Egypt army gets $46 million training center, courtesy of Uncle Sam

Its an old photo, but aren’t they just adorable?

A summary from Bloomberg Businessweek:

SAIC gets $46M deal for Egyptian military center

Science Applications International Corp. won a $46 million, 3-year contract to build a training center for Egypt’s military, the company said Tuesday.

Work will be done mostly in Orlando, Fla., and San Diego.

The company had built two other training centers for the Egyptian armed forces. The third center is designed to handle large training exercises.

The shares rose 3 cents to close at $12.97


Meanwhile, Egyptian media is unable to even discuss the issue, let alone publish or broadcast this information. Why? Because our rulers, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) strictly prohibits it. Its the unwritten code. SCAF warns all publications or television channels against discussing army matters, especially the military’s finances which are shrouded in mystery. SCAF is the new red line and they are here to stay.

Welcome to your new dictatorship. SCAF is here to stay, whether literally, or behind the scenes. They aren’t going anywhere. You didn’t really think the ruling military council who stifles free press, bans issuing of licenses for new, free satellite channels, imprisons 12,000 civilians and tries them in military courts, and fines activists for voicing their views will really allow fair elections and relinquish power to someone “chosen” by the people?


Direct link for statement of the company that was awarded the deal

Egypt’s Martyrs

Here is a tentative list of our martyrs. Supposedly, 400+ died, and those are just the ones accounted for, the number is said to be higher. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and remember that they sacrificed their lives for us and for Egypt.

Egypt will never forget. We will continue to make their dreams come true.

Rest In Peace

Testimonial to arrest & assault of Amr Abdullah in Cairo

On March 1,  Amr was referred to military prison and sentenced to 5 years. Amr is a civilian who was tried in a military court without a jury or lawyers. It takes them weeks, months, even years to try the criminals, murderers, & money launderers from the regime, yet this potester gets indicted in less than a week? What about the murders who killed peaceful civilians during the days of the revolution? Millions of people witnessed them, why haven’t they been arrested & tried? Please continue reading to find out about Amr’s story.

Below is a first hand account from Professor Laila Mustafa Soueif on the assault and arrest of 32 year old Amr Abdullah Bheiri by Military police & army officers.  Please visit this facebook page to help us free Amr.

Amr Abdullah after he was beaten by military police. photo courtesy of Mona Seif.

Testimony to the arrest of Amr Abdullah Bheiri during dawn on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Introduction d. Laila Mustafa Soueif
Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Cairo University
National ID 25605018800105

At about two o’clock the morning of Saturday, February 26, 2011 Kasr El-Aini Street, in front of the People’s Assembly, following the resolution of the sit-in, which was resolved violently by the armed forces, and military police.
Some elements of the Army kidnapped Mr. Amr Abdullah Bheiri (32 years from Kafr El-Zayat) and took him aside and beat him violently with blows to the face for no apparent reason. At the time we were all preparing to leave, but we told the forces we wouldn’t leave unless they let Amr go and let him come with us. Then a senior officer from the army came to calm us down and told the low-ranking officers to bring Amr Abdullah, who was at the time severely injured in the face.

So then we walked towards the Kasr El-Aini Street with Amr, and with us was Dr. Shady Ghazaly Harb, and Mr. Takadom Khatib, a Teaching Assistant of Ethics in Mansoura & a member of the March 9 Movement for autonomy of the universities, and my daughter Mona Ahmed Seif al-Islam Abdel-Fattah and my son, Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam, Abdul Fattah and his wife Manal Hassan, Bahieddine Mr. Ahmed Abdullah (relative of Mr. Amr), who was assisted by his cousin and injured during our violent expulsion from in front of the parliament.

Stopped next to us were  2 young men in a car (unfortunately I do not know the name of any of them so far) and they offered us assistance to take us where we needed to go. So we told them no, but please take Amr and his relative Ahmed Abdullah where they need to go. Then Shady and Takadom and my family and I walked away on foot in the streets of Garden City to go our separate ways. Shady and Takadom got in Shady’s car to leave.

Minutes later, Takadhom called me and told me that Military officers had stopped their car, told them to get out and arrested them all. So I went back to the Kasr El-Aini Street, and found all of them, including Shady & Takadom, and the 2 young men –who stopped their car to provide assistance to the wounded Amr Abdullah and his cousin Ahmed– all arrested and surrounded by several army officers. About four o’clock in the morning I called for Mr. Takadom and learned from him that he and Shady were  released, but the other four were taken. Mr. Takadom said they arrested the other four guys because they said they found with Amr, a weapon (said to be a pistol).

At two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, February 26, 2011,  the statement issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
announced that he will release those arrested this morning I called for Mr. Ahmed Abdullah to assure he was released. he said he was released, but the two men in the car who gave them assistance were also released, but Amr was not and that he knows nothing about him at this point.

I would like to stress here that Amr Abdullah Bheiri was not carrying any weapon whatsoever, not a pistol or anything. He was being detained and beaten by the army in front of parliament when we told  them to let him go so that we would take him with us so we could all leave together. They let him leave then. So if he really had a weapon, the army would’ve known before they let him leave with us, but it seems that they’ve tried to fabricate a charge against him to justify his detainment.

My daughter Mona Ahmed Seif, Dr. Shady Ghazaly, and Mr. Takadom Khatib had filmed and took images of his injury. It was clear to the military that we intended to report this matter. This might be why they framed him and fabricated his charge so they could justify detaining and beating him.

Each of the young people  who were detained had reported that they had been severely beaten during their detention,  and some reported to being subjected to torture by electric shock.

Laila Mustafa Soueif
Teacher of Science, Cairo
Signed on February 26, 2011

I translated the above letter from Arabic with the permission of Mona Seif. The original version written by Professor Laila Mustafa Soueif  is posted on her daughter’s blog. (

According to Activist Mona Seif, Amr is now being transferred to Military prison.


Viva La Revolution

Be warned, some language is explicit.

The video above shows the Head of Security in the province of Damnhour, Egypt talking to his team of police officers, basically pumping them up so they can continue to “crush” civilians if they are out of line. They see civilians as subordinates, as thorns that they have to crush, not citizens they must protect. In a democratic, civilized society, this kind of talk can’t even be targeted towards criminals or murderers.

This is what has been happening for 30 years and this is what sparked the revolution in Egypt in the first place. Egyptian civilians and workers simply cannot continue to be treated without dignity. They cannot continue to be stabbed in the back by their should-be protectors. And, they definitely can not remain silent as all of this continues and their revolution gets crushed after hundreds of Egyptians died, thousands suffered, and were tormented.

Again, as long as the old regime, people like Prime Minister Shafik, & the man in this video are still in power, our revolution did not succeed. The problem is that this video is not a single incident. This is how most police officers and officials think and act. This is the mentality that cost us 356+ Egyptian lives. It’s the same mentality that has opressed us for decades. It’s the same mindset that crippled freedom of speech, reform, and unity in Egypt.

After this video spread, officials responded by saying this man was “moved” to another province to another position. What good will that do?! It’s not like they moved him to another country, he’s still poisoning Egyptian society. This won’t work anymore.

عاشت الثورة المصرية

Mubarak, Shafik, & Sharm…

Mubarak socializing with tourists in Sharm el Sheikh. photo from

When Mubarak told his Vice President Omar Suleiman to announce to the Egyptian people that he was relinquishing, or voluntarily “letting go” of power, Mubarak and his family supposedly headed to reside in their palace in resort city of Sharm el Sheikh.

After all the violence his administration subjected us to and the deaths of our fellow Egyptians (before and after Jan 25), we all felt a relief that day on February 11, 2011 when Mubarak finally decided to step out of the picture. However, today, concerns are different. The revolution still has demands which were not met, but let’s just focus here on one of the main concerns of the revolution: Removing Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, who was appointed by Mubarak himself. All of these factors, along with Mubarak’s presence in Sharm are valid threats to the revolution. Here’s some simple reasons why:

Shafik is a close friend to the ex-president, in fact they’ve been buddies since Shafik was a fighter pilot under Mubarak in Egypt’s 1973 Yom Kippur war. Having him in power as our prime minister is a conflict of interest. The fact that he was appointed by the ex-president also makes him illegitimate in the people’s eyes. Not to mention, appointing friends and family should not be the case. This is not a mafia, or a country club. This is a nation where people need to finally have the chance to elect their officials.

Therefore, Mubarak & his family will not be prosecuted as long as Ahmed Shafik and his cabinet are in power. To further understand why, we can see look to the case of Libya for example, Louis Moreno Ocampo, prosecutor from the International Criminal Court in The Hague, clearly stated that ICC cannot investigate Muammar Qaddafi for any crimes unless Libya files a case and demands justice. The same goes for Egypt. As long as our general prosecutor and our cabinet (the people who have power allow the ICC to investigate) remain the same from Mubarak’s regime, then we have accomplished nothing.

As long as Shafik & the rest of the cabinet is still in place, this will never happen. As long as Mubarak is living under the sovereignty of Egypt, he is untouchable. It’s because he knows very well what he’s doing. He knows that if he leaves, it will not only be a slap in the face for him, but he will be investigated and prosecuted at the International Criminal Court because he will no longer be protected in Egypt by his lifelong friends and cronies. It’s not that he wants to “die on Egyptian soil” as he put it or because Egypt is his beloved. If Egypt was indeed his beloved, as president he wouldn’t have invested in property all over the world and instead, he would’ve invested more in his beautiful country and its people that he neglected for 30 years. Or maybe that’s just too patriotic, but that’s just my humble opinion.

Many are still wondering why we can’t just leave Shafik as prime minister and let Mubarak stay in Sharm and ask for his assetts to be frozen until prosecutors can investigate. The answer is, nobody should be above the law. Mubarak and his cronies taught the police and the regime that they are above the citizens. Mubarak ordered the torturing of political prisoners. He knew that his administration was corrupt, in fact, he chose them! His administration and his ruling party also ordered  prisoners and thugs to escape, loot, rape, kill and do whatever they want.

The fact that the Commander in Chief of the armed forces and the nation allowed all of this to happen is a catastrophe. It is his responsibility to ensure the safety of his people. And, there is not such thing as “well maybe he didn’t know.” Because, frankly, that would be an even bigger problem and it would make him even more guilty.

To find out details about who Ahmed Shafik really is, view this link, which is in Arabic.

In order for the revolution to be completed successfully, justice must be served and the current government must be changed.

To understand more on why Mubarak’s presence in Egypt serves as a threat to the revolution, you can watch Dr. Mohamed Hassanein Heikal give his insight on the issue:

‘Burn the Evidence’

Reports from Cairo today, Wednesday 23 February 2011: Interior ministry is on fire.

According to AlJazeera Arabic breaking news, the office that was burning contained information regarding criminal charges, such as murders, money laundering, etc. (جنايات)

I wonder why? Isn’t Habib Al Adly, Ex-minister of interior supposed to go on trial soon? And, isn’t the police and national security responsible for the deaths of 350+ civilians & protesters since the beginning of Jan 25? Aren’t they also responsible for subjecting civilians to torture and violence?

Just a reminder, the day after Ben Ali’s regime collapsed, the first thing police and security did was burn down a prison with detainees inside. (Tunisian government also participated in torturing/detaining prisoners for the United States.)

This is exactly the kind of thing that the revolution was fighting against. Where is justice? Where is accountability and transparency? If a revolution pauses, it ends. The fact that the army could not secure the Ministry of Interior from burning today is a catastrophe. The revolution is not over. If it had succeeded, the police who set fire to the Ministry of Interior wouldn’t even be allowed to walk the streets after the crimes they committed before and after the Jan 25 revolution. If it had succeeded, Mubarak would not be chilling in Sharm El Sheikh. After all, that’s what he was always doing when he was in power anyway. It’s not like he cared to fix the country or he actually stayed in Cairo to tend to civilian needs.

Ironically enough, just two days before this fire incident, Army generals were live on Egyptian TV saying that they were conducting investigations and gathering evidence in order to bring all corrupt officials to justice. How will they complete their investigations if evidence could be destroyed at the ministries were the corruption emerged? Many corrupt officials still haven’t been arrested yet, and you can’t expect them to welcome their evidence & history to be exposed.

This is why revolutionaries of Jan 25 are asking for faster and more transparent steps to be taken. This is why they want the rest of the government cleaned out, because corrupt officials who were members of the former Mubarak regime still remain. They are still in positions of power and are fighting for their immunity at the costs of Egyptian lives, justice, & freedom.

It’s time for everyone who abused their position of power to be held accountable. It’s also time for all of the revolution’s demands to be met. Only then will this revolution be complete.