Egypt inspired by Abu Ghraib?

This story headlined "Abu Ghraib Tactics Inspire Torture in Neighbour Egypt" has been making the rounds. Frankly, it sounds ridiculous -- Egyptian police did not need Abu Ghraib to happen to start torturing people. They've been doing it by themselves for a while. There may be cases of officers boasting about imitating Abu Ghraib, but it really sounds like the human rights activist interviewed in this piece is just trying to milk the Abu Ghraib to get journalists' attention on the long-standing problem of torture in Egypt. Shame they wouldn't pay attention otherwise.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,