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CBS News' Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted During Egypt Uprising


How awful:

On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.

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  1. SEE!!!!!! THIS is what they think of you white americans! they ~HATE~ you and will openly harm you if they have the chance! Arabs men cannot be any clearer in their intent towards you....YET you insist on every time you see one "HE IS SOOOOO HOT" when they wish YOU dead!!

    Posted by: shannon | Feb 15, 2011 11:28:52 PM

  2. @MAX, your problem is that you look at Islam and it explains everything bad about these societies to you. But the problems of homophobia, sexism, racism, etc. are bigger than that. It doesn't explain why some Muslim countries like the two largest, Indonesia and India, are rather tolerant toward gays.

    It doesn't look at the fact that nations with great prejudice toward gays tend to be weak, fragile states without much protection afforded its most vulnerable members.

    It doesn't account for economic and demographic pressures, nor does it account for the existence of corrupt institutions that care only for self-preservation, not enforcing laws in an equitable manner or allowing alternative social spaces (like LGBT spaces) to lobby for reforms. It doesn't account for the fact that all but one of these so-called Islamic countries that punish gays with death or imprisonment are actually ruled by secular governments, monarchies or military dictatorships, or some combination.

    If you swapped the Egyptian Muslim population out with Christians, or Jews or Hindus, it wouldn't be any different.

    Posted by: Xtab | Feb 15, 2011 11:31:56 PM

  3. I've lived and traveled overseas. Most people, contrary to popular belief, do not hate Americans [I think this is an urban big lie started by western bougie 'Progressives'] but we [humans] are not all alike. Cultures differ, the meaning of words differ, body language meaning differs, etc. But some western 'Progressives' refuse to acknowledge this, and it causes a lot of problems.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 15, 2011 11:49:42 PM

  4. I'm wondering how many of those who physically and sexually abused her were supporters of Murabak (and his authoritarian regime) and how many were not...

    Posted by: Smokey | Feb 16, 2011 12:40:03 AM

  5. 1) Very awful. Assume it was more than groping if there is a full comment blockade.

    2) The comment section is a sad reflection of humanity - those who can only think in black and white are very afraid those of us who can see the grey and the educated middle class are allowing the death of the west. Sad, strange, human.

    3) The comment section is so base and vulgar - it is yet another assault on the vicitm. Andy - you can on occasion turn off comments out of respect.

    Posted by: reality 101 | Feb 16, 2011 12:56:42 AM

  6. Oh yeah - and this makes the Bill Maher and Elisabeth Hackencrack dust up today that much uglier.

    He should apologize as he had no idea - to the victim. Not the wanna-be victim Hackencrack.

    Posted by: reality 101 | Feb 16, 2011 12:58:20 AM


    Read and grow up boys.

    Posted by: reality 101 | Feb 16, 2011 1:03:43 AM

  8. This is so easily to clarify with all of this madness.
    To see if these folks are the same person just send Andy an email complaining. Remember he can see all IP addresses and find out if TANK, RATBASTARD, and MAX are all the same.

    This post should not be a referendum on Muslims. Just to wish this woman well.


    Posted by: Chris DaChocolatebearcub | Feb 16, 2011 1:33:57 AM

  9. Interesting...or not, that Andy, you haven't commented on this thread...

    Free speech indeed.

    Did you know we have education because of Islam fyi? History books are always fun unless they are written by a racist white guy and africa actually looks the same size as Hawaii..

    Lara and family good luck if you are reading this.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 16, 2011 1:40:28 AM

  10. We do NOT have 'education' because of Islam. People were being educated LONG before that particular branch of the made up sky fairy worship was invented. Islam may have added its bit, but thats all.

    Posted by: Rovex | Feb 16, 2011 2:19:45 AM

  11. Ahem, .......I think it's time to lower the rhetoric. Can we switch to the latest Rupert Everett quote?

    Posted by: von lmo | Feb 16, 2011 2:52:21 AM

  12. What a dreadful experience for her! And the perpetrators will never be held accountable. But with her tremendous spirit, I think she will figure out how to make something positive from this trauma. At the very least, CBS need to review reporter protocols.

    Posted by: Dean | Feb 16, 2011 3:23:48 AM

  13. @Max
    My point was that neither religion in and of itself is worse off in the extremes attributed to them. As you agreed, fundamentalism in any religion is bad. There may be more fundamentalist Muslims (at least the outspoken loud ones) right now, but that does not mean the Muslim religion is bad, just the fundamentalism.

    Perhaps I should have been more specific when I singled out conservatism. What I should have said was authoritarianism (which is seen more with (social) conservativism than liberalism). Stalin was authoritarian left, Hitler was authoritarian right. The right vs left didn't matter because they were both authoritarian.

    As usual, you completely missed the point.
    What specific religion is involved (Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Zeus, flying spaghetti monster, etc) DOES NOT MATTER. ANY fundamentalist religion is a bad thing. I could likewise say that a lot of Islamic countries would be backwards with or without Islam. The specific religion does not matter, the amount and degree of fundamentalism matters.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Feb 16, 2011 3:49:10 AM

  14. So the "evil" Muslims assaulted her and who were the epeople that rescued her? Saintly atheists? Saintly Christians? Or saintly Muslims? Or is it that bad people assaulted her and good people rescued her? The religion is immaterial as the perpetrators of sexual assault are not dominated by members of one religion.

    And Lara Logan has now posted an utterly racist account of the event.

    Posted by: Euan | Feb 16, 2011 4:54:22 AM

  15. So this is what unending US military aid for Mubarck gets us in Egypt, and in Israel-Palestine, where non Jewish citizens are treated like dirt...

    Shame on us.
    Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace,
    Wasington Green, CT USA

    Posted by: Joseph A. Mustich | Feb 16, 2011 6:53:14 AM

  16. I hope Logan takes the time to recover from this horrific act of violence on her.

    But I find it that reporters are total hypocrites, if this was a movie star the reporters would be sneaking into the hospital to get an exclusive story. And yet when it happens to them they want privacy.

    Posted by: KMC | Feb 16, 2011 8:01:23 AM

  17. Just awful. This should happen to no woman, under any circumstances.

    Posted by: rb | Feb 16, 2011 8:56:56 AM

  18. @RAVEWULF,

    As usual, you've got it wrong.I've ALWAYS condemned ALL forms irrational fanaticism; religious, political, whatever.

    And I'm not posting under other names, but don't always have the same IP address.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 16, 2011 6:16:16 PM

  19. REPRINT of Dallas Morning News Blog:

    10:35 AM on February 16, 2011
    I was in Beirut last July. A husband/wife couple stepped on to an elevator. She brushed in to my western friend. The Muslim beat his wife for inadvertently touching a filthy infidel. The cops would have arrested and beaten us if we intervened.

    Muslims won't shake hands with westerners also as a matter of religious uncleanliness. The devout really do hate our guts on several levels.

    Combine that with a culture that is highly (sexually) repressive and you get the above.

    To generalize, from the Sheiks to the 9-11 guys, they seem to show some odd way of holding respect for Arab women (the above beating notwithstanding), but comport themselves far different in America, or its symbol - the promiscuous blonde woman as pole dancer.

    Somehow the manly Arab street gets past the infidel touching thingy when it comes to the pornification of western women.

    This wasn't just crowd wilding, it was a statement on their culture.

    and it is common.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 16, 2011 6:22:43 PM

  20. Why the hatred for Muslims in this thread? That doesn't help anything. Something like that could have happened here, or anywhere for that matter. On-the-field reporters have a *very* dangerous job.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 17, 2011 1:31:53 AM

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  22. Lara logan is the perfect example for the passion shown towards journalism

    Posted by: NewsCollective | Mar 10, 2011 10:24:17 AM

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