Mitchell B. Reiss

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Mitchell B. Reiss was a foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful. He has also emerged as a spokesman for the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), an armed Iranian group seeking to overthrow the Iranian government[1]. MEK also happens be listed as a terrorist group by the US State Department.[1]

His profile at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reads:[2]

Mitchell Reiss is a senior associate of the CSIS International Security Program. He is also the dean of international relations, director of the Reves Center, and professor of law at the College of William and Mary. Prior to joining William and Mary, Reiss helped start KEDO (the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization), a multinational organization dealing with North Korea. His government service includes work as special assistant to the national security adviser at the White House and consultant to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the State Department, the Congressional Research Service, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

MEK Supporter and Lobbyist

Justin Elliott of Salon reports:

... [Mitchell] 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.[3]

In all probability, Reiss has been paid to lobby for the MEK.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Ali Gharib, On The Same Day Romney Announces Advisers, One Of Them Appears In Ad Promoting An Iranian Terror Group, Lobelog, 7 October 2011.
  2. CSIS Profile (Accessed 14 November 2011)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Justin Elliott, Romney advisor advocating for terrorist group, Salon, 23 August 2011.
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