Monday, February 23, 2004


Amnesty reports that: "Torture of political detainees is common in Egypt, in State Security Intelligence (SSI) branches, police stations and occasionally prisons. The most common methods of torture reported are: electric shocks, beatings, suspension by the wrists or ankles, burning with cigarettes, and various forms of psychological torture, including death threats and threats of rape or sexual abuse of the detainee or their female relatives."

The French government's response? Launch "high-level military cooperation" with the Egyptian government, including joint French-Egyptian weapons production and military training exercises. Perhaps the DST and Egypt's Mukhabarat can put their heads together in order to devise novel ways of extracting information from uncooperative Egyptian dissidents.

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