ElBaradei: ‘Egypt will explode’

By Daniel Tencer
Thursday, February 10, 2011 22:01 EDT
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Egypt’s most prominent dissident warned in a tweet Thursday night that the country “will explode” and appealed to the army for help.

“Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now,” Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the nuclear watchdog IAEA, tweeted.

His warning of violence came minutes after President Hosni Mubarak declared in a speech that he would not step down as president until the September elections. Reporters at Cairo’s Tahrir Square said the crowds there were angrier than they had seen them since protests broke out on Jan. 25.

Chaos and confusion reigned late Thursday in both Cairo and Washington as observers tried to make sense of Mubarak’s refusal to resign following a day of rumors claiming he would do just that.

US intelligence officials admitted that they were as in the dark on Mubarak’s plans as anyone else, as evidenced by the fact that earlier in the day CIA director Leon Panetta had declared a “high likelihood” that Mubarak would resign in his speech.

President Barack Obama issued a statement Thursday evening that suggested confusion over Mubarak’s motives but growing resolve to push for democracy in Egypt.

“It is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient,” Obama said of Mubarak’s announcement that he was handing over powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

“The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity,” the president added.

Confusion reigned in Cairo as well, where social media were alive with speculation that Mubarak may be trying to prod protesters into violence. Guests on Al Jazeera speculated that Mubarak may be propagating rumors of his departure in order to anger protesters into violent acts, justifying a military crackdown.

Protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were heard yelling “peaceful!” as a rallying cry, suggesting they feared possible military action.

Egypt’s amabassador to the US tried to clear up some of the confusion surrounding Mubarak’s status following his declaration he was transferring power to Suleiman.

“Mubarak has no power is an interpretation you can make. He is de jour head of state,” Sameh Shoukry said.

The ambassador said Suleiman now held all the responsibilities of the office of president, including control of the military.

Suleiman, who headed Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate for 17 years, was appointed by Mubarak to the office of vice president last week.

Human rights activists criticized the move, noting that Suleiman has long been linked to allegations of torture in Egypt’s security forces. Suleiman was reportedly the CIA’s “point man” in Egypt for the agency’s controversial extraordinary rendition program, which saw terrorism suspects flown to countries with lax civil rights laws to be tortured.

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  • Anonymous

    Same as the old boss. There was supposed to have been a ” highly placed official” passing round the resignation story and it appears to have rooked the CIA. Well that’s one official we don’t want to be listening again.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    “He is de jour head of state,”

    I don’t have access to the video, but it’s got to be either du jour, ie., “of the day” (French) or “de jure”, ie., “by law” (Latin). The transcriptionist at CBS News left an uncertain rendering. When I tried repeatedly to leave a comment, their system said, oh, “there was an error. please try again.”

    They do that to people who make comments they don’t like. Let them steep in their own brine.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the words coming out of Obama’s mouth about the will of the Egyptian people could just as easily be applied to the American people. Citizens of any country will only put up with despots for so long….I view what’s happening in Egypt as a precursor to what may happen in the U.S. very soon unless the U.S. government gets a clue. So far it’s been bailouts for Wall St & the banksters and not much for the people injured as a result of these bastards actions.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Does this mean CIA officially runs Egypt now?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KSCKXQ7NIC23VUL7GDUYTSJMVE patrickb

    What lessons will the Egyptian “Insurgents” teach us in America? The Egyptian People rejected the Mubarak regime’s legitimacy. Tonight, Mubarak replied “Fuck off, peasants!”
    Lesson #1 – One man’s “Insurgent” is another man’s “Freedom Fighter”;
    Lesson #2 – History is written by the winners; and
    Lesson #3 – will be written in blood in Cairo . . . .
    3 minutes ago · · Like ·

  • Elim

    Israel wants Mubarak to stay. So he is doing what a foreign power wants.

  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding? Our government can’t get even begin to guess what is going to happen next. You are giving the CIA way to much credit, they are not a factor.

  • Anonymous

    Fortunately we live in a much, much richer and better run country than Egypt where the average American is so much better off than the average Egyptian. Nothing like what is happening in Egypt will happen in the US for a long time if ever, because it is not necessary.

    Egypt has super high poverty, the highest level of unemployed graduates in the world, political oppression. There are very few parallels to US.

  • theoldhippy

    You aren’t giving the CIA enough credit. They’ve been running the country since they killed JFK. They’ve kept drugs illegal since drug running is their major source of income.

  • Anonymous

    Suliman is a CIA henchman and is complicit. Of course we want the goverment in his hands.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    they have also been running Egypt for some time no doubt

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    Mubarak’s loyalty is for those whom he honoring all those bribes.

  • Anonymous

    Step down in September????? yeah right, look what happened today. This clown embarassed the U.S. and stuck his tonge out at us since Saudi Arabia said they will bail ther defense $$$$ if we pull out. CIA is flipping over this one, they know jack squat……. He want to stay there and using delay tactics just like any dictator, just like Saddam did to stall the invasion. This guy wants to stall the protests by appearing docile and expressing his desire to step down in September thinking the protest will stand down and he will have enough time to put them in jail. The protesters know that if they don’t get him down is their skin and will go to the ultimate consequences. This president is done by the end of the month i bet on it. His own people will get him…

  • Anonymous

    They don’t know shit about what is happening in Egypt. Lee Harvey wasn’t a CIA man, just a misguided commie loner. Drugs were illegal before LHO unfortunately. I am all for them because they are so much fun!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Suleiman should go first.

  • Anonymous

    What’s astonishing is that this all started with just a few young Egyptians who just refused to back down and said enough is enough. Out of that came history.

    We just sit in front of the television, look at our congressional representatives sell us up the river and say Marge are the hamburgers done yet?

    We’re a disgrace. The flower children did more than we do now.

  • Dirk

    Du jour wouldn’t make sense, since he’s been president for 30 years.

  • Dirk

    It started with Tunisia.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEUDUVF5EGJZRZETF3KV53P7BQ Thomas

    Does anybody know for certain if the nerve gas was supposedly lost in Utah was actually found or did it make it’s way to Egypt for some type of emergency. Since the CIA, the oil companies and few dozen other companies are involved in this mess, nothing would surprise me, and that would also involve a dirty bomb filled with nerve gas.

  • CaptainHowdy

    Mubarek is pushing his luck.

    I have 2 words for him… Romaina and Ceaușescu.

  • CaptainHowdy


  • CaptainHowdy

    No… Israel does. They run everything on the planet.

  • CaptainHowdy

    You are following current events very closely… are you?

  • Anonymous

    He must stand down. According to Glen Beck, Mubarak Obama isn’t even a citizen of Egypt.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    The Army’s provided a lot of nice tanks just lying around in Tahrir Square, those could be useful…

    I wonder if those things can even move if you shove of bunch of old, wet laundry in their rear exhaust manifolds

  • parrots_abound

    The Egyptian people know that if there won’t be Democracy, tear the whole thing down no matter what the consequences.

    Good on them…

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, why the old coot doesn’t high-tail it out of there while he has the chance to live out the rest of his life in the lap of luxury (like w, cheney, rice, and all the other torturers) is certainly a puzzle. He may end up on the wrong side of a bullet, like his compadres from Romaina, yet.

  • Anonymous

    They should both go now, mubarak and suleiman are practically the same person, that anyone thinks it’s a good idea for suleiman to take charge speaks volumes. Both of these people are torturers.

  • Jaimie11

    The CIA does not know what to make of Egypt. They have never been faced with such a powerful uprising of leaderless people. The normal game is to subvert an honest or loved leader, or to destabilize an entire government. In this situation their blueprint simply can’t be applied.

    As for Oswald – comet67 – have you seen the film clip where the Secret Service men who usually ride the rear bumper of the presidential limo, were prevented from taking their positions that day in November? Even if Oswald WAS a misguided loner, how on earth did he arrange to have such a clear unobstructed shot?


  • Jaimie11

    You wish. Gets you and your government off the hook.

  • Whatever_happened_to_courtesy

    These Egyptians are doing it right. Keeping it peaceful make Mubarak the bad guy. The minute they turn to violence, they will be discredited. Good for them for standing up for their rights and beliefs.

  • Anonymous

    The US is just Isreal’s bitch

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    “Showing results for Romania. Search instead for Romaina”, sez Google

  • ce2756

    Just a suggestion, more hyperbole is needed here. Your sarcasm is being misunderstood.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. You are gonna get your ignorant propaganda swallowing ass handed to you big time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KYXM5QF7OHZNHXRRS7JX26NRQY Jamie Kelley

    You should probably just shut the fuck up, because it’s obvious you have no idea what you’re talking about. We haven’t had a leader who wasn’t CIA-approved since Kennedy was killed, and if you think the CIA wasn’t directly involved in the killing of JFK, RFK, and most likely JFK Jr, you’re just naive.

    The powerful and entrenched interests in this country understand that you can’t maintain your grip on power and wealth AND have legitimate, democratic elections; the two don’t jibe. That’s why we’re always spoonfed the most bullshit, milquetoast, bought-and-paid-for candidates money can buy.

    Democracy died in America in 1963.

  • godistwaddle

    Kinda like when North America exploded after Washington, Jefferson, Adams, et. all. got their act together.

    Time for Mubarek to hang. I mean our progenitors hanged Tories. What’s sauce for the goose…and how about some corporatists right here at home?..

  • Jaimie11

    And whose bitch are you? The misguided fools with superiority complexes in the Racial Purity movement?

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    With a young Tunisian fellow who doused himself with gasoline, and lit himself on fire. Americans are not quite there yet, although, there was a tax protestor who slammed his plane into the tax office in, what? Dallas? Self immolation is a greater cry of pain than plane crash suicide, and a more powerful call to resistance. Like the Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức in Saigon in 1963.

    Thereafter four separate incidents of Egyptians burning themselves. Then came the viral video of Asmaa Mahfouz, recorded on Jan. 18th calling for a mass protest on Jan. 25 (now with English subtitles).

  • HelenRainier

    Thank you from a “flower child” AKA Baby Boomer.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    There’s much talk about “conspiracy theories” and far too little about the proposterous “lone nut theories”, all of which issue from the bowels of our trillion a year military-intelligence juggernaut, and which you have apparently swallowed whole.

    Because the PDF was so ragged that text searches were often impossible, I personally typed out all 80 pages of the transcript of the Jan. 27th session (that would be 1964) of the Warren Commission which deals primarily with the report in the Houston Post by a reporter named Hudkins, which was echoed in The Nation, which shows strong evidence that Oswald was indeed on the FBI payroll. The document is posted at WikiSource. For reference, the following is the brief summary I include on the Discussion tab by way of a header:

    I am posting this transcript of the January 27th session of the Warren Commission for the benefit of anyone who wants a searchable text of it. The PDF of the session is entirely photographic, and although an OCR is available via Acrobat, the accuracy is very low. I have decided to type it out by hand, because of the importance of the document, which came into the public record as a result of the work of Harold Weisberg, in his series of books entitled Whitewash I, II, III, and IV.
    The subject of this closed and long-secret session was the issue of Lee Harvey Oswald being called an FBI agent in The Nation, following a piece in the Houston Post. Another key issue much discussed is Oswald at the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City on Sept. 26th, which is key because of the phone call from Hoover to LBJ (of which the transcript remains at the LBJ library, but the audio has mysteriously been replaced with noise) was, according to Hoover, by appearance and voice, not Oswald, but an impostor.--ProudPrimate (talk) 18:56, 6 December 2009 (UTC).

    I suggest you take a close look at the transcript. Then you would want to read James Douglass’s monumental work JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters to see how utterly improbable it is that Oswald, with Crypto clearance (way above Top Secret) at the U2 radio monitoring base in Otsugi, Japan, suddenly presents himself at the US Embassy in Moscow and renounces his citizenship, promising to reveal all he knows to the KGB, then Francis Gary Powers is shot down in his U2, embarrassing Eisenhower and scotching the long-awaited peace talks with Khrushchev, which the CIA Cold War hotheads had no intention of allowing to take place, THEN Oswald returns to the US without any hindrance whatsoever by military, security, or customs, and resumes his normal life, under the careful tutelage of De Mohrenschildt. Preposterous. And that’s just the feather on the tip of the iceberg.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure you got my point….just trying to quash the fears that there will be an Egyptian style uprising here in the US. I know alot of RS types dream of it but…Why would there be?? We have such a better system already.

  • Anonymous

    Not sarcasm. We are better off than Egypt, it is obvious.

  • Anonymous

    Hilarious. Read history books and take meds for your paranoia. Don’t bother me again, I like trading barbs with those who have something interesting to say.

  • Anonymous

    “”CAIRO, Aug 20, 2009 (IPS) – The spectre of a U.S. nuclear umbrella for the Middle East haunted the U.S.- Egyptian summit this week. In the run-up to President Hosni Mubarak’s first Washington visit in five years, both the Egyptian leader and his senior aides categorically rejected an undeclared U.S. offer to guarantee defence of the region against atomic weapons as part of a comprehensive Middle East peace plan.”"

    With so much information about how Mubarak rejected this nuclear option, just before the protests, it is clear to me that this is an attempted coup, BY Israel and the US. Notwithstanding the economic unrest in Egypt, as real as it is, this is how the people were duped into supporting the coup.

    The US hopes that their chosen substitute Suleman, will be accepted, AND that Suleman will play ball, in the nuclear way, with Israel and the US. That still remains to be seen. The people also rejected the nuclear option. There is a lot more info on this “falling out” on the internet now.

    The US is willing to risk total meltdown in Egypt in order to put in another puppet, that will take us one step closer to a nuclear war in the Middle East. Like Sadam Hussein, and before him, Pakistan, who refused to give up their nukes.

    Nice little snow job, eh? This is the story that is emerging and I think this is the closest to the truth that I have heard. Its not to say that the people are wrong at all. But when mobs rule, you never know who is in the shadows. The Muslim Brotherhood is the ever-present Muslim boogeyman, who the US is more than happy to use to install their new puppet. Also playing with fire.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    A better system of tyranny won’t hold when it is no longer possible for the oligarchs to keep the people ignorant. The CIA takeover of the country after they assassinated the last real president in 1963, the fake terrorists, the 911 atrocity planned and carried out by US and Israeli intelligence agencies, the grand theft of public resources by corporate thieves aided and abetted by their paid stooges who dominate all levels of government and both political parties, the destruction of the bill of rights, ignorant and sadistic racist police, all of that stuff that you seem to think is just peachy will be swept aside by the wave. Democracy is coming to the USA.

  • ce2756

    “Better off” is a matter of scale. The problems and challenges are the same. Keep in mind that the US has only been under emergency rule for 10 years not 30. Don’t expect the outcome to be different.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    I’m assuming that it was merely a failed attempt to spell “de jure” on the part of the transcriptionist, who may never have seen the phrase before. As Ambassador Shoukry told Rachel Maddow, Suleiman has officially and constitutionally received the transfer of power from Mubarak, which I didn’t know last night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Watch out for that Egyptian VP, he’s a dangerous one.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4LL2I77PIQMJ56LMCXPBVUGFWE Greg

    As a general director for UN Atomic Agency, ElBaradei made everything possible in his capacity to protect Iran from sanctions. He has Islamic radical mentality, supports Iran, and his role in new Egypt will be very dangerous for entire world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    60% of America is better off than Egypt. And that abused 40% is growing, quickly.

    but keep your head in the sand.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    A better system that is co-opted by Fascists; when the system fails to do what it was intended to, it doesn’t matter how good it is. An idle factory, even a state of the art one, doesn’t produce any goods.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Smells like something from recent history.. like, oh, I don’t know.. NORAD being told to stand down for drills and the only person authorized to protect our skies was Cheney, for the day..?

  • Anonymous

    And he lied about there not being WMDs in Iraq as well. Of course, we never found them, but I’m sure they were there.

  • Jaimie11

    Comet – the winners write the history books. Certainly, you know that. The losers are the ones who were there and know the history books are wrong.

  • Jaimie11

    Jamie, democracy was born that day in America. The coup was against the democratic republic, its last breath left its body that day. Since then we have been on the road to feudalism. Have you not noticed? Democracy is mob rule. All the oligarchs have to do to win is manipulate a majority of the people to believe in what the oligarchs tell them and vote for it.

    As for RFK and MLK and MalcolmX – all were killed by the CIA – possibly Jr too.

  • Jaimie11

    Not a tax protester – that had CIA written all over it. He was a government contractor, a businessman with a thriving business. He knew something he shouldn’t have and was hounded like a fox, then groomed for the final act.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    that’s a bridge too far, even for me, who am usually all for such assignations

  • Anonymous

    They are not that adept. They are not SPECTRE with a man in an eye patch and a purring kitty running things. Just an intelligence service trying to do our dirty work(every country has one). And the CIA does not set US drug policy, I assure you. But the good thing is I can get really good weed at 1000 places in my city.