2/11/11 U.S. Declares Freedom: Egypt's 'New' Military Dictatorship, part 3


There is no particular anti-American mood among the protesters. Most of the signs and the anger are directed directly at Mubarak. But there is suspicion. "When Obama said Mubarak must go, we were very happy...If Obama gets rid of Mubarak, you will see many people in Egypt will love America. If Obama leaves it to the Egyptian people, we will love him. But if Obama tries to force us to have a government we don't want, it will be different. We will win and then we will judge Obama by what he does and take decisions according to how he behaves."http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/05/cairo-protests-hosni-mubarak-egypt

Recaps: US soft power forces: more at http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/33 and here http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/333
*11/11/2008 US State Department Chooses April 6th Movement To Take Part In Anti-Extremism Conference http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=18771
*Omar Suleiman: Egypt's new vice president, and next strongman, Issandr Amrani, http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/08/17/...
*Egypt’s April 6 movement gets behind ElBaradei 3/20/10 http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=10163
*1/28/11 America's secret backing for leaders behind uprising US Embassy doc.. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa...
*Inside State Department’s Arab Twitter diplomacy By Josh Rogin, http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/2...
*USAID pumped tens of millions of dollars into pro-democracy NGO

U.S. Intel agency's analysis & prediction
Red Alert: The Egyptian Military's Options
February 10, 2011 2247 GMT http://www.stratfor.com/theme/egypt-unrest
We are now less than six hours from dawn in Cairo. The military faces three choices. The first is to stand back, allow the crowds to swell and likely march to the presidential palace and perhaps enter the grounds. The second choice is to move troops and armor into position to block more demonstrators from entering Tahrir Square and keep those in the square in place. The third is to stage a coup and overthrow Mubarak.
The first strategy opens the door to regime change as the crowd, not the military, determines the course of events. The second creates the possibility of the military firing on the protesters, which have not been anti-military to this point. Clashes with the military (as opposed to the police, which have happened) would undermine the military’s desire to preserve the regime and the perception of the military as not hostile to the public.
That leaves the third option, which is a coup. Mubarak will be leaving office under any circumstances by September. The military does not want an extraconstitutional action, but Mubarak’s decision leaves the military in the position of taking one of the first two courses, which is unacceptable. That means military action to unseat Mubarak as the remaining choice...whatever action is taken must be taken in the next six or seven hours. As dawn breaks over Cairo, it is likely large numbers of others will join the demonstrators and that the crowd might begin to move. The military would then be forced to stand back and let events go where they go, or fire on the demonstrators. Indeed, in order to do the latter, troops and armor must move into position now, to possibly overawe the demonstrators.
Thus far, the military has avoided confrontation with the demonstrators as much as possible, and the demonstrators have expressed affection toward the army. To continue that policy, and to deal with Mubarak, the options are removing him from office in the next few hours or possibly losing control of the situation. But if this is the choice taken, it must be taken tonight so that it can be announced before demonstrations get under way Feb. 11 after Friday prayers. It is of course possible that the crowds, reflecting on Mubarak’s willingness to cede power to Suleiman, may end the crisis, but it does not appear that way at the moment...

"The end of President Hosni Mubarak's reign over Egypt is a more a military succession than a popular revolution"
Red Alert: Mubarak Resigns, Military is in Charge
February 11, 2011 | 1631 GMT
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman delivered the following statement Feb. 11: “In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country. May God help everybody.” Suleiman’s statement is the clearest indication thus far that the military has carried out a coup led by Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. It is not clear whether Suleiman will remain as the civilian head of the army-led government. Egypt is returning to the 1952 model of ruling the state via a council of army officers. The question now is to what extent the military elite will share power with its civilian counterparts.At a certain point, the opposition’s euphoria will subside and demands for elections will be voiced. The United States, while supportive of the military containing the unrest, also has a strategic need to see Egypt move toward a more pluralistic system.
Whether the military stays true to its commitment to hold elections on schedule in September remains to be seen. If elections are held, however, the military must have a political vehicle in place to counter opposition forces, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood. The fate of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) thus lies in question. Without the NDP, the regime will have effectively collapsed and the military could run into greater difficulty running the country. While the military council will be serving as the provisional government, it will likely want to retain as much of the ruling NDP as possible and incorporate elements of the opposition to manage the transition. Sustaining its hold over power while crafting a democratic government will be the biggest challenge for the military as it tries to avoid regime change...

Mubarak Steps Down, Ceding Power to Military
February 11, 2011 -- 11:16 AM ET http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/world/middleeast/12egypt.html?hp&emc=n...
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt turned over all power to the military, and left the Egyptian capital for his resort home in Sharm el-Sheik, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on state television on Friday.The announcement, delivered during evening prayers in Cairo, set off a frenzy of celebration, with protesters shouting "Egypt is free!" “Egypt is going to be a fully democratic state,” said Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who helped organize the youth-led protests and became one of the movement’s most prominent spokesmen.”The military's statement alluded to the delegation of power to Vice President Omar Suleiman and suggested the military would supervise implementation of the reforms....President Obama reacted Friday afternoon with effusive praise for the Egyptian people, especially its youth. “Egyptians have inspired us, and they’ve done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence."...

Key Members of the Armed Forces Council [photos]
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi DEFENSE MINISTER led supreme council meeting in the absence of President Mubarak, known as "Mubarak's poodle" to some officers,
Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, Navy commander in chief
Air Marshal Reda Mahmoud Hafez Mohamed, Air Force commander
Lt. Gen. Abd El Aziz Seif-Eldeen, Commander of air defense

Mubarak Leaves Cairo as Military Asserts Control
2/11/7:58am http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/world/middleeast/12egypt.html
The Egyptian military appeared to assert its leadership Friday amid growing indications that President Hosni Mubarak was yielding all power.

Comments by Panetta stoke unmet expectations
February 11, 2011; 12:08 AM http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/10/AR201102...

Egypt's Army Signals Steps to Take Power
7:58am http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/world/middleeast/11egypt.html?hp&emc=n...
Jubilant chants of "The Army and the people in one hand!"could be heard on broadcasts from Tahrir Square. There was no information about what role Mr. Mubarak or his new vice president, Omar Suleiman, would play in a military government.

Mubarak Refuses to Step Down
1:17pm http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/world/middleeast/11egypt.html?hp&emc=n...

u.s. run protest in pacification tent city...
Army deploys more tanks in Cairo
Feb 9, 2011 http://www.presstv.ir/detail/164462.html
Egyptian armed forces have stationed a large column of tanks and mechanized infantry vehicles in and around Cairo's Liberation Square as thousands of protesters camping outside the parliament... also attempted to block the parliament building.

Omar Suleiman warns of coup as tensions rise between Egyptian demonstrators, army
By Timothy M. Phelps, Reporting From Cairo
Vice President Omar Suleiman, who until now presented himself as a soft-spoken voice of reason with opposition leaders... warned of tougher measures in comments to Egyptian newspaper editors Wednesday. The protests are "very dangerous for society and we can't put up with this at all...We don't want to deal with Egyptian society with police tools."..."It's not OK what you are doing here," Gen. Hassan Ruwaini of the military police told protesters. "If you want to protest go to Tahrir"...as the army confronted protesters occupying new territory in front of the parliament building and the vice president warned of a possible coup, saying demonstrations must end or "the dark bats of the night" would emerge to terrorize the nation.

Omar Suleiman, Egyptian vice president, warned Tuesday that his government "can't put up with continued protests", the crisis must be ended soon...
Suleiman said there will be "no ending of the regime" and no immediate departure for Mubarak, the state news agency MENA reported from a meeting between the vice-president and independent newspapers.

5 dead, 100 wounded in south Egypt clash
AFP February 9, 201 CAIRO - At least five people were killed and around 100 wounded in two days of clashes between police and demonstrators in a town in southern Egypt's New Valley region, medics told AFP Wednesday.

u.s. marines off Egyptian coast in the Red Sea 'to evacuate thousands of americans -- left stranded in airport as u.s. state agents flew out on official planes
EGYPT: Pentagon moving warships, preparing for possible evacuations
February 4, 2011, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/02/egypt-pentagon-mov...
Pentagon moves U.S. warships and other military assets to make sure it is prepared in case evacuation of U.S. citizens from Egypt becomes necessary, officials said Friday. The Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship carrying 700 to 800 troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the Ponce have arrived in the Red Sea, off Egypt’s shores in case the situation worsens...In addition to the Marines, the Kearsarge carries around four dozen helicopters and harrier jets that would permit evacuations and other humanitarian operations,..In addition, the aircraft carrier Enterprise is in the eastern Mediterranean. The Pentagon originally announced that the carrier was heading through the Suez Canal for the Arabian Gulf, but the crisis in Egypt appears to have prompted a decision to keep it in the Mediterranean

Senior US Marine Says "Multiple Platoons" Are Headed To Egypt
Feb.6, http://www.businessinsider.com/senior-us-marine-says-multiple-platoons-a...
This senior Marine told our source that the Pentagon will deploy "multiple platoons" to Egypt over the next few days and that the official reason will be ‘to assist in the evacuation of US citizens.Our source was told that "the chances they were going over there went from 70% yesterday to 100% today."
On Friday, the Pentagon announced it would move "U.S. warships and other military assets to make sure it is prepared in case evacuation of U.S. citizens from Egypt becomes necessary," according the the LA Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/01/wo...pt&oref=slogin topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/hosni_mubarak/index.html
The United States has vested its interests in Mr. Mubarak, directing most of its aid dollars to the Egyptian military. Mr. Mubarak has not always been the perfect ally, but American officials say that he is invaluable for his historical perspective and the importance he places on the relationship with the United States and peace with Israel. An American official said the hope was that Mr. Mubarak’s ultimate replacement would be someone who maintains the same historical appreciation for peace and relations with Washington...The other name most commonly raised is General Omar Suleiman, longtime chief of intelligence is seen as more palatable to the military and as having the same orientation to Israel and Washington as Mr. Mubarak....Egypt’s military is the most powerful institution in the country...

Israeli Study: Expected Coups
According to the data, civilian coups are expected soon in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Belarus and even China.

timely proof of need to retain its Egyptian military client state for USraeli security
"Terror" attack on Egypt-Israel gas pipeline:
Egyptian state tv reports masked men set off detonation at gas terminal near pipeline in Sinai causing massive flames; gas supply to Israel cut.

Bets on US$250 oil rise as traders see Saudi, Suez risk
2/3/11 Bloomberg News
“Egypt is the only thing that’s changed in the last week,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research in Winchester Massachusetts. “Investors are betting on further trouble across the Middle East. The chances of a disruption in the big exporters is small, but there’s been unrest in smaller ones such as Yemen and Sudan.”

Egypt - U.S. intelligence collaboration with Omar Suleiman “most successful”
By Richard Smallteacher, Wikileaks staff 1 February 2011
New cables released by Wikileaks reveal that the U.S. government has been quietly anticipating as well as cultivating Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian spy chief, as the top candidate to take over the country should anything happen to President Hosni Mubarak. On Saturday Mubarak named Suleiman to the post of vice-president making him the first in line to assume power. An intelligence official who trained at the U.S. Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, Suleiman became head of the spy agency in 1993 which brought him into close contact with the Central Intelligence Agency. Recently he took up a more public role as chief Egyptian interlocutor with Israel to discuss the peace process with Hamas and Fatah, the rival Palestinian factions.
In recent years most political analysts assumed the heir apparent was Gamal Mubarak, the president’s younger son, but the U.S. embassy in Cairo came to a different conclusion more than five years ago. On 15 June 2005, a memo (05CAIRO4534) written for Timothy Pounds, the director for Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and North Africa at U.S. National Security Council, noted: “(A)ll agreed the most likely candidate to be appointed to the post (of vice-president) was General Omar Soliman, Director of Egyptian General Intelligence Service (EGIS).” (State department officials use a different spelling of Suleiman’s name)
Almost a year later, another diplomatic memo (06CAIRO2933) written on 14 May 2006 made it clear [USG], the U.S. government was working closely with Suleiman on key regional matters such as how best to marginalize Hamas in Palestine: “(O)ur intelligence collaboration with Omar Soliman, expected in Washington next week, is now probably the most successful element of the relationship.”
The diplomatic memo, written by Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr. (then U.S. ambassador to Egypt) to brief Robert Zoellick (then Deputy Secretary of State) visiting Cairo at the time, notes that “Omar Soliman also told us he would be glad to see you (Zoellick), if schedules permit - he will be working the Israeli and PA delegations in Sharm” – referring to a meeting being held in the Egytian resort town of Sharm-el-Sheikh.
In another diplomatic cable, Suleiman is reported to have told the U.S. ambassador, “Egypt is America’s partner. Egypt will continue to provide the USG with its knowledge and expertise on the critical regional issues, such as Lebanon and Iraq. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the core issue.” ...A blog posting on Al Jazeera’s website by Clayton Swisher, former director of programs at the Washington-based Middle East Institute, sums up a 2005 meeting with Suleiman: “(H)is blunt words made me drop my biscuit. Suffice it to say he does not have a high opinion of Islam in politics, and is not shy about telling Western audiences the lengths he will go to allow his security services to keep the Muslim Brotherhood and their offshoots at bay. President Mubarak’s appointment of Suleiman is a way of messaging assurances to a wary Israel and US congress....
The following year the ambassador sent another memo (07CAIRO1417) to Washington in which he described Egypt as a “dictatorship”... “Presidential succession is the elephant in the room of Egyptian politics,” Ricciardone wrote... the ambassador again pointed to Suleiman as the most likely successor as a "rock-solid" loyalist to Mubarak. “(I)n the past two years, Soliman stepped out of the shadows, allowed himself to be photographed, and his meetings with foreign leaders reported...

Obama and Egyptian army chiefs tell Mubarak to go now
O1 Feb. 2011 DEBKAfile Special Report http://debka.com/article/20623/
Feb. 1, President Barak Obama told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to quit now and leave Egypt. Mubarak got the same message from the heads of the Egyptian army...The US message was delivered to Mubarak by Ambassador Frank Wisner. The Egyptian army chiefs have made plans to fill Mubarak's shoes and rule the country of 85 million as soon as he is gone. Before them are three optional procedures for bridging the transitional period until general and presidential elections.
1.  A council of officers consisting of 3-5 generals will assume presidential powers and govern the country for the interim, or; 2.  The new Vice President, the former Intelligence Minister Gen. Omar Suleiman, will be appointed president; or 3.  Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Enan will take his place in the presidential office.

US Military Chief Says Aid to Egypt Should Continue
Pentagon February 04, 2011, http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/US-Military-Chief-Says-Aid-to-Eg...
The top U.S. military officer has cautioned against any move to cut U.S. aid to Egypt's military. In an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Admiral Mike Mullen said the aid, including a substantial military component, benefits the United States, as well as Egypt. He said the long and close U.S.-Egyptian military relationship has paid dividends in the current crisis, after years of American training of Egyptian officers. "Beyond just the equipment and those kinds of things, what that has also done is establish a relationship with the Egyptian military, which is one between our militaries of great strength," added Mullen.

believe the sponsors, spontaneity and goal of U.S. backed 'reforms'?
Obama Sends Envoy to Press for Reforms in Egypt
February 1, 2011
ABC's Jake Tapper reports that "if the White House were to send someone to send a tough message to Mubarak, Wisner would be the one to do it." Meanwhile, protests continue calling for Mubarak to step down....Mubarak appointed a vice president, Omar Suleiman, earlier this week...

Ghost of Regime-Change Past: Enron’s Frank Wisner Jr does Dad’s Job in Egypt
Barak Obama’s slogan in 2008 was “Yes, we can.” By choosing as his point-man to guide Egypt’s future, the son of one of the CIA most famous “can do” covert operatives , Obama has shown once again that his promise of “Change We Can Believe in” did not rule out changes which turn the clock back.
On 31st January, the U.S. State Department admitted that Frank Wisner Jr was in Cairo but did not disclose when he arrived. The U.S. ambassador to Egypt, 1986-91, Mr Wisner is Washington’s special representative for the crisis facing the Egyptian regime. But for any historian of regime change, the name Frank Wisner is a familiar one. It conjures up a ghost from the CIA’s past covert role in “revolutions” and regime change in Iran, Central America and South-East Asia. Sometimes Papa Wisner’s boys toppled opponents of the United States, sometimes the victims were old friends who had lost their usefulness. Today’s arbiter of Egypt’s future, Frank Wisner Jr has “regime change” in his DNA.
Wisner was fascinated by mind-control...But controlling the minds of the Western public was his key goal. Wisner controlled unregistered funds with which he paid journalists and media proprietors. In the 1950s for the first time, young American journalists working for obscure newspapers or Mid-Western outlets with no obvious appetite for news from beyond the Prairies appeared able to live in exotic and expensive locations. Swarms of goatee-bearded civil society activists and new media specialists have followed in their footsteps in the last two decades.Frank Wisner Sr is most famous for his indiscrete claim that he had so many agents and assets in the American and Western media that he could play the press like a “mighty Wurlitzer.” In the age of coordinated Twitter, Facebook and blogging campaigns, old man Wisner’s image of a cinema organ making the world’s mood music in a crisis might seem old-fashioned, but its essence - a coordinated campaign within the supposedly free media by strategically-placed intelligence assets – seems less anachronistic today than ever as countless breathless journalists for innumerable outlets seem to recite from the same...it is Wisner’s role today as the pivot of America’s regime-change agenda in Egypt which makes him so important despite his invisibility. The man in the shadows has strings to pull which are anchored at the Archimidean point of world politics in Washington.It is not just a case of easing out Mubarak but of making sure that all of what Tony Blair would call the “good he has been doing” is carried forward. Not only must Egypt’s next president be a reliable ally in the Middle East peace process, but under the guise of democratic legitimacy...Future privatizations are part of the reform agenda being pressed on Egypt. Could it possible have occurred to the former director of Enron and AIG as well as of the Pharaonic American Life Insurance Company that a privatization on the epic scale worthy of the land of the Pharaohs is looming: the Suez Canal was nationalised by Mubarak’s first patron, Gamel Abdul Nasser, won’t it be a neat sign that People Power has truly triumphed in Egypt when ownership of the Suez Canal is returned to private, preferably international owners? And then of course, the Aswan dam’s electricity generating capacity can only improve if foreigners with expertise in the energy field give a helping hand….Asking who has the power to profit from People Power is an undiplomatic question... Oxford historian, Mark Almond, is Visiting Professor in International Relations at Bilkent University, Turkey.

U.S. fears genuine massive resistance & revolution it suppresses as 'terrorism', relies on its homegrown psyops creations 'al qaeda' et al as 'terror' bogeyman
Arab revolts bad news for al Qaeda
“If it succeeds and the transition is peaceful and successful, if it leads to a political system that includes all groups, it will be detrimental for radical groups...
They condemn electoral politics and urge violence to combat injustice and oppression. But if street protests in Tunisia can force an dictator into exile and in Cairo can force a regime to promise free elections and sit down with its opponents, why should angry young Arabs turn to bombs and guns? Ultimately, it works against the idea of the resort to violence,” Maha Azzam, who studies the Middle East for the London-based think tank Chatham House, told AFP in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, which is occupied by protesters....The revolt... left an estimated 300 people dead, but the focus of the movement has been a peaceful demand for change....“The militant groups are at a crossroads,” said Dominique Thomas, an expert in radical Islam at the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. “If these events snowball, and raise democratic expectations in the region and people are able to overthrow dictatorships with pressure from the street, that would be a stunning blow to their theories,” he said. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/

"The unmasking of Ghonim as the previously unknown administrator of the Facebook page that started the protests could give the crowds someone to look to for inspiration to press on"
Google Marketing executive Wael Ghonim says he was behind Facebook page that ignited demonstrations
2/08/2011 http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx
Google Marketing executive Wael Ghonim says he was behind Facebook page that ignited demonstrations he called "the revolution of the youth of the Internet." ...
he was taken aback when the security forces holding him branded him a traitor... "If I was a traitor, I would have stayed in my villa in the Emirates and made good money and said like others, 'Let this country go to hell' added Ghonim, an Egyptian who oversees Google's marketing in the Middle East and Africa from Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates.
Ghonim has become a hero of the demonstrators since he went missing on Jan. 27, two days after the protests began. He confirmed reports by protesters that he was the administrator of the Facebook page * "We are all Khaled Said" [11-25-10] that was one of the main tools for organizing the demonstration that started the movement on Jan. 25....

The unmasking of Ghonim as the previously unknown administrator of the Facebook page that started the protests could give the crowds someone to look to for inspiration to press on
Ghonim's whereabouts were not known until Sunday, when a prominent Egyptian businessman confirmed he was under arrest and would soon be released... after 12 days detention by Egyptian authorities he insisted he had not been tortured and said his interrogators treated him with respect... Just before he was freed, he said he was brought before Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy — installed only days earlier in a government reshuffle — in his office. The minister "talked to me like an adult, not like someone of strength talking to someone weak" and then the new head of the National Democratic Party escorted him home....He referred to his arrest as a "kidnapping" and a "crime" but sounded conciliatory, saying "this is not a time for settling accounts or cutting up the pie; this is Egypt's time." He did forcefully place blame for the country's ills on Mubarak's National Democratic Party and said the good among them should abandon it and start something new to earn the people's respect. "I don't want to see the logo of the NDP anywhere in the country," he said. "This party is what destroyed this country. The cadre in this party are filthy..." US-based Human Rights Watch told The Associated Press Monday that two weeks of clashes have claimed at least 297 lives, by far the highest and most detailed toll released so far... "clearly, a significant number of these deaths are a result of the use of excessive and unlawful use of force by the police," said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch.

In a second clip, titled, "Egyptian Revolution 2.0 - The Dream Team," Mr. Ghonim says: "Whoever has the most successful campaign on Facebook will be the head of the next parliament."... Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, observed on Twitter: "No bombs, no shock and awe, and the Egyptian people succeeded! Lesson worth learning. Democratization next!" http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/latest-updates-on-day-18-of-...

*Arabic Facebook pages closed
Nov.25, 2010
...Our English Facebook page: “We are all Khaled Said” is still running and so far we don’t have any problems. Very soon we will be looking at different means to get all Egyptian activists who want to stand up peacefully for their human rights together on a different platform to Facebook.

Mubarak Resigns
The Experts Were Wrong, Again
By * David Keyes (see below)
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about U.S. 'strategic non-violence' forces
* David Keyes, Director
David Keyes, director and co-founder of CyberDissidents.org, served as coordinator for democracy programs under Natan Sharansky at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies and assisted a former UN ambassador....has written for leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, National Review, Commentary, Daily Beast and The Jerusalem Post. He graduated with honors from UCLA in Middle Eastern Studies and pursued a Masters in Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. Keyes is founder of Students Against Dictators and speaks Arabic, Hebrew and English.

among cyberdissident Advisors
Natan Sharansky, world renowned dissident, author, and politician, became a leading member of the campaign for human rights in the Soviet Union Under his mentor Andrei Sakharov http://cyberdissidents.org/ourexperts.html

[http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Sharansky_Natan 15 Sep 2009] ... According to Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the 1970s the Ukrainian-born Sharansky engaged "in underground Zionist activities"; in 1977 Soviet authorities arrested him on charges of treason and spying for the United States. Washington denied any connection between Sharansky and the CIA, but in 1978 he was found guilty and began serving a 13-year prison sentence. An international campaign led to Sharansky's release February 11, 1986, as part of an East-West spy exchange orchestrated by President Ronald Reagan. Sharansky traveled immediately to Israel, eventually becoming a leading voice for Soviet Jews. In a February 2008 ceremony during he was awarded the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award by the late president’s foundation... Sharansky former Soviet dissident, became deputy prime minister in the Likud government of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 2006 resigned from the Knesset, taking up the post of chairman and distinguished fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies research department at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem now The Adelson Institute... among its main issues are “the strengthening of Israel's relations with the United States.” Fellows at the institute include former chief of staff of the Israeli military Moshe Ya'alon, a fierce critic of Israel’s decision to pull out of the Gaza Strip.. In 2007, Sharansky, with Vaclav Havel and former conservative prime minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar, were lead organizers of the Democracy and Security Conference in Prague that gathered “dissidents” from Middle Eastern countries, China, and Eastern Europe and presented U.S. President George W. Bush as its headliner to speak about the “war on terror....The conference, sponsored by the Prague Security Studies Institute, the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, and Spain’s Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies was attended by Freedom Watch’s Sheldon Adelson; Peter Ackerman of Freedom House; Anne Bayefsky of the Hudson Institute; Jeffrey Gedmin of Radio Free Europe; Reuel Marc Gerecht, Joshua Muravchik, Michael Rubin, and Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI); Devon Gaffney Cross; Farid Ghadry of the U.S.-based Reform Party of Syria; Bruce Jackson of the Project on Transitional Democracies; Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT); Clifford May and Walid Phares of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; and Harold Rhode, a Pentagon employee close to many core neoconservatives like David Wurmser....
Sharansky is also a founding member and current chairman of One Jerusalem, a New York-based organization whose mission is "maintaining a united Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel," proclaiming that “only Israeli sovereignty will protect access to the holy sites of all three major religions.” Other prominent U.S. cofounders of One Jerusalem include Douglas Feith and David Steinmann, chairman of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and a board member of the Center for Security Policy.
November 2007, Sharansky announced that One Jerusalem was launching a multimillion dollar campaign aimed at preventing any division of Jerusalem. He said, "Above all Jerusalem is the base of our identity...in 2008 he turned down offer to serve as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations

U.S. Exchanging One Dictator for Another
February 05, 2011 "Mother Jones" February 03, 2011 ...The United States appears content exchanging Hosni Mubarak for Egypt's new Vice President, Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian spy master--that is, one dictator for another-- to maintain the status quo. Of course, Israel must sign off on this deal, assuring the U.S. that Egypt can remain as its main base in the region, straddling as it does North Africa and the Middle East. Without it, the U.S. would most definitely have to rethink its entire neo-colonial policies in the region.
As for Suleiman, he looks to be a nasty piece of work. Agence France Press pulled together the basics:
For US intelligence officials, he has been a trusted partner willing to go after Islamist militants without hesitation, targeting homegrown radical groups Gamaa Islamiya and Jihad after they carried out a string of attacks on foreigners. A product of the US-Egyptian relationship, Suleiman underwent training in the 1980s at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina....After taking over as spy director, Suleiman oversaw an agreement with the United States in 1995 that allowed for suspected militants to be secretly transferred to Egypt for questioning, according to the book "Ghost Plane" by journalist Stephen Grey...
In the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the CIA relied on Suleiman to accept the transfer of a detainee known as Ibn Sheikh al-Libi, who US officials hoped could prove a link between Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda.The suspect was bound and blindfolded and flown to Cairo, where the CIA believed their longtime ally Suleiman would ensure a successful interrogation, according to "The One Percent Doctrine" by author Ron Suskind. A US Senate report in 2006 describes how the detainee was locked in a cage for hours and beaten, with Egyptian authorities pushing him to confirm alleged connections between Al-Qaeda and Saddam.Libi eventually told his interrogators that the then Iraqi regime was moving to provide Al-Qaeda with biological and chemical weapons.When the then US secretary of state Colin Powell made the case for war before the United Nations, he referred to details of Libi's confession.The detainee eventually recanted his account. Thus our loyal ally Egypt provided the fake information used by the United States to go to war in Iraq.

Stephen Soldz, co-founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology: "Shortly after 9/11, Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib was captured by Pakistani security forces and, under US pressure, torture by Pakistanis,'' writes Soldz. "He was then rendered (with an Australian diplomat watching) by CIA operatives to Egypt, a not uncommon practice. In Egypt, Habib merited Suleiman's personal attention. As related by Richard Neville, based on Habib's memoir'': Habib was interrogated by the country's Intelligence Director, General Omar Suleiman.... Suleiman took a personal interest in anyone suspected of links with Al Qaeda. As Habib had visited Afghanistan shortly before 9/11, he was under suspicion. Habib was repeatedly zapped with high-voltage electricity, immersed in water up to his nostrils, beaten, his fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks. That treatment wasn't enough for Suleiman, so: To loosen Habib's tongue, Suleiman ordered a guard to murder a gruesomely shackled Turkistan prisoner in front of Habib - and he did, with a vicious karate kick. After Suleiman's men extracted Habib's confession, he was transferred back to US custody, where he eventually was imprisoned at Guantanamo. His "confession" was then used as evidence in his Guantanamo trial.
Jane Mayer, in The Dark Side, pointed to Suleiman's role in the rendition program: Each rendition was authorized at the very top levels of both governments....The long-serving chief of the Egyptian central intelligence agency, Omar Suleiman, negotiated directly with top Agency officials. [Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt] Walker described the Egyptian counterpart, Suleiman, as "very bright, very realistic," adding that he was cognizant that there was a downside to "some of the negative things that the Egyptians engaged in, of torture and so on. But he was not squeamish, by the way" (pp. 113).
Stephen Grey, in Ghost Plane, his investigative work on the rendition program, also points to Suleiman as central to the program:...the CIA dealt principally in Egypt through Omar Suleiman, the chief of the Egyptian general intelligence service (EGIS) since 1993...who arranged the meetings with the Egyptian interior ministry....
Suleiman's role in the rendition program was also highlighted in a Wikileaks cable: the context of the close and sustained cooperation between the USG and GOE on counterterrorism...