 4’s home country?

The truth is Hilsum has served as a useful tool by taking as gospel the key messages churned out by the Iranian regime’s PR machine. Her ultimate condemnation of the MEK is to claim there is no support for it within Iran.

Her most serious omission is that the MEK has long campaigned on one simple platform: open and fair elections in Iran allowing for all political parties to participate.

Hilsum never mentions membership in the MEK is banned in Iran.

She never mentions active participation in MEK activities in punishable by imprisonment and even death.

She never mentions the Iranian regime outlaws the MEK from participating in any election.

She never mentions the regime’s ruling council regularly disqualifies dissident candidates from election slates by the hundreds.

As the statement by the Iranian opposition mentioned, “Demonizing the Iranian regime’s main opposition concurrent with the visit of the UK Foreign Office’s Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, to Iran is another objective of Ms. Hilsum’s upcoming report. Burt’s visit to Iran is the first by a European minister subsequent to the foiled Paris terrorist plot” states the NCRI.

It also rightfully warns, “Experience has shown that offering concessions to the main state sponsor of terrorism in the world that has made hostage-taking into its most lucrative trade for the past four decades, would only encourage it to continue its despicable policies. Proffering concessions to the clerical regime by jeopardizing the safety and security of 2,500 refugees, members of the PMOI (MEK), is tantamount to the promotion of terrorism and hostage-taking.”

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Rep. Peter Roskam

Iranian Espionage Revelations Only “Tip of the Iceberg”

Rep. Peter Roskam

Rep. Peter Roskam says: Arrest of Iranian Spies in U.S. Just ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

United States Representative Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) is speaking out about the Iranian regime’s espionage activities within the U.S. after a month filled with revelations of espionage by the Iranian regime. In the month of August, social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, found and deleted hundreds of fake accounts planted by the Iranian regime. On August 9th, two Iranian agents were arrested in the U.S. They are accused of working on behalf of the Iranian regime to target the MEK. According to Representative Roskam, these actions, taken in a single month, are only “the tip of the iceberg.”

Roskam believes that the regime’s espionage activities in the U.S. have probably been in progress for quite some time. In media interviews, the Congressman has suggested that the regime likely stationed agents in the U.S. to carry out its intelligence activities years ago. Tehran has a number of known targets for its espionage activities, but its primary focus has always been the MEK, which, as the largest opposition group in Iran, poses an existential threat to the regime.

In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Roskam said that he was not at all surprised by Tehran’s efforts to sow discord across the world, including within the United States. In talking about these deep divisions within the United States that prevent meaningful discussion and forward the goals of those who would sow such discord, Roskam blamed the previous administration. Clearly, Tehran has found an effective strategy.

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had arrested two Iranian regime spies earlier this month. They have been charged by a federal court on charges of acting as agents of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General, violating sanctions against Iran, and conspiracy. The arrests have brought attention to the Iranian regime’s worldwide espionage network and operations.

The arrests follow a long and largely unheeded series of warnings from lawmakers and experts in the field about the Iranian regime. These experts have long cautioned that the regime is likely stationing “sleeper cells” within the U.S. and using them to expand its spy network.

The Washington Free Beacon provides details of the arrested Iranian regime agents: “The two Iranian individuals—identified as Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, an Iranian citizen and resident of California—were formally charged by the Trump administration ‘with allegedly acting on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran by conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, and collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK),’ an Iranian opposition group that promotes regime change in the Islamic Republic, the DOJ announced.”

The Free Beacon article also discussed the role of the social media scandal, writing, “The propaganda network that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube uncovered was doubling as a hacking network that had been ramping up in the last couple of years.”

The Iranian regime poses a threat to the United States, the Middle East, Europe, and to its own people. The international community endangers itself by continuing to do business with the mullahs’ regime.

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Protest in Iran

Mullahs’ Mouthpiece Warns: MEK Is “Very Serious Threat”

Protest in Iran

Archive- Protest spread into 142 cities across Iran in January 2018 and has been continued ever since, despite the repression and mass arrests and persecution. The Iranian regime officials consider MEK as the main force behind the demonstrations.

On August 28th, the state-run website Baharestaneh, which is connected to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, posted an article about the MEK and its tactics. The article is the latest example of the Iranian regime’s fear of the MEK and its influence.

 

The article described the difference in the methods used by the MEK before the beginning of the uprising that began in December as compared to those employed now. “For some times now,” the article stated, “the PMOI/MEK launched a coordinated chorus indicating the Islamic Republic of Iran is in its final phase. Cyberspace has the role of providing backup fire in this regard… The PMOI/MEK have changed their tactic now and the protests, even in comparison to the Dec/Jan period, have surpassed an undeniable reality.”

 

The article described the MEK’s skillful mobilization of various groups of people, saying: “In the past, the PMOI/MEK were known to ride waves. Today, however, they have infiltrated into many social sectors and among people from all walks of life, including truck drivers, bazaar store owners, people whose life savings have been stolen by state-run firms, teachers, workers and … [MEK] are guiding them in their protests.”

 

The article went on to discuss the MEK’s use of social media tools to quickly organize protests: “The nature of today’s protests have changed. For example, in the past it would take one or two days for social/economic chants to evolve into [anti-regime] slogans. Today, however, this transition is quickly turned into a political demonstration and slogans change into [anti-regime] chants.”

 

The article also discussed ways that the MEK had learned to effectively organize and lead protesters, saying: “During the Dec/Jan period the protesters were unorganized and lacked leadership. There were vivid leadership mistakes on the ground and the movement lacked the necessary complexity. Today, however, in addition to gaining a gangster-like and aggressive spirit, [the protests] have the potential of establishing bunkers and shields in the streets in the case of a faceoff with security forces. This means the protesters are far more ready these days.”

Of particular note in the article was the mention of the unity of the Iranian resistance movement, specifically the MEK. According to the article: “Protesters, with the PMOI/MEK topping the list, lack any political reservations. They do not recognize any factional divisions inside the [Iranian regime] and they put the same amount of energy in their slogans against reformists as they do against principalists [sp].”

 

Although the regime has long claimed that the MEK has no influence inside Iran, the article acknowledged the MEK’s role in the ongoing uprising, quoting Khamenei. The article wrote: “The PMOI/MEK’s role in the Dec/Jan uprising is so undeniable that the Supreme Leader said in his January 9th speech: ‘A triangle was active in this regard… The PMOI/MEK were the third side of this triangle.”

The article also mentioned the Resistance Units used by the MEK to organize the resistance. According to the article: “Currently, the fact that protesters are becoming organized is a game-changing factor in comparison to the Dec/Jan uprising. They have established entities dubbed ‘Resistance Units’ that are able to increase their numbers and have the potential of replacing leaders at the scene of protests [in case of arrests]!

The article placed great importance on the MEK’s ability to communicate between Resistance Units, saying: “[T]he most significant development is the linkage between these units to their leadership. Currently, these resistance units are receiving their guidance from Massoud Rajavi in the form of ‘Message to Resistance Units.’”

 

It went on to say: “On August 2nd of this year Massoud Rajavi sent a message titled, ‘Fist with fist, attack with attack, fire with fire’ to lift the protesters’ spirits, promising them these protests will continue and expand with each passing day. He described the protests as more organized in comparison to the past, claiming the [regime] lacks the capacity to confront these measures.”

 

The article concluded with an ominous warning to regime officials: “Now that the enemy of the state, with such an apparatus, has prepared for a confrontation, we must acknowledge the fact that we are all in the same boat. Therefore, one must tell all government officials and the associated others that the status quo is a very serious threat that one cannot easily neglect.”

The regime’s days of diminishing the MEK are over. The mullahs and their mouthpieces have given up the pretense that the MEK is a fringe movement and have acknowledged that the Iranian Resistance, and specifically the MEK, are an existential threat to the very survival of the regime.

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Ali Safavi's interview with OAN

Ali Safavi Explains Role of Resistance and U.S. Support in Bringing Down Mullahs’ Regime

Ali Safavi's interview with One America Network(OAN)

Ali Safavi, from NCRI’s office in Washington D.C. participates in an interview with OAN

Protests flared again on Tuesday in Tehran, Ahvaz, and Rasht, as the uprising that began in December of last year moves into its ninth month. Despite the regime’s efforts to suppress the people, the protests show no sign of stopping, and turmoil within the regime has reached a boiling point, as crises, both foreign and domestic, continue to escalate.

Ali Safavi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), discussed the mullahs’ dilemma and the role of the Iranian resistance movement in a recent interview with One America Network. He also described the role that the U.S. government can play in dealing with the Iranian regime.

“Obviously,” Safavi said, “the protests that you see now are the continuation of the major nationwide uprisings that erupted back in December and January in 142 cities. The main reason is the fact that the Iranian regime has been unable to address the many demands of the Iranian people. The economy is on the verge of bankruptcy.”

The mullahs have grown afraid of their people, as the calls for regime change have become louder and more organized. More than 55 million people in Iran actively use the social media messaging app Telegram to share news from across the country and from around the world. Activists also use Telegram to organize anti-government protests, which prompted the regime to attempt to ban the use of Telegram earlier this year.

According to Safavi, the Iranian people have also expressed anger over the regime’s foreign policy, which includes spending over $100 billion in Syria to prop up Bashar al Assad’s corrupt regime, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars every year to fund the terrorist Lebanese group Hezbollah,and providing both financial and military assistance to sectarian Shiite militias in Iraq.

Safavi went on to say: “To the extent that the [Trump] administration pursues a firm and decisive policy against the mullahs of Iran, I think that sends an encouraging signal to the people of Iran. If the Iranian people see on the international level there is support for their aspiration and that there is an attempt to deny the Iranian regime the means with which it suppresses its own people and foments chaos through the Middle East, they would be encouraged and they would be emboldened.”

The MEK network inside Iran has taken an active role in organizing the ongoing protests through the establishment of resistance units. The resistance movement is being led by the young men and women of Iran, who are leading demonstrations against the mullahs’ regime. The youth have also taken the lead in bringing together the variety of opposition groups and sectors of society who are protesting the clerical regime in a unified call for regime change.

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The conference on the 30th anniversary of the political prisoners in Iran

Remembering Iran’s Biggest Massacre of Political Prisoners since World War II

The conference on the 30th anniversary of the political prisoners in Iran

Conference in Paris on the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre in Iran

On August 25th 2018, Legal Insurrection published an article by Mary Chastain marking the 30th anniversary of the massacre of more than 30,000 Iranian political prisoners (mainly MEK). On August 25th 1988, Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa that would prompt the execution of 30,000 political prisoners being held in regime custody.

Former director of Research and Survey for the Ministry of Intelligence, Reza Malek, said that more than 33,000 prisoners were killed in a span of just three months. Some of whom were young girls and pregnant women.

In her article, Chastain calls it, “the biggest massacre of political prisoners since World War II”. Anyone with links to the Iranian opposition and groups like the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), was swiftly and mercilessly executed.

The bodies were disposed of in unmarked graves without the notification of the victim’s families.

Waiting for Justice

Despite the heinousness of their crimes, nobody responsible for issuing or carrying out the fatwa has been brought to justice for their involvement in the executions. The families of the 30,000 victims have formed groups like the Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVNMI) to raise awareness and bring those accountable to justice.

The upper echelons of the Iranian regime are still occupied by many officials and leaders who were in positions of authority in 1988. The same people who ordered and carried out the executions of the 30,000 in 1988, still hold positions of power today. Rouhani himself, Iran’s current President, was Deputy of Iran’s Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1988. It is highly likely he was involved in the massacre and its cover-up.

An audio file of a conversation which took place between Khomeini’s former successor, Hossein-Ali-Montazeri and members of a “death commission” established to carry out the massacre was published in 2016. In the recording, Montazeri can be heard telling the commission, “in the future, your [names] will be etched in the annals of history as criminals.”

Among those he was addressing were Mostafa-Pour-Mohammadi, a representative of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the current Minister for Justice in Rouhani’s cabinet, and Hossein-Ali Nayeri, the current Head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court of Judges.

When Montazeri told the death commission to stop executing prisoners during the holy month of Moharram, one of the members of the commission replies with, “if we don’t deal with them now… this will create problems”.

After writing two letters to Khomeini in protest at his actions, Montazeri was removed of his position as Khomeini’s successor and lived out the rest of his days under house arrest.

Anti-MEK Sentiments are Still Rife Among the Regime Leadership

The mullahs continue to target the MEK through bloody campaigns of violence and repression. They still view the MEK as a threat to their rule and have pumped money into demonization campaigns across the globe.

At Khavaran Cemetery in Tehran many families of the victims of the 1988 massacre, who gather there to mourn their loved ones, have faced harassment and arrest. Some have even been executed for holding memorial services for the victims.

Montazeri predicted in 1988 that a campaign of violence and repression would be ineffective against a group like the MEK. He said, “the Mojahedin (MEK) aren’t just individuals. They represent an ideology and a school of thought… You can’t get rid of it through killings, in fact you will only propagate and spread it this way”.

His words echo across the two decades that have elapsed since he said them. Now, the MEK is as strong as ever, coordinating domestic protests across Iran and drawing support from international political figures across the globe.

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FBI arrests two agents of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence charged with espionage operation against MEK

Two Iranian Agents Arrested on Espionage Charges in the US

FBI arrests two agents of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence charged with espionage operation against MEK

Two agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence were arrested on August 9, 2018 on charges of espionage against the MEK (Iran’s principal opposition)

On August 22nd, 2018, The New York Times reported that two agents of the Iranian regime had been arrested on charges of spying in the US. The pair stand accused of intelligence gathering on American citizens with links to MEK, the political groups advocating for regime change in Iran as well as carrying out surveillance against Jewish facilities.

Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, 38 and 59 respectively, were both employed by the clerical regime in Iran. Doostdar had dual citizenship as a US-Iranian, while Gurbani arrived in the US in the mid-1990s.

A Regime on the Back Foot

The arrests come as the international community, with the US in particular, is beginning to adopt a firmer stance towards the Iranian regime. Donald Trump has reintroduced sanctions after withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Iran’s espionage and terror networks have also been under the spotlight in recent weeks. Following the foiled terror attack in Europe, where an Iranian diplomat posted in Vienna coordinated a terror attack in Paris, the US State Department has urged every nation with an Iranian embassy on its soil to investigate the embassy activities.

Surveillance Activities Against MEK

The case being brought against Doostdar and Ghorbani alleges that the pair monitored the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). Ghorbani attended MEK rallies and photographed its members.

28 photos of MEK members were found in Doostdar’s personal luggage, along with a receipt for $2,000. Court documents allege that Doorstdar paid Ghorbani $2,000 for the photos, complete with annotated notes on those depicted.

Electronic Surveillance

Further evidence against the pair was gathered through court-ordered electronic surveillance. In one recording, Ghorbani can be heard telling Doorstdar that he had seen Alireza Jafarzadeh at a New York MEK rally. Jafarzadeh is deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an Iranian anti-regime opposition group.

In the same conversation, Ghorbani described those attending the rally as deserving “one-shot”, referring to a bullet.

Following the arrests, Jafarzadeh spoke to the media. The New York Times article quotes Jafarzedah directly. He said, “the Iranian regime has been operating her under different covers… for decades”. He added, “they got away with pretty much everything”.

US Law

The pair violated several US laws, including working as agents of a foreign government without notifying the US attorney general and breaching the current Iran sanctions. The case is being tried in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. FBI representatives from Washington DC and Los Angeles investigated the case.

The court case is due to begin on September 6th.

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News conference in Berlin to expose new details of Iranian regime's failed terror plot in June 30th, 2018

Berlin Conference: New Information Revealed on Assadi’s Role Within the Iranian Regime’s Network of Terror in Europe

News conference in Berlin to expose new details of Iranian regime's failed terror plot in June 30th, 2018

News conference in Berlin-Exposing new details of the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot to bomb #FreeIran2018 rally in Paris

On August 22nd, 2018, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a news conference in Berlin to reveal new information on the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot on European soil back in June.

The conference featured speakers, Martin Patzelt, a member of the German Bundestag and member of Germany’s Human Rights Committee, Eduard Lintner, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Bernd Hausler, Human Rights Commissioner of the Bar Association in Berlin, and Javad Dabiran, of the NCRI.

A Cause for International Concern

On June 2nd, as Iranian opposition groups, including the NCRI and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), gathered for their annual Grand Gathering in Paris, a Belgian couple of Iranian descent were travelling in a car with 500g of homemade explosive, determined to carry out a terrorist attack against the MEK and NCRI.

The couple had received the explosives, as well as their instructions, from Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, Austria.

Bernd Hausler described the devastation that was no narrowly averted. He said the plot could have “targeted thousands of participants”, including “hundreds of politicians”. He asserted that the issue “should be of international concern”.

Hausler echoed comments made by the US State Department urging all countries with Iranian embassies to be vigilant of covert terrorist activities. Hausler said, “we want all countries to be vigilant about the Iranian regime’s use of its embassies as cover for its terrorist activities”.

New Information

After Hausler, Javad Dabiran from the NCRI addressed those in attendance. He began by informing the audience that the US State Department had arrested two intelligence agents in the US on August 9th. He said that the pair, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, were plotting attacks against the MEK and NCRI.

The pair were responsible for gathering information on the MEK and had been actively doing so since at least March 2017. They were sending this information back to Iran, so the regime could coordinate cyber-attacks, kidnappings, and assassinations against the MEK.

He went on to reveal that Assadi, who is currently in custody in Germany, was an explosives expert within the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). Dabiran revealed Assadi has a long history of terrorist acts from his posting in Baghdad, and in his position at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, he was responsible for coordinating terrorist plots all over Europe.

In response to Assadollah Assadi’s arrest, the Iranian regime has established a Supreme National Security Council to mitigate the international fallout of his arrest. The council includes senior members of the MOIS, IRGC and Quds Force, and has been charged with securing Assadi’s release from custody.

The regime is fighting Assadi’s extradition to Belgium and the initiation of legal proceedings. It wants to see him extradited to Austria, where the regime holds much more influence, and could potentially negotiate his return to Iran.

What do we know about Assadi?

Aside from his position as a lynchpin for plotting terror attacks across Europe, Javad Dabiran also revealed his former responsibilities in earlier postings for the MOIS. Assadi joined the MOIS in his birth province, Lorestan. He was initially responsible for rounding up members of the MEK and Iranian opposition groups.

He was shortly promoted and began becoming involved in coordinating attacks. During the US invasion of Iraq, he was sent to Baghdad with the instruction to collect intelligence on the coalition forces.

He spent four years in Iraq, serving in his Baghdad posting between 2004 and 2008. During this time, he effectively coordinated attacks against the coalition and the MEK in the area. He played a central role in the kidnapping and assassinating key Iraqi officials, as well as coordinating roadside bombings, and IEDs. He was also heavily involved in the May 2006 bombing which killed 11 Iraqi workers traveling in a bus to Camp Ashraf (the headquarters of the MEK).

His role in the regime chain-of-command

NCRI representative, Javad Dabiran, also shed some light on Assadi’s position in the regime’s chain-of-command. He revealed information that suggested Assadi reported directly to Reza Amiri Moghadam, one of the most senior officials within the MOIS and former IRGC member.

Moghadam reports to the Iranian Minister of Intelligence and Security, Mahmoud Alavi. Given Assadi’s proximity to senior regime officials, Dabiran concluded that following Khamenei’s approval of the terror plot against the MEK in Paris, Alav would have briefed Moghadam on the details, who would have entrusted Assadi to orchestrate the plan.

Dabiran ended his address with a plea to the US and Europe. He asserted that the international community faces a “highly-organised campaign of terror by the main state-sponsor of terrorism [the Iranian regime]”.

He cited the failed bombing plot in Albania in March, the Paris plot, and the recent arrest of regime agents on US soil, as evidence that “the clerical regime has given new momentum to all of its entities that are engaged in terrorism in the West”.

The NCRI, therefore, proposes that justice is brought to Assadi and all those involved in the terror attack against the MEK and its allies. It also proposes that Europe arrest, try, and expel Iranian agents carrying out subversive operations on European soil. Finally, it recommends that the regime offices in Europe be closed.

 

Dabiran concluded, “the only solution is firmness. Any leniency or hope for a change in the conduct of this regime is naïve and delusional, and will result in dire consequences”.

 

 

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Iranians Protest Regime Giveaway of Caspian Sea

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The Caspian sea that was once part of Iran, is now shared between five states. Iranian regime’s President, Hassan Rouhani signed an agreement, accepting a small share of the sea, nearly 11% of the total area in a bid to gain regional support for its falling regime.

On Saturday, August 18th, dozens gathered in front of the Majlis (Parliament) in Tehran to protest the Caspian Sea Treaty. The treaty, signed by regime President Hassan Rouhani on August 12th, signed away Iran’s claim to a large portion of the Caspian Sea.

 

The giveaway of the Caspian Sea is widely unpopular with the Iranian people, who see it as the latest effort by the regime to hold onto power by whatever means possible. The Caspian Sea is one of Iran’s greatest natural resources, and the despicable move by the regime to give it away has been met by widespread criticism.

Demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans during their protest, including:

“Death to Rouhani, the president of the regime of Iran!”

“We shall fight, we shall win back our Caspian Sea!”

“Selling out the Caspian is like selling out your honor!”

 

The protesters were attacked by security forces and anti-riot police, who attempted to stop the protest. There were reports of a number of arrests of protesters by security forces. Those who were arrested were taken to undisclosed locations.

 

The Caspian Sea legal convention was signed on August 12th, paving the way for the sea to be divided between Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Iran. Iran’s ownership of the Caspian Sea will drop from 50 percent to 11 percent under the treaty. The convention also led to agreements on a ban on ships owned by countries other than the states bordering the Caspian Sea, as well as exports of the sea’s oil and gas reserves. The treaty was signed by presidents of the five border nations at a meeting in Aktau.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Opposition, which includes the MEK, responded to the Caspian Sea Treaty in a statement.

“For Khomeini, Khamenei and Rouhani, neither water, nor the land, nor the culture, nor the lives, nor the wealth of the Iranian people have any value. Only one thing matters: Preserving the rule of the mullahs, which Khomeini described as the ‘absolute imperative,’ and for which one can abrogate Islamic edicts, and first and foremost give away the land and water of Iran and its people and massacre its valiant children in the prisons.” She added “Indeed, what could an invader do that the mullahs have not done to Iran and the Iranian people. The mullahs are among the worst in Iran’s history.”

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Regime Experts Admit MEK’s Major Role in Recent Protests

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A recent Infographic distributed over the internet, challenging the Iranian regime’s misinformation about the lack of popularity for MEK (the principal opposition to the regime) in Iran

While for years the Iranian dictatorship and its lobbies had denied MEK’s major support at home, and by running smear campaigns had tried to misinform the International audience from the popularity of the main opposition among Iranians inside and outside the country, the recent positions by various high officials prove differently.

A series of protests have spread throughout Iran’s cities since July 31st, in response to the terrible economic situation and the spread of poverty across Iran, the mismanagement of water and electricity and carelessness of the regime towards bare necessities of Iranians while spending billions to prop up the dictatorship in Syria. People from all walks of life have taken to the streets to protest the regime’s failed economic policies. Though the protests were sparked by economic unrest due to the latest plunge in the rial’s value and resulting increase in costs, outrage among the protesters soon turned to the regime and its leadership, particularly the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. Chants of “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to Khamenei!” were heard in Isfahan, Karaj, Tehran, and other cities and towns across Iran. The role of MEK during these demonstrations has been essential in mobilizing and expanding the anti-regime protests.

The following are some of the quotes that have been made by regime officials and “experts” over the past few weeks as protests have ramped up to the current widespread uprising.

On July 3, 2018, Hassan Rouzi-Talab gave an interview to Vatan-e-Emrooz State Daily. Rouzi-Talab is an IRGC expert on the MEK. He made the following statements in the interview, admitting MEK’s widespread support in the social media :

“The MEK has been on top of the social media scene from the start. They attract political activists in the streets and ordinary people and convince them to be MEK resources.” He went on to talk more about the MEK’s role in social media.

“More than 70% of calls to protest and video coming out of the protests… are related to MEK channels. Massoud Rajavi [one of the founders of the MEK] has issued five statements about the protests and clashes since December which is really unprecedented in recent years.”

He also acknowledged that the MEK organized the protests. “MEK forces have divvied up the cities among themselves and organized protest veterans in the streets into Telegram groups in a process that has taken several years. For example, in one small town, there are over 5,000 members in various groups who have the means to coordinate a place and time for gatherings there.

Rouzi-Talab revealed the MEK’s support at home by admitting their slogans and calls being popularly chanted by the people. “Their behavior and slogans are all related to the MEK… Direct calls for overthrow, it was heard everywhere (in all cities) and was repeated frequently.”
On July 14, 2018, IRGC Brigadier General Jalali, Commander of the regime’s “Passive Defense Organization” gave an interview to the Tasnim State News Agency. He credited the MEK as the basis of the resistance movement. In this interview, he said, “We are at a very critical point in the history of our revolution… The striking issue is that all counter-revolutionaries [activities] are designed on the basis of the MEK.”

On July 21, 2018, Ali Rabiei, the regime’s Labor Minister, spoke about the MEK’s role in Iran’s labor movements. He was quoted as saying:

“Today our enemies, particularly the MEK, are targeting the labor issues in the country, something that was very apparent in the issue of the truckers… Various networks were activated to transform this demand as a protest by the MEK in the shortest possible time…”

On July 25, 2015, Mohamad Khan Boluki, Managing Director of the regime’s Transportation Union, also claimed that the MEK was responsible for the labor movement. “The majority of the people that guided the truckers’ gatherings to insurrection were from the MEK who had infiltrated this social sector,” he said.

On August 1, 2018, immediately after the renewed set of protests began, Reza Hosseini, consultant to Soft Wars HQ of the Armed Forces gave an interview with Fars News Agency in which he discussed the MEK’s increased visibility in Iran. He said, “We have to pay attention to what the MEK did in the 1980s to understand how they have resurfaced again and have advanced to the forefront and leadership stage in some sectors.”
He went on to say, “Sometimes it is said that these guys (MEK) have been killed off and don’t mention them anymore!… As an expert, I will tell you that anyone who says the MEK is dead either has a bad motive or is ignorant.”Hosseini added, “The MEK are creating waves today. They have entered into various social strata like the truckers and bazaar owners and provide them with direction.”
 
Hosseini concluded by stating the importance that the regime places on the MEK and its influence on the people of Iran: “Right now they have influence in the universities, particularly in provincial capitals. That is why we sometimes hear discourses in university settings that are the MEK’s narrative.”

On August 2, 2018, as protests picked up steam, Ahmad Salek, a member of Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament), affiliated with the pro-Khamenei faction, spoke to Tasnim News Agency-Mullah about recent protests by workers in Isfahan: “The slogans that were chanted in the demonstration were directed by the MEK through foreign news channels.”

The running thread through all of the statements made by regime officials and experts is that the MEK – the powerful force in the Iranian resistance – is driving the protests and social upheaval taking place in the country. The regime is wrong to place the blame for the uprising at the feet of the MEK: the regime is responsible for the uprising through its corruption, cruelty, and mismanagement, and the people are rising up of their own accord. But the longstanding argument of the regime has been that the MEK is a weak organization that has no standing or power within Iran. Now that the people have risen up, it has been forced to adopt a new narrative and has contradicted itself. The MEK cannot be both a toothless organization with no internal support and a well-organized resistance that is responsible for a massive uprising and its slogans demanding freedom and democracy through regime change in Iran “being heard everywhere”.

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