TRNS: This is Justin Duckham with the Talk Radio News Service and I am here with former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani. How are you doing today sir?
Giuliani: I’m doing fine Justin, nice to be with you.
TRNS: We are here at the Willard Hotel for a symposium on Iran and one of the top issues that many people here are buzzing about is Camp Ashraf. What are the major issues related to that right now? What should we be focusing on?
Giuliani: Camp Ashraf is a place that was designated a number of years ago as a place the people from Iran who had been in opposition to the regime in Iran are being kept and they’re being kept there under the protection of the United States government because, at one point they had arms, they gave up their arms, in return for giving up their arms the United States promised them that they would be protected. Now the Iraqi government, under Maliki wants to move them to another place, Camp Liberty, which is a tiny small portion of a much larger broken down base and Maliki has already on one occasion, actually two occasions, there have been attacks on the people in Camp Ashraf, of which over 40 people have died, 1000 people injured, and Maliki is doing this really at the behest of the Iranian government because the Iranian government is very frightened about this group’s ability to undermine their regime. This is precisely the kind of group we should be supporting. This is exactly what we want. We would like to see a democratic, secular government in Iran, governed by the rule of law, and these people at Camp Ashraf that’s what they’re in favor of, but for that they’re being persecuted. And even though we promised them protection, we’ve now turned our back on them; the United States has turned its back on them. Forty of these people have already been moved to Camp Liberty. Camp Liberty has no sewage, it has very little water, it has no electricity at night, and it’s more like a prison or concentration camp than it is a relocation camp. So we’re here, Republicans, Democrats, and me, former Mayor Dailey of Chicago, and me, we have people from both sides of the aisle, generals who’ve served in Iraq, diplomatic officials who have served in Iraq are here to say that the United States government has to live up to its promise to these people to protect them.