WASHINGTON, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a letter to the Director of Global News for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a copy of which was provided to the US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), two highly-decorated former senior US military commanders in Iraq have expressed their concerns about a highly politically-motivated and questionable report the BBC radio is preparing about residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq and the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
In their letter, Brigadier General David Phillips, Commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade (2004 – 2005), and Colonel Wes Martin, Antiterrorism Officer for all Coalition Forces in Iraq (2003 – 2004) and Commander of Camp Ashraf (2006), wrote:
ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL - By Col. Wesley Martin / U.S. Army, Retired on Fri, Apr 6, 2012
While the U.S. has announced it would provide military aid and financial assistance to yet another brave opposition movement in the so-called Arab Spring, Washington remains strangely irresolute concerning the plight of the Iranian opposition, who are the linchpin in confronting America’s greatest regional strategic challenge: the Iranian regime and its race toward nuclear weapons.
Indeed, America’s move to arm the Syrian resistance, following our decisive military intervention in Libya, stands in stark contrast with our dithering over the fate of the only organized, secular, democratic opposition to the mullahs in Tehran.To date, America’s policy response to Iran’s threat has been to lead a multilateral campaign of economic sanctions. But Iran is punching holes in the boycott.
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Mek- State Dept. Vs Rule Of Law
INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE - By Sohrab Safavi 02 April 2012
If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Christopher Hitchens once said: A sure sign of ineptitude and malice is manifested when one's attacker is willing to cover himself with mud in order to try and make some of it adhere to his target. We have been witnessing the same repellant tactics in a smear campaign against MEK- US official supporters only to provide cover for the failed Policy of the US State department towards the Iranian crisis.
Liberty- Statement 21
Around 9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 28, the sound of a launched mortar over Camp Liberty created great anxiety and concern among the residents. The mortar landed 1,000 meters southwest of the Camp. It caused a fire and thick smoke where it landed.
Lieutenant Colonel Leo McCloskey: March 24, 2012 Paris - Thank you. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen; I’m not a professional speaker so I won’t probably be as good as everybody else here. But I want to say one thing, that I am a citizen of Ashraf. I know your children. I know your brothers and your sisters, your father s and mothers. Let us stand for them today.
Today I am also a former soldier. During my 13 months in Ashraf I had the responsibility for the protection of the people of Ashraf. That protection was granted to them under the Fourth Geneva Convention, and those people willingly accepted that protection from the U.S. after having given up their arms in their own protection, they trusted in the United States for their protection. They did this in exchange for trust. A trust that today we must still believe in. A trust that still must be given to this world to make sure that these people are free and safe.
Colonel Wesley Martin: March 24, 2012 Paris - Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you. [applause] Thank you. I appreciate it. No one despises war more than the warrior. And nobody despise the breaking of cease fire agreements and surrender agreements more than the warriors who secure them. That is why you see so adamantly General Phillips, Colonel McCloskey, Colonel Mesh, Lieutenant Colonel Julie Norman and myself fighting this issue, because it is despicable as to what has been allowed to happen to the residents of Camp Ashraf. In combat we fight for the ones on our left and the ones on our right. And I was very proud to have members of Camp Ashraf on my flank, and I was equally proud to be on their flank. Even though they had no weapons they immediately took the lead and always wanted to work closely with us, always were concerned about the health of their fellow Americans. And they were the best of the best I have ever known and had pleasure to work with. [applause]
Governor Tom Ridge - March 24, 2012 Paris - Thank you very much. Thank you very much for that very warm and gracious welcome. I very much appreciate that. First of all, I think it’s very important to say to my friend Rudy Giuliani, I know a little bit about security, Rudy. So if you go I’ll go as your bodyguard; let’s go together, alright? We’ll take Kennedy and Mukasey and Wes Martin with us and frankly, ladies and gentlemen, they’ll need an airbus to take everybody over to Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf.
Patrick Kennedy - March 24, 2012 Paris - Thank you, David. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Every time I see that video, you know, my heart goes out to both the people of Camp Ashraf but also their family members, including you, Madam Rajavi, because of all the suffering that you have endured because of these repeated attacks on you. So when you speak about what happened just the day before yesterday where armed Iraqi police were intruding on the women’s housing, were trying to break in to the women’s section of Camp Liberty, imagine what it must be like for those residents of Camp Liberty who not more than a year ago on April 8th, witnessed what we just saw. Imagine how you would feel if you saw armed police who were the same police and military that attacked you and killed your family members a year ago trying to break in to your home.
Michael Mukasey - March 24, 2012 Paris - Thank you very much. Thank you to the sponsors of this wonderful conference. Thank you David Amess for your clear, penetrating comments on what is going on. You know it seems as though we’ve come together many times before to talk about the plight of the residents of Ashraf, and now the plight of the residents of both Ashraf and the ironically named Camp Liberty. And we were told on each of those occasions that these broadcasts, that these meetings were broadcast to Ashraf. And we haven’t been told it, but I wonder whether perhaps they’re being broadcast at Camp Liberty as well.