“We did train them here, and washed them through the Energy Department because the D.O.E. owns all this land in southern Nevada. “We were deploying them over long distances in the desert and mountains, and building their capacity in communications ~ co-ördinating commo is a big deal.”
But such training, if true, he said, would be “especially incongruent with the State Department’s decision to continue to maintain the M.E.K. on the terrorist list. How can the U.S. train those on State’s foreign terrorist list, when others face criminal penalties for providing a nickel to the same organization?”
Five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated since 2007. M.E.K. spokesmen have denied any involvement in the killings, but early last month NBC News quoted two senior Obama Administration officials as confirming that the attacks were carried out by M.E.K. units that were financed and trained by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.
He said that the targets were not “Einsteins”; “The goal is to affect Iranian psychology and morale,” he said, and to “demoralize the whole system ~ nuclear delivery vehicles, nuclear enrichment facilities, power plants.”