Families of Terror Victims Objection Letter to the United States Secretary of the Interior
As you know, taking twofold and selective approaches in facing important international plights such as terrorism and fighting against it would result in the increase of such measures. There are many terrorist groups in your State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).
Dear Mr. Salazar:
United States Secretary of the Interior
As you know, taking twofold and selective approaches in facing important international plights such as terrorism and fighting against it would result in the increase of such measures. There are many terrorist groups in your State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTO). Based on US domestic laws any assistance and support to these groups is prosecutable and deserves punishment. On the other hand, these domestic laws have also been confirmed and reflected in international scene by some Resolutions including: 1373 (2001), 1456 (2003) and 1335 (2004) of the United Nations Security Council. These resolutions are all related to the existent threats against peace and international security posed by terrorism phenomenon.
Undoubtedly you would acknowledge that issuing permission for holding rally to the National Council of Resistance which is included in your FTO list, is the violation of international laws as well as US domestic laws. This is while your country has been the forerunner in the global fight against terrorism. The occurrence of such events in the United State’s governing system and giving permission by your Department to a terrorist organization which has murdered more than 12000 Iranians and thousands of foreign civilians including seven American military councilors to hold gatherings, can not be justifiable and defendable.
National Council of Resistance which is a terrorist organization operates under various titles including:
People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI)
National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA)
Muslim Iranian Students’ Society
Organization of the People’s Holy Warriors of Iran
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
This organization is now in US FTO list.
Based on the Human Rights Watch report of May 2005 and the report presented by National Defense Research Institute (RAND) in 2009, Mojahedin-e Khalq organization is a terrorist organization enjoying a cultic nature. US Department of State has also referred to the terrorist operations and international crimes of this organization including arms transactions and the cooperation of MKO with Saddam regime for the suppression of Iraqi Shiites and Kurds in 1991 in its August 2010 FTO list report. In one part of this report about the MKO’s terrorist attacks against American nationals we read:
The MKO exploded time bombs at more than a dozen sites throughout Tehran in 1972, including the Iran-American Society, the U.S. information office, and the offices of Pepsi Cola and General Motors. From 1972-75, the Mojahedin continued their campaign of bombings, damaging such targets as the offices of Pan-American Airlines, Shell Oil Company, and British organizations. They also attacked police posts and prisons. In 1974, MKO exploded the offices of some American companies. In 1975 Mojahedin-e Khalq assassinated two military officers of the United States of America. It staged terrorist attacks inside Iran and killed another US military personnel working on defense projects in Tehran in 1979.
We, the members of Justice Supporters Association comprising the families of terror victims of Iran would like to ask you, considering the background of this organization, how could it receive permission for holding a rally? Don’t you consider this measure taken by your Department as an act denying the rights of victims of this organization and degrading the international efforts for fighting against terrorism?