- The Washington Times - Monday, March 19, 2012

The timing of the Treasury Department investigation into speeches allegedly given by a top Democrat for the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) is highly suspect (“Top Democrat’s speeches for terrorist group probed,” Web, March 9).

For over a year, dozens of high-ranking former officials have advocated for the MEK’s delisting. The recent subpoena was related to payments that former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell has accepted for “public speaking engagements.” No wrongdoing has been proved. Beyond this diversion, the larger question is: Does the MEK belong on the terrorist list?

Indeed, support for delisting “is widespread in Washington.” For years, Congress has called for MEK’s delisting, with a majority going on the record and calling it a legitimate opposition to the Iranian regime. This was reiterated by 228 members in October 2000 and 150 members in December 2002. Most recently, 98 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle co-sponsored House Resolution 60, which urges delisting.

Despite a federal court ruling in 2010, the State Department has been delaying for 20 months. Why has it refused to present evidence to the court all this time? This unlawful listing is the real reason why so many senior officials have been furious and are therefore advocating on behalf of the MEK.

KASRA NEJAT

St. Louis