Be Careful What You Wish for: Egypt's new dictatorship of US CIA Torturer Suleiman starts
The main square is completely ringed by tanks' -- L.A. Times foreign correspondent Laura King; Suleiman says basically, 'I'm in power now, so the protests are over, and I will repress you if you think otherwise even though I represent NO CHANGE. Thanks suckers, it all worked! Signed, Suleiman."
A show of hands, please. How many really thought Egypt--dependent on blank checks from the USA--was going allow a democratic revolution, people? Second another show of hands: how gullible are you when all 'democratic revolutions' only in the past 15 years have been external coups for U.S. imperialism? Activists' gullibility allows them to only be bit players in their future, in a larger geopolitical game, catalysts for something they don't control or even participate within, and now great, and now thanks to that ignorance, their purpose has been used, and they WILL BE ushered off the stage by Egyptian tanks and threats of mass torture from their 'new boss, same as the old boss.' Thus closes the optimism of deluded activists who should come up with better strategies to deal with the co-option of democratic slogans by the U.S. empire.
3 assorted articles; you have to wise up, you are unable to fight the NWO with 'democratic street protests' when they are as in the case of Egypt only hitched to an external coup. Such undemocratic coups of any government are entirely externally created. All coups should be rejected, whether CNN spins to you it is "democratic" or otherwise. If all those democratic activists can think of is a coup, then they deserve all the heartbreak that they will receive so soon for not wising up earlier and thinking of better ways to organize to reject such coups.
The main square is completely ringed by tanks' -- L.A. Times foreign correspondent Laura King
Main opposition coalition says it will end protest in Cairo square but wants weekly demos
By Associated Press
10:14 AM CST, February 12, 2011
CAIRO (AP) — The main coalition of youth and opposition groups says it will end its protest in a central Cairo square after they succeeded in ousting longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak. But the groups say they will call for weekly demonstrations to maintain pressure on the ruling military to implement democratic reforms.
The group listed its demands at a press conference Saturday. They want hated emergency laws to be lifted, parliament to be dissolved and a committee to amend the constitution, among others.
Some protesters not linked to the coalition say they'll stay camped on Tahrir Square, and it's not immediately clear when the downtown area will be cleared.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
CAIRO (AP) — The ruling military pledged Saturday to eventually hand power to an elected civilian government and reassured allies that Egypt will abide by its peace treaty with Israel after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, as it outlined the first cautious steps in a promised transition to greater democracy.
The military's statement Saturday had been eagerly awaited by the public and thousands of protesters still massed in Cairo's central Tahrir Square. The crowds were still riding high on jubiliation over the success in removing Mubarak on Friday after 18 days of unprecedented popular protests, but they were looking for a sign of the military's plans.
Appearing on state TV, a military spokesman said the Armed Forces Supreme Council asked the current government appointed by Mubarak in his final weeks to continue operating until a new one is formed. The step appeared to be a stop-gap measure to keep the state and economy functioning while a transitional administration is set up.
Protesters have called for dramatic steps to ensure Egypt moves to a real democracy after nearly 30 years of autocratic rule under Mubarak and his ruling party. Protest organizers have called for the dissolving of parliament — which is almost entirely made up of ruling party lawmakers — the forming of a new, broad-based transitional government and creation of a committee to either amend the constitution or totally re-write it.
The Armed Forces Supreme Council, a body of the top-most generals that now rules Egypt, has not said whether it will carry out any of those steps. But Saturday's statement also did not rule it out.
In the square, some protesters welcomed the cautious first measures, despite distrust of the government put together by Mubarak as a gesture early in the wave of protests.
"It was a good thing," said Muhammed Ibrahim, a 21-year-old from the Nile Delta town of Banha who joined the crowds in Tahrir. "We don't want there to be a political void."
The spokesman, Gen. Mohsen el-Fangari, appeared on state TV in front of a row of Egyptian military and national flags and read the council statement, proclaiming respect for the rule of law — perhaps a sign that the military aims to avoid imposing martial law.
The military is "looking forward to a peaceful transition, for a free democratic system, to permit an elected civil authority to be in charge of the country, to build a democratic free nation," he said.
The military underlined Egypt's "commitment to all its international treaties."
Israel has been deeply concerned that Egypt's turmoil could threaten the 1979 peace accord signed between the two countries. The United States, Egypt's top ally, is also eager to ensure the accord remains in place. The military strongly supports the accord, not in small part because it guarantees U.S. aid for the armed forces, currently running at $1.3 billion a year.
Anti-Israeli feeling is strong in Egypt, and many of the hundreds of thousands of protesters expressed anger at Mubarak's close cooperation with Israel on a range of issues. Still, few seriously call for the abrogation of the treaty, realizing the international impact.
The emphasis in the military statement was on keeping the state and economy functioning after the turmoil of the past three weeks, which were a heavy blow to Egypt's economy. For days, many businesses and shops were closed, much of Cairo's population of 18 million stayed home under heavy curfew, and foreign tourists — one of the top sources of revenues — fled the country. This week, even as businesses began to reopen on a wide scale, labor strikes erupted around the country, many at state industries or branches of the bureaucracy.
The military relaxed the curfew — now to run from midnight to 6 a.m. instead of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. — and the Stock Market announced plans to reopen on Wednesday.
The Supreme Council asked the public, particularly the millions in the government sector, to "work to push the economy forward," el-Fangari said, an apparent call for everyone to return to work.
The military also called on the "current government and provincial governors to continue their activities until a new government is formed," el-Fangari said. The statement did not address when a new government would be formed.
Omar Suleiman: Egypt's torturer-in-chief threatens to unleash "dark bats of the night... to terrorize the people"
Published on 02-09-2011
Lisa Hajjar writes:
Under the Bush administration, in the context of "the global war on terror", US renditions became "extraordinary", meaning the objective of kidnapping and extra-legal transfer was no longer to bring a suspect to trial - but rather for interrogation to seek actionable intelligence. The extraordinary rendition program landed some people in CIA black sites - and others were turned over for torture-by-proxy to other regimes.
Egypt figured large as a torture destination of choice, as did [newly-appointed Vice President, Omar] Suleiman as Egypt's torturer-in-chief.
At least one person extraordinarily rendered by the CIA to Egypt — Egyptian-born Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib — was reportedly tortured by Suleiman himself.
In October 2001, Habib was seized from a bus by Pakistani security forces.
While detained in Pakistan, at the behest of American agents, he was suspended from a hook and electrocuted repeatedly.
He was then turned over to the CIA, and in the process of transporting him to Egypt he endured the usual treatment: his clothes were cut off, a suppository was stuffed in his anus, he was put into a diaper - and 'wrapped up like a spring roll'.
In Egypt, as Habib recounts in his memoir, My Story: The Tale of a Terrorist Who Wasn't, he was repeatedly subjected to electric shocks, immersed in water up to his nostrils and beaten.
His fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks.
At one point, his interrogator slapped him so hard that his blindfold was dislodged, revealing the identity of his tormentor: Suleiman.
Suleiman's history should be kept in mind when considering statements he made yesterday. In a thinly veiled threat, he warned that if the protests do not end soon, there will be a coup and "dark bats of the night" will emerge "to terrorize the people."
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Martial law for Egypt - Free at last, free at last ! - FKN Newz 02/11/11
The first time there is a real democratic revolution on the Egyptian streets against Suleiman, the US media will refuse to cover it.
Now, back to your programming, world media consumers. Enjoy your instructions from your Orwellian television screen to cheer, cheer, cheer that everything is over...even though a novel tragedy is just beginning to be updated--though the media will turn you attention elsewhere soon enough.
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