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Congressman Filner Wants Iranian Opposition Group Taken Off Watch List

San Diego Congressman Bob Filner wants an Iranian opposition group to be taken off the U.S. list of terror organizations. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

The People's Mujahdeen of Iran is dedicated to the overthrow of the Iranian government. They've been banned by the State Department for over ten years. Filner says it's time to take them off the list.

Filner: I'm convinced they have a pro-democratic, secular, non-nuclear answer for ! the people of Iran. That fits in with what we want so why are we not helping them or at least not stopping them from achieving their objectives?

Being on the list means the group cannot receive financial support from Americans including San Diego's Iranian community. Although the group was considered violent, Filner says they have disarmed. Their status will be reviewed by the State Department in October.

From Capitol News Connection in Washington, I'm Jodi Breisler for KPBS News.

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