Perle and the Clarion Fund/Project

by Jim Lobe

I just received this solicitation in an email:

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Richard Perle, Available for Interviews on Terror Attacks

Available for Interviews:

Richard Perle – Former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Clare Lopez – Senior Fellow, Clarion Project; Former CIA Officer

Ryan Mauro – National Security Analyst, Clarion Project

New Poll Reveals Americans Fear Additional Terror Attacks

A new CBS News/New York Times poll reveals that an overwhelming majority, 66 percent of Americans believe that additional terrorist attacks are likely in the United States in the coming months-an increase of 37 percent in the past year.

The poll findings, taken just two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, demonstrate clearly that Americans do not believe the latest terror attack was an isolated, “lone-wolf style” incident.

Rather, jihadist ideology continues to motivate a sophisticated worldwide terror network, and America remains a target.

The Clarion Project’s controversial and critically-acclaimed film, The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America documents the recruitment process, motivation and training tactics employed by terror organizations in American neighborhoods.

The film has been used by law enforcement agencies across America-including the NYPD-in counterterrorism training.

The general public is invited to watch the film for FREE now at:

Contact: M. Sliwa Public Relations, [email protected], 973-272-2861

The release suggests that Richard Perle, a long-time member of the strongly pro-Chechen, anti-Russian American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (formerly the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya) and many, many other neo-con letterhead organizations, has now associated himself in some way with the ultra-Islamophobic Clarion Project (previously known as the Clarion Fund), which has been the subject of much commentary on LobeLog over the past several years or so. (Just type in “Clarion” in the Search Box.) It also shows that Clare Lopez, who used to flack for the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) as part of the Iran Policy Committee (IPC), has taken up a formal position at Clarion. Which is kind of strange since Perle’s long-time sidekick, Michael Ledeen, has strongly opposed any U.S. support for the MEK as a result of its quite tangible unpopularity (for completely understandable reasons, notably its alliance with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war) in Iran itself. (I once had a bizarre conversation with Lopez about the MEK’s position vis-a-vis the United States during the 1979 Islamic revolution. She repeatedly insisted that the MEK was not anti-U.S. at the time. Having been engaged in some revolutionary tourism in Tehran at the time — specifically in September, 1979 — I assured her that the MEK was in the front lines of anti-U.S. demonstrations and that the group’s anti-American posters were particularly memorable and blood-curdling.)

You can draw your own conclusions about this coalition of pro-Likud, anti-Russian neo-con operatives, MEK apologists, and Islamo- and Iranophobes by scanning the Right Web profiles that I’ve linked to above.

Jim Lobe

Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.