Analysis

Egypt: Military Charges Americans to Distract From Unrest
Obama administration cabinet member Ray LaHood, whose son Sam has been threatened with prosecution by Egyptian officials and is not being allowed being allowed to leave Egypt. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
February 8, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Harassment of nongovernmental organizations and their American employees by the interim Egyptian government is putting at risk substantial U.S. aid and appears to be an effort by the government to manufacture a foreign incident to distract the Egyptian people from growing unrest.

Washington warned Egypt’s military leaders that Egypt could lose $1.3 billion in annual military assistance due to their decision to prosecute 43 people, including 19 Americans, as part of a crackdown against nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). This issue is receiving a high level of U.S. media attention because one of the Americans facing prosecution is Sam LaHood, director of the International Republican Institute’s Egypt operations and the son of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. 

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