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The other side of the story: Our men in Iran?

Seymour Hersh has recently published in the New Yorker magazine an important chapter of history to be carefully read (especially these days with the world playing with the possibility of a controversial war against Iran).

That is the American Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) counterintelligence training in Nevada for members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq , a dissident Iranian opposition group known in the West as the M.E.K. he M.E.K. was initially part of the broad-based revolution that led to the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran, and, paradoxically, listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department since 1997!!! for their bloody internal war with the ruling clerics in Iran.

Seymour Hersh’s article highlights that in 2002 the M.E.K. earned some international credibility by publicly revealing—accurately—that Iran had begun enriching uranium at a secret underground location (information supplied by the Mosad, according to El Baradei).

The M.E.K.’s ties with Western intelligence deepened after the fall of the Iraqi regime in 2003, and JSOC began operating inside Iran in an effort to substantiate the Bush Administration’s fears that Iran was building the bomb at one or more secret underground locations.

Directly, or indirectly, the M.E.K. ended up with resources like arms and intelligence. An official with the M.E.K. before defecting in 1996 told the New Yorker that the U.S. provided M.E.K. operatives with the ability to intercept telephone calls and text messages inside Iran—which M.E.K. operatives translated and shared with American signals intelligence experts. Some of American-supported covert operations continue in Iran today.

Hersh points out that despite growing ties and a much-intensified lobbying effort organized by its advocates, M.E.K. has remained on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations—which meant that secrecy was essential in the Nevada training (starting in 2005 and ending sometime before the Obama Administration took office). The site in Nevada was being utilized at the same time, he said, for advanced training of élite Iraqi combat units

Five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated since 2007. M.E.K. spokesmen have denied any involvement in the killings, but early last month NBC News quoted two senior Obama Administration officials as confirming that the attacks were carried out by M.E.K. units that were financed and trained by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.

To read the article: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/04/mek.html

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