This US citizen is going to jail for helping a terrorist organization.
A federal grand jury indicted 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group, which has been designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said.
Just a couple years ago, these US citizens GOT PAID to help a terrorist organization. (emphasis mine) [Article here]
The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), or People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, is an Iranian dissident group that has been formally designated for the last 15 years by the US State Department as a "foreign terrorist organization". When the Bush administration sought to justify its attack on Iraq in 2003 by accusing Saddam Hussein of being a sponsor of "international terrorism", one of its prime examples was Iraq's "sheltering" of the MEK. Its inclusion on the terrorist list has meant that it is a felony to provide any "material support" to that group.Nonetheless, a large group of prominent former US government officials from both political parties has spent the last several years receiving substantial sums of cash to give speeches to the MEK, and have then become vocal, relentless advocates for the group, specifically for removing them from the terrorist list. Last year, the Christian Science Monitor thoroughly described "these former high-ranking US officials - who represent the full political spectrum - [who] have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak in support of the MEK." They include Democrats Howard Dean, Ed Rendell, Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson, and Lee Hamilton, and Republicans Rudy Giuliani, Fran Townsend, Tom Ridge, Michael Mukasey, and Andrew Card. Other prominent voices outside government, such as Alan Dershowitz and Elie Wiesel, have been enlisted to the cause and are steadfast MEK advocates.
More links about the MEK supporters. [NY Times],[Washington Post],The problem with a war on terrorism is that someone has to decide who the terrorists are and their definition depends on perspective and can change on a whim (or a few thousand dollars).
I'm sure there are kids in the middle east who believe the terrorists are the people who are dropping bombs on them.
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