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Why the coup determination is now irrelevant to the question of US aid to Egypt

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There are two provisions of the Leahy Law— [which “makes it clear that when credible evidence of human rights violations exists, U.S. aid must stop”]– that apply to the situation in Egypt.

One, in “22 USC § 8422 – Authorization of assistance,” applies to a military coup or military decree that removes an elected head of state.

restricts assistance to the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree

The other, in “22 USC § 2378d – Limitation on assistance to security forces”, cuts off funding to units of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that the units have committed a gross violation of human rights– like gunning down 300+ demonstrators.

No assistance shall be furnished under this chapter or the Arms Export Control Act [22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.] to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights. 

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Not to be a jerk – but this is sort of likes those alternet or salon articles that read something like “five things the democrats can do to fight wall street’s excess” to which the response, invariably, is “No shit! Having the Suez Canal in the hands of a compliant… Read more »

I presume the Leahy Law predates 9/11.
The US didn’t torture people back then either.

US laws are like rubber.You can stretch them in almost any direction you wish .

We are the superpower and can interpret our laws any way we desire.

And screw International Law or opinion.

As long as the folks at AIPAC are happy who gives a s–t about Eygptians.

Delighted to see you posting article Hostage. Re Philp’s article about being bored with the Jews and expanding on other issues I suggest he can just include/cover more about our own governments corruption in these events/matters…as illustrated by the US Law conflict in this post. Meanwhile….I dont know how anyone… Read more »