A week ago, four american heroes were assassinated in Libya. Forty years ago, almost to the day, twice that number of American diplomats, intelligence operatives and Foreign Service Officers were brutally murdered in Tehran, Iran by a terrorist group called the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK). The name means "People's Holy Warrior of Iran".
How do I know this? I was there. I was present at the assassination along with my INR chief, who briefed me on every aspect of the MEK assassination activities. As deputy assistant secretary of state, I helped to develop strategy and tactics for the office of counter terrorism. At the time, I truly believed I was serving my country and saving American lives. Now, I have to admit that I was defeated and swallowed up by the incredible propaganda monster that was and is fueled by lies, distortions, greed and self-aggrandizement.
Many years later, that propaganda machine has succeeded in "delisting" the MEK as a terrorist organization. I am outraged that our civilian and military leadership, along with the DC lobbying firm (DiGenova & Toensing) has deemed that the MEK is no longer a threat….and according to Victoria Toensing, the "MEK has given up violence" Ironically, its on the watch of Secretary of State Clinton that the MEK is "delisted" when it was her husband, President Clinton, who put the MEK on the Foreign Terrorist Organization List (FTO). That's what lots of money and powerful friends in high places can do……erase murder.
Like most Americans, I feel betrayed by our corrupt political, financial, military and intelligence systems that seem to have been blown off course since at least the time of September 11, 2001. I ask once again the question that was asked of the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy, "Have we no shame?"