In December, I asked if Peter King might consider investigating prominent U.S. citizens who were involved with groups designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the State Department in his quest to get to the bottom of the “radicalization” of America’s Muslim community. It turns out the New York Representative wouldn’t need to look very far to find Americans giving “material support” to terrorist organizations.
Just before Christmas, The Washington Post reported that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and two other former Bush officials took a trip to France, home of the “cheese eating surrender monkey’s,” to demand President Obama take the MEK (Mujaheddin) off the FTO list. The MEK supported Saddam Hussein in Iraq, killed U.S. soldier’s in the 70’s in Iran and has been known to “routinely aim its attacks at government buildings in crowded cities.” Rudy, Tom and friends want the MEK cleared off the list because they wish to depose the current Iranian regime. In other words, the MEK engaged in terroristic activities – some in support of America’s enemies and some which killed American soldiers – but that’s water under the bridge because the hard right needs someone to do the dirty work.
As Glenn Greenwald at Salon points out, even the Bush administration declared the group to “maintain the capacity and will to commit terrorist acts.” Now officials from that administration are doing exactly what they criticized non-conservatives from doing. Worse yet, this is exactly the type of behavior which has endangered U.S. citizens and servicemen and women in the past, from our support of the Afghan Mujahideen to Manuel Noriega and beyond.