Egypt’s Massive Interior Ministry Blamed for Violence, But Beware of Suleiman

By: Friday February 4, 2011 3:00 pm

One of the main narratives emerging in coverage of the violence that plagued Egypt’s popular uprising on Wednesday and Thursday is that the Interior Ministry is primarily responsible, as seen for example in the CNN video here. We heard from Al Jazeera English on Thursday that Egypt’s attorney general has banned former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly from leaving the country and has frozen his assets. In this post, I provide some background on the Interior Ministry and how its 1.4 million employees are deployed. But one should not assume that the Interior Ministry is the only other problem once Mubarak is gone. As Jane Mayer has pointed out in detail, Vice President Omar Suleiman, who is now being openly discussed by the US government as the leader of a potential interim government should Mubarak step down, has been the primary conduit for CIA renditions to Egypt for torture.

 

Fran Fragos Townsend Admits We Render to Torture in Egypt

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 4:00 pm

You gotta wonder whether the US would take some comfort in having the guy we outsourced torture to running Egypt.

Bush Admits to Approving Torture – But Which Use of It?

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 6:03 am

Bush has admitted to approving torture in 2003. But that likely obfuscates his earlier approval for torture at a time when he had no legal cover for doing so.

In other news, the statute of limitations on the torture tape destruction expires in just three or four days. Yet we’ve got silence coming from John Durham.

Ibn Sheikh al-Libi’s and Abu Zubaydah’s Coffins

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 12:27 pm

Just past noon on July 31, 2002, Jennifer Koester sent Patrick Philbin an email alerting him that the White House wanted them to finish the memos authorizing Abu Zubaydah’s torture by close of business the next day. Those memos would either retroactively or prospectively authorize Abu Zubaydah to be exposed to the same kind of treatment Ibn Sheikh al-Libi had undergone five months earlier.

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