Investigate US Officials for "Material Support" of Terrorists
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Investigate US Officials for "Material Support" of Terrorists

    1. A. Ali
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      A. Ali

      Tallahassee, FL

This petition is vital so we can inform the public and reform the two-tiered justice system which privileges the wealthy and the powerful at the expense of the powerless.

By investigating those prominent politicians and officials who have supported a US State State Department designated foreign terrorist organization, the MEK we can start to restore trust with the populace in our government and justice system.

Glenn Greenwald writes about this,

"One of the most under-reported political stories of the last year is the devoted advocacy of numerous prominent American political figures on behalf of an Iranian group long formally designated as a Terrorist organization under U.S. law. A large bipartisan cast has received substantial fees from that group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), and has then become their passionate defenders.

There are several remarkable aspects to this story. The first is that there are numerous Muslims inside the U.S. who have been prosecuted for providing “material support for Terrorism” for doing far less than these American politicians are publicly doing on behalf of a designated Terrorist group.

Yet here we have numerous American political figures receiving substantial fees from a group which is legally designated under American law as a Terrorist organization. Beyond that, they are meeting with the Terrorist leaders of that group repeatedly (Howard Dean told NPR last year about the group’s leader, Maryam Rajavi: “I have actually had dinner with Mrs. Rajavi on numerous occasions. I do not find her very terrorist-like” and has even insisted that she should be recognized as Iran’s President, while Rudy Giuliani publicly told her at a Paris conference in December: “These are the most important yearnings of the human soul that you support, and for your organization to be described as a terrorist organization is just simply a disgrace”). And, after receiving fees from the Terrorist group and meeting with its Terror leaders, these American political figures are going forth and disseminating pro-MEK messages on its behalf and working to have it removed from the Terrorist list.

Given all the prosecutions of politically powerless Muslims for far fewer connections to Terrorist groups than the actions of these powerful (paid) political figures, what conceivable argument is there for not prosecuting Dean, Giuliani, and the rest of them for providing “material support for Terrorism”? What they are providing to MEK is the definitive “material support.”

Indeed, as Georgetown Law Professor David Cole noted, these activities on behalf of MEK are clearly prosecutable as “material support for Terrorism” under the standard advocated by the Bush and Obama DOJs and accepted by the Supreme Court in the Holder v. Humanitarian Law case of 2009, which held that even peaceful advocacy on behalf of a Terrorist group can be prosecuted if done in coordination with the group (ironically, many of these paid MEK supporters have long been advocates of broad application of “material support” statutes (when applied to Muslims, that is) and have even praised the Humanitarian Law case)."

http://www.salon.com/2012/02/10/israel_mek_and_state_sponsor_of_terror_groups/

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Recently, the US Treasury has decided to investigate three officials who received money from the MEK: Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, former FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton.

We request that the following prominent officials also be investigated as they also received money and perks from the MEK:

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former homeland security advisor Fran Townsend: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former White House chief of staff Andy Card: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton: received about $20-30,000 per speech and a variety of perks, including first-class airfare to European cities.

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean: Lobbied on behalf of, met with and received money.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell: received about $20-30,000 per speech and a variety of perks, including first-class airfare to European cities.

Former FBI Director Louis Frieh: received about $20-30,000 per speech and a variety of perks, including first-class airfare to European cities.

Former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson: Received money.

Former General Wesley Clark: Lobbied on behalf of, met with and received money.

Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif.: Lobbied on behalf of, met with and received money.

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Col.: Lobbied on behalf of and met with.

Ted Poe, R-Texas: Lobbied on behalf of and met with.

Dennis Moore, R-Kan.: Lobbied on behalf of and met with.

State Department Ambassador Daniel Fried: participated in phone calls “urging the pro-MEK members to pass along messages to MEK leaders in Paris.”

Former Sen. Robert Torricelli: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former Sen. Evan Bayh: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former CIA Director Porter Goss: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Richard Myers: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

Former National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones: Lobbied on behalf of, or met with and received money.

 

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    • Zachary Taylor WEST CHESTER, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      The most important part of winning the war on terrorism is maintaining the moral high ground, and standing for the rule of law. Allowing support for the MEK- which is both illegal and immoral- fundamentally undermines that effort.

      I'm not a bleeding-heart liberal. I'm a Republican who supports the war and nation-building effort in Afghanistan, as well as other efforts to fight terrorism. But how can one "support the troops" (much less the war) and undermine the very values those troops are ostensibly fighting for? How can we condemn terrorist attacks against innocent civilians and support a group that commits the same? Every Pennsylvanian should be ashamed and disgusted by the actions of Rendell and Ridge, and American horrified by the rest of this list, which includes far too many prominent and otherwise respectable national figures.

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    • firouzeh afsharnia MCLEAN, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      The MEK are a terrorist group reviled by Iranians of every political persuasion. The MEK fought side by side with Saddam's government against their own countrymen in the 80's. To the U.S. officials, kindly inform yourself before you create another monster of your doing like the Mujaheddin and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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    • Annie Tassin METAIRIE, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is unconscionable that the US government is jailing citizens for "material support of terrorism" while high-level politicians are allowed to do the same for a State Department designated terrorist group.

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    • Aaron Dellutri CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      The multiple levels of dishonesty & hypocrisy here are difficult to describe. Suffice to say that US officials should follow the law.

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