Advocacy Director Cole Bockenfeld Quoted on Sale of Surveillance Equipment to Egypt

In an article in the Huffington Post, POMED Advocacy Director Cole Bockenfeld is quoted on the State Department’s recent approval of surveillance system equipment to Egypt.

With the world’s largest Arab nation still reeling from the consequences of a 2013 military coup that removed Egypt’s first democratically elected president, controversial Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi, the country’s government is cracking down on dissent. And the Arab Spring showed that repressive regimes in the Middle East can and will use U.S.-provided equipment against their own citizens, argued Cole Bockenfeld, the advocacy director at the Project on Middle East Democracy.

“We may have an agreement that this kind of equipment is for external use only, but of course these security services did — and can again — turn it anywhere,” Bockenfeld said.

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