My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, July 16, 2010

Some terrific news - US Court tells State Dept. to review Iranian Mojahedin 'Terrorist' Designation

This is a cross-post from Terry Glavin's excellent blog.
Great news: A federal appeals court in Washington today ruled that the U.S. State Department must reexamine the government's decision to designate the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mojahedin-e-Kalkh) a "terrorist" group. The three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel issued a 22-page per curiam judgment in favor of the PMOI, finding that the State Department did not give the PMOI due process protections that the circuit outlined in previous decisions.

This was behind my visit to Paris a couple of weeks back. (see Why Is Ottawa Demonizing Iran's Opposition?) Now maybe Canada will take notice.

Further background: Tehran's Worst Nightmare.
"The legal and logical conclusion of this judgment requires the Secretary of State to revoke the terrorist designation of the PMOI and remove all its adverse consequences without any delay. This designation has been from the very start an abuse of power and an attempt to assist the Iranian regime’s machinery of execution and torture. From this point on, maintaining the PMOI on the list would be a brazen defiance of law and the judgment of the court of appeals".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did that sneak up on us or what?

I used to try to keep track of what was happening to Maryam Rajavi's organization, as it was so interesting.

And shame on us, such an unknown, I do believe, for many Canadians.

This is good news. I do not know where it goes from being taken off the terrorist list, to actually securing a place again in Iran, but anytime a people fight to bring back a safe and productive country, it is worth supporting and learning more about their issues.

11:53 PM  

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