LIGNET: The Real Reason Egypt is Detaining 19 Americans

Wednesday, 08 Feb 2012 12:17 PM


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Egypt’s refusal to let 19 Americans leave the country -- described by some as a hostage taking – appears to be an effort by the government to manufacture a foreign incident to distract the Egyptian people from growing unrest, according to analysts at

On Sunday, Egypt referred the Americans to trial on charges that they illegally used foreign funds to stir unrest in Egypt. Today, an Egyptian judge described for reporters the evidence, which includes maps, cash and photographs taken from the Cairo offices of the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, where the Americans worked. A trial could drag out for more than a year, but it’s not likely things will go that far.

Click HERE to read the full analysis of the situation in Egypt, and to find out what is likely to happen to the 19 Americans in Cairo over the coming months and why more than $1 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt’s military will probably continue.

Otto Reich:How Obama Policies Are Making The Castros Rich

Otto Reich, a former ambassador to Venezuela and former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, says President Barack Obama is doing “everything wrong” on Cuba.

By loosening restrictions on American travel to Cuba and allowing more cash to be sent to the communist island, the president is lining the pockets of the Castro brothers, Reich told LIGNET in an exclusive interview.

“The United States should not assist a government that is an enemy of the United States, that does not allow any freedoms whatsoever to its people and that has supported terrorism in this hemisphere for 50 years,” he said.

His specific prescription for what the United States should be doing in Cuba? Supporting dissidents, and using the same tactics former President Ronald Reagan used in dealing with the former Soviet Union.

Click HERE to see what else leading the Cuban-born Otto Reich says the United States should be doing to bring down the communist regime in Cuba at

The son of former congressman from Illinois and now U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (above) is facing prosecution in an Egyptian court on charges that he worked to foment unrest while working in the Cairo office of the International Republican Institute. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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