Mubarak – U.S. Funded Dictator Falls
Updated – February 13, 2011
The writing on the wall is clear – the many long years of Hosni Mubarak’s brutal tyranny are over.
– Christopher Bollyn, 27 January 2011
After 18 days of steadfast protests against the U.S.-backed Mubarak regime, the 30-year-old dictatorship of Egypt ended on February 11…
giving great hope to the long-suffering people of Egypt.
We aim to achieve reform and rights for all: not just for the Muslim Brotherhood, not just for Muslims, but for all Egyptians.
– Essam El-Errian, “What the Muslim Brothers want”, New York Times, 9 February 2011
Neither the United States nor Europe, not to mention Israel, will easily allow the Egyptian people to make their dream of democracy and freedom come true…The Arab world is awakening with dignity and hope. The changes spell hope for true democrats, and trouble for those who would sacrifice democratic principle to their economic and geostrategic calculations.
– Tariq Ramadan, “Whither the Muslim Brotherhood?”
Obama’s double-dealing in Egypt was reported first on Bollyn.com.
Only after President Obama’s “personal envoy” openly admitted that he went to Egypt to support Mubarak did the BBC and other news outlets pick up on the “deliberate abiguity” of the Obama administration’s deceptive Egypt policy. Sending Frank Wisner of the C.I.A. to support the Mubarak dictatorship while Obama and Hillary Clinton pretended to be supporting “democratic change” in Egypt is more than ambiguous – it’s downright deception. Obama was caught deceiving the American people and the world. This is what Robert Fisk of The Independent (U.K) reported on February 7:
Oddly, not a single journalist raised this extraordinary connection with US government officials – nor the blatant conflict of interest it appears to represent.
– Robert Fisk on Frank Wisner’s connections to Mubarak in The Independent (U.K) on 7 February 2011
Readers of Bollyn.com, however, were well aware of this “blatant conflict of interest” and the policy of deception behind it since it began on January 31. While the controlled media did not discuss Wisner’s connections, I did – a week before the BBC or Robert Fisk. The controlled press, including the BBC, was reporting that Wisner had been sent to urge Mubarak to leave office – a complete falsehood – up until February 5, when Wisner admitted that it was “crucial” to preserve the Mubarak regime.
The mask has slipped from the two-faced Obama administration. One can now clearly see how Obama and Hillary Clinton practice the art of deceit. I have been reporting on the duplicity of the U.S. policy in Egypt since January 31 when President Obama sent Frank Wisner, a high-level C.I.A. man, as his personal envoy to manage the crisis in Cairo.
The envoy’s father was Frank Wisner Sr., the infamous C.I.A. boss behind the overthrow in the 1950s of presidents in Iran and Guatemala. Frank Wisner Jr., Obama’s “personal envoy” to Egypt, admitted on February 5 that he supported the Mubarak dictatorship staying in power – while Obama has been telling the world that he wanted immediate change. This blatant duplicity reveals the true character of the Obama administration.
BBC GRILLS U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ON WISNER’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Julian Marshall of the BBC program Newshour questioned U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley about the “deliberate ambiguity” in how the U.S. has handled the popular revolt in Egypt and the egregious conflict of interest in sending Frank Wisner, a lawyer with Patton Boggs, a law firm that does a great deal of business representing the Egyptian government and military to advise the Mubarak dictatorship. Marshall’s excellent five-minute interview with Crowley begins at minute 4:00 and lasts until minute 9:45.
The BBC program from February 7 can be heard here:
Frank Wisner works for a law firm that works for Mubarak. Frank Wisner and his son Graham are lawyers with Patton Boggs, who represents the Egyptian government and military. The Wisner’s law firm is engaged in an effort to privatize the schools of Egypt.
Graham G. Wisner of Patton Boggs
This is what Wisner’s law firm says about its business in Egypt:
Patton Boggs has been privileged to represent such sovereign governments as those of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. Our corporate representation includes servicing the needs of many of our U.S.-based Fortune 500 clients doing business in the region, as well as foreign multinationals who require international corporate advice…Patton Boggs has been active in Egypt for 20 years. We have advised the Egyptian military, the Egyptian Economic Development Agency, and have handled arbitrations and litigation on the government’s behalf in Europe and the US. Our attorneys also represent some of the leading Egyptian commercial families and their companies, and we have been involved in oil and gas and telecommunications infrastructure projects on their behalf. One of our partners also served as the Chairman of the US-Egyptian Chamber of Commerce, promoting foreign direct investment into targeted sectors of the Egyptian economy. We have also handled negotiation of offset agreements and managed contractor disputes in military sales agreements arising under the US Foreign Military Sales Act.
WHILE OBAMA SUPPORTED THE PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTORS…
AND CALLED FOR IMMEDIATE CHANGE…
“What is clear ”” and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak ”” is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.” – President Obama, 2 February 2011
HIS PERSONAL ENVOY WAS SUPPORTING THE DICTATORSHIP…
AND THE USE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE PROTESTORS.
Pro-Mubarak thugs on horseback attacked the peaceful protestors.
U.S. Pursues Dangerous Two-Faced Policy
Violence Erupts After Obama’s C.I.A. Man Advises Mubarak
Mubarak Appoints “C.I.A. Partner” Suleiman Vice President
Broadcasting Equipment Confiscated from Foreign Journalists
Links to Cairo are Cut as Egyptians Demand End of U.S.-Supported Dictatorship
“I’m extremely concerned, I mean this is yet another symptom, or another indication, of a criminal regime using criminal acts. My fear is that it will turn into a bloodbath.”
– Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian opposition leader
“To the people of Egypt, particularly the young people of Egypt, I want to be clear: We hear your voices. I have an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny and seize the promise of a better future for your children and your grandchildren.”
– U.S. President Barack Obama, 1 February 2011
CAIRO, February 1 – Egyptian women join thousands of protestors at Tahrir Square demanding the end of the U.S.-supported Mubarak dictatorship.
More than 100,000 protesters had massed in the square by midday.
February 1 – Mubarak speaks on national television saying he will step down on – in September…
while Obama says Egypt’s change of leaders must start immediately. “The status quo is not sustainable,” Obama said in comments given after Mubarak’s speech. “An orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now,” Obama said. The Egyptian dictator has been America’s most reliable (read pro-Israel) ally in the Middle East for 30 years. Mubarak has blocked much-needed relief from reaching the besieged Palestinians of Gaza, who share a mostly closed border with Egypt. Photo – Barack Obama and Hosni Mubarak at the White House, 1 September 2010.
Mubarak has appointed his intelligence chief, C.I.A. “partner” Omar Suleiman, as vice president. Suleiman is clearly the man who the C.I.A. hopes will replace Mubarak. A senior U.S. intelligence official described Suleiman as deeply involved in every aspect of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries, as well as a C.I.A. partner in sensitive programs, including transfers and interrogations (read kidnap and torture) of prisoners captured in counterterrorism operations. As the C.I.A. point man in Egypt, Suleiman meets often Israeli leaders. Here he shakes hands with Ehud Barak, the war criminal who killed 1,400 civilians in Gaza as Barack Obama became president in January 2009. At the time, Obama said he would have plenty to say about Israeli war crimes in Gaza – but has said nothing ever since.
President Barack Obama sent Frank Wisner of the C.I.A. (Vice Chairman of A.I.G. and director of Enron) to Egypt on January 31 to advise the besieged dictator Hosni Mubarak, who is quickly losing control of the nation. Shortly after Obama’s “special envoy” arrived in Cairo, broadcasting equipment was confiscated from foreign journalists (including the BBC) and all roads and rail links to the capital were cut. This is a very dangerous game and reveals the two-faced nature of the Zionist-controlled Obama administration. While Obama talks about supporting “democratic change”, he sends a “dirty tricks” man in a last-ditch effort to prevent the U.S.-funded dictatorship from falling. This desperate and deceitful action by the Obama administration can only harm future relations with Egypt.
A protester looks at a burnt Egyptian Army armoured vehicle in downtown Cairo 28 January 2011. (Reuters)
The Israeli war criminal and terrorist Ehud Olmert with Hosni Mubarak, the detestable 82-year-old tyrant of Egypt known for his support of U.S. and Zionist criminal policies against the Palestinian – and Egyptian people.
Mubarak and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister from the extreme right-wing Likud Party. The Zionist state depends on corrupt leaders in the Middle East (and the United States) for its survival. Despite its claims to support democracy in the region, the prospect of a democratic state in Egypt is seen as a great threat to Israel.
This video shows the Egyptian police shooting a teenage protestor in cold blood.
The uprising in Tunisia has spread to Egypt, the most populous and important nation of the Arab world. Massive protests with tens of thousands of people have also broken out in Yemen. Having followed the developments in Tunisia closely on the BBC World Service, I noticed an attitude of unusual concern by the BBC toward the popular uprising that overthrew the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali. When similar uprisings have happened in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, or Burma they have invariably been praised and promoted as a sign of the progress of western democracy. This supportive attitude, however, was conspicuously lacking in the BBC coverage uprising in Tunisia. The first question asked (with obvious concern) of every commentator was always, “Will the unrest in Tunisia spread to Egypt and other Arab nations?”
One got the distinct impression that the BBC is somehow afraid of democracy in the Arab world. Their attitude seems to be that the people of the Middle East do not have the same right to demand democratic governments as the people of Europe. Decades of U.S. (and British) support for dictators like Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak and the refusal of the U.S. and the “international community” to accept the democratically elected Hamas government of Palestine are proof (if any were needed) that the U.S. government does not really support democracy in the Arab world. Dictators are, after all, so much easier to control. Having fostered and supported virtually every dictator in the Middle East, the U.S. regime now finds itself wrong-footed and in an increasingly weakened position in the region. These popular uprisings will have profound consequences on U.S. stature and policies in the region.
Protestors tear down an image of the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria on 25 January 2011.
The naysaying pundits on the BBC notwithstanding, the growing intifada in Cairo and across Egypt has shown that the popular revolt is spreading and will not be put down by Mubarak and his security forces. The writing on the wall is clear - the many long years of Hosni Mubarak’s brutal tyranny are over. The dictators across the region are now planning their own escapes. A new day is dawning in the Middle East and there will be no going back to the darkness of the days of the dictators. The protests that are rocking the Middle East today will eventually result in great changes for the people of the entire region by ending the decades of tyranny imposed on their nations by the Zionist-controlled regimes of the United States, Britain, and Israel.
ISRAEL IN “STATE OF STRATEGIC DISTRESS”
The overthrow of the Mubarak dictatorship puts Israel in “a state of strategic distress”, according to Aluf Benn of Ha’aretz: “The fading power of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government leaves Israel in a state of strategic distress. Without Mubarak, Israel is left with almost no friends in the Middle East; last year, Israel saw its alliance with Turkey collapse.” Israel’s strategic distress at the possibility of a democratic Egypt emerging from the overthrow of Mubarak led the Zionist-controlled Obama administration to take desperate and deceitful measures to support the dictatorship the U.S. has funded with billions of dollars every year – for 30 years.
Central to Washington’s relationship with Cairo has been the massive amount of financial aid given to Egypt every year as compensation for having signed a peace agreement with Israel. The U.S. has provided Egypt with $1.3 billion a year in military aid since 1979, and an average of $815 million a year in economic assistance. All told, Egypt has received over $60 billion from the U.S. government since 1975.
“Aid offers an easy way out for Egypt to avoid reform,” Edward Walker, the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt said in 2004. “They use the money to support antiquated programs and to resist reforms.” Rather than helping, American aid was “depressing the need for reform,” Walker said.
Ted Rudow of Menlo Park asked why the U.S. was supporting the Mubarak regime in his February 11 letter to the New York Times:
Despite its public criticism of the Egyptian regime, the Obama administration has yet to publicly leverage billions in annual U.S. aid to Egypt to increase pressure on President Hosni Mubarak. In the name of what, exactly, has Washington backed an ally whose contempt for the law and fake democracy flouts everything for which America stands?
The tens of billions of dollars given to Egypt since 1979 are compensation for Anwar El Sadat having signed the Camp David Accords with Israel and U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1978. This agreement resulted in the United States committing to several billion dollars worth of annual subsidies to the governments of both Israel and Egypt, subsidies which continue to this day. The U.S. taxpayer pays billions of dollars every year to give Israel a peace deal with Egypt.
U.S. SENDS C.I.A. DIRTY TRICKS MAN – VIOLENT ATTACKS BEGIN
The Obama administration sent Frank Gardiner Wisner 2nd, the son of one of the founders of the C.I.A.’s propaganda and special operations branch to control the critical situation in Egypt. In 1947-48, Frank Wisner Sr. established the C.I.A.’s Operation Mockingbird, a program to influence the domestic and foreign media. “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles,” Deborah Davis wrote in her 1979 book entitled, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and The Washington Post.
Sending Wisner Junior to Egypt indicates that the United States is engaged in a dangerous and dirty operation against the Egyptian protestors, who massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on February 1. If the U.S.-backed dictatorship resorts to violence, as it did with the orchestrated attacks on the protestors by men on horseback, the U.S. will be seen as responsible because it sent Wisner, a veteran “dirty tricks” agent with a long history of counter-revolutionary actions.
YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS
Wisner reportedly left the country the day after Mubarak sent hordes of paid thugs and plain-clothes police into the square to attack the peaceful protestors with Molotov cocktails and weapons. It is not believable that Mubark would take such drastic actions against the wishes of Obama’s special envoy. The controlled media has reported that Obama sent Wisner to Cairo to urge Mubarak to step aside, but that is clearly false. Wisner’s arrival coincided with a pronounced change in tactics against the protestors. The crack down tactics advised by Wisner culminated in the violent attacks against the protestors in Tahrir Square and other places on February 2. When we consider that the United States is controlled by a highly deceitful and criminal regime, which is actually protecting the real culprits of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we can understand that the U.S. government shares the same criminal nature as those it supports in Egypt and Israel. As Jesus said, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
Wisner’s father became the head of the C.I.A.’s Directorate of Plans (DPP) in 1952 and Richard Helms was his chief of operations. The DPP, formed by the merger of the Office of Policy Coordination and the Office of Special Operations (the espionage division) accounted for three quarters of the C.I.A. budget and 60 percent of its personnel. In the early 1950s, Wisner orchestrated the overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala.
This is a very dangerous move because it shows that the Obama White House is pursuing a two-faced policy of trying to keep Mubarak in power while it pretends to be supporting democratic change in Egypt. Shortly after Wisner arrived in Cairo the Egyptian authorities began confiscating broadcasting equipment from foreign journalists, including the BBC – on arrival at the airport. As millions of Egyptians prepared for a huge rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on February 1, roads and rail links to Cairo were cut. These actions were clearly being taken on orders given by Wisner. This shows that the United States has actually been working to support the Mubarak dictatorship in the face of massive protests by the Egyptian people. This is an extremely ill-advised and dangerous game to be playing while the Obama administration pretends to support “democratic change.”
Frank Gardiner Wisner was on Enron’s board of directors since 1997 and was Vice Chairman of Maurice Greenberg’s fraudulent American International Group (A.I.G.) through 2009, after A.I.G. had received hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to support its criminal enterprise. Both Enron and A.I.G. were engaged in criminal fraud operations that cost the U.S. taxpayer dearly. Wisner has also been involved in C.I.A. activity since the early years of the Vietnam War. As Voltaire.net reported in a news piece entitled “CIA: Frank G. Wisner arrived in Cairo”:
Frank G. Wisner Jr. is not known to the U.S. public either as a diplomat or as a master spy, but as an unscrupulous financier. He was part of the Enron power elite involved in the fraudulent bankrupcy of the corporation that ruined countless small investors and, later, as Vice Chairman of American International Group whose share prices plummeted by 95% during the 2008 financial crisis, prior to its bailout with taxpayers’ money.
Although not at all known in France, Wisner Jr. has nevertheless played a major role in that country’s recent history. He married Christine de Ganay (Pal Sarkozy’s second wife) and, in that capacity, reared Nicolas Sarkozy during his New York years. It was he who introduced then-teenage Sarkozy to CIA insiders and facilitated his entry into French political circles. One of Wisner’s sons was Sarkozy’s English-speaking political campaign spokesman; another one of his children became one of the pillars of the Carlyle Group, the asset management firm controlled by the Bush and Bin Laden families.
Sources and Recommended Reading:
“Whither the Muslim Brotherhood?” by Tariq Ramadan, International Herald Tribune, 8 February 2011
“What the Muslim Brothers want”, by Essam El-Errian, New York Times, 9 February 2011
“CIA: Frank G. Wisner arrived in Cairo”, Voltaire.net, 2 February 2011
“U.S. envoy’s business link to Egypt”, Obama scrambles to limit damage after Frank Wisner makes robust call for Mubarak to remain in place as leader, by Robert Fisk in Cairo, Independent (U.K.), 7 February 2011
“US playing a ‘two-faced deception’ game in Egypt”, Bollyn on U.S. role in Egypt, PressTV (Iran) 3 February 2011
“Frank Gardiner Wisner – Commander, United States Navy; Central Intellignce Agency,” ArlingtonCemetery.Net
“The Empire’s Bagman: Frank Wisner in Cairo,” by Vijay Prashad, 2 February 2011
“Frank Wisner, the Diplomat Sent to Prod Mubarak,” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 2 February 2011
“Obama says an orderly transition ‘must begin now’”, by Karen DeYoung, Washington Post, 2 February 2011
“Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast”, by Aluf Benn, Haaretz, 29 January 2011
“The Power Elite: Enron and Frank Wisner”, People’s Democracy, 16 November 1997
“$50 billion later, taking stock of US aid to Egypt,” by Charles Levinson, Christian Science Monitor, 12 April 2004
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