TERRORISM FOREVER  4:58 pm July 2, 2012

Who’s Hanging Out With The Iranian Terrorist Group Now?

by Jim Newell

Freedom FightersEvery big- and middle-name Democrat and Republican loves raking in fees to speak to the exiled Iranian Marxist guerilla group MEK, an official member of the State Department’s terrorist group list that also happens to hate the current Iranian regime. This seems pretty illegal, but hey, maybe we just love the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad too much to see the legality of it all. Now let’s meet an additional two faces who’ve been providing support to this official terrorist group recently: Newt Gingrich and columnist Clarence Page!

Fathead arrived in Paris last week to address the “principal leader” of MEK and greeted her with his finest curtsy:

When Newt Gingrich arrived in Paris last week to speak to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an Iranian exile umbrella group that’s been based there since shortly after the 1979 revolution, he seemed to know exactly who Maryam Rajavi is. He praised Rajavi and her work several times in his speech, which he delivered as the prominent exile stood at his side. Before the speech, as he neared the end of a long line of attendees who stood in the rain to shake his hand, he turned to face Rajavi, smiled, and at approximately 1:02 minutes into the above video, folded at the waist and bowed solemnly. Rajavi, clothed head-to-toe in green, handed him a bouquet of flowers as the crowd cheered.

Of course Newt Gingrich did this. What’s more fascinating is how working journalist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune found himself in such a position:

Late last month, syndicated columnist Clarence Page appeared at a rally in Paris in support of the Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian group that has been lobbying Washington to be removed from the U.S. government’s list of designated foreign terrorist organizations.

Before a huge crowd waving portraits of MEK leaders Maryam and Massoud Rajavi as well as Iranian flags, Page called for the MEK to be removed from the official terrorist organization list.

Contacted about the appearance by ProPublica, Page said he has decided to give back his speaking fee for the event, as well as reimburse the cost of travel to and from France, which was paid for by a group called the Organizing Committee for Convention for Democracy in Iran.

“I thought they were simply a group of Iranian exiles who were opposed to the regime in Tehran,” Page said. “I later found out they can be construed as a MEK front group, and I don’t think it’s worth it to my reputation to be perceived as a paid spokesman for any political cause.

The man who heard that a group called “the Organizing Committee for Convention for Democracy in Iran” would pay him and fly him to Paris to speak and didn’t think anything was suspicious thinks he has a reputation to maintain? Dear God.

[The Atlantic, ProPublica]

 
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nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Rep. Peter King (R-IRA)?

DrunkIrishman July 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

ILLUMINATI!!!

nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

The enemy of my enemy is probably my enemy too, also?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Because it worked out so well with the Islamaniacs and the Russians in Afghanistan.

Those kinky neocons love themselves a three-way clusterfuck.

edgydrifter July 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

How many times did Newt slip fnord into his speech?

Boojum July 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Or roofies into her drink?

DinDCW4 July 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I can smell their underarms from here…

LionHeartSoyDog July 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

i don't 'get' the humor in racist comments, or the upfisting.

ChernobylSoup July 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

If Maryam Rajavi says Iran has WMDs and that the people of Iran will welcome her as a benevolent ruler after we invade, I say we take her up on it.

Crank_Tango July 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

After all, lightning doesn't strike the (pretty much) same place twice, now does it?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm
Crank_Tango July 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Well I'm sure it doesn't strike the same place twice, twice.

Woodshedding July 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

mmpf. I can't stop chucking about "fathead."

anniegetyerfun July 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Same here. I'm almost ashamed at how much I approve of that term.

Boojum July 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

If that head was actually filled with fat, burning it would warm the planet by at least 3 degrees.

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

I honestly thought I was the only one. It's really straight-to-the-point, and Wonkette is usually more subtle than that, but there's just something about the word that made me laugh like I was back in elementary.

mrpuma2u July 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Now if we can just round up some of the Shah's old dirty tricks boys, President Romney can start his administration's foreign policy program off with a bang!

Beetagger July 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Newt's checkin out her hijab hooters.

Boojum July 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Is that Islamic for "potato sack covered fun bags?"

SorosBot July 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Real Americans don't speak with terrorists against the Iranian regime, a government we don't like! They sell weapons to that Iranian regime to fund other terrorists against governments we don't like.

nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Is Maryam wife number 4 for Newt?

Schmannnity July 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

When do they fly Palin to Paris to call Ahmadinejad a dingbat?

nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Paris, Texas?

Texan_Bulldog July 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Don't know about Clarence Page's motives but I'm pretty sure Callista needed some new Tiffany's bling to help warm the depths of her cold, empty soul.

Estproph July 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Newt is a traitor's idea of what a patriot looks like.

scvirginia July 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I'm a little sad about Clarence Page- I didn't know he was a terrorist…

Callyson July 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Why would Newt do this? Oh right…

The MEK has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, PR agents and communications firms to orchestrate an unprecedented political campaign to pressure its way off the terrorist list.

http://www.niacouncil.org/site/PageServer?pagenam

Hey, those whore diamonds aren't cheap…

edgydrifter July 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

He isn't bowing to a lady, he's bowing to a hijab made of money.

CrunchyKnee July 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Where the fark is Newton's American flag lapel pin!!//???111!!!!

rickmaci July 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

What is not to understand here? My terrorist enemy and my terrorist enemy's terrorist enemy are both my terrorist enemies.

WhatTheHeck July 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Newt is the Ayatollah of the mighty dollah… where ever it is to be found.

BloviateMe July 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Wonder which one would have the bigger cameltoe in a pair of JUICY sweatpants.

Jus_Wonderin July 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Newt: "Hey, hawtstuff!"

Maryam Rajavi: "Really."

scvirginia July 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Ryszard Kapuściński wrote an excellent book about Iran just before & during the revolution called 'Shah of Shahs'.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I remember "Shah of Shahs" — my grandmother loved Sid Caesar!

YouBetcha July 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Imagine the outrage if the Kenyan Usurper ran off to Frogland to bow down to terrrrrists from one of those -istan ending countries. "President prostrates himself in front of Islamic terrorist, accepts bribe."

NYNYNYjr July 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I'm pro-choice an everything, but I'd be kind of grossed out to say I've made my fortune by investing in fetus disposal… Romney was supposedly THE guy at Bain for that company and had over 2 million shares in it. I mean, geez, what if that was Barbara Boxer they'd call her Fetus Queen and protest her every appearance… right? Ick… Romney and his dirty abortion money.

Tyrannically_Joe July 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of this particular line of attack coming from the Left; it's fine if the theocrats want to push it, because they hate modern medicine in its totality.

But Stericycle does a pretty critical job for health care settings (disposing of sharps, expired medications, etc) and pushing the "aborted fetus company" line obscures that while reinforcing a pretty damned ugly anti-choice narrative at the same time.

There's plenty of stuff about Bain that's ample ground to criticize Mittens, so I kinda wish we'd steer clear of attacking the fact that modern medicine (including abortions) creates icky medical waste, which is icky.

NYNYNYjr July 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for the press release.

Tyrannically_Joe July 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Whatever. I work at a hospital. We use stericycle because fucking everybody uses stericycle. I just think it's a bad direction to go because it plays into some of the shittier anti-choice, anti-modern medicine talking points. Let the theocrats make that case if they want, they certainly have enough practice at it.

NYNYNYjr July 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm

OK, I get you. The company's fine…I don't want Romney for president. I want this, which was his job, to be on him, and for the purists of anti-abortion to know it.

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

You're a better person than I am, then. I'd be milking "dead baby disposal/baby corpse dispatcher" like there was no tomorrow if it kept the batshit crazy Republicans out of office. Sometimes, the ends do, indeed, justify the means. Sorry.

Dashboard Buddha July 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm

The fun thing about this is watching his wingnuttiest supporters try to wrap their head around this in the run up to the election.

Wingnut 1 – Oh dear lord…Romney invested in a company that disposes of fetuses?

Wingnut 2 – Oh my, this doesn't fit within our ridged pro-life world view. What shall we do?

Wingnut 1 – It is indeed a conundrum.

Wingnut 2 – Wait, is Obama still a black man?

Wingnut 1 – Why yes, he is!

Wingnut 2 – Problem solved!!

NYNYNYjr July 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I wonder….

elviouslyqueer July 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I have a hard time believing that John Bolton is pro-anything-dealing-with-Iran that doesn't involve the words "carpet bombing the ragheads back to the Paleolithic Era."

scvirginia July 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I believe the rag paper currency was American.

shortsandpants July 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

He gave the money back, but what did he do with the virgins?

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

He gave back 37 of the 72.

Jus_Wonderin July 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Were they still shrink wrapped?

BoatOfVelociraptors July 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

They were self deported to Kolob.

EatFrankRich July 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Utah? Is there another Kolob somewheres?

Rotundo_ July 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

The next bunch of mujahideen (sp?) to pop up for support. I wonder if we will be bright enough to realize *this* time that while "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" one might not want to crawl into bed with them. No offense to hijab Hanna there in the blue…

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

See, this just proves how weak Obama is. He has Newt in Paris attending a terrorist camp, and yet he just lets him come back into the country. Do you think Dick Cheney would ever be so weak?

sullivanst July 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

The man who heard that a group called “the Organizing Committee for Convention for Democracy in Iran” would pay him and fly him to Paris to speak and didn’t think anyone else would think anything was suspicious thinks he has a reputation to maintain? Dear God.

FIFY.

Dashboard Buddha July 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Apparently they dig Chinese prostitutes as well as Islamic terrorists.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/0

Classy group of people, this GOP.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

"I'm shocked, shocked, to find out there's prostitution going on in this establishment!"

"Your rent boy, sir."

Boojum July 3, 2012 at 3:39 am

That's appropriate. It may explain why I read the banner on the picture as calling for their de-fisting.

Warpde July 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Newt was not bowing at 1:02.
Phhhtttt!
He's just getting a better whiff of that Iranian Kush.

Wife # 4?

M. Bouffant July 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Sister-wife #2. Maryam's cool w/ it, & Callista gets more Hoor Diamonds.

No, on closer examination, Maryam looks to be too old to be Fathead's daughter. Automatic disqualification.

johnnyzhivago July 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Hitler was born 100 years too early, I'm sure he would have had a laurel and a hearty handshake from today's GOP.

MosesInvests July 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

He had it from the GOP back then-the Dulles brothers, Nelson Rockafeller and especially Prescott Bush.

SorosBot July 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Also Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh.

MosesInvests July 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I was just talking actual Republican politicians, but yeah, them too. True story-the prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials asked the head of the Hitlerjugend what was his major ideological influence (expecting Mein Kampf). The answer? The Dearborn Independent, which he got from relatives living in America.

scvirginia July 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tried to get 'em to join his Hitler fan club, but they don't read Farsi so good.

Beowoof July 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Guess those interviews at CNN and MSNBC didn't work out for Newt.

Slim_Pickins July 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

ANy word on when Newt will return his fees and paid expenses, too, also?

Boojum July 3, 2012 at 3:41 am

When Satan wears skates.

anniegetyerfun July 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Remember what a horrible embarrassment it was when the Black President literally SOLD the United States of America to Saudi Arabia when he bowed toward the Saudi king? This is different because Newt has no power or influence, I guess.

PubOption July 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I seem to remember W making a public display of affection towards a Saudi prince.

Boojum July 3, 2012 at 3:42 am

That was just a little tongue action between bro's!

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

I also remember when a certain president almost sold out the operation of our seaports to a foreign government, too.

Tyrannically_Joe July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Bowing to heads of state: selling out America, to the terrorists.

Bowing to terrorist cult leaders, for whom you are providing material support to? Pffft. Why do you love Iran so much?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Unwanted extremists of dubious ethics, rejected by the mainstream in their native countries, gotta stick together.

anniegetyerfun July 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

To be fair to Newt, he might have been told that the good lady didn't shake hands because of Islamic gender laws. They wouldn't HAVE to go so far as to tell him that no one wants to touch his sweaty, pasty white hands.

Antispandex July 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Hummm…hijab wearing women and a group of Mujahadin…how could we POSSIBLY go wrong supporting them?

A little OT perhaps, but I thought republicans, especially Republicans, were not supposed to bow to foreign dignitaries. Or is that yet another old practice they have abandoned..along with critical thinking, &c?

SorosBot July 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

No, Republicans have bowed to foreign dignitaries when appropriate; it's just bad for a black Democratic president to do so for some reason.

scvirginia July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Interesting to see the bipartisan coalition trying to get Hillary to rescind the terrorism designation dating from her husband's presidency…

Tundra Grifter July 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

So this group only hired Ole Newt to speak to them, right?

He didn't promise to do any lobbying, or influence peddling, or other assistance in getting off the terrorist roster?

Did he?

Tyrannically_Joe July 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

They hired him as a historical consultant, which is totally different, of course.

shortsandpants July 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Given his long career as an institutional shithead, nobody can really question Newt's ability to get off, me thinks.

BoatOfVelociraptors July 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Neither can his mistresses.

arihaya July 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

are you sure Maryam Rajavi is not Chalabi in a drag?

PubOption July 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

She could even be Ahmadinejad in drag. I wouldn't recognize him without the beard.

ttommyunger July 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

So, Page reportedly returned his $20K speaking fee. Newtie probably doesn't fart in public for that kind of money, so when will he be returning his fee? Is the weatherman calling for snow in Hell?

fuflans July 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

When Newt Gingrich arrived in Paris last week

gross.

Chow Yun Flat July 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

“I thought they were simply a group of Iranian exiles who were opposed to the regime in Tehran,” Page said.

Clarence Page is a long time reporter, columnist, editor and now editorial board member of the Chicago Tribune so naturally it wouldn't occur to him to make a few phone calls or even ask some "sources" about the MEK before he flew to Paris.

The Trib hasn't ever bothered with that kind of stuff going back to the days of Colonel McCormick.

Negropolis July 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

All of them, Katie. Whores, the lot of them.

BTW, Clarence Page has always reminded me of a low-rent Bill Cosby aprpos of nothing.

BZ1 July 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

Anything that John Bolton vouches for must be good

barto July 3, 2012 at 12:32 am

In Page's defense, the google is inoperable in Iran, after all.

gurukalehuru July 3, 2012 at 3:06 am

He BOWED??!!

DahBoner July 3, 2012 at 6:48 am

If you guys could just bomb America and help get a Republican elected, we'll give you some arms and even throw in some coke and a night on the town with Snowy Owl, over there..

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