Another finger given to Obama’s outstretched hand

Still working out the wrinkles in that ‘democratic’ revolution eh?

Son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood barred from leaving Egypt

CAIRO — A top U.S. official’s son who is working for a pro-democracy group in Egypt has been barred from leaving the country, along with at least five other Americans, escalating a crackdown on such groups by Egypt’s military government that has outraged the United States.

Sam LaHood, the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said Thursday that he learned of the travel ban only when he was turned away from the Cairo airport Saturday. He is the director of the Egyptian program of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a Washington-based civil society organization.

(Anonymous/AP) – Sam Lahood, left, watches as his father Ray is sworn in as Transportation Secretary at the Transportation Department in Washington. Egypt has banned the son of Transportation Secretary LaHood and at least five other Americans from leaving the country, officials said Thursday.

 Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to mark the first anniversary of their revolution on Wednesday.

IRI was one of three U.S.-based nonprofit groups in Cairo that were raided and shut down on Dec. 29 by Egyptian authorities, who accused the groups of using foreign funds to support unrest in Egypt.

After an outcry in Washington and in European capitals, the ruling generals appeared to retreat, promising President Obama and other top officials that the computers and other property confiscated from the three U.S.-based groups and at least four other nongovernmental organizations would be returned and their offices reopened.

But the offices remain closed, the equipment is still gone, and in an apparent escalation, a travel ban has been imposed on foreigners being investigated by the Egyptian government.

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