Editor’s Note: For the past three decades, the CIA has enjoyed almost total anonymity with agents operating under the cover of scores of NGOs like USAID, various ‘human rights’ orgs and ‘pro-democracy’ foundations around the globe like NED, NDI, CANVAS and Freedom House. Unfortunately, the “new revolution business” has become too well-funded, with too many high-flying international consultants, making it harder and harder to conceal. This recent raid by Egypt of the CIA’s cloak and dagger regime change workshops should send a strong signal to the US State Dept that the old game is no longer working. Egypt’s Military government has figured out how the US is always able to play both sides of the game, releasing that Egypt has served its purpose in helping to secure Libya for NATO, and thus, may soon fall fast out of favor with Washington.
Peter Beaumont and Paul Harris
December 29, 2011
Relations between Egypt’s military rulers and the United States threatened to hit a new low after Egyptian security forces launched unprecedented armed raids on a series of high profile human rights and pro-democracy organisations.
The raids included targeting the US-government funded National Democratic Institute – founded by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright – and the International Republican Institute, whose chairman is Republican senator John McCain. Both organisations are affiliated with the two major US political parties.
The orchestrated move by Egypt’s generals, apparently keen to play up to anti-US and nationalist feelings in the country, will be seen as highly provocative in Washington, which underwrites military aid to Egypt to the sum of $1.3bn (£843m) annually.
“We are deeply concerned,” a State Department official told the Guardian.