That's true. The US government cannot stop a group from organizing merely because they're unpopular or their views are unpopular it is against the First Amendment in the US Constitution. The entire idea of the First Amendment is to protect unpopular views.
Only if the MKO/MEK was inciting the imminent, overthrow of the US government could they intervene or else they could just not issue the permit, but then they would have to be for a legitimate government purpose and be the least obtrusive means of getting there.
Cannot stop people from meeting or organizing?
Don't we have new anti-terrorism laws in this country?
This is a group designated by the State Dept as Terrorists. Should we allow alQaida and FARC to rent convention centers for meetings? Maybe everyone (including the congressmen and women and whomever else was involved in this terrorist meeting) should read the LAW.
Go to the State Dept's website page on Terrorist Organizations....
Isn't it against the law to engage in terrorist activity?
Here's what the State Dept defines as engaging in Terrorist Activity : " The term "engage in terrorist activity" means to commit, in an individual capacity or as a member of an organization, an act of terrorist activity or an act which the actor knows, or reasonably should know, affords material support to any individual, organization, or government in conducting a terrorist activity at any time, including any of the following acts:
"The solicitation of any individual for membership in a terrorist organization, terrorist government, or to engage in a terrorist activity.""
You don't think they're trying to solitcit new members?
You don't think these people (the speakers, especially)at this meeting knew who this group was? You don't think their speeches supported this group and were delivered to produce future support for this terrorist group??
I don't know if they collected any money at this meeting or have received pledges of donations, but here's the Law, "It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to provide funds or other material support to a designated FTO." (Foreign Terrorist Organizations)
And here's a list of the speakers : Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA), joint-chair of the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus of the U.S. House of Representative; Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress and Co-chair of the Caucus; Congressman Dennis Moore (D-KS); and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), Republican Senators Kay Hutchinson from Texas and James Talent from Missouri.
"A number of former government officials, human rights activists, and parliamentarians from other countries also spoke at this convention. They included Dr. Neil Livingstone, a Washington-based terrorism expert and author; Prof. Donna Hughes, Chair of Women's Studies at the University of Rhode Island, and Paul Enzinna, a lawyer from former Secretary of State James Bakers law firm, Baker Botts.
Two former officers of the U.S. Army, Col. Kenneth Cantwell and Army lawyer Captain Vivian Gembara, both of whom served year-long tours of duty in Iraq, addressed the convention, as did Rep. Paul Forseth from the Canadian Parliament."
I encourage anyone whose congressman or senator is listed,(from CA, CO, KS, MO,TX ) to write that politician and include a quotation of the LAW and the link for the State Dept's website on Foreign Terrorist Organizations.