Marxist-Islamist group lobbies for legitimacy in US

May 23, 2012 12:00 AM

The MEK, which was banned in 1997, supported the Islamic revolution in Iran and later allied itself with Saddam Hussein.
A banned terrorist group is conducting what members of Congress describe as one of the most effective lobbying campaigns seen on Capitol Hill, winning support from politicians even in the face of a government investigation of its legality.

Former heads of the CIA, FBI, homeland security and the US military have joined members of Congress of both major parties in backing a legal action by the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran, known as the MEK, to be removed from the US list of proscribed terrorist organisations.
The heavyweight political backing for the MEK has surprised some US officials because of the organisation's past as a Marxist-Islamist group responsible for the killing of Americans. At one time the MEK supported the Islamic revolution in Iran.

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