The Secretary of State has decided, consistent with the law, to revoke the designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and to delist the MEK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. These actions are effective today. Property and interests in property in the United States or within the possession or control of U.S. persons will no longer be blocked, and U.S. entities may engage in transactions with the MEK without obtaining a license.
The People’s Mujahedin of Iran or the Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK, also PMOI, MKO) (Persian: سازمان مجاهدين خلق ايران sāzmān-e mojāhedin-e khalq-e irān) is a militant revolutionary Iranian organization that was one of the leading participants of the 1979 Revolution that overthrew the Pahlavi Shah. It is now an opposition movement in exile, that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Mujahedeen claimed to have inflicted 40,000 Iranian casualties.
In May 2005, Human Rights Watch issued a report describing prison camps within Iraq run by the MEK and severe human rights violations committed by the group against former members. that was described in a May 18, 2005 article in Newsweek magazine.
So, uh, State Department? Or maybe somebody else? Could you help me understand this decision? What are we doing here? Is the idea to send a message to Iran that we’re willing and able to turn a blind eye—or even support—terrorist attacks within Iran? Because that wouldn’t be cool.