US supported terrorism in Iran, alive and well. brought this story back to my memory.  Remember last year when ABC News reported on Bush’s approval of covert action against Iran to destabilize their government? 

The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a “nonlethal presidential finding” that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.

The story mentions near the end the US encouragement of the Jundullah:

As earlier reported on the Blotter on, the United States has supported and encouraged an Iranian militant group, Jundullah, that has conducted deadly raids inside Iran from bases on the rugged Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan “tri-border region.”

U.S. officials deny any “direct funding” of Jundullah groups but say the leader of Jundullah was in regular contact with U.S. officials.

American intelligence sources say Jundullah has received money and weapons through the Afghanistan and Pakistan military and Pakistan’s intelligence service. Pakistan has officially denied any connection.

A report broadcast on Iranian TV last Sunday said Iranian authorities had captured 10 men crossing the border with $500,000 in cash along with “maps of sensitive areas” and “modern spy equipment.”

We know that such clandestine operations against Iran have been a popular notion among many in Bush’s administration before as was reported by ABC back in 2003.  The Pentagon fancied the idea of using the MEK or Mujahedeen E Khalq terrorist organization:

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is advocating a massive covert action program to overthrow Iran’s ruling ayatollahs as the only way to stop the country’s nuclear weapons ambitions, senior State Department and Pentagon officials told ABCNEWS.

The proposal, which would include covert sponsorship of a group currently deemed terrorist by the U.S. government, is not new, and has not won favor with enough top officials to be acted upon.

But sources say it is a viable option that is getting a new look as the administration ramps up its rhetoric against Iran, and it is likely to be one of the top items on the agenda as high-level U.S. policymakers meet today to discuss how to deal with the Islamic republic.

The Pentagon’s proposal includes using all available points of pressure on the Iranian regime, including backing armed Iranian dissidents and employing the services of the Mujahedeen e Khalq, a group currently branded as terrorist by the United States.

The MEK, which had been primarily supported by Iraq and was responsible for numerous attacks inside Iran, agreed after the Iraq war to a truce with U.S. forces.

The Pentagon specifically set aside a proposal to reconstitute the MEK under a different banner and promote their armed incursions into Iran, much as the MEK had been doing under Saddam. As the State Department insisted, and the White House concurred, the MEK has been disarmed but their forces are still in place and their weapons are in storage.

The State Department argument was that MEK is on the terrorist list and any failure to disarm it would be an act of hypocrisy, which was the same line taken by the Iranians in confidential meetings that have been ongoing in Geneva, until the United States recently cut them off.

The office of Doug Feith, undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense, argued that the MEK has not targeted Americans since the 1970s, which is true, and was only put on the terrorist list by the Clinton administration as a gesture to improve relations with Iran.

The Pentagon argues that the MEK is disciplined, well-trained, and an effective lever against the ayatollahs, and could be renamed and placed under American clandestine guidance.

For the moment, this proposal is blocked, but will be revisited as part of the greater proposal to institute massive covert action against the ayatollahs.

Of course we cannot forget about the strong assertions made by Scott Ritter that the CIA is strongly and very secretly supporting the violent terrorist covert actions of the Mujahedeen E Khalq in Iran:

As Raw Story has reported in the past, the US has circumvented the proper channels and has simply had MEK swear off their name and swear allegiance to democracy, and is then using them for violent covert action in within Iran:

“We disarmed [the MEK] of major weapons but not small arms. [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld was pushing to use them as a military special ops team, but policy infighting between their camp and Condi, but she was able to fight them off for a while,” said the intelligence official. According to still another intelligence source, the policy infighting ended last year when Donald Rumsfeld, under pressure from Vice President Cheney, came up with a plan to “convert” the MEK by having them simply quit their organization.

“These guys are nuts,” this intelligence source said. “Cambone and those guys made MEK members swear an oath to Democracy and resign from the MEK and then our guys incorporated them into their unit and trained them.”

Stephen Cambone is the Undersecretary of Defense Intelligence. His office did not return calls for comment.

According to all three intelligence sources, military and intelligence officials alike were alarmed that instead of securing a known terrorist organization, which has been responsible for acts of terror against Iranian targets and individuals all over the world – including US civilian and military casualties – Rumsfeld under instructions from Cheney, began using the group on special ops missions into Iran to pave the way for a potential Iran strike.

“They are doing whatever they want, no oversight at all,” one intelligence source said.

Indeed, Saddam Hussein himself had used the MEK for acts of terror against non-Sunni Muslims and had assigned domestic security detail to the MEK as a way of policing dissent among his own people. It was under the guidance of MEK ‘policing’ that Iraqi citizens who were not Sunni were routinely tortured, attacked and arrested.

Although the specifics of what the MEK is being used for remain unclear, a UN official close to the Security Council explained that the newly renamed MEK soldiers are being run instead of military advance teams, committing acts of violence in hopes of staging an insurgency of the Iranian Sunni population.

“We are already at war,” the UN official told RAW STORY.

Asked how long the MEK agents have been active in the region under the guidance of the US military civilian leadership, the UN official explained that the clandestine war had been going on for roughly a year and included unmanned drones run jointly by several agencies.

In a stunning repeat of pre-war Iraq activities, the Bush administration continues to publicly call for action and pursue diplomatic solutions to allegations that Iran is bomb-ready. Behind the scenes, however, the administration is already well underway and engaged in ground operations in Iran.

Therefore, we can hardly blame Iran for blaming the recent terrorist bombing of a mosque inside Iran (killing 14 people and wounding many others) on the USA via it’s support of the terrorist group the Monarchists, a group the CIA has supported in its activities against Iran for a while now.


2 Responses to “US supported terrorism in Iran, alive and well.”

  1. 1 St Michael Traveler May 14, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Israel a Member of the Common Wealth of the United States

    No one can reject the fact that creation of Israel on the land of Arabic nations has created tremendous problems for the United States. We may have to look outside of the box to diffuse the problems. One solution would be for Israel joining us as a member of the Unites States’ Common Wealth.

    Would Israel consider joining us as a member of the Unites States’ Common Wealth?
    What are costs and benefits for US?

    We are already supporting Israel economically, politically and by sharing intelligence and military hardware. In addition, some Israeli Americans with both Israeli and American citizenships serve in the Israeli Armed Forces. Israel never would have to be fearful of any other nation; our great American Armed Forces will protect the common wealth as they would the homeland.

    Would it be politically more advantages for the United States to manage the Jewish state as a member of our Common Wealth?

    Would it be economically more advantages for Israeli people to be a member of our nation?

    The Israeli Common Wealth will be free to exercise the religious freedom that our great nation would offer without being isolated among the hostile Arabs.

    What do you think?

  2. 2 theradicalmormon May 14, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Interesting points St. Michael, however I don’t think that legitimizing Israeli crimes by making Israel a part of the USA is the way to go. In fact, one of the best suggestions I’ve heard so far is from Israel’s supposed arch enemy, President Ahmadinejad of Iran. He said that we should settle things democratically. Dissolve the Israeli government and hold a referendum involving the Jews and Arabs in the Israeli administered lands including eretz Israel and see what sort of government you come up with.

    Having the US take over Israel would be a problematic in a few different ways. First, the Israeli government would doubtless resist any take-over of their sovereignity. The US would not tolerate a racist state with zionist expansion into adjacent lands as part of its policy and Israel would butt heads with us on that.

    Second, what would we do with the Palestinians? Would we give them back their land circa pre-1967 borders? Would we allow the right of return of the 4 million or so refugees?

    Third, I really don’t like the idea of a two state solution. I think that the only just way of dealing with the region is to switch to a one state nation where Israelis and Palestinian Arabs exist side by side where Jews will have a safe haven, but where a Jewish majority (soon to switch to an Arab majority) will not be allowed to continue its repression of its Arab population. As Iran’s President suggested, we need to allow all in the area to vote democratically on their future course. This favoring of everything Israeli over the interests of everyone else in the region, including the people who lived in the land when Israelis immigrated and forced them to leave, needs to stop. Even the creation of Israel by the UN was an exceedingly unjust move. We need to have equality over there, and we need to stop ignoring the effects of the Zionist induced Nakba.

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