Up front, figureheads such as Hilary Clinton pay lip service to the efforts of the millions to free themselves from decades of virtual servitude. But behind closed doors they strive to find ways to stop halt the movements for freedom dead in their tracks.
A recent p2pnet Reader’s Write has a link to a post by Cord Jefferson in Good Culture, part of which states tear gas and smoke grenade manufacturer Combined Systems is “based out of Jamestown, Pennsylvania” but its “wares have been showing up all over the Middle East as of late.
“On January 20, a photographer with the European Press Photo Agency was killed when a CSI tear gas canister struck him in the head at a protest in Tunisia.”
This refers to the late Lucas Mebrouk Dolega who died from head injuries sustained on January 14 when police were said to have “deliberately fired a tear gas grenade at him” during the Tunisia protests, said Reporters Without Borders.
“I think it was a crime, a real murder”, declared EPA spokesman Horacio Villalobos.
Now, “CSI smoke bombs and tear gas have clogged the air and lungs in Cairo”, Jefferson writes, continuing >>>
A less visible but possibly more important American-Egyptian partnership is that between the tech company Narus and the Mubarak autocracy. A subsidiary of Boeing, Narus sells hyper-complex, slightly creepy mass surveillance equipment. Its most famous creation is Narus Insight, “a supercomputer system which is allegedly used by the National Security Agency and other entities to perform mass surveillance and monitoring of public and corporate Internet communications in real time.”
Narus provides Telecom Egypt, the state-controlled, dominant internet and telephone company, with deep packet inspection (DPI) technology. The specifics are complex, but DPI is essentially a filter that allows network administrators to track and scrutinize content being transmitted via the internet and cell phones. According to Narus’ vice president of marketing, Steve Bannerman, whose company also works with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, “Anything that comes through [an Internet protocol network], we can record. … We can reconstruct all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they clicked on; we can reconstruct their [Voice Over Internet Protocol] calls.”
Narus allowed Telecom Egypt to monitor the online movements of every plugged-in citizen of Egypt. And when Telecom Egypt (read: the Egyptian government) didn’t like what it saw, it blacked out the nation’s internet capabilities.
‘A revolution … is coming whether we will it or not ‘
To the members of the United States government, says a post from Anonymous on Anon News.
“The eyes of the world currently rest upon the democratic reformation occurring in the Arab Republic of Egypt”, it says, going on >>>
As you very well know, these unfolding events are not to your strategic or political advantage. In contrast to your administration, we, the members of Anonymous, stand in support of the Egyptian revolution. We ask that you do the same. We ask that you immediately cut off all military and political aid to the Regime of Hosni Mubarak. We ask that you lend your support to the people of Egypt during this fight against tyranny (a course of action that would be supported by the supposed platform of freedom, liberty and democracy you claim to stand on).
While your administration has been hesitant to acknowledge the acts of a murderous dictator in an attempt to protect American interests, the people in Egypt have been decisive in their struggle for freedom.
You have provided funding and tools of suppression to an autocratic regime, helping it strip its citizens of their basic human rights. We hope that you do not expect the citizens of Egypt to support your interests after such detestable actions. While exercising their Universal Human Right to protest as declared by the United Nations in 1948, the Egyptian people found themselves assaulted by tear gas canisters labeled “Made in USA.” You cannot expect the people of Egypt to respect your country when you are contributing to their oppression.
The people of Egypt have spoken, and Mubarak’s dictatorship will be ousted. It is time now to re-evaluate your interests in Egypt. Will you continue to support tyranny, or vindicate yourselves and fight for the people? Your nation knows better than most; it is the people who ultimately decide the fate of a nation. Does your government not follow the philosophy of public sovereignty? Power is always with the people.
“A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.” — Robert F. Kennedy
We are Anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Good Culture – Meet the Two American Companies Helping Egypt Restrict Its People, January 28, 2011
Lucas Mebrouk Dolega – French photographer ‘murdered’ in Tunisia, January 19, 2011
Reporters Without Borders – French photographer dies from injury sustained on day of Ben Ali’s departure, January 18, 2011
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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