MEK Iran: Response to Michael Rubin
Michael Rubin has tried to undermine the credibility of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), once again, this time by focusing on the movement’s numerous revelations about the clerics’ clandestine nuclear weapons program and destabilizing activities in Iraq and Syria after his previous diatribe fell flat on its face.
Downplaying its malign behavior in Iraq and Syria
Rubin has effectively sanitized Tehran’s dishonesty and duplicity in relation to its nuclear weapons program while downplaying its malign behavior in Iraq and Syria. Rubin’s ideas are consistently and unashamedly lifted from Iranian official outlets, who then republish his mindless hate towards the MEK.
Iranian opposition group drew worldwide attention
Rubin believes that the MKO’s “tendency to cry wolf hinders and obstructs the real fights against the Iranian regime” in his latest attack. This is completely ridiculous. The fact is that if it weren’t for the MEK, the regime would very certainly have acquired a nuclear weapon by now, causing a catastrophic nightmare of insecurity for the region and the rest of the world.
“On August 14, 2002, at a press conference in Washington, DC, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an exiled Iranian opposition group, drew worldwide attention when it publicly accused Iran of clandestinely developing nuclear weapons,” according to the 2012 National Defense University study cited by Rubin.
Iran’s nuclear weapons development
Of course, Rubin lies when he states that other countries provided the MEK with such information. This is untrue, baseless, and contradictory. Why would a foreign government give the MEK access to its own intelligence about Iran’s nuclear weapons development rather than taking credit for it?
The NCRI responded by claiming that, while the dictatorship wishes to present GMP as a private safe manufacturer, it is actually a state-affiliated operation masquerading as a private one. It specializes in heavy-duty explosive-proof, radiation-resistant, and bullet-proof doors and vaults. Other proof exposing the regime’s lies was also presented by the NCRI. Rubin’s attempts to obtain a lifeline from the regime have thus far failed.
Iranian regime’s nuclear program credits the MEK
Almost every reputable timeline of the Iranian regime’s nuclear program credits the MEK as being the first to reveal the regime’s covert program. Senior American leaders at the time, including President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, credited the MEK with bringing the regime’s covert nuclear weapons program to the world’s attention for the first time.
“The [NCRI/ MEK’s] public revelations of Iran’s clandestine nuclear activities in 2002 unleashed one of the most intensive and widely publicized inspections in the history of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency],” according to Rubin’s sources.
In July 2011, the MEK revealed SPND
In July 2011, the MEK revealed SPND, a new nuclear entity administered by the military that oversees the entire nuclear program. Three years later, in 2014, the US government named that corporation. In addition, the United Nations Security Council resolutions 1737, 1747, and 1803 have sanctioned many of the firms, major nuclear scientists, and military institutions disclosed by the MEK.
“We all owe a debt of gratitude to the MEK for bringing this information to the world, and causing the United States and the world to focus on the problem,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
As a result, Rubin’s accusations that the MEK is not a reliable source of information are not just deceptive, but also nonsensical.