Romney Adviser Campaigned for Islamic Terrorist Group
Mitchell Reiss, one of former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisers became the subject of a report by Salon on Tuesday for his links to a group of Iranian terrorists, MEK, who were responsible for killing Iranian civilians and U.S. citizens during the 1970s. The MEK has been designated by the U.S. State Department as a “terrorist” organization.
Mitchell Reiss, former director of policy planning at the State Department during the Bush administration, is now advising the former Massachusetts governor on foreign policy, the New Republic recently reported. Reiss also advised Romney’s 2008 campaign.
Currently president of Washington College in Maryland, Reiss has played a leading role in an ongoing campaign to get the MEK removed from the U.S. government’s official list of foreign organizations said to be involved in terrorism. Inclusion on the State Department list has far-reaching legal consequences — including making it illegal for U.S. citizens to support or even join the group.
“[T]he U.S. State Department needs to delist the MEK immediately,” Reiss said at a pro-MEK conference in Washington in April, where he was joined by a group of other luminaries, some of whom have acknowledged being paid to appear.
“Time is running out, lives are at stake,” he declared. “For the United States this is a case where American interests of opposing the regime in Tehran are entirely consistent with American values of freedom and democracy.”
(Source: RawStory.com and Salon.com)