Code Pink Founder Brutalized in Cairo and Deported
Media Benjamin, the co-founder of the anti-war and progressive organization, Code Pink, was violently pushed to ground and arrested in Cairo airport and kept in an airport cell overnight by Egyptian authorities and deported to Turkey. During the arrest, officers dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm. Her calls to US Embassy were ignored; no one from the Embassy came to her help.
She was in Cairo to meet up with an international delegation of women who would then travel to Gaza for a women’s conference. Ms. Benjamin has been an outspoken critic of Obama policies, especially on his drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia and his war in Afghanistan as well as the indefinite detention of prisoners in Guantanamo.
What is clear is that the NSA, the US State Department and therefore the US Embassy staff in Cairo, and quite possibly, even the Israeli authorities, were fully aware of her plans and whereabouts. Clearly, the Egyptian authorities knew who she was and what she was there for and were waiting for her. Clearly her arrest and deportation was planned. What’s also clear is that they wound never arrest a US citizen, without any charge or cause, without US permission and without notifying the US State Department and Embassy, and would never pick a country on their own to deport her to.
This is the same military led government that during Mubarak’s 30 year military dictatorship would receive individuals the US wanted tortured, in what was called “rendition”, and would torture them for their bosses in Washington, from whom they received and continue to receive $3 billion a year, most of which is to purchase weapons and military equipment.
This was a cowardly and despicable crime by the Obama Administration, against an innocent US citizen, whose only crime is to speak up against injustice and to expose the hypocrisy and lies of a president who doesn’t have the gull to do it in the US where Medea lives, and instead he asks a foreign servant military to do it for him. This is the same two faced lying coward president who smiles and reacts “gracefully” when she courageously stands up during his speeches that are nothing but lies and screams truth for people to hear, or when boldly stands up and holds up a sign that corporate TV cameras can’t ignore, try as they do. Obama is too much of a coward to say to her face what he wants done to her. Instead, his spy operation keeps track of her, notifies his State Department which then notifies the Egyptian authorities and tells them to arrest and deport her to Turkey. And he has the audacity, after all the crimes he commits, to self righteously walk up to the microphone and criticize Putin.