He cites op-eds from Daniel Benjamin in Politico Magazine and Josh Rogin in The Washington Post which rely heavily on innuendo rather than facts; asking if these attacks were designed to influence Trump’s cabinet picks and US foreign policy?
Sheehan, notes the MEK and, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), were reportedly added to the US Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) in the late 1990s, for the murder of six American military personnel in the early 1970s and for taking over the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. Those claims were based on ‘evidence’ provided by the Iranian Regime and have since been thoroughly debunked.
The MEK and the NCRI were both removed from the FTO by 2012 after they had already been removed from the watch lists of other Western governments.
Benjamin especially should take note of that. He was in the State Department when the MEK was delisted and his bureau received criticism from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for taking too long to remove the MEK from the terror list
Sheehan wrote: “It is curious why anyone would seek to re-litigate this and other rulings by high courts in Washington and Europe that forced Mr. Benjamin, in his capacity as the Department of State Coordinator for Counterterrorism, to remove the MEK from the FTO list.”
Both Benjamin and Rogin should realise that if they want to make a partisan point about Trump’s White House appointments, showing links to a group which believes in gender equality, a non-nuclear Iran, and a secular democratic government, will not discredit the presumptive picks.