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Inside Tehran’s Agenda To Derail Congressional Support for Iran’s Revolution

Freedom-loving Iranians and MEK supporters' demonstration in front of the White House in support of the Iran Revolution.

In a Twitter thread, the Iranian American Community of Northern California unveiled the Iranian regime’s intricate campaign within the U.S. Congress to undermine the Iran uprising and those advocating for change in Iran. To conceal its agenda, the campaign uses the death of Mahsa Amini, a youth killed by the regime’s morality police in September 2022.

The regime’s objective in Iran is to disrupt the revolution and target individuals seeking regime change, particularly the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the primary Iranian opposition group. Tehran employs various individuals and questionable organizations to discredit the MEK and tarnish the reputation of Maryam Rajavi, the President-Elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

By falsely portraying the ongoing revolution in Iran as an attempt to restore the Shah’s dictatorship, the regime hopes to quell the uprising within the country and discourage international support.

Collaborating with remnants of Shah’s regime and its SAVAK secret police, a notorious organization that tortured and murdered intellectuals, the Iranian regime has targeted the U.S. Congress.

In recent weeks, dubious ad-hoc groups and campaigns have emerged overnight with the aim of pressuring Congress to refrain from supporting regime change in Iran and rejecting the monarchical dictatorship.

Reza Pahlavi, the son of the deposed dictator, has suddenly resurfaced after decades of silence. He has frequently called for collaboration with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), which is notorious for suppressing and killing Iranian protesters and is designated by the U.S. as a Foreign Terrorist Organization for its role in terrorist activities across the globe.

Reza Pahlavi, who has never distanced himself from his father’s oppressive single-party dictatorship, repeatedly urges protesters not to take to the streets, instead seeking foreign funding for his own operations under questionable cover.

In February 2023, Reza Pahlavi initiated a collaboration with several celebrities and individuals in an attempt to mask his monarchist agenda. However, the coalition fell apart by April, exposing its true nature.

Simultaneously, a campaign was launched to whitewash SAVAK. Reza Pahlavi has strong ties to this fascist organization and its operatives, relying on the same SAVAK that once ensured his father remained in power. Reza Pahlavi’s supporters continue to whitewash SAVAK by unjustly labeling individuals opposing Shah’s dictatorship as “terrorists,” disregarding their genuine pursuit of democracy.

As part of his mission, Pahlavi regurgitated the Iranian regime’s allegations against the MEK, an organization that has built an extensive network inside Iran over the past four decades and paid a heavy price in confronting the regime and the IRGC.

The dictators ruling Iran have long demonized the MEK, branding them a “terrorist cult.” Reza Pahlavi’s supporters, following his lead, employ the same language, revealing their alignment with the tyrannical rulers of Iran.

Now, after the collapse of the short-lived coalition, Reza Pahlavi’s supporters have put aside any vestige of modestly and chanted “King Reza Pahlavi” in public spaces. Former collaborators of Reza Pahlavi, who compromised their own credibility by aligning with the monarchy, accuse him of being undemocratic. The chant of “King Reza Pahlavi” is an insult to the anti-monarchy revolution of 1979 led by Iranians.

In February 2023, senior Iranian regime officials publicly attacked a bipartisan resolution (House Resolution 100) introduced by U.S. Representative Tom McClintock, which supported the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people and their desire to establish a secular republic. The regime launched a campaign of harassment and intimidation against Members of Congress. Despite the campaign of harassment and intimidation, Congress remained resolute, and HRes 100 gained bipartisan majority support with over 230 co-sponsors.

Supporters of Reza Pahlavi and those associated with him, including individuals tied to the Iranian regime’s lobby, have now announced a campaign on Capitol Hill for mid-May. They aim to campaign against HRes 100 and spread the Iranian regime’s worn-out propaganda against the MEK.

Emails have been sent targeting the co-sponsors of HRes 100. The main goal is to disseminate Tehran’s propaganda while pretending to oppose the Iranian regime or support specific causes. Once again, they are using Mahsa Amini as a cover to conceal their true agenda: derailing the revolution.

These individuals and newly formed groups suddenly appearing in the political landscape raise questions about their intentions and motives. Their campaign against those seeking to overthrow the regime only serves to reinforce suspicions that their actions primarily benefit Tehran.

Exposed documents from the regime in May 2023 reveal strategic meetings between the Foreign Ministry and Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) officials aimed at demonizing the MEK. The regime has tasked the MOIS with countering the MEK and undermining its credibility and values.

The regime’s documents acknowledge that, unlike the monarchists, the MEK possesses unity and coherent organizations. The MEK’s objective of regime change and their well-defined plan to offer an alternative is precisely what the regime perceives as a threat.

The Iranian regime’s campaign in the U.S. Congress against those actively advocating for regime change inside and outside Iran demonstrates its desperate efforts to cling to power and suppress the will of the Iranian people.

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