Mr. Parsi’s letter consists of fabrications, distortions and lies:
• The Middle East Forum does not, and has never sought “to destroy NIAC and silence the Iranian-American voice for peace.” Quite the contrary, its Legal Project came to the defense of Seid Hassan Daioleslam, editor of the Iranian American Forum and a brave Iranian-American opponent of the regime in Tehran only after NIAC sued him. The Legal Project preserves rights of free expression, specifically the right in the West freely to discuss Islam, Islamism, terrorism, and related topics. It does not deal with foreign policy.
• Daioleslam documented over a two-year period that NIAC is a front group lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime. NIAC & Parsi responded with a law suit. Approached by Daioleslam in August 2008 The Legal Project coordinated his pro bono defense by Sidley Austin LLP, led by Timothy Kapshandy, a senior litigation partner and Best Lawyers’ 2012 Chicago Products Liability Lawyer of the Year.