News Release

Roots of Terrorism


ABC News reports that “President Obama convenes a meeting of national security officials in the Situation Room today.”

A leader of the pro-democratic movement in Egypt, Salah said today: “I see the threat of groups like Al Qaeda growing by the day and much of it is the result of the actions of the Egyptian government. Egypt has been in a state of emergency since 1981. When Mubarak took over that year, Egypt was 44th in terms of economic development according to the UN. Now we are 113th. We have millions of street children who will grow up to be full of hatred and anger. We have a tiny elite around the government that is making billions of dollars from corruption. All this eventually will come crashing down and the rich will flee the country to their villas in Europe, the U.S. and the Caribbean.”

Salah, who has testified before U.S. congressional committees, added: “The American activists and others beaten in the last week trying to march to Gaza got a taste of how much collusion there is between the Egyptian dictatorship and the U.S. and Israeli governments. They also got a taste of the enormity of the police state apparatus here. It has gone from 200,000 when Mubarak took over to more than 2.5 million. Meanwhile, the army has shrunk from 1 million to 300,000. The enemy as far as the Egyptian government is concerned is its own people and anyone calling for democracy in the Mideast.

“We are now receiving reports of 2,000 Egyptian riot police surrounding the Viva Palestine convoy at [the Sinai port of] Al Arish. This convoy has been held up by the Egyptian government for weeks, having to go from one port to the next. It shows that the Egyptian president is helping to suffocate Gaza because that’s what Israel wants. I believe he is ingratiating himself to the Israelis and the U.S. so they will support him and help arrange for his son to become the next president of Egypt.”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Hollie Ainbinder, (615) 893-0495