Subject: WHEN SHISTERS GRIND SAUSAGE, SHIT HAPPENS.
19 February 2011
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The leveling processes within the structures of the capitalist dictatorship have the effect of "proletarianizing" all of us, except for a tiny group of determined careerists who will try to be useful to their masters by controlling and manipulating their communities as best they can. Speaking of the attempt to control cognition and consciousness, British anthropologist Gregory Bateson put it this way: When you kick a stone, it moves with the energy you have provided; when you kick a dog, it responds with the energy it receives from its metabolism.
Educators have pretty much established that human intelligence to recognize the meaning of available information is governed by the ideas available to us, and that these ideas, in turn, are determined by our experiences, or the lack thereof.... Thus many of us find ourselves standing among the emotionally impoverished, with no idea of how to even approach the information around us --unable to read, so to speak, the proverbial 'writing on the wall' (if, indeed, we are able to even perceive its existence).
Recent events in Tunisia and Egypt have once again demonstrated the imminent nature of the human mind and the limits of human manipulation. (Descartes' separation of body and mind was an epistemological error, and this has made all the difference.) The will for self awareness has been proven once again to be contagious, while increasingly the superficial sophestry of North Americans and Europeans is looking like small, backwater operations with no viable future for social development, short of the abrupt discontinuities that are providing oxygen and liberating the energies of populations in Latin America and in the Muslim world today.
The 7 items below offer CEIMSA readers the opportunity to judge their own roles in advancing the control and command skills of their mastrers in the societies where they live. The lack of meaningful dialogue, or even the capacity to converse about what's happening to them, speaks volumes about the conditions of modern enslavement, where we see people wearing their chains with great pride and exhibiting violently contempt toward those who are constantly trying to break out of their bondage and are frequently sanctioned for their efforts.
Item A. is a copy of Francis Feeley's letter to the Société des anglicistes de l'enseignement supérieur [SAES] on 10 February concerning the attempted "triangulation" of Egypt by the US and Israel during the Six Weeks War in June 1967.
Item B. is Francis Feeley's letter to SAES on 17 February concerning Noam Chomsky's discussion of the inert populations of Europe and North America.
Item C. is a response to our Bulletin #480, in which Professor Vicki Briault expresses her concern for the future of Egypt?
Item D., sent to us by George Kenney, is the voice of historical experience concerned with the fact that where there is revolution, counter-revolution is never far behind (or ahead).
Item E., from Professor Ed Herman, is an article on "our Man in Cairo," Omar Suleiman, "Egypt's Torturer-in-Chief."
Item F., sent to us by Rabbi Michael Lerner, founding editor of Tikkun, a bimonthly Jewish and Interfaith critique of politics, culture & society, is an article welcoming the resignation of Mubarak; but not ready to accept a military or "security" force coup to replace him.
Item G., from Vicki Briault, is an article by Nick Daerden: "Egypt's debt must fall with Mubarak's regime".
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies
Director of Research
Université Stendhal Grenoble 3
from Francis Feeley:
Date: 10 February 2011
Subject: Sent to the Société des anglicistes de l'enseignement supérieur [SAES]: Framing Egypt: A short history of US-Israeli-Egyptian 'triangulation' and the breath-taking degree of US commitment abroad.
Those of you who are teaching US contemporary history, or US foreign policy,
or US government institutions at the university level might be interested in this
short documentary which depicts the amazing degree of US commitment to Israeli
policy on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War, when Israel attempted to bring the
US military into their war against Egypt, in collaboration with US President Lyndon B. Johnson
and US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.
"Israeli attack on USS Liberty (US Navy ship) - 8 June 1967"
and for the full-length documentary see:
"Dead in the Water"
Professor of American Studies/
Universit de Grenoble-3
Director of Research
Universit de Paris X-Nanterre
from Francis Feeley:
Date: 17 February 2011
Subject: Sent to the Société des anglicistes de l'enseignement supérieur [SAES]: "The Inert Populations in Europe and America."
Noam Chomsky thinks he knows what is wrong with Europeans and Americans: Inert Populations.
Professor of American Studies/
Université de Grenoble-3
Director of Research
Université de Paris X-Nanterre
from Vicki Briault :
Date: 4 February 2011
Subject: The future of Egypt?
A million thanks!! For all your links for Egypt, but today - the NYT video - Nawal Es-Sadawi! I am bowled over... I had not seen her for years, and then only in photographs - she is so beautiful, her eyes shining with intelligence and excitement (even if that was yesterday). Let us hope that she will live to see positive change - but whereas she takes heart from the fact that it is "neither left, nor right, nor Muslim brothers but everyone - people who know nothing about politics" - that is what I find most worrying. Are there any antiliberal movements out there? Or are the majority yearning to enjoy the elusive consumer freedoms of Western "democracy"?
Have a good weekend...
from George Kenney :
Date: 6 February 2011
Subject: Three steps forward . . . .
Francis -- I would note that John Sawer, the current head of MI6, was quite recently the UK Ambassador to Egypt and that, moreover, he cut his teeth advising Tony Blair on the Balkans. Though it's a small probability I wouldn't rule out that MI6 and the Agency hatched a plot to get Mubarak out of the way before things in Egypt reached a real revolutionary point.
from Ed Herman :
Date 8 February 2011
Subject: Interviews Available -- Omar Suleiman, "Egypt's Torturer-in-Chief," Tied to Iraq WMD Tortured "Intel",
Our Man In Cairo.
Laura Rosen of Politico writes that "the United States supports talks on an orderly transition being led by Egyptian Vice President Gen. Omar Suleiman," who was recently appointed vice president by Hosni Mubarak.
KATHERINE HAWKINS, (617) 285-0304, email@example.com
A human right lawyer, Hawkins has been a researcher for Jane Mayer, author of "The Dark Side" and the new piece Who is Omar Suleiman? in The New Yorker Mayer writes: "Suleiman has headed the feared Egyptian general intelligence service. In that capacity, he was the CIAs point man in Egypt for renditions -- the covert program in which the CIA snatched terror suspects from around the world and returned them to Egypt and elsewhere for interrogation, often under brutal circumstances." See Hawkins' Twitter feed for background and regular updates: http://twitter.com/KHawkins5
Mayer added to her piece: "Katherine Hawkins, a sharp-eyed human-rights lawyer who did legal research for my book, points out that, according to [author Ron] Suskind, Suleiman was the CIAs liaison for the rendition of an Al Qaeda suspect known as Ibn Sheikh al-Libi. The Libi case is particularly controversial, in large part because it played a role in the building of the case for the American invasion of Iraq." http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/01/who-is-omar-suleiman.html#ixzz1DO59fJ4X
Hawkins wrote "The Promises of Torturers: Diplomatic Assurances and the Legality of Rendition." Also, see some of her recent updates: http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/01/the-torture-career-of-egypts-new-vice-president-omar-suleiman-and-the-rendition-to-torture-program
LISA HAJJAR, cell: (805) 236-4144, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.jadaliyya.com
Hajjar is a professor in the sociology department at the University of California-Santa Barbara and a co-editor at the new journal Jadaliyya, where she recently wrote the piece "Omar Suleiman, the CIA's Man in Cairo and Egypt's Torturer-in-Chief." http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/503/omar-suleiman-the-cias-man-in-cairo-and-egypts-torturer-in-chief
The piece states: "At least one person extraordinarily rendered by the CIA to Egypt -- Egyptian-born Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib -- was tortured by Suleiman himself. ... A far more infamous torture case, in which Suleiman also is directly implicated, is that of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi. Unlike Habib, who was innocent of any ties to terror or militancy, al-Libi allegedly was a trainer at al-Khaldan camp in Afghanistan. He was captured by the Pakistanis while fleeing across the border in November 2001. He was sent to Bagram, and questioned by the FBI. But the CIA wanted to take over, which they did, and he was transported to a black site on the USS Bataan in the Arabian Sea, then extraordinarily rendered to Egypt. Under torture there, al-Libi 'confessed' knowledge about an al-Qaeda -- Saddam connection, claiming that two al-Qaeda operatives had received training in Iraq for use in chemical and biological weapons. In early 2003, this was exactly the kind of information that the Bush administration was seeking to justify attacking Iraq and to persuade reluctant allies to go along. Indeed, al-Libi's 'confession' was one the central pieces of 'evidence' presented at the United Nations by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to make the case for war. As it turns out, though, that 'confession' was a lie tortured out of him by Egyptians. ...
"According to Evan Kohlmann, who enjoys favored status as an 'al-Qaeda expert' among U.S. officials, citing a classified source: 'Al-Libi's death coincided with the first visit by Egypt's spymaster Omar Suleiman to Tripoli.' Kohlmann surmises and opines that after al-Libi recounted his story about an al-Qaeda-Saddam WMD connection, 'The Egyptians were embarrassed by this admission, and the Bush government found itself in hot water internationally. Then, in May 2009, Omar Suleiman saw an opportunity to get even with al-Libi and traveled to Tripoli. By the time Omar Suleiman's plane left Tripoli, Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi had committed "suicide."'"
Background: See Hossam Bahgat, founder and executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. Interviewed on Democracy Now on Monday, he highlighted critical information about Suleiman, including information gleaned via WikiLeaks. Bahgat noted that until 2007, Egyptians didn't know who Omar Suleiman was "because up until then, he was not a public persona. We did not know who the head of our intelligence service was." http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/7/protests_demanding_mubarak_to_resign_grow
Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff, wrote after al-Libi's "suicide" in 2009: "What I have learned is that as the administration authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002 -- well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion -- its principal priority for intelligence was not aimed at pre-empting another terrorist attack on the U.S. but discovering a smoking gun linking Iraq and al-Qaeda.
"So furious was this effort that on one particular detainee, even when the interrogation team had reported to Cheney's office that their detainee 'was compliant' (meaning the team recommended no more torture), the VP's office [Cheney] ordered them to continue the enhanced methods. The detainee had not revealed any al-Qaeda-Baghdad contacts yet. This ceased only after Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, under waterboarding in Egypt, 'revealed' such contacts. Of course later we learned that al-Libi revealed these contacts only to get the torture to stop.
"There in fact were no such contacts. (Incidentally, al-Libi just 'committed suicide' in Libya. Interestingly, several U.S. lawyers working with tortured detainees were attempting to get the Libyan government to allow them to interview al-Libi....)" http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2009/05/the_truth_about
See video of Colin Powell denying any knowledge of the al-Libi case at Washington Stakeout on May 25, 2009 [questioning by Sam Husseini]: http://www.washingtonstakeout.com/index.php/2009/05/25/powell-denies-torture-war-link
For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
from Rabbi Michael Lerner :
Date: 11 February 2011
Subject: Jews & Spiritual Progressives Welcome Mubarak Resignation; but not a military or "security" force coup to replace him.
Egypt's debt must fall with Mubarak's regime
by Nick Dearden