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Playinghardball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:18 PM
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Top Romney adviser campaigned for Marxist Islamic terrorist group
Source: Raw Story
By Stephen C. Webster

One of former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney's (R) top foreign policy advisers became the subject of a report by Salon on Tuesday for his links to a group of Iranian terrorists who were responsible for killing Iranian civilians and U.S. citizens during the 1970s.

Known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, or just MEK, the group is described by the U.S. State Department as a cult-like sect formed in the 1960s to combat western influence, driven by a mixture of Marxism and Islam. It is also the largest armed resistance group opposed to the current Iranian regime.

That's where Mitchell Reiss comes in. As the former policy planner director for the State Department during President George W. Bush's administration, and in his current role as the president of Washington College, Reiss has aided that campaign, likely in a paid capacity, giving speeches to advocate for a renewed status as a non-terrorist entity. He's also Romney's top foreign policy adviser.

The MEK claims to have renounced terrorism since 2001, and has embarked on a campaign to rehabilitate their image in western eyes. It regularly pays influential individuals tens of thousands of dollars for brief speaking engagements, and a number of high profile political figures have come out in support of the group, including former Vermont Governor Howard Dean (D). It is not clear where their funding comes from.

More: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/23/top-romney-advise... /


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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:51 PM
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1. Pal'n around with terrorists, huh? n/t
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:53 PM
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2. "Marxist islamic"
Edited on Tue Aug-23-11 04:53 PM by alcibiades_mystery
Uh, no.

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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:01 PM
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4. There has been a Communist political party in Iraq since the 1930's
It happens.

Don


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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:57 PM
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3. All the Republicans in Congress have always fully supported MEK
Edited on Tue Aug-23-11 04:58 PM by NNN0LHI
Especially John Ashcroft. They were thicker than thieves.

Don
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