Senior US Marine Says “Multiple Platoons” Are Headed To Egypt
By Nicholas Carlson
A senior member of the US Marine corps is telling people “multiple platoons” are deploying to Egypt, a source tells us.
There is a system within the US Marines that alerts the immediate families of high-ranking marines when their marine will soon be deployed to an emergency situation where they will not be able to talk to their spouses or families.
That alert just went out, says our source.
This senior Marine told our source that the Pentagon will deploy “multiple platoons” to Egypt over the next few days and that the official reason will be ‘to assist in the evacuation of US citizens.”
Our source was told that “the chances they were going over there went from 70% yesterday to 100% today.”
We’re keeping these people anonymous because both would get in trouble for sharing this information with the press.
On Friday, the Pentagon announced it would move “U.S. warships and other military assets to make sure it is prepared in case evacuation of U.S. citizens from Egypt becomes necessary,” according the the LA Times.
Right. Be sure to read Bob Koehler’s A Truth More Powerful than an Army.
Meanwhile, Banksters foreclose on troops. Lawyer Dick Harpootlian calls for tougher criminal penalties on banks, “mandatory minimums.” $70 average penalty on JP Morgan Chase for illegal treatment of troops? Not much of a penalty.
Egypt Updates from CLG:
WikiLeaks: Egyptian torturers trained by FBI 09 Feb 2011 The US provided officers from the Egyptian secret police with training at the FBI, despite allegations that they routinely tortured detainees and suppressed political opposition. According to leaked diplomatic cables, the head of the Egyptian state security and investigative service (SSIS) thanked the US for “training opportunities” at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia… In October 2009, “credible” human rights lawyers representing alleged Hizbollah detainees provided details of the techniques employed by the SSIS. The cable states: “The lawyers told us in mid-October that they have compiled accounts from several defendants of GOE [Government of Egypt] torture by electric shocks, sleep deprivation, and stripping them naked for extended periods.”
‘US pushes for Mubarak copycat in Egypt’ 09 Feb 2011 To preserve its interests in Egypt, Washington favors the formation of a non-democratic government similar to that of President Mubarak’s regime, says the director of the Institute for (Persian) Gulf Affairs. “The United States is not looking to support democracy in Egypt – this is very clear from the 30 years of support that it has given to Hosni Mubarak who has been fighting against democracy and fabricating elections,” Ali al-Ahmed said in an interview with Press TV. Despite massive human rights abuse claims in the past 20 years of rule under Egypt’s Emergency Law, the US continues to support Mubarak’s regime with large financial and military support, says the Federation of American Scientists.
Egypt hospitals ‘told to downplay protest deaths’ 09 Feb 2011 Human Rights Watch says government-controlled health services in Egypt have been pressured into playing down the number of casualties during anti-government protests. The group has documented the deaths of 297 people, but says the final toll is likely to be significantly higher. Human Rights Watch says the vast majority of the deaths in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez were on January 28 and 29 as a result of live gunfire as riot police fought running battles with protesters.
‘Egypt TV creates media blackout’ 09 Feb 2011 An eyewitness who has escaped from southern Egypt says the state TV tries to create a media blackout by inciting violence against all foreigners that come to small towns. Mohammad Abdo has escaped from Kharga and brought to Cairo videos of the police clampdown on the protesters there which has resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of people. Abdo told press TV on Wednesday the local state-run TV tries to prevent the media coverage of the protests in small towns.
Army deploys more tanks in Cairo 09 Feb 2011 Reports say Egyptian armed forces have stationed a large column of tanks and mechanized infantry vehicles in and around Cairo’s Liberation Square. It comes as thousands of protesters are camping outside the parliament as part of their campaign to topple President Hosni Mubarak. Pro-democracy protesters have also attempted to block the parliament building. Opposition parties plan a massive march towards the Presidential Palace on Friday.
Anti-Mubarak protests turn violent –Security forces open fire on demonstrators 09 Feb 2011 Pro-democracy protests in Egypt turn more violent as hundreds of protesters have been killed or wounded in the latest round of crack-down on demonstrations. The violence occurred in the southern Kharga city on Tuesday. Medics said on Wednesday at least 60 people were hit by live bullets after security forces opened fire on the demonstrators. At least three people have been killed and hundreds of others wounded in Kharga over the past 24 hours.
Egyptian protesters block parliament –Hundreds are staging a sit-in outside parliament to reinforce their demands that the whole ruling regime step down and not just the president 09 Feb 2011 Several hundred Egyptian protesters attempted to block parliamentary buildings in Cairo on Wednesday as part of their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old regime. The building was protected by troops backed by armoured vehicles, but there was no violence, with protesters instead staging a sit-in to blockade the lower house, just as others have occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Egyptians renew appeal for Mubarak to resign now on biggest day of protest –Hundreds of thousands of protesters pack Tahrir Square in Cairo and reject concessions on transfer of power in September 08 Feb 2011 Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have turned out for the largest demonstration to date in Cairo, with renewed demands for the immediate resignation of their president, Hosni Mubarak. Vice-president Omar Suleiman, the former intelligence chief who is leading negotiations with Egypt’s opposition groups, sought to appease protesters with a TV assurance that Mubarak had endorsed a timetable for a “peaceful and organised transfer of power” in September.