Now Egypt has a military dictatorship with CIA/Mossad agent Suleiman as ruler.
Today, with the Egyptian uprisings in full swing, the man tapped by the US, Israel and the West to lead the country, Omar Suleiman, was one of Habib’s torturers and there is intense scrutiny of who this man truly is.
I interviewed Habib exclusively tonight in Sydney about Suleiman, his calls for the torturer-in-chief to be charged, his knowledge about all the figures complicit in his rendition and his support for the Egyptian protests. He stressed that Suleiman was a CIA/Mossad agent who was willing to do anything for a price:
More change we can believe in!:
– Military rulers dissolve Egypt’s parliament (Reuters)
Egypt’s military dissolves Parliament, suspends Constitution
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — Egypt’s military dissolved parliament and will run the country for six months or until elections are held, it said in a statement Sunday, two days after President Hosni Mubarak resigned.
It is suspending the constitution and will appoint a committee to propose changes to it, the statement said, adding that the public will then get to vote on the amended constitution.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces can issue new laws during the transition period, according to the statement on state television.
The government is now reporting to the military high command in the same way it reported to Mubarak before he stepped down, the prime minister confirmed shortly before the military statement was read.
The restoration of security and normal life is the government’s priority, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said, as troops began trying to clear protesters from Tahrir Sqaure, the spiritual heart of the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak after 30 years.
That could take time, Shafiq acknowledged in his first comments to the press since Mubarak stepped down.
“The feeling of the lack of security which started when the situation began has to end,” he said. “It will end gradually, but not as fast as we want.”
He also said he was reviewing candidates to fill vacant government ministries, adding that no one who was not acceptable to the public would be appointed. His remarks were carried live on state television.
Egypt’s ambassador to the United States said he did not expect opposition figures to join the government before elections.
“This current composition is basically a technocratic government to run the day-to-day affairs, to take care of the security void that has happened, and to also address the issues related to the economy,” Ambassador Sameh Shoukry said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
A prominent Egyptian activist credited with helping spark the revolution warned against taking too long to establish a new representative government.
“Biggest mistake now is to give the Egyptian people too little too slow. Restoring confidence requires a faster pace,” Wael Ghonim said on Twitter.
There were angry shouts from some in the crowd when members of the army tried to move people from Tahrir Square.
Tahrir appeared less crowded Sunday than in previous days, though some Egyptians have vowed to keep protesting until “Egypt is ruled by a civil government, not a military one.”
But more signs of normalcy are sprouting up on the first regular work day without Mubarak as president. For the first time since demonstrators took control of Tahrir Square, traffic in the area flowed freely.
Sunday marks the traditional start of the work week in Egypt. By Sunday morning, the majority of shops around Tahrir were open.
A mass of young people gathered outside the ministry of natural gas on Sunday to fill out applications, some leaning on cars to do so.
In the immediate future, the military — largely respected by Egyptians — will have to grapple with guiding the country of more than 80 million people through the transition amid massive problems of unemployment and economic underdevelopment.
The nation virtually shut down during the unrest, losing vital tourism dollars as well.
On Saturday, a marble memorial was being erected to remember those who died in the uprising. Human Rights Watch has documented 302 deaths, a number the monitoring group called conservative.
Some analysts have been sounding the alarm over the takeover by the military, which has suddenly become accountable for the nation. Analysts with Stratfor, a global intelligence company, said Egypt had essentially experienced a coup.
“Egypt is returning to the 1952 model of ruling the state via a council of army officers,” the Stratfor statement said. “The question now is to what extent the military elite will share power with its civilian counterparts.”
But even as officials hash out the details of Egypt’s murky political future, public demands for change rippled throughout the region.
In the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, protesters chanted Saturday: “Yesterday Tunisia, today Egypt — tomorrow Yemen will open the prison.”
And in restive Algeria, anti-government protesters chanted “Change the power” on Saturday. But security forces clashed with the crowds Saturday in Algiers and detained roughly 100 protesters, according to the opposition Algerian League for Human Rights.
By the CNN Wire Staff
February 13, 2011 — Updated 1637 GMT (0037 HKT)