MEK Event Sponsor: Iranian Group Is Not A Terror Organization | Talking Points Memo

The D.C. insider whose firm sponsored an event in support of an Iranian opposition group which is currently considered a terrorist organization by the State Department admits that the group, known as the MEK, is unlikely to be the successor to the Khamenei regime. Neil Livingstone, the Chairman and CEO of Executive Action, LLC, told TPM in an interview that his group was supporting the MEK for the sake of “the Iranian opposition in general.”The MEK was added to the terror list in 1997, a move that has been described as a nod to Iran’s then-new reformist president, Mohammad Khatami. The MEK, which originally blended elements of Islam with Marxism, killed a number of prominent Iranian officials after a falling out with Ayatollah Khomeini in the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But the MEK’s history also includes the assassination of U.S. military personnel and civilians in the 1970s, and the patronage of Saddam Hussein from the late 1980s until the U.S. invasion in 2003. According to the State Department, Hussein armed the MEK and used the group to crack down on Iraqi Shia and Kurds.

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