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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rogue's Gallery: Protesters Publish Pictures of State Security Officers

When Egyptian State Security in Nasr City was stormed last weekend, protesters found two DVDs marked "Archive of Agency Officers," and including photos, files, and other information on officers of State Security Investigations. Amid demands they be tried for torture and other crimes, they have, of course, posted the pictures on Flickr.. Now I'm sure not everyone pictured engaged in torture, and generally I don't like exposing people in covert work, but then they didn't ask me, and they aren't all innocents, either.

Why do so many of them look like the KGB heavies in old James Bond movies?

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