Press TV has conducted a revealing interview with Dr. Paul Sheldon Foote, professor at California State University in Irvine, to further discuss the issue.
The following is a transcription of the interview.
Press TV: How do you explain the fact that the United States administration calls for actions to be taken against terrorist groups while what we’re seeing is actually supporting and financing groups and, of course, speaking on behalf of them?
Foote: This is political corruption at its best and also the ignorance of the American population to rely on the American media.
In an example of the FBI, the FBI closed down the office of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK or MKO) years ago in Washington DC and put them out of business there. And the head of the office immediately was hired by the Fox News channel as a foreign affairs analyst.
So you have all these people calling themselves Republicans, conservatives, anti-communists watching a communist terrorist on their Fox News channel.
The FBI…for a long time in a law suit against MEK terrorists in Los Angeles airport who have been collecting donations!
I said what are you guys doing – why aren’t going after the top dogs in Washington DC – why are you going after these little collectors?
And here you’ve got the former head of the FBI collecting tens of thousands of dollars along with a large number of other Americans who have received support.
You even have a Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum who is a strong supporter. And the Republican voters are stupid and they don’t even know this guy is supporting communist terrorists. This is the ignorance of the American population who rely on the major American media.
We’ve had American soldiers die in Iraq taking the MEK terrorists on shopping trips from Camp Ashraf to Baghdad. If their parents knew that their children died supporting communist terrorists they would be outraged, but instead they think they were doing something of value in the country.
This is how terribly misinformed or uninformed the American public is about these folks.
Not only have they killed large numbers of Iranians, they killed a huge number of Iraqis; they lined up the Kurds and ran over them with APCs. They killed American military officers in Iran; they’ve killed Rockwell international employees in Iran.
They are a very nasty bunch that’s been around and continues to be around in Iraq against the wishes of the Iraqi government.
The American government and neo-conservatives and President Obama have imposed these people on the government of Iraq for a long time over their objections. What about democracy in Iraq? They’re still there!
Some have been moved to Azerbaijan; some are wandering around Europe, but a large number are still right in Iraq against the will of the Iraqi people.
In 2002, George Bush at the United Nations gave out a background paper and cited by naming the MEK as a pretext of why we should go to war against Iraq saying that Saddam Hussein was supporting him and keeping him in Iraq. We went to war with Iraq over the MEK and then we defend them once they’re there.
We have the stupidest voters in the world who are uninformed about these things.
Press TV: In this election year, what kind of approach or policy would we expect from the US towards the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization – will it change?
Foote: No. As long as the Zionists and the neo-conservatives are in power it will not change. Israel is a big supporter of the MEK. Saudi Arabia has delivered bars of gold to Camp Ashraf to support the MEK.
Saudi Arabia claims to be Muslim and religious and they support the most evil liberation theology communist terrorists in the world.
This extends to France. France is the headquarters right now of the MEK. They have actually provided in the past free telephone lines and security for these people in France.
You have a lot of countries who will continue to use these folks, I mean, thousands of terrorists don’t sit around for free – someone’s paying their bills. And those bills are being paid by a lot of countries.
(www.presstv.ir / 18.03.2012)