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NEW IPC BOOK: Terror Tagging of an Iranian Dissident Organization

The latest IPC book, Terror Tagging of an Iranian Dissident Organization, will be available via Amazon.com in August 2011. Below is a summary of the book. 

The law and facts have been moving in the direction of removal of an Iranian dissident group—the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK), aka People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) from the U.S. Department of State Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list. Despite the law and facts, it is a puzzle for the MeK to be designated as a terrorist group.

With respect to the front cover of this book, there is an image of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a pen in hand. She seems poised to decide whether to maintain the terrorist listing of the MeK. Removal of the designation is consistent with the rule of law and changed historical circumstances in contrast to alleged facts the State Department used to justify the original listing. A political explanation resolves the puzzle of why the MeK continues to be designated contrary to the law and the facts. 

Such imagery demonstrates the power of the pen: With one simple signature to remove the designation, Secretary Clinton could empower the Iranian people to change the regime. To help end Tehran’s dash toward becoming a nuclear weapons capable state, her signature would open up a third option between failed engagement and ineffective sanctions, on one hand, and problematic threats of military action, on the other hand.   

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