Today, more than 43 NGO representatives were found guilty of operating illegally in Egypt and the organizations offices will be closed immediately and their assets seized. Among them, 16 are Americans, according to the report from USA Today. The State Department has deemed the trial as “politically motivated” and running counter to their “transition to democracy” in a statement from John Kerry. More proof that our State Dept was, and still is, out of touch, since they believed that Egypt was ever considering transitioning into a democracy.
The problem of NGO’s operating illegally in Egypt goes back to before the Arab Spring and the jumping off of protests in Cairo and Alexandria in 2011. The crackdown on NGO’s started in Egypt a year earlier when youth groups first tried to set-off their revolutionary movement. It was then that the government of Egypt reacted and started gathering information on the groups operating inside of Egypt whose goal it was to depose then President Hosni Mubarak.
In 2009-2010, it was learned that many NGO’s had not been registered, or their registration had expired. The Mubarak government wanted to deport all of the unlicensed groups and their members. But urging from the Clinton State Department, and implied threats of reducing foreign aid if Mubarak did deport them, forced the Egyptian government to find another way to deal with the problem. Of course, Mubarak had no idea that the revolution was planned and executed by the State Department. Time was short, and they (State Dept) only needed to buy a few more months…then the NGO’s would be rallying everyone to gather in protest forcing the leaders out of power.
This is the beginning of what is going to unfold into an interesting and fairly complex story. And it will be interesting to watch how the NGO’s rally their minions. Stay tuned. When the Egypt revolution kicked off I created a multiple part series revealing details that, had they not been confirmed by State Dept officials (including Clinton herself), would’ve been brushed off as crazy conspiracy theory. This decision has the potential to launch and even crazier series of events; especially now that there are massive amounts of high-powered weaponry floating around N. Africa and the Middle East. (i.e Libya’s stolen SAMs, Russia arms going to Syria, Iranian arms going to Syria and Yemen, etc)
I will be updating this post shortly with a bunch of interesting links below. There are many interesting stories of NGO’s and how they are woven into the Arab Spring. Like, the AFL-CIO training the youth protesters and then bringing those people back over and creating a little group called “Occupy Wall Street”. Check back and watch my Twitter.
Now that the revolutionary fervor of the Arab Spring has come down to a simmer most of the news is focusing on elections and the increasing possibility that Muslim Brotherhood candidates could take control of the country. Absent are the reports of human rights violations and one would be hard pressed to find the little bit of news that brings it to light. Those stories, when they do make it to the airwaves, are usually on Arabic only websites. Effectively this cuts off a good amount of the free world from following the stagnant (and most likely regressive) human rights policies in action in post revolutionary Egypt.
Last month on Egypts “90 Minutes” this clip was aired of a woman being confronted by a “police” officer. To date the man has yet to be identified. If he was/is a member of law enforcement than ID’ing him should not be hard. At a certain point the woman is asked by the officer to remove her undergarments. When she refuses the “officer” says he will be taking her away to the ministry of justice. This video has been brushed aside for two reasons. Firstly, since the man can not, and has not yet been identified, critics claim that he must not be a law enforcement officer of any kind. Secondly, towards the end someone appears in front of the camera making a funny face. The conclusion to date is that the video must be inauthentic. But from what we have learned about the human rights violations post-Mubarak this is still quite tame. It makes one wonder if it is really being brushed aside because what we in the west view as a violations of rights is not viewed the same due to the gender of the victim.
The encounter starts about 1:30 mark and continues until around the 4:00 mark. You be the judge.
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You can find the original print story on this encounter via El Bashayer:
UPDATE: I was cleaning out my files, folders, unnecessary bookmarks, etc and came across this older CNN report here. Even then the women were asking “What happened to the revolution we started in Tahrir Square?”. I can answer that. Activities in Tahrir (Cairo) and Alexandria were sort of like a democracy high school party. When the cops break it up and every one is forced to leave what are you left with? Vomit patches on your mom’s new carpet. The participants of the party swear they can relocate the party and continue on. Yet, have you ever made it to the rendezvous? The fun people went their own way and all that is left is a gathering of lonely followers with no clear direction; you mind as well entertain yourself and puke on the new carpet at the new party location.
Press Release: BB Netanyahu with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Loews Regency Hotel, New York, NY
Sept 21, 2011
QUESTION: Mr. Prime Minister, why won’t you freeze the settlements if that’s one way to get back to talks?
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Well, I did, as you know, and did something that no previous Israeli government did. I actually froze any construction for ten months, waited nine months and one week; the Palestinians finally came and said, well, keep on freezing. So I think wisely – and we concluded with the United States – that what we really have to do is get on with the real issues and get down and negotiate all these issues in order to get peace. We have to negotiate the issues to resolve them. We can’t just negotiate about the negotiations.
Righto! Negotiating about negotiations is a classic tactic employed by those who realize they have not earned their equal status at said “talks”. Once the encroaching party realizes they are at a justifiable disadvantage the next step is to latch on to semantics in hopes that everyone elses attention will turn towards you (the illegitimate party); hopefully favoring your illegitimate stance in regards to bargaining power. Link to the short press release can be found here.
Stay the course B.B. and sway. Picture links to appropriate video. That is all.
On March 26 of this year we reported on Al Qaeda stealing surface to air missiles (SAM’s) from munitions depots in Libya. Moammar Gaddafi in an act of desperation opened up munitions depots. His intention was to let his supporters arm themselves. Instead Al-Qaeda Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) ended up acquiring everything from shoulder-fire man portable units to old Soviet SCUDS. From our March 26th report (“When did Officials know? Al Qaeda Steals Libyan Missiles”):
“Someone is not being totally honest. On March 25, 2011 AFP (via Breitbart.com) reported a story of Justice Secretary Ken Clarke warning of another Lockerbie style attack. This was a very specific warning considering the broad scope of possible threats to civilians. Thats because Clarke and other officials had already received the report of Al-Qaeda stealing nearly 100 Surface to Air Missiles from Libyan munition dumps.”
The day after we began to investigate the claims leaders in Niger and Chad had tried to alert the press of the theft; also included in our report in the above links. They were ignored. For the past 5 months the media largely ignored all claims of SAM thefts. But now that the turmoil has settled down the confirmation of the missing missiles is now coming to light.
Also in our March report the main concern was the current No-Fly zone imposed by NATO. This tactic would push commercial airliners away from central north Africa. In doing so the north shores would have a much more crowded airspace with more planes. All of which would become easy targets for any radical with a shiny new SAM. The revamping of Sudanese Air Traffic Control addressed these concerns; something we referenced in our initial report. In the reports below we finally see the news agencies addressing this issue as a plausible threat and serious concern; 5 months later. The main stream media has seen the tarnishing and fine patine of the Arab Spring materialize. Now the news is about the dangerous results produced. The hope of freedom and democracy is barely visible under the quickly corroding surface of the Arab Spring.
Breaking News!! (Not Really) The press starts to investigate claims
CNN finally dispatched reporters to cover this lead just 5 months after the original story broke (as referenced above). In the report CNN innacurately cites the number of Libyan SAM’s to be at least 20,000 units. While this is fairly close the real number of working units is more in the range of 12-14 thousand units. CNN also adds that figure in for a little bit of sensationalism. The entire stockpile has not fallen into the hands of Al Qaeda (AQIM). The current figure from on the ground intel operatives is approximately 19 units. Click Image for Video and full report
No Evidence of Missing Missiles-But Black Market “Prices Dropping“. Uhhh What?
Strictly Right Radio Co-Host Ben Swenson brought this to my attention. Swenson was the first one that I called in March after meeting with my internal investigative team. On Aug. 25 The Associated Press reported the State Department position that chemical and nuclear material in Libya were secure. Fine. Nukes were not the issue here. After all, Al Qaeda doesnt own haz-mat radiation rated suits so they cant handle the material anyways. The main question at hand was; have Islamic Fundementalists obtained any sophisticated weapons? From the AP report regarding missiles and rockets:
The fate of thousands of rockets is less clear, and other U.S. intelligence officials and counterterrorism experts criticized slow work by State Department to locate and buy back dangerous munitions like the estimated 15,000 to 25,000 shoulder-fired missiles in Gadhafi’s weapons stores.
Two U.S. officials said the prices of such missiles in the region have fallen, suggesting that some of Gadhafi’s weapons may already be reaching the market, though there is no sign that al-Qaida-linked terrorists have managed to buy any.
That was August 25 2011. Do you see how fast things change in the Intelligence community? Compare this report to the CNN one from today. The AP report from August was leaning towards the reality that as long as the nuke material was ok most of the other weapons probably fell under the same status. The State Department echoed this sentiment days later in the daily press briefing. This will be addressed in the next post. I cant give all the good stuff away now 🙂 This barely scratches the surface
Coming up-Behind the Scenes in N. Africa and US Intel Community
In the next installment we will go over:
1) The route that the stolen man portable air defense systems (MANPADS)
2) Where some units are now residing in Sub-Saharan Africa
3) What the State Dept. knew vs. what they told journalists
4) The details of the Intel briefings in the U.K. and the U.S. from March 2011. A true secret intelligence tell-all
5) Destination Gaza: The closest vantage point for radicals to strike Israel
6) Iran attempts to take a leadership role amongst those holding the SAM’s
7) Dismantling SCUD warheads and salvaging parts vs. MANPADs kept in working order