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  •  More on military aid to Egypt (14+ / 0-)

    again, military aid is mostly the form of credits for hardware, F-15s, etc.  Shipments can be stopped by executive order.  Following big contracts recent, don't know if delivery has been made.

    DRS C3 and Aviation -- Horsham, Pa. In December 2010, received a $46.1 million Army contract to provide vehicles, hardware and services for Egypt's border surveillance program. That same month DRS landed another $19.6 million Army contract to provide surveillance hardware and services for the Egyptian government.

    L-3 Communication Ocean Systems -- Sylmar, Calif. and Garland, Texas. The company's Sylmar operations completed a $24.7 million deal with the Navy last August to provide a sonar system for the Egyptian Navy. And in April 2009, L-3's EOS Division in Garland, Texas got a $6.6 million Army contract to provide Egypt with military imaging equipment.

    source:
    http://www.southernstudies.org/...

    Also last March Lockheed Martin -- Fort Worth, Texas and Orlando, won a $213 million Air Force contract to provide Egypt with 20 F-16 fighter jets. Whether planes have been delivered unknown. The following month, its Lockheed Martin Missiles subsidiary in Orlando, Fla. got a $46 million Army contract to provide night vision sensor systems for Apache helicopters.

    Again, these export credits expire on Mar. 4th.  After that aid must be renewed.

    Complete spread sheet of military hardware contracts to Mubarak:
    http://www.southernstudies.org/...

    •  Ralph, (3+ / 0-)

      thanks for all the info you've provided on this issue.  

      At the risk of inflaming the entire community, I have to ask a question . . . has anyone looked at the issue of pass through aid flowing through Israel? or Jordan? or any number of other US allies?  

      I don't believe that the rumors of Israel delivering tear gas and riot gear to Cairo airport this week have been confirmed, but it is certainly plausible that Israel would seek to help Mubarak.  

      Given that we are the world's primary supplier of the implements of death and destruction, wouldn't it require a global prohibition to stop the actual delivery to Egypt of US aid?  

      "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

      by jlynne on Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 03:22:47 PM PST

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      •  Here's some info from the Guardian web site. (3+ / 0-)

        On the US selling tear gas to the Egyptian police in spite of well documented fears about its likely mis-use, Pro Publica has a look at who approved what:

           So why did the State Department license the sale of American-made tear gas to be used by the Egyptian police, when the State Department itself has documented the police's history of brutality? When I asked this question, I received the following response, in full:

           "The US government licensed the sale of certain crowd dispersal articles to the government of Egypt. That license was granted after a thorough vetting process and after a multi-agency review of the articles that were requested."

           Noticeably absent in that answer was anything about the Egyptian police. When I pressed further and mentioned this WikiLeaks cable — written by US Ambassador Margaret Scobey describing "routine and pervasive" police brutality and torture in Egypt—the response was immediate.

           "I cannot provide any authentication of anything that has been published by the website WikiLeaks," Thompson said.

      •  What's inflaming It's either true or not. (5+ / 0-)

        But it wouldn't surprise me.  Israel was passing arms to Contras in Nicaragua in 80s and to military in El Salvador.  Pass-through from Israeli military old hat.

      •  I also heard one guy on AJ (4+ / 0-)

        saying they found Israeli Id on one of the guys they caught trying to infiltrate the square.

        The host didn't follow up on that and hung up on the guy.  Haven't heard anything more about it.

        Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

        by Gustogirl on Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 03:41:00 PM PST

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        •  I'd be really surprised if that (4+ / 0-)
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          was true.  Unless he was just an Israeli trying to join the protests and was assumed to be an infiltrator because he was Israeli.  The Israelis know better than to use Israeli IDs when they are trying to infiltrate foreign movements, as does everyone else in the spy game.

          I refuse to represent my political beliefs using numbers. It isn't accurate, nor is it helpful. But I'm around a -10 on both scales.

          by AoT on Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 04:44:47 PM PST

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