Watch: Subcommittee Chairman Poe Questions Witnesses at Hearing on Defining ISIS:
In an article published on The Hill by former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), Mr. Tancredo commends The House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and chair of subcommittee on Terrorism, non-proliferation and Trade, Judge Ted Poe (R-Texas) for having the done the right thing: “affording the U.S. Congress the opportunity to examine facts and hear from those in the field, rather than relying only on experts within the beltway.”
NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi’s testimony is long overdue, according to Tancredo. Mrs. Rajavi is qualified to speak at the testimony because her advocacy efforts has focused on defeating a regime that pursued sectarian violence in Iraq and supported Assad, which led to the rise of ISIS. Over the past three decades, as many as 120,000 activists of Mrs. Rajavi’s movement have been executed in Iran in the hands of those who were “the de facto mentors of ISIS.”
Tancredo goes on to describe Tehran’s regional policy as:
“egregious regional policy meddling and fomenting unrest in countries from Syria to Yemen, its fostering of Islamic fundamentalists, its state sponsorship of terrorism, its virulent anti-Israeli rhetoric, its detention of four American citizens, and its flagrant abuses of the most rudimentary rights of Iranian citizens are among a litany of issues that should be addressed by any comprehensive Iran policy. Iran has been the number one preoccupation of Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage.”
Tehran’s is threatened by Mrs. Rajavi’s presence as a witness at hearing, and as a result have reacted harshly. Maryam Rajavi has a democratic 10-point plan for the future of Iran, which calls for:
- the separation of church and state
- equal rights for women
- free market economy
- peace in the Middle East
- a non-nuclear republic
Tomorrow beginning at 2pm EST The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will be holding a Subcommittee Hearing: “ISIS: Defining the Enemy.” For the first time ever, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, will be testifying before US Congress. It is rare for foreign dignitaries to testify before the US Congress, and with Mrs. Rajavi invited to be a witness, this hearing will be a historic event and above all a step towards correct policy on Iran.
Below is a list of of witnesses according toThe House Committee on Foreign Affairs website:
The Honorable Robert Ford
The Middle East Institute
(Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria)
Walid Phares, Ph.D.
Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counterterrorism
Ms. Maryam Rajavi
National Council of Resistance of Iran
(Appearing via teleconference)
The Live stream of the hearing will begin at 2pm EST and is available to watch here:http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed
Tune in to the live stream to support Maryam Rajavi, who has been a long time advocate for human rights and democratic change in Iran.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs tweets at NCRI:
Read more about Maryam Rajavi:
On April 29, 2015, the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade is will hold a hearing entitled, “ISIS: Defining the Enemy.” Congress welcomes information from discounted and unorthodox sources as leads to compare with official estimates. Information used is gathered from a variety of sources, including information from dissident testimony.
Raymond Tanter, a professor emeritus, University of Michigan; and a former senior staff member, National Security Council, explains why it is Important for dissidents to testify before Congress in his recently published article “The National Council of Resistance of Iran President-Elect to Testify Before Congress“:
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, invited Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-Elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), to testify via teleconference from Paris at the Defining the Enemy hearing. NCRI is a coalition of opposition groups that does not accept the legitimacy of the Iranian regime. It is important to hear from such dissidents because they hold different views of defining the threat than traditional interpretations.
Is Maryam Rajavi the right person to testify? She is the right person: As a prodemocracy woman with a moderate view of Islam, Rajavi represents the opposite of the misogynous Iranian regime’s rulers; they are authoritarian, suppress women, and hold an extreme view of Islam.
Read the full article at Townhall.com to learn more about Maryam Rajavi’s personal experience dealing with the Islamist extremists of Iran.
During a speech made at a conference in Paris, Rudy Giuliani made it clear, that the US should accept nothing less than Iran agreeing to have no nuclear capacity. According to Giuliani, Iran is not looking to acquire nuclear power in order to protect its borders. Iran is looking to have power over its neighbors, he says.
Giuliani also commended the Iranian Resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), as the only real alternative to the barbarity of the mullahs ruling in Tehran.
The threat of ISIS is one that is gradually affecting every country. For Giuliani however, Iran is not the key to fight them. He mentioned how we have to see the connection between the different ‘so-called’ forms of Islamic extremist terrorism, and be smart enough to understand that as we try to wipe out ISIS and Al Qaeda to the extent that it still exists, we don’t do it just to make Iran more powerful, stronger, and have greater hegemony. For him, Iran is more dangerous than ISIS, and the world does not need them to wipe out terrorism. Moreover he mentioned how “The United States of America is still the greatest military power in the history of the world”, one that could easily destroy the roots of extremism.