Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s son, Sam is on his way home. Thanks to non-profit organizations, (or at least that’s the story) $5 MILLION was the price to the Egyptian government for their freedom. Note to Americans: stay out of these savage countries. You put us all at risk and we agonize when those detained are young and stupid.
CAIRO: Seven Americans on trial on charges their pro-democracy groups fomented unrest flew out of Egypt on Thursday after the U.S. posted nearly $5 million in bail.
The departure of the seven, including Peoria native Sam LaHood, eased a deep diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and Egypt that had been building for two months, following a crackdown on pro-democracy and human rights groups by the Egyptian government.
Though the Americans were safely on their way home, Washington indicated that its anger over the affair has not abated…
One of the seven flying out of Egypt on a special plane to Cyprus was Lahood, 36, son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former seven-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Peoria. The Peoria Notre Dame High School class of 1993 alum was the head of the International Republican Institute office in Cairo, a well established pro-democracy group.