A constant, regular monitoring technique within the cult of Mojahedin to have the mind and behavioral changes of the insiders under control is weekly confessions sessions (Jari sessions), better to call inquisition, through which members have to confess before others of their thoughts and intentions and are in fact forced to pledge allegiance to the leadership. Following critical situations and sensitive cases, it is before the leader himself rather than other subordinates that certain members have to prove their allegiance. Although people living in free, democratic world may laugh at such seemingly droll things in the modern world it is strictly practiced in most of cult particularly in the cult of Mojahedin.
Soon after the freedom of 36 MKO on the part of the Iraqi government and their settlement in camp Ashraf, the so-called Jari sessions were held for them via a telephone conference under the responsibility of Masoud Rajavi, a program aired by Mojahedin TV. There are some significant points to be noted in this regard. The behavior of the organization regarding these members was against humanity to force them take part in long sessions and interrogations despite their adverse physical conditions and the fact that some were under interrogation while lying in bed receiving medical treatment.
The fact is that bearing the conditions of these sessions is impossible even for the healthy members let alone those being one step far from death; as Maryam Rajavi said they would have died in 12 hours if they had not been released. Her claim may imply that the basic and fundamental pillars of the ideological-political survival of the organization are their organizational bastion, camp Ashraf, as well as inquisition sessions in particular to the point that they are not to be stopped under any conditions. Even those under treatment have to explain where they were, what they did, and how sincere they had been to operating Jari sessions by firm proof and evidence in the first hours of their arrival to the organization.
According to the statements made by Mrs. Soltani on suicide attacks, even two-manned teams entering Iran for accomplishing terrorist activities had to hold regular Jari sessions. In confirming her statements, it has to be pointed out that these 36 members insisted that they would hold Jari sessions among themseles under any conditions all through the course of their detention.
In no better way could the organization warn the adversaries. The airing of these inquisition sessions by Mojahedin’s TV may be considered a threat and warning particularly against the Iraqi government and officials. The organization is vigilant to observe the reaction of Iraqi officials to these programs to organize its future actions and policies. Iraqi officials are to pursue these sessions watchfully and analyze them carefully to find out the true cultic identity of Mojahedin.
Beside the paradoxical statements of these 36 individuals regarding the conditions of their imprisonment and the behavior of Iraqi government, what is apparent is the full influence of organization on these individuals. The only solution for queering this influence is separation of high rankings from the rank and files without which neither can the freedom of captive members be materialized nor can Mojahedin be expelled from Iraqi soil.
The shared point of the statements of all these 36 persons is pleasing the person in charge of Jari sessions, Masoud Rajavi. These statements focus on some points like confessing to their full dependence upon Masoud to whom they feel indebted under any conditions. The other point is their insistence on proving their loyalty to the leader and organization that guarantees their survival.
Externalizing these relations in one of the most critical periods of the organization when it is trying to attract the attention of the West has paradoxical dimensions. Although those familiar with the nature of the organization have fathomed its cultic and terrorist threat, there are still those who need to observe these aired footages and think of a way for minimizing or eliminating the threat of the organization as an unknown cult. The internal structure of the organization may imply its policy in dealing with the outside world too. It has out-and-out focus on submission and obedience toward one person as the leader at any price. The fact that all these 36 members and the audience state clearly that they are ready to die, kill, and bear hunger and thirst since their leader carries the main burden of the adverse conditions and pains may have many lessons for the outside world.
The publication of Rajavi’s own presence in the management of these sessions is of very significance and may raise some speculations. It may mean the termination of his organizational-cultic hide-out to stop the disintegration of the organization, a warning for the outsiders, or his presence in camp Ashraf and justifying the attempts of MKO members in defending Camp Ashraf and resisting to leave it. If it is so, a great part of the incidents happening inside and outside camp Ashraf may be attributed to his presence in camp Ashraf. According to RAND report, the Americans have evaded to inspect many Mojahedin facilities and it is very likely that Masoud Rajavi is settled somewhere inside Camp Ashraf.