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For perspective and context on this joining me now is judge Michael Casey -- former US attorney general under president George W.
Sir thank you for being here.
Having to -- it in the highest level of security meetings what type of conversation tonight might be going on inside the White House in terms of looking at -- -- Qaeda linked group.
The -- -- group has been looked at four.
Paris and it was being looked at during the Bush Administration it's been knocked down occasionally.
I was knocked down by the -- Which is part of that I'm sure why they were in that mall today.
But is a group as he said linked to al-Qaeda.
And I think one of the things being talked about his -- and knock it down -- good again.
You're experience and fighting terrorism.
What would you say the United States can do in response to this.
I think we can find their strongholds.
They are vulnerable.
Can knock out a good deal -- -- obviously we're not in the mood to be putting boots on the ground -- rural that.
Mogadishu's decisive black hawk down -- -- we don't want a repeat of that.
You know this is such a tough situation because it's still going on tonight and we're hearing about hostages and we appreciate getting your perspective as -- breaking news is unfolding.
-- but I want to talk with you about something else that's happened because you're keeping a look.
And study group's.
That potentially can do this sort of saying that -- -- looking at all sorts of groups that we've had connections to over the years there's one in particular.
That operates inside Iraq and you say that there's a very good reason why we need to protect.
That -- why is it different and why should we protect them.
Well this is a group of Iranians who.
Deflator fled Iran they are violently anti.
Anti -- they wanna get rid of the Molson and institute -- democratic.
Secular non nuclear.
Regime in -- in in our -- And the most have been doing everything they can to press the Iraqis to stamp them out and wipe them -- And when we invaded Iraq in 2003.
We guaranteed we disarmed them they disarm voluntarily.
We disarm them they guarantee that we we guaranteed that they would be treated as protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention but we've since pulled out.
And they're being attacked by the Iraqis.
At the behest of Iran they've they've provided substantial information -- say it's on.
Program in Iran and Iranians really want to stamp them out.
Now for people who are watching him may have heard of this group there in EK.
And they may say -- wait a minute weren't they originally aligned with Saddam Hussein against Iran during the Iraq Iran war what changed about this group.
Well they were aligned with -- Hussein because the enemy of my enemy is my -- particularly in that part of the world and so they aligned for that reason.
They have been taken off any terror list in the United States they were forced to be taken off by a court because there was no evidence that there are terrorist group.
And they have gotten the support of people ranging from Howard Dean on the left to John Bolton on the right and you can't really -- -- much further not.
I've worked with them and for the men and tried to help them out.
You know -- -- -- as we're looking at Americans caught up in an attack tonight I've heard you say judge that it's very important that we make sure that -- friendly to the people we call friends in the syndicate group -- someone.
-- -- group that you say that we.
Are calling our friends at this point something's happened though there's been a massacre on them 52 a rainy and exiles killed inside a camp.
In Iraq they had ID badges that you brought -- pictures of that we actually gave them.
At the time that we.
That we disarm them in 2003.
We gave -- these ID badges they were helping us they -- helping our troops in Iraq they were providing over us with the information.
And still provide us with information based on their contacts -- about what's going on -- that country.
And now we've left them regrettably too high and dry.
And that was just on September 1 and -- I -- talking about the timing of where we are history.
President Obama said to have exchanged letters with this current Iranian President.
Were -- the new president there.
What cautionary tale do you think we can take in terms of -- this -- potentially meeting because they're talking about meeting here.
Win that the United Nations General Assembly convenes next week no doubt that the killing of these Iranian exiles of people that we -- our friends now.
-- should that come up in the conversation.
I think that that is actually related to these sort of smiley offensive.
That the Iranians have taken -- on because I think they want to tamp down this group.
And prevent them from providing us with the kind of information that might disclosed that they were cheating on any agreement that they make with the United States understand the -- -- Does not control their nuclear program.
He doesn't have that portfolio.
Only common Italy the supreme leader has that portfolio.
And -- -- is just the smiley face on the regime.
What did -- job was -- scary face before.
But face underneath the mask is the -- And that's.
He's the guy who's running the show he's the guy was calling the shots so regardless of who's doing the talking whether -- -- -- or -- -- dot.
The -- under the masters this time the so what do we accomplished what our president meeting with their president that.
What can be accomplished is to test them.
And to try to see how -- we can actually push them but it has to be verified.
On and we have to be aware of what progress they're actually making in a row -- boasted that he was able to sweet talk.
The Europeans while he was talking to them while the wrong completed one of its enrichment facilities and he's posted about that on the Internet.
So this is a guy who likes to talk one thing into another.
And it's the specifics of those nuclear program such -- talking about that this group in Nikkei has been able to help us with with their intelligence real quickly bottom line which should we do as a nation in response to the killing.
Of these members that had US badges given to them in protection inside Iraq.
I think we gonna get him out of there we could take them anyplace there's no need to necessarily settle in the United States -- -- I would I would welcome having -- as my neighbors.
But at least get them out of harm's way we owe them at least that.
People -- helped us in the past there's that Pakistani Doctor Who helped us get Osama bin Laden right our friends as you call we have to make sure we take care of them -- -- Thank you for a minute thank you for him -- --
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