Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wikileaks Cable: Egyptian Opposition Leader Ayman Nour Pleading For U.S. To Defend Democracy & Hillary's Hypocrisy

UPDATE: 3:02 PM & 5:15 PM , Feb. 17, 2011.

And as for Bahrain the police & military have cracked down on peaceful protesters-attacked while they were asleep.
And even doctors and other medical professionals amidst the protesters were singled out for the most vicious attacks
Will Hillary Clinton the friend of dictators everywhere speak out against this violence or just tell leaders in Bahrain to cool down and wait til there are no cameras present and then kick the shit out of these ungrateful lower class and middle class upstarts .

Bahrain Police & Military beat up Doctors and nurses who were volunteering to give aid to protesters Aljazeera Feb. 17, 2011.

But first more on Hillary Clinton's Hypocrisy as she speaks about freedom of speech Ray McGovern is manhandled and dragged away because he stood up and turned his back on her??? He didn't heckle her until he was being dragged away. Of course the US mainstream media will just remain silent since they too are all for war and the police state. The jails in America are filled with large numbers of so-called criminals who shouldn't be there. The US is conducting two imperialist wars and backing a dozen or more dictatorships all in the name of freedom, democracy and to prop up America's corporate and media elite. While cutting back on food-stamps the US continues to spend some 2 billion dollars a month on the so-called War on Terror.Meanwhile the dictators pocket America's foreign aid? hide it in Swiss Bank accounts and the hypocrites on Wall Street steal Americans blind but their thievery is justified in the Free Market Place so they don't go to jail while some kid stealing a candy bar gets lost in America's corrupt dysfunctional judicial system.

From War Is A Crime.Org (formerly Afterdowning which reports Hillary's hypocrisy and what action American citizens can take to send her and the Obama administration a message about their insincerity and blatant hypocrisy when it comes to freedom of speech, internet freedom or the rights of citizens to criticize their governments. Citizens of nations which are considered America's enemies are encouraged to protest but not those who live oppressive regimes which are considered America's allies or part of the Coalition of the willing and so it goes.

Ray Mcgovern roughed up by security and police put in a six by four cell next time maybe the police or CIA will torture him so they can get a phony confession out of him or have a show trial for him like the Chicago 7 back in the day.

And if such freedom is so important to Hillary Clinton and Obama thenwhy are they out to crush Wikileaks and Whistleblowers . Whistleblowers should be hailed as heroes as people doing their civic duty by pointing to corruption or criminal activities within the US government and its Intelligence and security Military Industrial Complex .

As Hillary Talks About Tolerating Free Expression, Police in Front of Her Brutalize Ray McGovern for Turning His Back
Submitted by davidswanson on Wed, 2011-02-16 20:17

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday about the failures of foreign leaders to respect people's freedoms, a 71-year-old U.S. veteran Army officer, a man who spent 27 years in the CIA and delivered presidential daily briefs, a peace activist and proponent of nonviolence, the man who famously confronted Donald Rumsfeld for his war lies, the man who drafted our letter to Spain and delivered it to the Spanish Embassy on Monday, our friend Ray McGovern turned his back in silence. As Clinton continued to speak about respecting the rights of protesters, her guards -- including a uniformed policeman and an unidentified plain-clothed official -- grabbed Ray, dragged him off violently, brutalized him, double-cuffed him with metal handcuffs, and left him bleeding in jail. As he was hauled away (see video), Ray shouted "So this is America?" Clinton went right on mouthing her hypocrisies without a pause.

Tell Hillary Clinton what you think of this behavior at 202-647-4000.
UPDATE: Demand to speak with a real person in the Public Affairs Office.
UPDATE 2: Call the Secretary of State's office 202-647-5291.

Ray told Rob Kall at OpEdNews what he had been protesting by standing silently with his back turned:

"Hillary is the driving force, together with a few others, behind the wars in Afghanistan. She's one of the big hawks in Iran. When I look at her and her husband that they don't know the first thing about war. I do and so do my fellow Veterans for Peace. I have to make clear that we Veterans for Peace think that her policies are an abomination to the nation, that they are at cross purposes to the country and not everybody should applaud and give her the idea that she's doing the right thing."

"I knew that Hillary knew, at the beginning of the war, that Hillary knew how things would go. There was a young lady who was working as Hillary Clinton's personal staff chief, when she was a senator in 2002 and 2003, was in a class I taught in DC and I'd ask her to give her boss articles I wrote. And she did give them to her. So I know that. She made a political calculation that she needed to be strong because she was a woman even though she knew from us that the unintended consequences would be catastrophic. She knew all that and made that calculation."

"The height of irony, of course, is that was her tragic flaw that let Obama beat her. She supported the war and Obama didn't. She is the height of hypocrisy. When people die because we have hypocrites at the top of our government, that compels me to make a statement in whatever way I can. It was not the theme of her speech that I was protesting. It was her war policies and support of Mubarak."

All of the talk by President Obama and his predecessors about democracy and human rights are just another propaganda tool they take out once in awhile when it seems necessary or fashionable the politically correct thing to do as it were to calm the masses to fool the citizens in foreign nations whom they have little regard for. Those nations are merely pawns in America's Grand Game of Empire building and its security .
So the uprisings and attempted revolution is good they tell us but not good when it comes to dictators Hillary likes. For instance when the people of Honduras rose up on the side of President Zelaya Hillary praised the military for shooting at unarmed protesters typical Ugly American response.

So here's an article dealing with some cables and letters leaked by wikileaks showing that the political bureaucratic elite have in this case hearts of stone whether it is Condolezza Rice or Hillary Clinton or George W. Bush Dick Cheney , Rumsfeld Karl Rove Charles Krautheimer or their mainstream media enablers there is little or no difference.

Egypt - Cable from Imprisoned Egyptian Opposition Leader: Defend Democracy “for the friendship of peoples live forever”

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Peoples do not die, but governments change like the winter weather
By Richard Smallteacher, Wikileaks 1 February 2011

Ayman Nour, one of the senior leaders of the Egyptian opposition who is currently organizing a coalition to create an interim government, wrote an eloquent letter from prison in 2006 to then Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, in which he implored the U.S. not to stand by and ignore his plight, according to a new cable released by Wikileaks.

Nour, leader of Egypt’s El Ghad (“Tomorrow”) Party and a former presidential candidate, was imprisoned by the government of President Hosni Mubarak in January 2005 on grounds of forging election papers. In February 2006 Nour wrote a letter from Tora Ranch General Prison in southern Cairo that was hand-delivered to the U.S. embassy in anticipation of a visit by Rice to Cairo. A translated copy was sent by diplomatic cable (06CAIRO6171) to Rice by Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Egypt.

In the letter Nour reminded Rice that he had met her in 2005 when she gave a lecture at the American University in Cairo on democracy. He also noted that President Bush had claimed to the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. government had made a request to Mubarak to pardon Nour.

Nour opened with a moving plea to Condoleeza Rice: “From behind thick bars and a place beyond the sun’s reach, I welcome you. (B)ecause I am not in a position to present a flower bouquet with this welcome, as a token of friendship, I will attempt to present old and new quotes which will bear what I wish flowers would have borne and expressed.”

Nour went on to relate three anecdotes to explain the consequences of the U.S. ignoring Egypt. The first, an apocryphal tale from a Russian diplomat, suggests that Americans would not rescue a drowning man.

The second recalled Egyptian history: “The shouts of Egyptians during March and April 1919, when the first civic revolution in modern Egyptian history broke out, and the Egyptian masses were shouting for the life of two people — the first, the banished leader of the Egyptian revolution Saad Zaghloul, and the second, President Wilson who elaborated the Twelve Principles (sic), the most important of which was the right to self-determination. The second scene is the same masses shouting against Wilson when he acknowledged the British mandate in Egypt.”

In the third anecdote, Nour quotes Mostafa Amin, Egypt’s most famous columnist and journalist, who wrote in his book "Laughing America” the following: "The American loves speed, and that is the secret behind the alliance between American policy and dictatorships, but what it gains quickly, it loses quicker, for America ) despite its love for speed - is in the habit of missing the train, but then it notices and it runs after the train, it even buys a car especially for that purpose, but that does not help, so it buys a plane, and just like that it pays the price of the train doubled!”

“Maybe America gains a lot when it exports to us arms and cars or planes, but it loses more when it does not export the best that its civilization has produced which is ’Freedom and Democracy and Human Rights.’ The value of America is that it should defend this product, not only in its country but throughout the world! It may harm some of its interests, but it will make gains that will live hundreds of years, for the friendship of peoples live forever, because the peoples do not die, but governments change like the winter weather.”

Rice never publicly asked the Egyptian government to pardon or release Nour in 2006. Subsequently Nour stated from prison: "I pay the price when [Rice] speaks [of me], and I pay the price when she doesn’t. But what’s happening to me now is a message to everybody." Nour was finally released on health grounds on 18 February 2009.

Nour was injured and hospitalized in the first wave of demonstrations last week. On Sunday he returned to work with other opposition leaders to discuss the formation on a coalition government. The next few hours will tell if President Obama and Secretary of State will hear his new request for support or follow the example of the Bush administration and remain silent.

It is more than likely that consecutive U.S. administrations knew about how brutal Mubarak 's regime in Egypt has been and still is. Of course given the ideology of Real Politic and American exceptionalism we can be sure they all have their rationalizations for doing little or nothing about the oppression in Egypt after all America needed and still does need Egypt . So will the U.S. and or the Egyptian army all for real substantive reform or just some window dressing .

"Egypt - Evidence of torture and repression by Mubarak´s Police"

By María Luisa Rivera, Wikileaks, 28 January 2011

Many well-known activists including Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel peace laureate, have been arrested in their homes, civilians have been wounded and even killed in clashes with Egyptian police and security forces. As an Internet blackout imposed by the state covers the country, every citizen and grassroots organization will now be exposed to arbitrary police forces. As secret documents from US prove, during the demonstrations today, authorities might use physical threats, legal threats and extraordinary laws such the Emergency Law as an excuse to persecute and prosecute activists during the pacific demonstrations taking place in Cairo and other cities.

As described by Cable 10CAIRO64 sent from the Embassy of Cairo on 12January, 2010, “Egypt’s State of Emergency, in effect almost continuously since 1967, allows for the application of the 1958 Emergency Law, which grants the GOE broad powers to arrest individuals without charge and to detain them indefinitely”. The cable also describes how “The GOE has also used the Emergency Law in some recent cases to target bloggers and labor demonstrators”.

Excessive use of force by police during the protests led to arbitrary executions and detentions in a vast array of abuses, a situation that is known and acknowledged in the past by U.S. diplomats based in Egypt. It is important to bear in mind the long record of police abuse and torture by Egyptian police forces.

In the aftermath of protest started on Monday January 25th, many citizens, including activists and Journalists were attacked. People were detained, brutally wounded and even killed as a result of excessive use of force by Police, a situation that is known and acknowledged in the past by U.S. diplomats based in Egypt.

In a Cable sent from Cairo Embassy on 2009, Cable 09CAIRO79 the reality of the police force is described: “Torture and police brutality in Egypt are endemic and widespread. The police use brutal methods mostly against common criminals to extract confessions, but also against demonstrators.” It was 2009 when the Government of the United States of America acknowledged the lack of concrete actions of the Egyptian government to improve the situation of police in Egypt. This same document points out how bloggers described the severe torture with electric shocks inflicted on a blogger, and how security forces stopped the torture when he began cooperating.

The suppression of dissent and collective action for change goes beyond direct use of force; it includes using legal threats to prosecute even the most harmless forms of dissent, including poetry: “A recent series of selective GOE actions against journalists, bloggers and even an amateur poet illustrates the variety of methods available to the GOE to suppress critical opinion, including an array of investigative authorities and public and private legal actions.”

As recently as February 2010, as indicated in 10CAIRO213, an activist implored the United States diplomats to get closer to the Egyptian government in order to combat torture and reduce the growing brutality of the police. The answer from Vice President Biden is that the political leader, the highest authority in the country, is not a dictator. The answer from the U.S. is silence, and dismissal of the Egyptian people´s desire to create a better future.

and so it goes,

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