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Terror Tagging of an Iranian Dissident Organization Paperback – December 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0979705120 ISBN-10: 0979705126

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  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Iran Policy Committee (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979705126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979705120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,598,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terror Tagging of an Iranian Dissident Organization is a scholarly study that is timely enough to have an impact on the policy process. And it is my delight to find research that is empirically based and can help edify Members of Congress, the Judiciary, and the Executive branch. The book suggests that it is time to end the injustice of an inappropriate use of selected political criteria over legal or historical circumstances to justify continuation of a terrorist tag on an Iranian dissident group the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq [MeK/PMOI]. Professor Tanter is to be commended for his important contribution to achieving that goal. --Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General of the United States, (2007-2009)

Last year, in a powerfully worded opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found that the Department of State neither explained to the PMOI what in the unclassified record provided the basis for State's redesignating it a terrorist organization, nor did it permit the PMOI to respond before it was so designated, only after. It is very rare that a federal appellate court so rebukes the State Department in the field of foreign policy, charging it with, essentially, adopting a Red Queen procedure: execution first, then trial. State's actions clearly suggest that its decision about the PMOI was rooted not in evidence, but in appeasement - a basis that could not tolerate sunlight. --R. James Woolsey, Director of Central Intelligence of the United States, (1993-1995)

About the Author

Dr. Raymond Tanter is the president of the Iran Policy Committee, Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a former member of the U.S. National Security Council Staff in the Executive Office of the President, and a former personal representative of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to arms control negotiations in Europe. His books include Rogue Regimes, Appeasing the Ayatollahs, What Makes Tehran Tick?, Baghdad Ablaze, President Obama and Iraq, and President Obama and Iran.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark bennett on June 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a booklet prepared by the friends of the Iranian terrorist group MEK in support of removing the MEK from the US list of terrorist groups. Its poorly written and poorly presented. I think its mostly designed to give to people who are already convinced on the issue but still need to be protected from the information the other side of the issue.

The supporters of the MEK focus in the book on making a very narrow and legalistic argument in favor of removing the MEK from the list of terrorist organizations. The basic argument is that the since the US took over in Iraq, that the MEK has been "clean" of terrorism. And it has now been "clean" long enough that it should be removed from the list. The book also depends on throwing names and quotes from as many important supporters of the MEK as possible as a sort of proof by VIP friends.

What the book doesn't do is even try to rehabilitate the history of the MEK prior to the US invasion of Iraq. Everything before a certain date in the history of the MEK is down George Orwell's "memory hole".

The history of the MEK in brief is that it it started out in the late 1960s/early 1970s as a marxist islamist group that fought against the Shah of Iran's government and the American presence in Iran. They killed several Americans. In 1979, they were on the side of the Islamic revolution in Iran and supported the taking of the American Embassy. By 1980, the Iranian government decided to crush its leftist opposition. The MEK fled first to France and then to Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

In Iraq, they were basically henchmen of Saddam Hussein used both against Iran and on occasion against Hussein's opposition inside Iraq.
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