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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, May 22, 2005

How stupid do they think we are?

I always ask myself that question when i read egyptian newspapers or statments released by egyptian government officials. Those people must really think they are dealing with a bunch of morons, because this is just so lame that it would be funny if it wasn't so sad: The suspected mastermind of a series of attacks targeting foreign tourists in Egypt has died in custody. Attorney General Mahir Abd al-Wahid said on Saturday that Ashraf Said Yusuf died in hospital on Thursday from injuries that were self-inflicted. Self-inflicted injuries is usually code for "we tortured his ass so badly it left body marks that couldn't be coverd up"! So, please mr. Attorney General, tell us, how exactly did he inflict those deadly wounds on himself? Did he use a knife? an electric cord? Did he hang himself and breake his neck? How did it happen? Police informed prosecutors on 11 May that their prisoner had become "very agitated and deliberately hit his head on the wall of his cell", prompting his transfer to hospital. Deliberately hit his head on the wall of his cell. I repeat, deliberately hit his head on the wall of his cell. Of Course! That's plausable, right? The man just kept slamming his own head to the wall until he did enough damage to his skull and brain that the good egyptian police authorities- who never torture anyone- couldn't save his life despite transfering him promptly to the hospital . Earlier injuries sustained while on the run from police might have contributed to his death, the attorney general said, adding that a full report on the circumstances is being prepared. I am sure it will be conclusive and it will clear you guys of any possible wrongdoing. And the sad thing is no one will be held accounatble or get punished, because no one here cares! Sigh...


At 5/22/2005 06:56:00 AM, Blogger Jeffrey said...


If only he had put his underpants over his head before he smashed his own head against that prison wall, then we would REALLY have something to protest about, right?

Oh the horror!

Heh heh.

I'm surprised they haven't dressed the corpse in an orange Abu Ghreib jumpsuit and blamed the Americans for his death. So many possibilities. Tsk tsk.


At 5/22/2005 07:26:00 AM, Anonymous Bassist Of The Fall said...

Damn the manipulated media and lying government..

At 5/22/2005 02:06:00 PM, Blogger Mister Ghost said...

Things could have been worst for him. He could have deliberately given himself those electric shocks with the cattle prod that fried his testacles.

At 5/23/2005 02:40:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

Same thing in Saudi Arabia except they make little pretense except to deny any torture or inappropriate behavior.

There in lies the foolishness of the Mubarek government. It cannot even give the appearance of legitimate or holding the rights of all of its people sancrosanct.

Sam, you are a principled guy and understands this concept. It's not that bad guys shouldn't be arrested or punished, but that there are rights and processes that should be secured because without them, they endanger all, not just the bad guys.

Awful convenient too that the "suspect" dies and they can claim they got their man without anyone being able to prove otherwise.

That seems very much like the Saudis as well.


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