Obama Healthcare – UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

January 31, 2011

 

 

So is his Presidency!

The American public deceived.  The change that Democrats voted for, was not a change toward COMMUNISM.  They, I believe, have been taken for a ride.  The legal citizens of this country that are Democrats, in my opinion, have NO VOICE.  Their entire party has become a deception.  It’s an unconstitutional oligarchy that is in control of the vast majority of the POLITICIANS and tools of government.  It’s been slowly inching it’s way to becoming a Socialistic Government.  The Socialists, who started out that way, however, quickly become Progressive (another term for Communists), when presented with the overwhelming weight of their own party’s morphing toward Communism.  Socialism is a concept that isn’t sustained.  The larger the government, the quicker it becomes Communism.

 

 

 

Judge: Obama Health Care Plan Unconstitutional, posted with vodpod

 

 

 

 

 

Left unprepared for ObamaCare ruling

By Jennifer Rubin

Liberal pundits who have consulted liberal law professors about liberals’ great achievement — ObamaCare — are pronouncing the ruling by Judge Roger Vinson to be much to do about nothing. The ruling is. . . um. . . thinking of a case liberals hate.. um… just like Bush v. Gore ! (Except it has nothing to do with the Equal Protection Clause or any other aspect of that case.) It is, we are told, “curious,” “odd,” or “unconventional.”

 

 

Roger Vinson

Ed Pilkington in New York guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 January 2011 23.12 GMT ----- Judge Roger Vinson said that the objection to this specific part of the legislation had an impact on all the other reforms and so he found against the whole law. The ruling is unlikely to have an immediate effect on the prospects of health reform in the country, not least because this provision does not come into effect until 2012 in any case. But the judge's decision is the most severe setback for Obama over one of the signature measures of his first two years in the White House. It is also likely to speed the journey of the healthcare reforms up the judicial food chain until it reaches the US supreme court for a final judgment. The Justice Department reacted to the ruling by immediately questioning the right of the lower courts to stand in judgment on the federal government. "We are confident we will ultimately win on appeal," said the department's spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler. Vinson gave his controversial ruling in the district court in Pensacola, a conservative region in the conservative state of Florida. The action was joined by states right across the country, from Maine in the north-east, Mississippi in the south to Alaska in the north-west. Vinson's 78-page ruling hinged on the argument that by requiring people to buy healthcare insurance the government could set a precedent that would upset the free flow of food across state boundaries. "Congress could require that people buy and consume broccoli at regular intervals," he wrote.

 

 

 

These are complaints, not legal arguments. And they suggest that the left was totally unprepared for the Constitutional attack on their beloved handiwork. After all, the recent mocking by the left of conservatives’ reverence for the Constitution suggests they are mystified that a 200-year old document could get in the way of their historic achievement. They are truly nonplussed, and so they vamp, not with reasoned analysis but with an outpouring of adjectives.

Liberals are particularly perturbed by Judge Vinson’s ruling on severability, the determination as to whether the individual mandate is so central to the law as to make the law unrecognizable and unenforceable without it. But here, the left has only the administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress to blame. From the opinion(the defendants are the Obama officials):

Having determined that the individual mandate exceeds Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause, and cannot be saved by application of the Necessary and Proper Clause, the next question is whether it is severable from the remainder of the Act. In considering this issue, I note that the defendants have acknowledged that the individual mandate and the Act’s health insurance reforms, including the guaranteed issue and community rating, will rise or fall together as these reforms “cannot be severed from the [individual mandate].”

Oops. Not some crazy judge, but the administration was the source of the notion that the individual mandate can’t be severed from the rest of the law.

But it’s not just the administration; it seems Congress did its part to contribute to the invalidation of the whole statute. Judge Vinson observes that “the Act does not contain a ‘severability clause,’ which is commonly included in legislation to provide that if any part or provision is held invalid, then the rest of the statute will not be affected.” He observes that this defect is not necessarily determinative. However, “The lack of a severability clause in this case is significant because one had been included in an earlier version of the Act, but it was removed in the bill that subsequently became law.” Oh, now, there’s a problem.

That is no small matter, the judge explains:

The absence of a severability clause is further significant because the individual mandate was controversial all during the progress of the legislation and Congress was undoubtedly well aware that legal challenges were coming. Indeed, as noted earlier, even before the Act became law, several states had passed statutes declaring the individual mandate unconstitutional and purporting to exempt their residents from it; and Congress’ own attorneys in the [Congressional Research Service] had basically advised that the challenges might well have legal merit as it was ‘unclear’ if the individual mandate had ‘solid constitutional foundation.'”

As the opinion goes on, the judge makes clear that the Obama team dug its own grave on the severability point:

To be sure, the words “protection” and “affordable” in the title of the Act itself are inextricably tied to the health insurance reform provisions (and the individual mandate in particular), as the defendants have emphasized throughout the course of this litigation

Ezra Klein cherry picks one line from the case (“This is not a situation that is likely to be repeated”) as evidence the court is doing something untoward. But a cursory reading of the the preceding pages explainswhy this outcome is not likely to be repeated. Congress in removing the severability clause, the Obama lawyers in repeatedly arguing the individual mandate was essential to the statute and, finally, the interlocking pieces of the statute itself are such that it’s hard to imagine a similar case arising.

The only thing “odd” about the ruling is the left’s response. The cheerleaders for ObamaCare better hope the Obama legal team has some better arguments in the upcoming rounds of litigation.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 6:32 PM ET

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/left_unreasoned_and_unprepared.html

 

 

 

 

Federal Judge Rules Health Care Reform Unconstitutional

 

by Emily Ramshaw
January 31, 2011

Attorney General Greg Abbot speaks about Texas' lawsuit against "Obamacare" on January 31, 2011

Attorney General Greg Abbot speaks about Texas' lawsuit against "Obamacare" on January 31, 2011

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that thePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the federal health care reform that was signed into law in March — is unconstitutional, largely because it forces all Americans to purchase insurance or face penalties.

“Today’s ruling represents a victory in the ongoing effort to end federal intrusion into the lives of every American through this one-size-fits-all approach to health care reform,” Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement.

Texas is one of 25 states that joined Florida in challenging the measure, known in less affectionate circles as “Obamacare.” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has argued that if the federal government can force people to buy health insurance — hitting them with a penalty if they don’t — what’s to stop them from making other mandates?

“This is a great day for liberty and the vitality of the U.S. Constitution,” Abbott said in a statement. “The Constitution limits Congressional power, and in this case, Congress exceeded its power.”

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola ruled that the federal reform’s mandate that people buy health insurance by 2014 or face stiff penalties is outside Congress’ “Commerce Clause power,” and is therefore unconstitutional. He argued the individual mandate isn’t severable from the rest of the reform, meaning “the entire act must be declared void.”

“I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the act with the individual mandate,” Vinson wrote.

Vinson’s decision comes after a federal judge in Virginia ruled that forcing Americans to purchase insurance is illegal. Meanwhile, a federal judge in Michigan has declared the so-called individual mandate constitutional, under the congressional power to regulate interstate commerce.

Two weeks ago, the U.S. House voted to repeal health reform, though the Senate is unlikely to do so, and President Obama has vowed to veto such a move.

Experts expect the legal challenge to go all the way to the divided U.S. Supreme Court, which is dominated by a 5-4 conservative majority.

“Today’s ruling is exactly the check against congressional overreach that the Founding Fathers intended it to be,” said Arlene Wohlgemuth, executive director of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. “When the U.S. Supreme Court upholds today’s decision, it will open the door for states to implement real health care reform.”

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/judge-rules-health-care-reform-unconstitutional/

 


Egypt – Iran asks Egypt’s government to meet the “PUBLIC” (MUSLIM) demands which they have sponsored.

January 29, 2011

 

The Muslim Brotherhood was the guiding force in this.  They don’t look like it and that is what they are trying to portray.  They are trying to seem as though this had nothing to do with them.  BUT it has EVERYTHING to do with them.  They are masquerading this as a public uprising against a dictatorship.  But this DICTATORSHIP has brought prosperity and peace for 30 years.

The JIHAD occurs, not in front of your face, but with the TOOLS of culture behind the scenes.

They infiltrate society.  They establish little groups in Mosques.  The get funding from IRAN and Saudi Arabia to establish schools (just like in the US.)

 

Iran is trying to fuel the fire to establish SHARIAH.

 

Iran asks Egypt to meet public demands

Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:29AM

 

 

 

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has called on political leaders in Egypt to follow the “rightful demands” of their people.

 

“Iran expects Egyptian officials to listen to the voice of their Muslim people, respond to their rightful demands and refrain from exerting violence by security forces and police against an Islamic wave of awareness that has spread through the country in form of a popular movement,” Mehmanparast said Saturday.

He further pointed out that Tehran attaches great importance to the fulfillment of public demands in Egypt and added, “Iran regards demonstrations by the Muslim people of this country as a justice-seeking movement in line with their national-religious demands.”

Mehmanparast went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran is “closely following up and monitoring developments in Egypt.”

Clashes have been continuing between government forces and opposition protesters in Egypt for the fifth day.

Dozens of people have been killed in street battles since the demonstrations started on Tuesday. Reports say over 20 people have been killed in the city of Alexandria alone. Some one thousand others have been wounded.

The protesters want Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to end his 30-year rule.

The protesters say they have been emboldened by the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, which saw the overthrow of President Zein El Adbdin Ben Ali.

Mubarak on Friday night ordered the cabinet to step down and pledged to work for more democracy and press ahead with social, economic and political reforms.

He expressed regret over the loss of innocent lives during the anti-government demonstrations but defended the role of government forces in the violent crackdown on protesters.

AR/MGH/HRF

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/162528.html


Netherlands – Iran – Dutch citizen hung in Iran under “drug smuggling” charges with no evidence of drugs.

January 29, 2011

 

This was done very quickly apparently.

Were the authorities in the Netherlands notified?

Iran may not recognize her as an Iranian any longer, but doesn’t that mean that they are required to talk to the country of her citizenship?

She was executed with no evidence of her being a drug smuggler.  How conveniently this was done.

Islam – the humanitarian religion – Shariah law.  What a Barbaric institution.

I wonder what her real crime was?

Iran hangs Iranian-Dutch woman Sahra Bahrami

 

A Dutch-Iranian woman, arrested after taking part in anti-government protests in Iran, has been hanged for drug smuggling, Iranian officials have said.

File picture of Zahra Bahrami used in campaigning

Sahra Bahrami was born in Iran but later gained Dutch citizenship

 

Sahra Bahrami, 46, was jailed for a year after being arrested after joining a protest in 2009, while visiting relatives.

Dutch officials had said they were extremely concerned about her case.

Her execution brings the total number hanged in the country so far this year to 66, according to media reports.

During a search of her house, authorities found 450g of cocaine and 420g of opium, the Tehran prosecutor’s office said.

“A drug trafficker named Sahra Bahrami, daughter of Ali, was hanged early on Saturday morning after she was convicted of selling and possessing drugs,” the office said, according to AFP.

Shock

It added that Ms Bahrami was a member of an international drug gang who smuggled cocaine into the country using her Dutch connections.

But Ms Bahrami’s daughter has been quoted as telling the New York-based rights group International Campaign for Human Rights in Iranthat the drug charges were fabricated.

“She doesn’t even smoke cigarettes, let alone possessing drugs. How could someone who participates in [post-]election gatherings and endangers her life, engage in such actions against her country?” she is quoted as saying.

Ms Bahrami’s lawyer has expressed shock at the news.

“I am bewildered as to how my client’s death sentence was issued while her security charges had not yet been reviewed,” Jinoos Sharif is quoted as telling the group.

Dutch officials were denied access to her because Tehran does not recognise her dual nationality.

A Dutch foreign ministry spokesman has said that they could not yet confirm her death as they had yet to be approached by the Iranian authorities.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12314886


Egypt – Sunday – Banks CLOSED

January 29, 2011

 

I hope they have something to barter with

 

UPDATE 1-Egypt banks will not open on Sunday-central bank

 

* Closing banks Sunday to rattle investors – analyst

Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:36am EST

* Closing banks Sunday to rattle investors – analyst

* C. Bank says any “hot money” capital flight short-lived

* Deputy governor says strong reserves, banks liquid

 

By Edmund Blair

CAIRO, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Egypt’s banks will be shut on Sunday, the first day of the business week, the deputy central bank governor said, a move analysts said could spook investors looking to trade after unprecedented countrywide protests.

Hisham Ramez also told Reuters the central bank’s reserves were strong at $36 billion, banks were liquid and any capital flight by foreign investor “hot money” would be short-lived.

Egypt has endured five days of often violent protests with people on the streets calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who imposed a dusk to dawn curfew and ordered tanks onto the streets to restore order.

Ramez said banks would close on Sunday, adding: “It is just a precaution until banks are ready to start work on Monday.”

He did not comment on the unrest.

The stock market, whose benchmark index .EGX30 tumbled 16 percent in two days after the unrest erupted, will also be closed on Sunday. The Egyptian pound EGP= fell to six-year lows.

“Obviously the central bank is worried about a run on the banks which is significant and foretelling about what they are expecting to happen in the next few days. There is a near paralysis,” said John Sfakianakis, an economist at Banque Saudi Fransi-Credit Agricole.

Ramez said that, while there could be some short-lived capital flight, the central bank and other Egyptian banks were in a strong position and he was comfortable with reserves.

“All the accounts are safe. The liquidity is there. The banks are liquid. The customer accounts are safe. Everything is in order. We have no problem,” he said.

“We are ready. Our reserves are very strong,” he said, adding the bank had not intervened in the currency market in the past week.

“We are very comfortable” with reserves, he said.

Asked about possible capital flight risk, he said: “Maybe for a short time, for the foreign investors, for the ‘hot money’, yes. I think things will be back in order soon.” (Additional reporting by Patrick Werr; Editing by Matthew Jones)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/29/egypt-central-bank-idUSLDE70S0AO20110129

Egypt’s stock exchange, banks to be closed on Sunday (Extra)

 

Cairo – The Egyptian StockExchange will not open on Sunday, the head of the bourse, Khaled Sirry Siam, announced Saturday, as nationwide protests continued for the fifth day in the country.

The Central Bank of Egypt also said that banks across the country will be closed on Sunday ‘to prevent the spread of riots.’ The central bank also assured people that their savings in Egyptia

banks were safe.

Several shops and ATM machines were destroyed and robbed on Friday night in Egypt. However, protesters accused government thugs dressed as civilians of raiding stores, robbery as well as setting cars on fire.

Sunday is the first working day in the week in Egypt.

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/article_1615522.php/Egypt-s-stock-exchange-banks-to-be-closed-on-Sunday-Extra

 

 


Muslim Brotherhood – Egypt, it’s birthplace – It spawned Hamas – It’s slogan, “Islam is the solution” – Inspired al-Qaeda and MANY other splinter groups to include those found in the US.

January 28, 2011
Egyptian military protects state TV in Cairo , posted with vodpod

 

UPDATE-

Saw this on ATLAS -

USA “SECRETLY BACKS UPRISING”

I agree! – The Telegraph article – below

Whats going on in Egypt is a glimps in to what may well occur here.

The Muslim Brotherhood was created there in the 20’s.  They came to the US and were exported world wide.  In the US, since the 40’s.

Mubarak’s a dictator, yes.  HE is the government.  Just like OUR government, is a dictatorship right now.  But, thats really not the issue.  Thats not even a factor.  The only thing that The Brotherhood need to create is a disaffection for the RULING class, the government.  They know how to install themselves as a “peoples movement.”  THAT is the tactic.  They create civil discontent on the basis that people are RULED by …… fill in the blank.  They create a hostility toward it, even if it’s Liberty.  They create an illusion that the people follow, because they skew the perspective.  They are magicians of sorts.  They create ideas to benefit their cause.  They distract issues and refocus to something or someone else.  They know how to create opposition and use tactics for masses and individuals.

They have done this in all sorts of governments:  Dictatorships, tyranny’s, Communist, Socialist, and even in America.  They know how to use the masses and how to maneuver them.

Egypt, under a dictator, has been very prosperous.  The dictator was not too bad.  In my opinion, they could have done worse.  If Shariah is installed by the Muslim Brotherhood, then the governance will be Shariah.  It will be, by all in tents and purposes, a SHARIAH state.

The PERSIAN empire – the phoenix

28 January 2011 Last updated at 14:43 ET

Profile: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood, or Ikhwan Muslimun, is Egypt’s oldest and largest Islamist organisation.

Founded by Hassan al-Banna in the 1920s, the group has influenced Islamist movements around the world with its model of political activism combined with Islamic charity work.

The movement initially aimed simply to spread Islamic morals and good works, but soon became involved in politics, particularly the fight to rid Egypt of British colonial control and cleanse it of all Western influence.

Today, though officially banned and subject to frequent repression, the Ikhwan lead public opposition to the ruling National Democratic Party of President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981.

While the Ikhwan say that they support democratic principles, one of their stated aims is to create a state ruled by Islamic law, or Sharia. Their most famous slogan, used worldwide, is: “Islam is the solution”.

Revolution

After Banna launched the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, branches were set up throughout the country – each running a mosque, a school and a sporting club – and its membership grew rapidly.

Hassan al-Banna in 1929
Hassan al-Banna was assassinated by an unknown gunman in 1948

By the late 1940s, the group is believed to have had as many as two million followers in Egypt, and its ideas had spread across the Arab world.

At the same time, Banna created a paramilitary wing, the Special Apparatus, whose operatives joined the fight against British rule and engaged in a campaign of bombings and assassinations.

The Egyptian government dissolved the group in late 1948 for attacking British and Jewish interests. Soon afterwards, the group was accused of assassinating Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi.

Banna denounced the killing, but he was subsequently shot dead by an unknown gunman – believed to have been a member of the security forces.

In 1952, colonial rule came to an end following a military coup d’etat led by a group of young officers calling themselves the Free Officers.

The Ikhwan played a supporting role – Anwar al-Sadat, who became president in 1970, was once the Free Officers’ liaison with them – and initially co-operated with the new government, but relations soon soured.

After a failed attempt to assassinate President Gamal Abdul Nasser in 1954, the Ikhwan <Muslim Brotherhood>were blamed, banned, and thousands of members imprisoned and tortured. The group continued, however, to grow underground.

This clash with the authorities prompted an important shift in the ideology of the Ikhwan<Muslim Brotherhood>, evident in the writing of one prominent member, Sayyid Qutb.

Qutb’s work advocated the use of jihad (struggle) against jahili (ignorant) societies, both Western and so-called Islamic ones, which he argued were in need of radical transformation.

His writings – particularly the 1964 work Milestones – inspired the founders of many radical Islamist groups, including Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda.

In 1965, the government again cracked down on the Ikhwan, executing Sayyid Qutb in 1966 and making him a martyr throughout the region.

Crackdown

During the 1980s the Ikhwan<Muslim Brotherhood> attempted to rejoin the political mainstream.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters clash with riot police in Egypt (2008)
The Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned and subject to frequent repression

Successive leaders formed alliances with the Wafd party in 1984, and with the Labour and Liberal parties in 1987, becoming the main opposition force in Egypt. In 2000, the Ikhwan <Muslim Brotherhood>won 17 seats in the People’s Assembly.

<a terrorist group having seats in the government?  How did that happen?>

Five years later, the group achieved its best election result to date, with independent candidates allied to it winning 20% of the seats.

The result shocked President Mubarak. The government subsequently launched a crackdown on the Ikhwan<Muslim Brotherhood>, detaining hundreds of members, and instituted a number of legal “reforms” to counter their resurgence.

<This is what WILL happen in the US.  Look to EGYPT, because whats going on over there, may well occur here.  The Brotherhood had 20% there.  If it reaches those numbers here.  Watch out!>

The constitution was rewritten to stipulate that “political activity or political parties shall not be based on any religious background or foundation”; independent candidates were banned from running for president; and anti-terrorism legislation was introduced that gave the security forces sweeping powers to detain suspects and restrict public gatherings.

<this is already part of our Constitution.  Watch out, because this is how this is going to go down here.  >

Leaders of President Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) also worked hard to reduce the likelihood of further opposition gains in the November 2010 parliamentary elections.

But their efforts backfired somewhat – the failure of candidates allied to the Ikhwan <Muslim Brotherhood>to win a single seat in the first round was accompanied by allegations of widespread fraud.

Muslim Brotherhood general guide Mohammed Badie during the November 2010 election campaign
The Muslim Brotherhood boycotted the second round of the November 2010 elections

The group subsequently joined other opposition parties in announcing a boycott of the second round, and the NDP was left in the embarrassing situation of taking more than 80% of the seats in the People’s Assembly.

<they were voted in>

The continued repression of the opposition was one of the main triggers for the mass anti-government protests by thousands of Egyptians in late January 2011, which saw the NDP’s headquarters in Cairo set on fire.

The Ikhwan <Muslim Brotherhood>were blamed for fomenting the unrest, but its deputy general guide, Mahmoud Izzat, insisted it was a popular uprising.

“We are part of the people. The people are demanding the basics – mainly the necessities of life – and they have the right to do so. The people also demand their freedom and the dissolution of the fake parliament,” he told al-Jazeera TV.

“The youths want the demonstrations to be peaceful but the regime uses excessive violence against the youths, such as rubber bullets.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12313405

Previous posts relating the Muslim Brotherhood  -

Jails and the MILITARY – Chaplin’s preach ISLAM – OUR government is trying to convert us to Islam
Muslim Brotherhood – The Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the “Brotherhood”, said joining American forces in their military presence in Afghanistan and Sudan will bring a fatwa to them
Hamas – Israel – A chess game that is in Hamas’ territory

FROM the TELEGRAPH (above)

Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising:

The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
By Tim Ross, Matthew Moore and Steven Swinford 9:23PM GMT 28 Jan 2011188 Comments 

The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.

He has already been arrested by Egyptian security in connection with the demonstrations and his identity is being protected by The Daily Telegraph.

The crisis in Egypt follows the toppling of Tunisian president Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, who fled the country after widespread protests forced him from office.

The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by the police.

Mr Mubarak, facing the biggest challenge to his authority in his 31 years in power, ordered the army on to the streets of Cairo yesterday as rioting erupted across Egypt.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in open defiance of a curfew. An explosion rocked the centre of Cairo as thousands defied orders to return to their homes. As the violence escalated, flames could be seen near the headquarters of the governing National Democratic Party.

Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

At least five people were killed in Cairo alone yesterday and 870 injured, several with bullet wounds. Mohamed ElBaradei, the pro-reform leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was placed under house arrest after returning to Egypt to join the dissidents. Riots also took place in Suez, Alexandria and other major cities across the country.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, urged the Egyptian government to heed the “legitimate demands of protesters”. Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said she was “deeply concerned about the use of force” to quell the protests.

In an interview for the American news channel CNN, to be broadcast tomorrow, David Cameron said: “I think what we need is reform in Egypt. I mean, we support reform and progress in the greater strengthening of the democracy and civil rights and the rule of law.”

The US government has previously been a supporter of Mr Mubarak’s regime. But the leaked documents show the extent to which America was offering support to pro-democracy activists in Egypt while publicly praising Mr Mubarak as an important ally in the Middle East.

In a secret diplomatic dispatch, sent on December 30 2008, Margaret Scobey, the US Ambassador to Cairo, recorded that opposition groups had allegedly drawn up secret plans for “regime change” to take place before elections, scheduled for September this year.

The memo, which Ambassador Scobey sent to the US Secretary of State in Washington DC, was marked “confidential” and headed: “April 6 activist on his US visit and regime change in Egypt.”

It said the activist claimed “several opposition forces” had “agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections”. The embassy’s source said the plan was “so sensitive it cannot be written down”.

Ambassador Scobey questioned whether such an “unrealistic” plot could work, or ever even existed. However, the documents showed that the activist had been approached by US diplomats and received extensive support for his pro-democracy campaign from officials in Washington. The embassy helped the campaigner attend a “summit” for youth activists in New York, which was organised by the US State Department.

Cairo embassy officials warned Washington that the activist’s identity must be kept secret because he could face “retribution” when he returned to Egypt. He had already allegedly been tortured for three days by Egyptian state security after he was arrested for taking part in a protest some years earlier.

The protests in Egypt are being driven by the April 6 youth movement, a group on Facebook that has attracted mainly young and educated members opposed to Mr Mubarak. The group has about 70,000 members and uses social networking sites to orchestrate protests and report on their activities.

The documents released by WikiLeaks reveal US Embassy officials were in regular contact with the activist throughout 2008 and 2009, considering him one of their most reliable sources for information about human rights abuses.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8289686/Egypt-protests-Americas-secret-backing-for-rebel-leaders-behind-uprising.html


Egypt – Iran’s take

January 28, 2011

 

What good for Iran?

Is it good for the US?  Israel?

 

 

Iranian Media Hail Egypt ‘Revolution’

Friday, January 28, 2011
By Patrick Goodenough

 

 

(CNSNews.com) – Media in the Arab world are generally reporting cautiously on the protests rocking Egypt following the shakeup in Tunisia, but those in Iran are giving the turmoil prominent, almost gleeful, coverage.

Sunni Egypt, viewed as the leader of the Arab world, and Shi’ite Iran are longstanding rivals.

Iranian outlets, especially those linked to the government and establishment, are using terms like “revolution” and “uprising” to describe the protests, painting the demonstrators as heroic and giving headline treatment to voices predicting the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak.

The approach is in sharp contrast to their treatment of Iran’s own political upheaval following disputed presidential elections 18 months ago. Then many Iranian media organizations promoted the government position and treated protestors unsympathetically – even with contempt. (Traditional media was also heavily censored during that period.)

The Tehran TimesIran Daily and Resalat newspapers were among those that led their Thursday editions with the Egypt story, using headlines like “Spirit of Tunisia comes to Egypt,”  “Egyptians demand end to Mubarak rule” and “Intensification of public protests against Mubarak regime.”

The Tehran Times describes itself as the mouthpiece of the Islamic revolution, Iran Daily is affiliated with the official state IRNA news agency, and Resalat is a conservative daily supportive of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Press TV, which is semi-official and gets state funding, quoted a former Arab League diplomat as saying the uprising in Tunisia was “one of the most inspiring events of the Arab world in the contemporary time,” empowering people in various countries suffering under dictatorships.

 

Egypt protests

Egyptian riot police clash with anti-government protesters in Suez on Thursday evening, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo)

 

“Egypt on verge of revolution,” ran a headline on another story published by Press TV, citing the opinions of a Lebanon-based Mideast scholar. The same story and headline were replicated on the Web site of Iran’s state broadcaster, IRIB.

Some media worked the word “revolution” into headlines even when using wire service copy that did not include the term.

Press TV ran an unscientific poll asking viewers to predict the outcome of the “popular uprising” in Egypt. As of early Friday almost half of respondents said it would lead to Mubarak’s departure from the country, 28 percent said it would be quelled with U.S. support, and roughly the same number selected the option saying it would “bring about Mubarak’s collapse but the remnants of the system will persist.”

Under the headline “Arab world despotism nearing collapse,” IRIB quoted an Islamist analyst, Azzam Tamimi, as saying that regimes were under threat not just Egypt but also Jordan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

“The U.S. administration is helplessly watching the situation as dictators, which it has backed for decades, are overthrown or on the verge,” commentator Salman Ansari Javid wrote in a Tehran Times op-ed.

“Sooner or later we will have to add these dictators to the list of the endangered species,” he said. “The sooner the better.”

The IRNA news agency highlighted the views of a leading Egyptian scholar, Kamal Helbawi, who predicted the downfall of the regime and said Mubarak may emulate ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled into exile earlier this month.

“The people want release from American hegemony and Israeli monopoly and manipulation,” Helbawi told IRNA.

Rivalry

Relations between Egypt and post-revolution Iran historically have been strained over Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel and its ties with the U.S., its support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, and the state burial Egypt gave the ousted Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (whose first wife was an Egyptian princess) in 1980. After President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981, Iran angered Egypt by naming a street in Tehran after the leader of the assassination plot, who was executed.

The two Muslim countries repeatedly have clashed over the Palestinian issue. Iran is a key backer of Hamas, the terrorist group spawned in 1987 by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Mubarak’s main Islamist rival.

The Egyptian government, meanwhile, supports Hamas’ adversary, Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, and maintains a security blockade on the border between Egypt and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Cairo has also accused Tehran of using another proxy in the Arab world, Hezbollah in Lebanon, to destabilize Egypt.

In one of the classified State Department cables released by Wikileaks late last year, the U.S. envoy in Cairo reported in 2009 that Mubarak had “a visceral hatred for the Islamic Republic, referring repeatedly to Iranians as ‘liars,’ and denouncing them for seeking to destabilize Egypt and the region.”

“There is no doubt that Egypt sees Iran and its greatest long-term threat, both as it develops a nuclear capability and as it seeks to export its ‘Shia revolution,’” Ambassador Margaret Scobey wrote in the cable, according to published reports.

‘Wisdom, enlightened vision’

In contrast to the rhetoric-laden Iranian coverage of the Egyptian protests, most newspapers in Arab states are carrying wire service or correspondents’ reports about the developments with little added comment, along with calls from some quarters for reforms in the region.

Others are playing down the protests while some official news agencies, especially in the Gulf and North Africa, are virtually ignoring them.

The only report in Libya’s JANA news agency relating to Egypt, for example, was a brief item saying that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had phoned Mubarak on Wednesday to consult on “matters of common interest.”

Bahrain’s King Hamad also phoned Mubarak, to stress the “strategic importance of Egypt and its pivotal role as a guarantor of Arab stability,” Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News reported in an item that made no direct reference to the protests.

The king had also hailed Mubarak’s “wisdom, enlightened vision and aspiration to ensure a better future for his people,” the report added

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EGYPT – Breaking news

January 28, 2011

 

This has been in the making for a LONG TIME

Here are the resources to follow to news coming out.

 

Egypt on the Brink of Revolution; EIN News Offers Complete Breaking News Coverage

 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Egypt’s government has pulled the plug on all Internet and telephone traffic in an effort to quell the violence that today has brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets. But EIN News’ lines into the country remain open through all of the websites and other sources it continues to monitor.

For a time Nobel Peace Prize winner and the nation’s leading pro-democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei was trapped inside a mosque while riot police fired tear gas. The Muslim Brotherhood has joined the protests today, swelling the numbers.

Meanwhile, in Jordan spurred by the Egyptian protests, thousands of Jordanians are in the streets demanding the ouster of their country’s prime minister.

For the latest news on Egypt, its president and opposition players go to:

http://www.einnews.com/egypt/

http://www.einnews.com/egypt/newsfeed-hosni-mubarak

http://www.einnews.com/egypt/newsfeed-mohamed-elbaradei

http://www.einnews.com/egypt/newsfeed-egypt-muslim-brotherhood

For the latest news on Jordan and its prime minister go to:

http://www.einnews.com/jordan/

http://www.einnews.com/jordan/newsfeed-samir-rifai

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