Clinton ordered to make terror list decision
Iranian-Americans rally outside the White House to urge the administration to remove the MEK, from the State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organizations List.
June 1st, 2012
02:20 PM ET

Clinton ordered to make terror list decision

By Jamie Crawford

A federal appeals court has ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make a prompt decision on whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations.

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia gave Clinton four months from Friday to deny or grant Mujahedeen-e-Khalq's request for removal from the list, or the court would issue a so-called writ of mandamus and remove the group itself.

"We have been given no sufficient reason why the secretary, in the last 600 days, has not been able to make a decision which the Congress gave her only 180 days to make," the court said in its ruling. "If she fails to take action within that (four month) period, the petition for a writ of mandamus setting aside the (foreign terrorist organization) designation will be granted."

The State Department had argued for an open-ended decision-making process.

MEK has waged a widespread and well-publicized campaign for enforcement of a 2010 ruling by a federal court ordering the State Department to review the group's status on the Foreign Terrorist Organization list. In that ruling, the court gave the State Department 180 days to review the request from MEK to be removed from the list.

The MEK appealed for the writ to compel the State Department to make a decision in a timely manner.

At the time, the State Department told the court the determination required "close analysis of highly classified information, ... expert judgments about the continuing capabilities and intentions of a currently designated foreign terrorist organization, ... extremely sensitive national security judgments and difficult decisions concerning the best way to avoid possible serious human rights violations."

The group has been on the terror list since 1997 because of the deaths of Americans during the 1970s. The group was granted refuge in Iraq by Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war. The MEK supports the overthrow of the Iranian theocracy.

Maryam Rajavi, the MEK's Paris-based leader, issued a statement to CNN saying that the ruling "demonstrated that maintaining the terrorist designation on the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is absolutely illegitimate and unlawful, and is guided by ulterior political motives."

The State Department issued a statement Friday afternoon saying it "intends to comply" with the court's opinion, but noting that "We continue to review MEK's designation."

"Our review includes all relevant materials, including extensive materials provided by counsel to the MEK. At the conclusion of the review, the secretary will make a decision regarding the designation.

"As the secretary has stated previously, given the ongoing efforts to relocate the residents of Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriya, MEK cooperation in the successful and peaceful closure of Camp Ashraf, the MEK's main paramilitary base, will be a key factor in her decision."

-CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report

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  1. timesofthescoffers

    i i trust Hillary !
    so does snake with baby rats !
    im sick of evertime we hear about her shes blaming someone else , and putting sanctions on whoever she thinks
    Queen of Sheba !! more like
    Jezebel
    and you know what GOD did to her !
    the dogs chewed her up !
    i dont trust her and never will , shes the fuel to our Country and the World going to WW3
    while mr pansy ass Obama worries about his votes ! Geeshhh

    June 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  2. timesofthescoffers

    Here She Comes ( Hillary to save the day !!!) (puke )
    while pointing fingers at others when she needs to stop wearing Obama's pants
    and tell Obama to stop wearing ladies knickers the whole white house is corrupt
    who gives her the right to point fingers ! cause shes going to keep pointing them in a corner and 10 more will be pointing back , she will be part of creating this Dam war just with her old crusty mouth !
    and that fake magic wand waving !!
    clean up your own trash Hilliary and take that play boy blo job happy mr clinton with you , and you people think you can trust HER ???

    put your name at the top of the terrorist list honey your no better than anyone !
    you sin will seek you out Hillary
    keep it up and they will come at you like lions in a den !!

    June 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  3. Bob

    Clinton : Another productive worker on the Obama team. I wonder where their next vacation destination will be while the country falls to pieces under their watch.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  4. Mark L

    Wonder if India's Shiv Sena Terrorist Group (KKK equivalent) is on the terrorist list also.If not, we need to consider adding it.

    June 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  5. Prediction

    Not to rub salt in that huge Israel ego, President Obama has Israel under his foot.

    June 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      I won't hurt Israel to be humble and modest

      June 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  6. Everett Wallace

    hillary clinton put your name at the TOP of the list

    June 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • M Houston

      She should refuse to take the MEK off the list. Maybe she should replace it with E Wallace.

      June 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • timesofthescoffers

      amen to that !

      June 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  7. Pastor Dwayne Williamson

    New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

    Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
    PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

    Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

    Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities.

    June 2, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • Everett Wallace

      who invited preachers to open discussions anyway. You HYPOCRITE!

      June 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • Say it As You See It

        Swami, I take it you are a hindu from India? yes?

        June 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  8. Indra

    Let's not forget the dual citizen traitors that have plauged our great country...

    Israel is the only country to commit crimes against the US, between them and Iran.

    Israel attacked the USS Liberty for an HOUR, killing 30 brave sailors.

    This new virus is fitting, seeing how the nation it hails from is itself, a virus. Israel controls the US, as you would a puppet…

    Michael Mukasey Recently appointed as US Attorney General. Mukasey also was the judge in the litigation between developer Larry Silverstein and several insurance companies arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

    Michael Chertoff Former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, at the Justice Department; now head of Homeland Security.

    Richard Perle One of Bush’s foreign policy advisors, he is the chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. A very likely Israeli government agent, Perle was expelled fromSenatorHenry Jackson’s office in the 1970′s after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy. He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam. Perle came from one the above mentionedpro-Israelthinktanks,the AEI.Perle is one ofthe leading pro-Israeli fanatics leading this Iraq war mongering within the administration and now in the media.

    Paul Wolfowitz Former Deputy Defense Secretary, and member of Perle’s Defense Policy Board, in the Pentagon. Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle, and reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. His sister lives in Israel. Wolfowitz came from the above mentioned Jewish thinktank, JINSA. Wolfowitz was the number two leader within the administration behind this Iraq war mongering. He later was appointed head of the World Bank but resigned under pressure from World Bank members over a scandal involving his misuse of power.

    Lawrence (Larry) Franklin The former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Iranian policy issues who worked in the office of UndersecretaryofDefense for Policy Douglas Feithand reported directly to Feith’s deputy, William Luti, was sentenced January 20, 2006, “to more than 12 years in prison for giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat” and members of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

    We are being played. Like a fiddle my friends….

    June 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Tex

      These traitors need to be tied and shot.

      I'm beside myself with rage. Do they think we are fucking sheep??

      June 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
      • kenny of salt

        What ARE you doing with those sheep, Tex?

        June 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
      • Tex

        Pull cock from lips, that i may understand you better..

        June 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Mike

      What does this anti-Semitic rant of cliches have to do with the MEK? Or is is any platform to spew obsesive conspiracy theories about guys worked for Bush/Chaney/Rumsfeld.
      You forgot to blame the Jews for the hurricane season, spring floods, and of course 9/11.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  9. fighter

    If Israel drags the US into another Mideast war, I predict the complete annihilation of the aparteid theocracy.

    It's time to firmly reject the propaganda and vapid war mongering pushed by media outlets owned by Jews.

    We won't bleed for Israel.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  10. chukk

    O yea, you can be certain that AIPAC is behind this bullshit.

    They don't want to be said to be working with known terrorists.

    But they are. Israel is a nation of terrorists.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply

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