By WILLIAM MAYER
October 3, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – Five years ago - on December 28, 2011 – the Telegraph UK published an odd piece, a single, secret high level U.S. government email. It detailed that two weeks after the election of Obama, the U.S. State Department, headed by Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became an active sponsor in a plot to overthrow the U.S.’ long time ally, Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt and replace him with a member of the country’s terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.
If you are of the impression that Hillary’s boss wasn’t the one pulling the strings, you might as well stop reading now and get back to your bag of Cheetos and reruns of Dancing with the Stars.
That digression aside, the information contained in the Telegraph’s piece should have been the political equivalent of a train load of Semtex. Further attesting to the item’s peculiar nature was the fact that it was published on the 28th - a Friday, the day as all reporters know, stories of a controversial nature go to die; additionally, there was no supporting copy to provide any perspective, just the raw document dump…with no byline.
“S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 CAIRO 002572 SIPDIS FOR NEA/ELA…
1. (C) Summary and comment: On December 23, April 6 activist xxxxxxxxxxxx expressed satisfaction with his participation in the December 3-5 \"Alliance of Youth Movements Summit,\" and with his subsequent meetings with USG officials, on Capitol Hill, and with think tanks. He described how State Security (SSIS) detained him at the Cairo airport upon his return and confiscated his notes for his summit presentation calling for democratic change in Egypt, and his schedule for his Congressional meetings. xxxxxxxxxxxx contended that the GOE will never undertake significant reform, and therefore, Egyptians need to replace the current regime with a parliamentary democracy…
6. (C) xxxxxxxxxxxx claimed that several opposition forces -- including the Wafd, Nasserite, Karama and Tagammu parties, and the Muslim Brotherhood, Kifaya, and Revolutionary Socialist movements -- have agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections (ref C). According to xxxxxxxxxxxx, the opposition is interested in receiving support from the army and the police for a transitional government prior to the 2011 elections…” [source, Egypt protests: secret US document discloses support for protesters, Telegraph UK]
Now, for some contextualization…
“Encouraging democracy” around the globe had, until the end of the 20st century been frowned upon, assigned a position near the bottom of the list of considerations when it came to official U.S. foreign policy. Traditionally, “realism” had been the watch word/operative philosophy regarding American diplomacy. This was in recognition [actually traceable back to the Treaty of Westphalia, 1648] of the considerable latitude that was a natural consequence of statehood, meaning that countries could conduct their internal affairs as they best saw fit, without interference. This guarantee of sovereignty was nearly all encompassing, assuming of course that the players pretty much kept their hands to themselves and off their neighbors.
In short it was how the world worked politically.
Approaching the 21st century this understanding was breaking down as the United States and other Western governments became more involved in “monitoring” and responding to alleged “human rights abuse violations" in one country [often of the Third World variety] or another.
The targets were almost without fail either allies of the United States - whose very existence was anathema to the leftist groups which invariably brought these charges, often in internationalist/globalist forums such as the United Nations - or simply abattoir type sinkholes such as Rwanda, where the machete might as well be the national symbol.
This tendency gained considerable traction under the GW Bush administration, most demonstrably upon the arrival of Condoleezza Rice at the U.S. State Department in 2005, where she replaced Colin Powell who left town in a huff over a major disagreement with his boss…amidst much intrigue - think Powell’s first lieutenant, Richard Armitage and the “Scooter” Libby fiasco…”Fitzmass” in the leftist construction of the era.
Rice was the prototypical ivory tower type, an academic and professor of political science who had been recruited out of Stanford University. Though an acknowledged expert on Soviet affairs, the mere fact that the “Evil Empire” had collapsed in 1991 meant that her skill set was 15 years out of date when she was brought on board by Team Bush, hardly a good match for a post 9/11 world. To be fair however Rice did serve in somewhat of an advisory role to George Herbert Walker Bush, unremarkable since at that time the Soviet Union, though taking on water fast, was America’s chief antagonist. Against the debit of a weak resume, Rice had a strategic asset; she was known within the I-95 bureaucratic power grid which is powered by political influence, back-stabbing and connections, and comfortable within that environment.
In our admittedly harsh opinion, Rice was an affirmative action hire [in the same sense that somewhere in the fine print the U.S. SCOTUS is apparently required to reserve one seat reserved for an African American] a lightweight along the lines of former TV reporter turned trusted Bush advisor Karen Hughes who also worked out of State as its undersecretary for diplomacy - again with limited credentials - who also made a mess of things. Though, undoubtedly bright, Rice’s CV didn’t couldn’t even come close to matching that of her predecessor Powell, a 4 star general, Vietnam vet and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who had managed U.S. military affairs through dozens of crises including Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Though we were not a fan of Powell then nor are we now, his acumen remains undeniable, his judgment, petty feuds and constant plotting, not so much.
Within the new reality forced upon us and our allies by the global Islamic jihad, in short Rice was to prove a disastrous acquisition. As a utopian, she had developed a thesis she called “Transformational Foreign Policy,” which meant that the United States would be redirected away from its classic role of world cop - exchanging the management of whatever global order was realistically attainable under the old order - for a vague and nebulous undertaking guided by the principle of “promoting democracy,” an inherently destabilizing proposition in societies lacking both the understanding and/or appreciation such sophisticated political theories demand. That defect was further complicated by those same countries’ lacking anything approaching local democratic foundational institutions [such as village or town councils] upon which representative government might reasonably be built.
Regardless, the decision to change course had been made and as Bush’s second term started winding down a new structure had emerged, designed to implement some of the basic elements of the Rice/Bush…err…Bush/Rice foreign policy initiative of "promoting democracy," a fleshing out of sorts of the already considerable elements of nation building that increasingly were driving U.S. policy vis-à-vis the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Apparently little heed was paid to the recognition that the abrupt shift in emphasis also had the effect of crowding out the pure military imperative: to convincingly win the conflicts, establish a reasonable basis of keeping the “peace” won [negotiating "status of force" agreements accompanied by the stationing of "X" number of American troops as a guarantor] and then getting the hell out of these godforsaken places so the natives could go back to butchering each other.
It was during this period of time that it had become the watchword of the Bush administration - especially referenced towards the Muslim world - to operate under the whimsical authority of what was actually just a slogan, advancing “freedom.”
It shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise when we bloodily learned of the idea’s lack of applicability in Shari’a based cultures where individualism in a Western sense is heretical to the corpus of Islamic jurisprudence. That the ones calling the shots were so ignorant as to the basics, unable to see in advance that an Islamic theocracy might not play well with a Western liberal republic, was indicative of a general level of cluelessness within DC about ME culture. For example though Saddam was never going to be a feel good dictator, at some level the country's balkanized demographics [much like Tito's Yugoslavia] required some level of brute force to keep it together.
But BushCo's plowed ahead and in its waning days a key hire was made by Rice, Jared Cohen, a very bright and ambitious young man whose circuitous entry into State seems to have been greased by, “Stephen Krasner…an international relations professor at Stanford University and…former Director of Policy Planning at the United States Department of State, a position he held from 2005 until April 2007.” [source, Wiki bio].
Krasner’s influence over the much younger Rice was based on their Stanford University connection, where the former Secretary of State served as provost. Cohen had briefly interned at State during part of 2004 and then became a member of Rice’s policy and planning staff in 2006. It should have served as a warning that Cohen was one of Obama’s very few number holdovers from Team Bush...should have, but failed.
Wonder Boy, served in the Obama administration until 2010, when he left to join Alphabet/Google as director of Jigsaw [formerly Google Ideas], just another one of the giant kleptocracy’s puzzle of entities.
However, before his departure from “official DC,” Cohen and like minded techies co-founded an organization - the fruition of Rice’s “democracy project” - which the State Department thought, in its infinite stupidity, it controlled, the Alliance of Youth Movements, which quickly morphed into Movements.org, per below:
“In October 2008, Columbia University, the US Department of State, Google, Howcast Media and other media companies sponsored the inaugural Alliance of Youth Movements Summit. This event brought together digital activists, technology and media leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and governments to convene, share best practices, and create a network of socially responsible Grassroots activists using technology for their movements and campaigns. Following the inaugural summit, Jason Liebman (CEO and co-founder of Howcast), Roman Tsunder (co-founder of Access 360 Media), and Jared Cohen (Director of Google Ideas at Google) co-founded the Alliance for Youth Movements. This organization was dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting digital activists at the annual summit and throughout the year.” [source, Wiki bio, Movements.org]
Cohen was easily identifiable, early in his career, as a soon-to-be heavy hitter in the digi-activist world, which is unofficially chaired by Google.
Indicative of his ascendant stature, he co-authored, The New Digital Age: Re-shaping the Future of People, Nations and Business , with none other than Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.
From a December 2, 2008 State Department briefing regarding the first Alliance convocation:
“the Alliance of Youth Movements held its inaugural summit in New York City. Attending this summit was a combination of State Department staff, Council on Foreign Relations members, former National Security staff, Department of Homeland Security advisers, and a myriad of representatives from American corporations and mass media organizations including AT&T, Google, Facebook, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and MTV. [source, MediaChecker blog]
As part of State’s official launch of the program, Cohen was made available at a media gaggle:
“Jared Cohen, the summit’s international press contact, answered questions about the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit in a December 1 Ask America webchat and explained how to use social and mobile technologies to promote freedom and justice”
Following is a partial transcript of the accompanying presser:
“U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of International Information Programs
Ask America Webchat Transcript
Using Technology to End Violence-Alliance of Youth Movements Summit
Guest: Jared Cohen
Date: December 1, 2008
Time: 8 a.m. EST (1500 GMT)
[Introduction]: Jared Cohen joined the secretary of state’s policy planning staff in 2006. He is responsible for counterterrorism, counter-radicalization, youth and education, public diplomacy, Muslim world outreach and the Maghreb. [source, U.S. Dept. of State, Alliance of Youth Movements inaugural ]
So with the coming to power of Barack Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the kind of loosely-focused emphasis on the global propagation of Western political ideals became a cover for a battering ram, as quickly, the new administration made the decision to topple heretofore staunch U.S. Middle East allies, specifically Hosni Mubarak and later Muamar Gaddafi, using the new updated ‘Net based architecture that had been created by the leftist codesmiths, flying under the color of authority provided by the U.S. Department of State.
Two things had changed radically since GWB’s 2000 election:
1. The maturing of Internet technology, making high-speed connectivity far easier, which inevitably brought with it an entirely new entity, social media, namely its two enfants terrible, Facebook  and Twitter  which quickly made way for the subsequent hatching of mutant leftist drones operating as high-minded sounding NGOs.
2. The arrival of small but powerful hand-held digital devices which provided enormous new opportunities for those intent upon overturning social convention.
Team Obama from the get go, well before the election, understood the power of the Internet as an organizing tool…Alinsky would have similarly loved it. Towards that end they cemented the already impressive back-door partnership with Google. So intimate was the relationship between Team O and the de facto search engine of the world, that Schmidt and his team built and ran the Obama Internet war room.
Now as to basic intent, no one can say that Obama failed to clearly delineate from the start his globalist, anti-American/Israel, pro-Islamist world view.
The text of Obama’s first major speech, delivered outside of the United States at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt [Jihad U] made it clear that his administration was going to pursue an ideologically leftist and activist foreign policy, with a clear emphasis on the Middle East, visibly tilting towards that area of the world’s most fanatical Islamic terrorist organization, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
His Cairo address was a polemic against the country and way of life that had afforded him the great honor of becoming not only President of the United States, but the first black to serve in that capacity.
Building upon the rudderless, non-targeted Lego-like framework scrabbled together by the clueless Bush within the administration’s ME initiative, it was natural for the new team, Obama/Clinton to weaponize the once creaky machine.
In what might be thought of - in a Baghdad Bob moment - the mother of all shell games, the Alliance of Youth Movements/Movements.org has been or is currently allied with a constellation of similarly motivated lefty activist groups, members of the MSM and U.S. corporations:
Fresco, The Free Russia Foundation , SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) [Madeline Albright, John McCain], 89up , The Gen Next Foundation , The Daily Beast, Safer VPN, Youth Service America (YSA), International Forum for Democracy and Human Rights (IFDHR), The Lantos Foundation, The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), The Nexus Fund, Kleptocracy Initiative, Peace Direct, The Huffington Post, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, (MFA), A World without Censorship, The News Hub and Naya. [source, Movements.org, Our partners]
It’s the age-old leftist tactic of hiding in plain sight but concealed beneath an almost impenetrable layer of clutter and cobwebs, the core leadership of this operation organized its constituent components in a manner more often thought of as being the profile of a RICO target…
Within 4 years of the Alliance’s inception, Team Obama/Clinton had paved the brutal pathway which allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to come to power in Egypt, a bit later toppled Libya’s strongman Gaddafi, armed the Sunni jihadist insurrection in Syria [siphoning off Libyan weapons including MANPADS, as well as those transhipped in through out-sourced arms brokers] and killed the middlemen, those running the squalid diplomatic consulate located in Benghazi. The power behind Chris Steven’s mini-throne, those who manned the huge privately owned home which was leased by the CIA for use as "the annex," a mile away, would be coerced and threatened into remaining mum...Langley is if nothing else, persuasive.
A few data points:
1. The major precipitating factors in the ouster of Mubarak were a series of battles, orchestrated by the Obama administration and cast by the legacy media as being led by courageous freedom fighters using the new ‘Net tools to organize “flash” mobs. Knowing the true nature of the threat [the Muslim Brotherhood] Egyptian state security SSIS suppressed, often violently the Tahrir Square confrontations as well as those taking place in other key cities such as Alexandria.
2. For example, perhaps the most well knows confrontation, which took place on February 2, 2011 was colloquially called the “Battle of the Camels…[where]…men riding horses and camels charged into crowds on Cairo's Tahrir Square, setting off two days of clashes that ended with killing of nearly a dozen people..." [source, Wiki]. Note, in societies such as Egypt’s, the death of a couple dozen people would, in normal times hardly raise an eyebrow…Muslim countries definitionally being violent places. But under mounting pressure, with the global press having turned its fury upon him Hosni Mubarak abdicated on Feb 11, 2011…who could blame him?
3. On October 20, 2011 Gaddafi was killed in jihadist coup, which was preceded by a U.S. led NATO bombing campaign calculated to do exactly what subsequently took place.
As we [presciently] wrote less than three months prior to the Benghazi tragedy, in a June 26, 2012 piece:
“as reported by Egypt's, Al-Masry Al-Youm [the Independent], Wael Ghonim [who according to his book is "currently on sabbatical" from a high management position at Google1.] today met with Egypt's president elect Mohammed Morsi. Morsi leads the political arm [Freedom and Justice Party, FJP] of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and has been a long time member of the MB's Guidance Office, which named him president of its party last year.
Insiders on the ground believe that Morsi's election came as a result of the MB's behind the scenes campaign of thuggery: voter suppression, intimidation and threats of violence, buying votes and other improprieties.
What should be of particular concern to the Western democracies is the leading role which Wael "Google" Ghonim played in the Egyptian revolution which he essentially managed through a Facebook page of his design. Now, despite his public persona as a freedom activist, he appears to have instant access to Morsi, to whom he apparently expressed the absurd notion that Morsi's aborning Islamist state should maintain a stance of, "transparency with the people in all decisions made by the government..." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-meet-morsy-discuss-goals-revolution]
We suggest that Google should immediately sever any relationship it might maintain with Mr. Ghonim since he has become an entirely political figure and the face of the Middle East's Islamist resurgence - the so-called Arab Spring.
This movement is inimical to Western interests, assuming Google cares, which at this point is highly problematic.
Regarding Google itself, any ties - even his being on "sabbatical" - which Google might maintain with Ghonim casts an additional pall over the 'Net Goliath's fading reputation, making its silly motto, "don't be evil," darkly ironic.
1. From Wael Ghonim's book Revolution 2.0, "...in 2008 rising to become head of marketing for Google Middle East and North Africa. He is currently on sabbatical from Google to launch a nongovernmental organization supporting education and technology in Egypt..." [source, PipeLineNews.org, "On Sabbatical" Google Exec., Wael Ghonim, Reportedly Meets with Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi June 26 2012]”
The above is just a partial snapshot of a larger process, making this item part one of a series, we hope to bring you much more soon, we have a great amount of additional information.
©2016 PipeLineNews.org. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.