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Introduction: We are in a position to take stock of the events of the last three years in the countries affected by the so-called “Arab Spring.” We call it “The Muslim Brotherhood Spring.”
We recall the tsunami of praise, Hosannas and Hallelujahs gushing forth from the world’s media and political punditry. Hailing the “Arab Spring” as the dawning of a new enlightenment in that part of the world, they missed the boat–-fundamentally.
We, on the other hand, were warning that this phenomenon was an Underground Reich operation. Having been initiated by powerful corporate, intelligence and political forces in the second administration of George W. Bush , it had its trigger with the WikiLeaks milieu–-itself a far-right, Nazi-linked entity, as we demonstrated in FTR’s 732 , 745  and 755 . (The Arab Spring operation, overlapping the WikiLeaks “op,” is covered at length and in detail, in FTR #’s 733  through 739 . In addition to the documentation in the original WikiLeaks/Arab Spring series, see the articles excerpted below.)
An excellent overview of recent events in Egypt was provided in an English-language blog by a citizen of that tortured country. The contradictions and deadly undercurrents of unfolding events were eloquently summed up by Mahmoud Salem in “Imagine.” 
A major theme of the so-called “Arab Spring” was the belief that by allowing the Muslim Brotherhood unfettered access to the reins of political power, the resulting regimes would resemble the “modern,” “democratic” government of Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.
In FTR #‘s 737 , 738 , 739 , we noted that Erdogan’s government was a direct outgrowth of the Bank Al-Taqwa complex and an extension of the Islamic fascism of the Muslim Brotherhood. In addition, Erdogan’s regime has strong links to euro-fascists and the Underground Reich . We have documented this in numerous posts  and broadcasts .
The Erdogan government appears to be an Islamic, Underground Reich entity , ultimately directed at the core of the Earth Island.
As civ ic unrest  stemming from popular dissatisfaction with Erdogan’s governance have spread, he has responded with tactics and rhetoric precisely and eerily echoing the rhetoric of classic fascism. Borrowing from the rhetorical arsenal of Hitler and Mussolini, Erdogan has staged mass rallies of rabid supporters, used verbiage conflating the state and “the people” with himself, accused the opposition of being part of an amorphous conspiracy involving “foreign interests,” “speculators,” and the media–translation “Da Joos.”
With roots in the Bank Al-Taqwa  milieu, it should come as no surprise  that this government has played out in the fashion that it has. Although elected (so were the Nazis in Germany), Erdogan’s government is demonstrating a distinct, totalitarian bent, as evidenced by the results of what Paul Krugman  termed “A show trial on the bosporus.”
Program Highlights Include:
- Hasan Amin has characterized Morsi as “a textbook Islamic Fascist.” Of course, the Brotherhood is an Islamic fascist organization , with a heritage dating back to its political and military alliance with the Axis.
- The new constitution may be used to fundamentally disregard human rights , in favor of Islamic law. It’s equivocal language even leaves the door open for the tolerance of slavery, being practiced by Muslim Brotherhood cadres in the Sudan, among other places. An earlier draft of this AP post contained the following passage, omitted from the update: ” . . . Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote. . . .”
- Morsi was able to ram through his draft constitution by imposing what even The New York Times  characterized as “martial law.”
- In the event that the army cannot keep the political opposition down, the Islamist terrorists of Jama’a al-Islamiya (an Al Qaeda affiliate) will be available to assassinate dissidents . Supposedly opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jama’a al-Islamiya actually appear to have the same relationship to the supposedly respectable Muslim Brotherhood as the Italian fascist Ordine Nuovo (“New Order”) had to the supposedly respectable coalition government of Silvio Berlusconi (of the P-2 Lodge) and his coalition partner “post-fascist” Gianfranco Fini of the Alleanza Nationale (successor to the fascisti of Mussolini). A veteran of the SS-controlled Salo Republic that governed Northern Italy during the closing days of World War II, Ordine Nuovo chief Pino Rauti complained of the “post-fascists” of the MSI and the AN, “Too many double-breasted suits, not enough cudgels.” Nonetheless, Rauti was part of the Berlusconi/Fini government  that was elected in the early part of the last decade. One of the original shareholders of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Bank al-Taqwa, Karim Alessandro Ghe, was also a member of Ordine Nuovo. 
- The political milieu of Gene Sharp, the apparent intelligence asset whose work was utilized for the Arab Spring operation.
- The role of Gene Sharp’s ideological pronouncements  in the so-called “Orange Revolution in the Ukraine.”
- Morsi’s alleged conspiring  with Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of Al-Qaeda, through his brother Mohammed. The information is alleged to have come from Egyptian military intelligence intercepts of Morsi’s calls and dovetails with information that is already on the public record.
- The alleged participation of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in supporting Al-Qaeda/jihadist cells that were involved with the attack on Behghazi. John McCain, who visited Khairat el-Shater of the Brotherhood in prison, has been leading the charge against the Obama administration on Benghazi. We predicted that the “Muslim Brotherhood Spring” would be used to destabilize Obama.
- Morsi’s Islamic fascist regime appointed a veteran of the Al Gamaa al-Islamiya group to be a regional governor. That organization perpetrated the Luxor massacre. In FTR #‘s 457 , 455 , 402 , we discussed the Luxor massacre, the “Gamaa’s” links to Al-Qaeda, the bin Laden family and Saudi money men. With the dependence of Egypt’s economy on tourism, this may well have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.
1a. Considerable insight into the machinations underlying the Arab Spring ooperation can be gleaned from a New York Times profile of Gene Sharp. (The Arab Spring operation, overlapping the WikiLeaks “op,” is covered at length and in detail, in FTR #’s 733  through 739 , as well as FTR #745 .)
. . . . When the nonpartisan International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, which trains democracy activists, slipped into Cairo several years ago to conduct a workshop, among the papers it distributed was Mr. Sharp’s “198 Methods of Nonviolent Action,” a list of tactics that range from hunger strikes to “protest disrobing” to “disclosing identities of secret agents.”
Dalia Ziada, an Egyptian blogger and activist who attended the workshop and later organized similar sessions on her own, said trainees were active in both the Tunisia and Egypt revolts. She said that some activists translated excerpts of Mr. Sharp’s work into Arabic, and that his message of “attacking weaknesses of dictators” stuck with them.
Peter Ackerman, a onetime student of Mr. Sharp who founded the nonviolence center and ran the Cairo workshop, cites his former mentor as proof that “ideas have power.”
Mr. Sharp . . . . has had no contact with the Egyptian protesters, he said, although he recently learned that the Muslim Brotherhood had “From Dictatorship to Democracy” posted on its Web site. . . .
. . . . Mr. Ackerman, who became wealthy as an investment banker after studying under Mr. Sharp, contributed millions of dollars and kept it afloat for years. But about a decade ago, Mr. Ackerman wanted to disseminate Mr. Sharp’s ideas more aggressively, as well as his own. He put his money into his own center, which also produces movies and even a video game to train dissidents. An annuity he purchased still helps pay Mr. Sharp’s salary. . .
1b. Sharp has enjoyed appointments at Harvard University’s Center for International Studies.
. . . . . Sharp has been a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth since 1972. He simultaneously held research appointments at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs since 1965. . . . .
1c. The Harvard Center for International Studies was founded by Robert R. Bowie, an individual with numerous connections to the intelligence community.
Robert R. Bowie (born August 24, 1909) is an American diplomat and scholar who served as CIA Deputy Director from 1977–1979. . . .
. . . . . The youngest professor of the school, he was a trusted confidant to John J. McCloy the “unofficial chairman of the American establishment”. During periods of leave from Harvard between 1950 and 1952 Bowie worked for McCloy as one of his legal advisers in Germany.
He served as Director of Policy Planning from 1953–1957; co-founder of Harvard’s Center for International Affairs (1958); Counselor for the State Department from 1966–1968. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. . . .
1d. Ackerman has served as an advisor to the United States Institute of Peace, whose Muslim World Initiative  has been cited by critics as a theater of Islamic extremist penetration and activity.
Peter Ackerman is on “the U.S. Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace.” 
1e. Ackerman’s resume is interesting, for a promoter of social justice.
. . . . After his graduation he joined the junk-bond dealers, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and for most of the next fifteen years, he was the right-hand man to Michael Milken the “Junk-Bond King”. He became the key deal-maker and strategist for the company, and his innovative approach to deal-making, together with his unusual academic qualifications, earned him the nickname “the absentminded professor”. But the record shows that he was far from absent minded. . . .
1f. Gene Sharp’s ideological jottings played a key role in the “Orange Revolution.” His ideology also was utilized elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, co-habiting that political and ideological landscape with the fascists of the Free Congress Foundation.
. . . . Sharp’s 1993 handbook From Dictatorship to Democracy   was first published in Burma, fourth edition in 2010. It has since been translated into at least 31 other languages.  It has served as a basis for the campaigns of Serbia ‘s Otpor  (who were also directly trained by the Albert Einstein Institute ), Georgia ‘s Kmara , Ukraine ‘s Pora , Kyrgyzstan ‘s KelKel  and Belarus ‘ Zubr . Pora ‘s Oleh Kyriyenko said in a 2004 interview with Radio Netherlands,
“The bible of Pora has been the book of Gene Sharp, also used by Otpor , it’s called: From Dictatorship to Democracy . Pora activists have translated it by themselves. We have written to Mr Sharp and to the Albert Einstein Institute in the United States, and he became very sympathetic towards our initiative, and the Institution provided funding to print over 12,000 copies of this book for free.” 
Sharp’s writings on “Civilian-Based Defense”  were used by the Lithuanian , Latvian , and Estonian  governments during their separation from the Soviet Union  in 1991. Lithuanian Defence Minister Audrius Butkevicius declared at the time, “I would rather have this book than the nuclear bomb”.  . . . .
1g. After reviewing information about nonviolent theoretician Gene Sharp, the program notes that the PORA movement in the Ukraine was one of the institutions that took their cues from Sharp’s writings . Initially a big supporter of Vladimir Yuschenko, PORA turned against him.
As noted in FTR #529 , Yuschenko married the former Ykaterina Chumachenko, the point person for the OUN/B. Later, Yuschenko named Bandera  a hero of the Ukraine and reshaped the Ukrainian political landscape to accommodate the OUN/B.
It now appears that the Pirate Bay/Pirate Party/Anonymous milieu will turn out to be similarly, cynically manipulated in the case of the Piggy-Back Coup in the Middle East. Youthful idealists, that milieu helped install the fascist Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
PORA, the non-governmental organization that played a decisive role in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, has adopted a highly critical stance towards the ten-point memorandum signed last week by President Viktor Yushchenko and the leader of the Party of Regions, former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych. . . .
2. An article in The Daily News Egypt provides us with an accurate summation of the events in Egypt that led to the coup by the Egyptian army in the summer of 2013.
Imagine sitting at a friend’s house, watching the president address the nation after a week long crisis, with his supporters just the night before opening fire on civilian protesters in Heliopolis in horrifying clashes that spanned the whole day. Imagine finding out that he issued the illegal constitutional declaration that enflamed and divided the entire country, because– and I quote– one of the suspects in the Camel incidents, who was declared innocent by the courts, had a meeting with 3 other unnamed people in his office.
The president that has under him state security, general intelligence, military intelligence, the Ministry of Justice, the police and the general prosecutor’s office declaring that he had no choice but to issue this declaration because four people had a meeting. And then, as he swipes the page of his speech on his IPad, he instinctively licks his finger first as if he is turning a paper page. Imagine.
Imagine that this president saw that the situation was so urgent, he called for a national dialogue meeting with the opposition in two days to resolve the crisis, one that all of his allies and none of the opposition attend, and he walks in, talks for 5 minutes, then leaves the dialogue he called for immediately, telling people to talk to his VP and that he is leaving to guarantee the “neutrality of the dialogue”.
Imagine that his group’s uber-intellectual, Fahmy Howeidy, shortly after also leaves because he had another important meeting to attend, and that this group of clowns come with a solution after midnight that isn’t a solution, drafted by ex-presidential candidate Selim Al-Aawa, who wrote the Sudanese constitution that eventually led to Sudan getting divided into two countries. They fronted that guy. Just Imagine.
Imagine that the next day, you are no longer greeted with the president’s face, but with those of the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, and his second man Khairat El-Shater, who both hold press conferences defending the president in hiding, while the army builds walls around the Presidential Palace.
Imagine watching the Supreme Guide claiming that all who died in the clashes are Muslim Brotherhood, despite there being dead Christians in the clashes, and El-Shater talking about how hard it is to get investment into this country and blaming the whole crisis on the Christians and the Church. Imagine knowing that those are the people who run the Order that is running your country at the moment. Imagine.
Imagine knowing that your president, the first civilian democratically elected post-revolution president is a puppet for that group, and his puppeteer is the second man in this order, and not even the first. Imagine that this group has its people, for two weeks, wondering openly on TV talk shows about why the people, after a revolution, cannot tolerate having a temporary dictatorship for a few months, since they endured it under Mubarak for 30 years.
Imagine them being unable to comprehend that because you simply won an election by 1%, you can’t just do anything you damn please in the name of democracy because you are the majority. Imagine them openly stating that this constitution, since it supports Shari’a, will have 90% support in terms of votes and that the opposition are all Christians and agents and no more than 40,000 in the entire country and want to repeat the constitution writing process to allow gay marriage. Imagine.Imagine that this group is still pushing for a referendum over a constitutional draft that is created by an illegal Constituent Assembly that a third of its members withdrew, while an entire country goes in flames over it, with hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in the governorates are protesting and clashing with this group’s supporters.
Imagine that with this referendum being 4 days away, and the presidency has no judges to supervise it, doesn’t have the schools to host it, did not open the door for journalists or observers to go in and observe the process, and gave no way for the voters to find out where they are supposed to vote. Your country’s constitution. Imagine.
Imagine that the secular side is the majority for the first time, with people in the streets all over Egypt viewing this as a referendum on the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsy and want to vote No on both and teach them a lesson.
Imagine them finally rallying behind a unified opposition front, called the National Salvation council, who just yesterday issued that they will boycott the first referendum they actually have a great shot of winning, because they think it’s an illegitimate referendum and we shouldn’t dignify it with our votes, despite it being the country’s constitution and everything. . . .
3. A CNN story further underscores the fascist nature of the Morsi government.
. . . . Haunted by Islamic Fascist
After the huge peaceful protest yesterday against Morsi, today it turned to a bloody battle between the protesters and Morsi supporters (Islamists and Pro-Islamists mainly) . . . .
. . . . Islamists thugs beat the protesters who said “No” [to the] Morsi dictatorial decree–exactly what happened during the Egyptian revolution, when Mubarak sent his thugs to attack the protesters in Tahrir Sq.
Now, Morsi is a textbook Islamic fascist, who eliminates the opposition or unleashes his thugs to attack them. [Italics added.]
It’s remarkable that no one in the police or the army was involved in this battle, it’s suspicious, the absence of security forces in this critical area (the presidential palace diameter.)
The situation in Egypt is getting uglier with time. . . .
4. Some features of the Draft Constitution that helped to precipitate the coup in the summer of 2013.
An Islamist-dominated panel is voting on Egypt’s draft constitution, the country’s first charter after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general.
Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote. [This passage was omitted from subsequent versions of the post.]
Here are some of the disputed articles:
– As in past constitutions, the new draft says that the “principles of Islamic law” will be the basis of law. Previously, the term “principles” allowed wide leeway in interpreting Shariah. But in the draft, a separate new article is added that seeks to define “principles” by pointing to particular theological doctrines and their rules. That could give Islamists the tool for insisting on stricter implementation of rulings of Shariah.
– A new article states that Egypt’s most respected Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, must be consulted on any matters related to Shariah, a measure critics fear will lead to oversight of legislation by clerics.
– An article underlines that the state will protect “the true nature of the Egyptian family … and promote its morals and values,” phrasing that is vague and suggests state control over the contents of such arts forms as books and films.
– The draft contains no article specifically establishing equality between men and women because of disputes over the phrasing. However, it maintains that a woman must balance her duties toward family and outside work, suggesting that she can be held accountable if her public role conflicts with her family duties. No such article is mentioned for men.
– An article bans insulting or defaming the prophet and messengers, but is vague about what constitutes an insult, raising concerns of restrictions to freedom of expression.
– An article seeking to ensure people’s dignity bans “insulting humans”, a vague phrasing that rights activists say contradicts freedom of expression.
– An article maintains that the state supports the arts, science and literature and works to implement them in a way that serves society. That has raised concerns that some arts deemed not in the service of society may be restricted or censored.
– An article preserves the right of the military to try civilians before military tribunals in cases for crimes that harm the armed forces without restrictions, despite an outcry from activists who were calling for the abolishing of such tribunals. More than 11,000 civilians were tried before military tribunals during the post-Mubarak transition overseen by the military. . . .
5a. An Egyptian newspaper published what were said to be intercepted recordings of Morsi communicating conspiratorially with Muhammad al-Zawahiri, the the brother of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of Al-Qaeda. Much of this checks out with information that is already on the public record. Note the networking of GOP Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham with Khairat El-Shater of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood while he was in prison, as well as the alleged links between the Egyptian Brotherhood and the cells involved in attacking the U.S. Embassy in Libya.
The Egyptian government recently sentenced more than 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the resounding condemnation of Western countries, including the U.S. What we were not told was why. THIS appears to be why.
. . . . Concerning some of the more severe allegations, one of Egypt’s most widely distributed and read newspapers, Al Watan, recently  published  what it said were recorded conversations between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri, al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri’s brother.
In these reports, Watan repeatedly asserts that Egyptian security and intelligence agencies confirmed (or perhaps leaked out) the recordings.
Much of the substance of the alleged conversations is further corroborated by events that occurred during Morsi’s one-year-rule, most of which were reported by a variety of Arabic media outlets, though not by Western media.
In what follows, I relay, summarize, and translate some of the more significant portions of the Watan reports (verbatim statements are in quotation marks). In between, I comment on various anecdotes and events—many of which were first broken  on my website —that now, in light of these phone conversations, make perfect sense and independently help confirm the authenticity of the recordings.
The first recorded call between Muhammad Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri lasted for 59 seconds. Morsi congratulated Zawahiri on his release from prison, where he had been incarcerated for jihadi/terrorist activities against Egypt, and assured him that he would not be followed or observed by any Egyptian authorities, and that he, Morsi, was planning on meeting with him soon. Prior to this first call, Refa’ al-Tahtawy, then Chief of Staff, mediated and arranged matters.
The presidential palace continued to communicate regularly with Muhammad Zawahiri, and sources confirm that he was the link between the Egyptian presidency and his brother, Ayman Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born leader of al-Qaeda .
It should be noted that, once released, the previously little-known Muhammad Zawahiri did become very visible and vocal in Egypt , at times spearheading the Islamist movement.
The next recording between Morsi and Zawahiri lasted for 2 minutes and 56 seconds and took place one month after Morsi became president. Morsi informed Zawahiri that the Muslim Brotherhood supports the mujahidin (jihadis) and that the mujahidin should support the Brotherhood in order for them both, and the Islamist agenda, to prevail in Egypt.
This makes sense in the context that, soon after Morsi came to power, the general public did become increasingly critical of him and his policies, including the fact that he was placing only Brotherhood members in Egypt’s most important posts, trying quickly to push through a pro-Islamist constitution, and, as Egyptians called it, trying in general to “Brotherhoodize” Egypt .
This second phone call being longer than the first, Zawahiri took it as an opportunity to congratulate Morsi on his recent presidential victory—which, incidentally, from the start, was portrayed by some as fraudulent —and expressed his joy that Morsi’s presidency could only mean that “all secular infidels would be removed from Egypt.”
Then Zawahiri told Morsi: “Rule according to the Sharia of Allah [or “Islamic law”], and we will stand next to you. Know that, from the start, there is no so-called democracy, so get rid of your opposition.”
This assertion comports extremely well with his brother Ayman Zawahiri’s views. A former Muslim Brotherhood member himself, some thirty years ago, the al-Qaeda leader wrote Al Hissad Al Murr (“The Bitter Harvest”), a scathing book condemning the Brotherhood for “taking advantage of the Muslim youths’ fervor by … steer[ing] their onetime passionate, Islamic zeal for jihad to conferences and elections.” An entire section dedicated to showing that Islamic Sharia cannot coexist with democracy even appears in Ayman Zawahiri’s book (see “Sharia and Democracy,” The Al Qaeda Reader , pgs. 116-136).
The call ended in agreement that al-Qaeda would support the Brotherhood, including its international branches, under the understanding that Morsi would soon implement full Sharia in Egypt. After this, Muhammad Zawahiri and Khairat al-Shater, the number-two man of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, reportedly met regularly.
It is interesting to note here that, prior to these revelations, U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson was seen visiting with Khairat al-Shater —even though he held no position in the Morsi government—and after the ousting and imprisonment of Morsi and leading Brotherhood members, Sens. John McCain and Lindsay Graham made it a point to visit the civilian Shater  in his prison cell and urged the Egyptian government to release him.
The next call, recorded roughly six weeks after this last one, again revolved around the theme of solidifying common cooperation between the Egyptian presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood on the one hand, and al-Qaeda and its jihadi offshoots on the other, specifically in the context of creating jihadi cells inside Egypt devoted to protecting the increasingly unpopular Brotherhood-dominated government.
As I reported back in December 2012 , Egyptian media were saying that foreign jihadi fighters were appearing in large numbers—one said 3,000 fighters—especially in Sinai. And, since the overthrow of the Brotherhood and the military crackdown on its supporters, many of those detained have been exposed speaking non-Egyptian dialects of Arabic.
During this same call, Zawahiri was also critical of the Morsi government for still not applying Islamic Sharia throughout Egypt, which, as mentioned, was one of the prerequisites for al-Qaeda support.
Morsi responded by saying “We are currently in the stage of consolidating power and need the help of all parties—and we cannot at this time apply the Iranian model or Taliban rule in Egypt; it is impossible to do so now.”
In fact, while the Brotherhood has repeatedly declared its aspirations  for world domination, from its origins, it has always relied on a “gradual” approach, moving only in stages , with the idea of culminating its full vision only when enough power has been consolidated.
In response, Zawahiri told Morsi that, as a show of good will, he must “at least release the mujahidin who were imprisoned during the Mubarak era as well as all Islamists, as an assurance and pact of cooperation and proof that the old page has turned to a new one.”
After that call, and as confirmed by a governmental source, Morsi received a list from Zawahiri containing the names of the most dangerous terrorists in Egyptian jails, some of whom were on death row due to the enormity of their crimes.
In fact, as I reported back in August 2012 , many imprisoned terrorists, including from Egypt’s notorious Islamic Jihad organization—which was once led by Ayman Zawahiri—were released under Morsi.
One year later, in August 2013 , soon after the removal of Morsi, Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced that Egypt was “preparing to cancel any presidential pardons issued during Morsi’s era to terrorists or criminals.”
During this same call, and in the context of pardons, Morsi said he would do his best to facilitate the return of Muhammad’s infamous brother and al-Qaeda leader, Ayman Zawahiri, back to Egypt—“with his head held high,” in accordance with Islamist wishes—as well as urge the U.S. to release the “Blind Sheikh” and terrorist mastermind, Omar Abdul Rahman.
In March 2013 , I wrote about how Morsi, during his Pakistan visit, had reportedly met with Ayman Zawahiri and made arrangements to smuggle him back to Sinai. According to a Pakistan source, the meeting was “facilitated by elements of Pakistani intelligence [ISI] and influential members of the International Organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The gist of the next two calls between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri was that, so long as the former is president, he would see to it that all released jihadis and al-Qaeda operatives are allowed to move freely throughout Egypt and the Sinai, and that the presidential palace would remain in constant contact with Zawahiri, to make sure everything is moving to the satisfaction of both parties.
Zawahiri further requested that Morsi allow them to develop training camps in Sinai in order to support the Brotherhood through trained militants. Along with saying that the Brotherhood intended to form a “revolutionary guard” to protect him against any coup, Morsi added that, in return for al-Qaeda’s and its affiliates’ support, not only would he allow them to have such training camps, but he would facilitate their development in Sinai and give them four facilities to use along the Egyptian-Libyan border.
That Libya is mentioned is interesting. According to a Libyan Arabic report  I translated back in June 2013, those who attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were from jihadi cells that had been formed in Libya through Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood support. Those interrogated named Morsi and other top Brotherhood leadership as accomplices.
More evidence —including some that implicates the U.S. administration—has mounted since then.
Next, Watan makes several more assertions, all of which are preceded by “according to security/intelligence agencies.” They are:
- That Morsi did indeed as he promised, and that he facilitated the establishment of four jihadi training camps. Morsi was then Chief in Command of Egypt’s Armed Forces, and through his power of authority, stopped the military from launching any operations including in the by now al-Qaeda overrun Sinai.
- That, after Morsi reached Pakistan, he had a one-and-a-half hour meeting with an associate of Ayman Zawahiri in a hotel and possibly spoke with him.
- That, after Morsi returned to Egypt from his trip to Pakistan, he issued another list containing the names of 20 more convicted terrorists considered dangerous to the national security of Egypt, giving them all presidential pardons—despite the fact that national security and intelligence strongly recommended that they not be released on grounds of the threat they posed.
- That the Muslim Brotherhood’s international wing, including through the agency of Khairat al-Shater, had provided $50 million to al-Qaeda in part to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
One of the longer conversations between Morsi and Zawahiri reported by Watan is especially telling of al-Qaeda’s enmity for secularist Muslims and Coptic Christians—whose churches, some 80 , were attacked, burned, and destroyed, some with the al-Qaeda flag furled above them , soon after the ousting of Morsi. I translate portions below:
Zawahiri: “The teachings of Allah need to be applied and enforced; the secularists have stopped the Islamic Sharia, and the response must be a stop to the building of churches.” (An odd assertion considering how difficult it already is for Copts to acquire a repair permit for their churches in Egypt.)
Zawahiri also added that “All those who reject the Sharia must be executed, and all those belonging to the secular media which work to disseminate debauchery and help deviants and Christians to violate the Sharia, must be executed.”
Morsi reportedly replied: “We have taken deterrent measures to combat those few, and new legislative measures to limit their media, and in the near future, we will shut down these media stations and launch large Islamic media outlets. We are even planning a big budget from the [Brotherhood] International Group to launch Islamic and jihadi satellite stations to urge on the jihad. There will be a channel for you and the men of al-Qaeda, and it can be broadcast from Afghanistan.”
Undeterred, Zawahiri responded by saying, “This [is a] Christian media—and some of the media personnel are paid by the [Coptic] Church and they work with those who oppose the Sharia… secularist forces are allied with Christian forces, among them Naguib Sawiris, the Christian-Jew .”
Morsi: “Soon we will uphold our promises to you.”
In fact, there was a period of time when the secular media in Egypt—which was constantly exposing Brotherhood machinations—were under severe attack by the Brotherhood and Islamists of all stripes (comedian Bassem Youssef was the tip of the iceberg). In one instance, which I noted back in August 2012 , six major media stations were attacked by Brotherhood supporters, their employees severely beat.
The last call recorded between Muhammad Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri took place on the dawn of June 30, 2013 (the date of the June 30 Revolution that ousted Morsi and the Brotherhood). Morsi made the call to Zawahiri in the presence of Asad al-Sheikha, Deputy Chief of Presidential Staff, Refa’ al-Tahtawy, Chief of Presidential Staff, and his personal security.
During this last call, Morsi incited Zawahiri to rise against the Egyptian military in Sinai and asked Zawahiri to compel all jihadi and loyalist elements everywhere to come to the aid of the Muslim Brotherhood and neutralize its opponents.
Zawahiri reportedly responded by saying “We will fight the military and the police, and we will set the Sinai aflame.
True enough, as I reported  on July 4, quoting from an Arabic report: “Al-Qaeda, under the leadership of Muhammad Zawahiri, is currently planning reprisal operations by which to attack the army and the Morsi-opposition all around the Republic [of Egypt].” The report added that, right before the deposing of Morsi, Zawahiri had been arrested and was being interrogated—only to be ordered released by yet another presidential order, and that he had since fled to the Sinai.
Also on that same first day of the revolution, Khairat al-Shater, Deputy Leader of the Brotherhood, had a meeting with a delegate of jihadi fighters and reiterated Morsi’s request that all jihadis come to the aid of the presidency and the Brotherhood.
As Morsi’s trial continues, it’s only a matter of time before the truth of these allegations—and their implications for the U.S.—is known. But one thing is certain: most of them comport incredibly well with incidents and events that took place under Morsi’s government.
5b.Morsi’s Islamic fascist regime appointed a veteran of the Al Gamaa al-Islamiya group to be a regional governor. That organization perpetrated the Luxor massacre. In FTR #‘s 455 , 457 , 402 , we discussed the Luxor massacre, the “Gamaa’s” links to Al-Qaeda, the bin Laden family and Saudi money men. With the dependence of Egypt’s economy on tourism, this may well have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi named a member of an Islamist group remembered for a bloody attack on Western tourists in the ancient city of Luxor over a decade ago as governor of that province on Sunday.
It was one of 17 gubernatorial appointments that put Islamist allies in key positions across the country as Mursi braces for protests on the first anniversary of his inauguration at the end of the month.
Seven of the new governors listed by the state news agency are members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which backed Mursi in elections that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, propelling him to power last year.
The newly appointed Luxor governor, Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, is a member of the Building and Development party. The party was established by Al Gamaa al-Islamiya, an Islamist group that was involved in attacks in Luxor that killed around 60 tourists in the late 90s, but later renounced violence. . . .
6a. Supposedly a model for the “moderate” Islamic forces that were supposed to assume power in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world, Turkey’s Erdogan  has turned out  to be precisely the type  of Islamic fascist that we said he was .
They came away with a tentative agreement, but it was never accepted by the rank-and-file protesters, and so the movement was later crushed by the water cannons and tear gas of Mr. Erdogan’s police force.
Then last month, one of those leaders, Eyup Muhcu, was summoned by a local prosecutor and interrogated as part of a spreading investigation of those who led the protests. “There is no concrete charge, yet we were called in to give official statements,” said Mr. Muhcu, an architect and a member of the Taksim Solidarity Platform, a group of activists that played a central role in the demonstrations.
For the government, the answer seems clear, Mr. Muhcu said: to silence the opposition.
“It has come to a point where members can’t even tweet without fear of being investigated for their thoughts,” said Mr. Muhcu, one of the few activists still willing to offer a public critique of the government.
As the memory begins to fade of those sweeping protests, which began to save Gezi Park in central Istanbul from being razed and became the most serious challenge to Mr. Erdogan’s decade in power, the government has moved aggressively against its perceived adversaries. More than a thousand students, teachers, doctors and activists — even mosque imams — have been hauled in for questioning for their role in the civic unrest.
Dozens of journalists have lost their jobs for reporting on the demonstrations, and one of Turkey’s wealthiest families now has an army of tax inspectors digging through its accounts, apparently for giving refuge in a fancy hotel it owns to demonstrators escaping clouds of tear gas last summer. . . .
. . . . Turkey’s secular opposition, the Republican People’s Party, recently circulated a document titled, “Turkish government’s retaliation to Gezi,” in which it equated Mr. Erdogan to Machiavelli, and wrote, “the one-man government has initiated a ruthless campaign for retaliation against the persons involved in the Gezi movement.” Inside is a list of 77 journalists who were either fired or forced to resign, including Yavuz Baydar, who had been the ombudsman for the pro-government newspaper Sabah. . . .
. . . . Some critics and analysts say they have seen something more sinister: a rise in anti-Semitism, in a country with strained relations with Israel. In his fiery speeches during the protests, Mr. Erdogan blamed an assortment of foreign actors for the unrest, including the “interest rate lobby” — what many regarded as code for Jews — and “Zionists.” Some of Turkey’s Jews, a community of roughly 15,000, are emigrating because, according to a recent report in an English-language Turkish newspaper, Hurriyet Daily News, of “anti-Semitism, triggered by harsh statements from the Turkish government.”
Steven A. Cook, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a longtime commentator on Turkish affairs, recently wrote, “Turkish political discourse is darker and the attacks on foreign observers of Turkish politics have become relentless.”
6b. Max Hastings has noted the similarity of the rhetoric being used by Erdogan to that used by Hitler and Mussolini.
“Tyrannies across the World Are Crushing Dissent. In Britain Contempt for the Political Class is Growing. Is It Possible that Democracy Is Dying?” by Max Hastings; Daily Mail; 6/21/2013. 
. . . . Naive Europeans hailed the 2010 ‘Arab Spring’ as promising a new era in the Middle East. Yet it seems more likely that those nations — Tunisia, Egypt and Libya — will merely be ruled by new autocrats.
The truth is that democracy is ailing — not least here in Britain. Many people despise and distrust politicians. . . .
. . . . Earlier this month, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adopted one of the notorious phrases of the old fascist dictators: ‘My patience is exhausted.’
He then committed thousands of riot police with batons and tear gas to remove peaceful protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square.
Erdogan has said that democracy is an instrument to be exploited only as long as it is useful. He is thought to aspire to changing Turkey’s constitution to make himself an elected dictator.
7. Rather like democratically-minded people in Egypt, the Turkish political opposition has been referring to Erdogan’s government as fascist.
. . . Crowds of protesters chanting “shoulder to shoulder against fascism” and “government resign” marched on Taksim, where hundreds were injured in clashes the day before. . . .