'US disguises MKO terrorists as heroes' [Franklin Lamb © PressTV]
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The United States arrays "yesterday's terrorist" anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) and honors them as "today's freedom fighters" to use them against the Islamic Republic, says an analyst.
On September 28, the terrorist group was taken off the US State Department's blacklist a week after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move.
The US claimed that the decision was made because the MKO has not carried out any acts of terror over the past 10 years.
Meanwhile, a September 21 New York Times article reaffirms that the support of prominent US politicians for the MKO organization has undoubtedly played a role in the de-listing of the MKO organization as a terrorist group.
The article said the long list of high-ranking US politicians supporting the MKO includes: former CIA Directors, R. James Woolsey and Porter J. Goss; former FBI director Louis J. Freeh; former US President George W. Bush's homeland security secretary, Tom Ridge; Attorney General, Michael B. Mukasey; and President Barack Obama's first national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones.
Many of MKO's American supporters, yet not all, are said to have received fees of up to 15,000 to 30,000 dollars to give speeches to the group, in addition to travel expenses to attend MKO rallies in Paris. The former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, Edward G. Rendell, admitted in March that he had received a total of 150,000 to 160,000 dollars, the US daily article added.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Beirut-based international lawyer and director of the Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace movement, Franklin Lamb, to further shed light on the issue.