Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief Headed to Washington


On Monday, Yasser Ali announced that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will visit the United States in 2013, in what would be his first visit to Washington since he was elected last June. Ever since, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies have made numerous moves to reimpose a dictatorship on an Egyptian opposition that grows more impassioned against this power grab with every passing day. Yet like every would-be dictator, Morsi has his methods of dealing with such resistance.

According to anti-Morsi activists, such methods include paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against Morsi’s decrees that would grant him unprecedented powers. The latest assaults began just over ten days ago, when more than 200,000 Egyptians massed in the Square to protest the new draft constitution that essentially imposes Sharia Law, turning women and non-Islamic minorities into de facto second-class citizens. “This is still happening now,” said Magda Adly, the director of the Nadeem Centre for Human Rights. “I believe thugs are being paid money to do this … the Muslim Brotherhood have the same political approaches as Mubarak.”

A protestor named Yasmine confirmed that assessment to the Daily Mail, saying she had been filming the demonstrations when the crowd suddenly turned on her, and approximately 50 men sexually assaulted her for more than an hour. Other men who tried to rescue her were beaten. Her ordeal ended when residents witnessing the mayhem came out of their houses to help her, and an elderly couple pulled her into their home. Nevertheless, she sustained internal injuries and was unable to walk for a week.

Journalist/activist Afaf el-Sayed said the same thing happened to her during a protest a month earlier, and that she was positive the men were “thugs from the Muslim Brotherhood.” Other activists contend more than 20 such attacks have occurred in the last ten days, and that the assaults follow a familiar pattern: they all take place in one corner of the square, at the same time every evening, and they usually begin with men forming a human chain around the women as if to protect them. The Mail spoke to two men who admitted they were part of a group of about 65 thugs who were paid for their efforts. “We’re told to go out and sexually harass girls so they leave the demonstration,” said one of them.

Such sexual assaults are nothing new. CBS News reporter Lara Logan, British journalist Natasha Smith, and left-wing journalist Mona Eltahawy were all subjected to similarly brutal assaults since the advent of the so-called Arab Spring. The only difference now is that, according to anti-Morsi activists, they are occurring far more frequently.

It gets worse. Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm is reporting that the Brotherhood has set up “torture chambers” inside the presidential palace in Cairo. Protesters have allegedly been taken there and beaten to force confessions. The newspaper claimed it was granted access for three hours Wednesday night to a central chamber located at the gate of the palace in front of Omar bin Abdel Aziz Mosque on Merghany Street. Access was granted to the paper’s reporter, Mohamed El-Garhi, after a colleague who worked for Misr 25 satellite channel, owned by the Brotherhood, intervened.

Inside, there were reportedly Egyptian police, both in uniform and plain clothes, as well as 15 Muslim Brotherhood members. All of them were supervised by three bearded men who were apparently in control of the proceedings. Protesters were brought in after having been beaten and stripped of their clothes by Brotherhood members. ID, mobiles phones and money were then confiscated. Detainees were alternately questioned and beaten in order to force confessions of “thuggery.” If detainees denied affiliation with the opposition, the beatings allegedly intensified.

El-Garhi says he heard detainees screaming inside the chamber. He further described the level of brutality. “Some of the detainees were not able to respond to the questions the Brotherhood interrogators screamed at them because of their physical state,” he writes. “Some were bleeding profusely and severely fatigued, but were not given medical assistance, only offered bottles of water to drink…Once a group of detainees was taken away, another was brought in.”

Once again, such incidents are allegedly nothing new. In October, an Egyptian rights group published a report, documenting 247 cases of police brutality, and 88 cases of torture, during Morsi’s first 100 days in office. Journalist Fathi Khattab, who writes for Egyptian newspaper al-Arab al-Yahm, also contends that Brotherhood militias were behind recent attacks on prominent Egyptians, including former presidential candidate Abu al-Ezz al-Hariri, who was subjected to a beating.

On Sunday night, Morsi expanded his tentacles even further, issuing a decree giving the Egyptian military “temporary” power to arrest civilians in the run up to the constitutional referendum, scheduled for December 15. Despite having ringed the presidential palace with tanks, barbed wire and concrete barricades, due to last week’s violence that left seven people dead and hundreds wounded, the military has yet to confront the thousands of protesters who have gathered in front of the palace, night after night. It has sought to maintain neutrality, even as it has warned it will “not allow” the country to descend into chaos. ”The latest law giving the armed forces the right to arrest anyone involved in illegal actions such as burning buildings or damaging public sites is to ensure security during the referendum only,” a military source said. Spokesman Yasser Ali also contended the new powers were granted due to a request by Egypt’s Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) and will expire once results of the referendum are announced.

Yet the military’s cooperation may have been bought. Christian Science Monitor writer Dan Murphy speculates that Morsi has granted military officers similar concessions to those offered by Mubarak, allowing them to continue expanding “a sprawling business empire that ranges from refrigerator factories to water-bottling plants to high-end condominium development,” he writes. “Mubarak provided that platform until he fell. Now, if the Muslim Brotherhood is offering a similar deal, who are Egypt’s officers to complain?”

Anti-Morsi forces have yet another threat to contend with as well. Yesterday, Salafist preacher Saeed Abdel-Azim, whose hard-line Islamic members have aligned themselves with the Brotherhood, accused opposition leaders of following U.S. diktats that made them “enemies of Islam.” He warned that any attempt to remove Morsi would precipitate an “Islamic revolution.” ”If secularists try to topple President Morsi or storm the presidential palace, we will not stand still,” he warned at a conference in Alexandria. “We will organize a massive Islamic revolution in Egypt involving unprecedented numbers,” he added.

Egyptian opposition to Morsi might pose a problem, but the Obama administration is another story altogether. In a remarkable  demonstration of political tone-deafness, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth told Fox News that 20 F-16 fighter jets–paid for by U.S. taxpayers as part of a foreign aid deal made in 2010 when Mubarak ruled–will still be delivered to Egypt. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who chairs the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, offered the proper perspective. “The Obama administration wants to simply throw money at an Egyptian government that the president cannot even clearly state is an ally of the United States,” she said.

It’s far worse than that. Such a move represents an overt slap-down of opposition leaders desperate to prevent Egypt’s steady march towards Sharia statehood. Moreover, it reveals that Obama’s call to Morsi last Thursday, expressing ”deep concern” about the deaths and injuries of protesters, was nothing more than the kind of empty rhetoric this president often uses to obscure his true intentions. Morsi’s dictatorial ambitions are clear. Tragically, it appears that Barack Obama has no problem whatsoever with them.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    This blogger wrote about Morsi's fully expected sojourn to the People's House, only several months back. And she is not a soothsayer.

    Here is a recap of said treachery – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/20/the-islamist-
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • dr.music

    The more the savages in a country the poorer the country. Its a clean deal of numbers and what kind of a life you want your citizens to lead. Everyone's screwed. But they are still concentrated in the middle east. Easy. The gutter of money has to be stopped. Some Strategic pumps should make the hole bigger and the money evaporate . No money No islam .No islam No muslims No muslims Nobody's last words to hear are halllaahh hoohhhh akkkkkhhhhbbbaaaaarrr…..no co-ran no islam…..got the math? The equations are floating around…2 plus 2 is always 4. There are smart people around ….lets hope one of them is a thin black man in a suit.

  • mrstarry76

    Glad we could contribute those F16s. Obama is so generous with our money. He'd give em our country if he could. And that is no joke. Sharia here we come.

    • rgw

      "Sharia here we come."

      I doubt that. With about 100,000,000 gun owners in the USA who like our form of government, I don't believe that's possible.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Sharia doesn't need guns. Its proponents already know how to steal elections.

      • Russ

        You must know what tto inventory and where. You must understand tactics and end Strategy. You must know how to stalk and ambush the prey with the most acute senses. You must be brutal. Never do yoyr enemy small harm…Niccolo Machiaveli, Shoot first; shoot most; to insure the good guys are left standing. Si vis pacem, para bellum

  • dr.music

    The problem is the USA doesn't want to do it the second time. The first time they did it because no one else had it. Now everybody else has it too. America used it for the greater good of everybody. Now someone else has to step up to the plate and take swing for everyone's greater good. They want to use it on us as soon as possible. Do you trust their judgement ? There is nothing like better-judgement in islam.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    That a terrorist murderer is to be feted at the White House it makes me wonder what the
    conversation will be about. It is a disgrace to America to allow this low life scum into our Nation.
    There is and old saying, "You are known by the company you keep". now that is very telling
    in this sad and bad event for Americans, does it bring up our integrity in anyone's eyes?………..William

  • Coptic John

    Help those people and the Copts and America itself by sending a petition to your state senate and congressman asking them to cut all types of aid to Muslim Terroristhood regime, and to impeach the US administration for their misconduct in Egypt…

    • April M

      Birds of a feather

  • HiPlainsDrifter

    We've "elected" a president, who does whatever the hell he wants.
    Really no differently from the the Egyptians, who elected a president who dies whatever thr hell he wants..
    None of these phony, leftist demagogues, like Morsi or Obama, follow their constitution or believe
    in the rule if law.
    Only their whims are important ….backed up by a truly verminous 4th estate…

    • Felice

      Ditto.

  • LindaRivera

    A great tragedy for innocents, but a HUGE victory for Obama, Clinton and George Soros who LOVE and adore the Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal in America is the DESTRUCTION of civilization and global Islamic conquest.

    US/Obama betrayed U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, in order to bring to power in Egypt, U.S. ruling elites' top FAVORITES, the Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood operatives and organizations have been placed into positions of ENORMOUS power in our government.

  • LindaRivera

    The 20 F-16 fighter jets–paid for by U.S. taxpayers will still be delivered to Egypt. Along with MASSIVE sums of tax dollars, the fighter jets are US leaders' APPROVAL and REWARD for Muslim barbarism and cruelty.

    Are our reps powerless to stop these injustices that empowers the severe persecution of innocents and will forever stain our country?

  • BLJ

    Let's see a Muslim Brotherhood leader of one country will be paying visit to a Muslim Brotherhood leader of another. Which happens to be the United States.

    My advice: Keep your powder dry.

  • BS77

    Hard to believe this barbarian thug will be feted in our country. This is a disgrace.

  • Ghostwriter

    Once more,President Obama's made a fool of himself by doing this. I doubt that this is what many had in mind when he was reelected.

    • Russ

      He is not the fool. The "joke" is on US! bambam said exactly everything he wanted to do TO THIS COUNTRY. I must admit; the little bastard didn't lie!

  • jennifer

    upto I saw the draft ov $5040, I did not believe …that…my neighbour woz like they say realey bringing in money in their spare time online.. there neighbor started doing this for less than 20 months and resantly cleared the dept on their place and bought a great new Alfa Romeo. we looked here, ………. Bit40.ℂOℳ

    • BS77

      Go back to elementary school, Jennifer.

  • Obama_Ointment

    ☪AIROBAMA AKBAR!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    0'Bam-appeasement:

    "The future must not belong to those who stand in the way of appeasement."

    What does that mean? Why can't 0'Bama use his "bully pulpit" to…oh yeah, 0'Bam-appeasement.

    Here is a more specific clue from the article:

    "Yesterday, Salafist preacher Saeed Abdel-Azim, whose hard-line Islamic members have aligned themselves with the Brotherhood, accused opposition leaders of following U.S. diktats that made them “enemies of Islam.”"

    Therefore not only do we have to suck up to every domestic complaint about Muslim grievances based on their feelings, just like 9-11-12, but anyone can keep US forces and speech completely detached from any situation by getting any Muslim to accuse the US of interference.

    Democracy? Sure, just don't make it resemble Western democracy in any way shape or form. Only if it leads to a favored Islamic imperialist dictator. Then it's all good.

  • johan

    At my age do I have to arm myself? I have shot a few rabbits in the past but really if this is going to be a religious war (jihad) I am getting myself a rifle.

  • Len_Powder

    Barack Obama cannot reprimand Morsi. He envies him. Morsi has the kind of tyrannical power that Obama dreams about. As for civilian deaths, torture, rape and other forms of abuse, remember that Obama is as callous as they come. No remorse for the deaths of Mexicans and Americans resulting from Fast & Furious. No guilt about the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi. No qualms about targeting terrorists, including American citizens with drones. Consenting, if not promoting, the assassination of Libya's Qaddafi. Add to this the suspicious deaths of associates and acquaintances from his past who may have been able to expose him as a fraud. Obama is the head of a Mafia family, not the leader of a great nation, which he is denigrating every day of his life so that by 2016 no one will remember the greatness and honor this nation once represented.