As I wrote Tuesday:
Egypt’s president Mubarak is a yes-man
to the U.S., and the fall of the Tunisian and now Egyptian leaders are
really the ouster of U.S. puppet regimes in the Middle East.
is reliant on US military aid to finance major equipment and this is
worth just over 25 per cent of the total defence spend in 2008, US
Foreign Military Financing (FMF) is fixed at USD1.3 billion annually.
And as Free Press notes, American companies have helped to maintain Egyptian leaders' dictatorial powers:
American company — Boeing-owned Narus of Sunnyvale, CA — has sold
Egypt "Deep Packet Inspection" (DPI) equipment that can be used to help
the regime track, target and crush political dissent over the Internet
and mobile phones.
The power to control the Internet and the
resulting harm to democracy are so disturbing that the threshold for
using DPI must be very high. That’s why, before DPI becomes more widely
used around the world and at home, the U.S. government must establish
clear and legitimate criteria for preventing the use of such
surveillance and control technology.
In a New Yorker
interview with CIA veteran Michael Scheuer, an author of the rendition
program under the Clinton administration, writer Jane Mayer noted, "In
1995, American agents proposed the rendition program to Egypt, making
clear that it had the resources to track, capture, and transport
terrorist suspects globally — including access to a small fleet of
aircraft. Egypt embraced the idea... 'What was clever was that some of
the senior people in Al Qaeda were Egyptian,' Scheuer said. 'It served
American purposes to get these people arrested, and Egyptian purposes to
get these people back, where they could be interrogated.' Technically,
U.S. law requires the CIA to seek 'assurances' from foreign
governments that rendered suspects won’t be tortured. Scheuer told me
that this was done, but he was 'not sure' if any documents confirming
the arrangement were signed." However, Scheuer testified before Congress that no such assurances were received. He further acknowledged that treatment of prisoners may not have been "up to U.S. standards." However, he stated,
is a matter of no concern as the Rendition Program’s goal was to
protect America, and the rendered fighters delivered to Middle Eastern
governments are now either dead or in places from which they cannot
harm America. Mission accomplished, as the saying goes.
with the approval of President Clinton and a presidential directive
(PDD 39), the CIA instead elected to send suspects to Egypt, where they
were turned over to the Egyptian Mukhabarat [Egypt's intelligence
And the statement of CNBC's Erin Burnett to the effect that the U.S. must support Middle Eastern dictators to keep cheap oil flowing doesn't really help.
Make no mistake ... a revolution in Egypt is a refutation of American policy.
And see this.