1. In Egypt, the secret police are ubiquitous and they make a point of not being all that secret. … In functioning Egyptian society, you come across stories constantly of people beaten and harassed by the police for everything from political activism, to being gay, to smoking marijuana, to being from the wrong class in the eyes of a policeman, and they have untrammeled authority. Part of their daily goal has been to remind the people that the police have complete power over their lives and are ready and willing to use any brutality necessary to keep order.

    — Journalist Thanassis Cambanis, on the power of Egypt’s secret police force, on Fresh Air.

  2. Thanassis Cambanis