Egypt’s New Dictator-in-Waiting

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For 31 years, Hosni Mubarak has been a CIA sock puppet ruling through decree while maintaining a pretense of “legitimacy.” In the terminal crisis of his reign, he has tapped Omar Suleiman, the head of his secret police agency, to serve as vice president.

Ian Black, Middle East editor for the London Guardian, points out that Suleiman “is the keeper of Egypt’s and the president’s secrets, a behind-the-scenes operator who has been intimately involved in the most sensitive issues of national security and foreign policy for nearly 20 years.” Not only was he was the dungeon master and chief persecutor of Egypt’s political dissidents, but he also coordinated rendition and torture operations with the CIA. According to WikiLeaks, he’s also a dutiful asset of the Pentagon.

2:49 pm on January 29, 2011