Egypt Disbands Feared State Security Agency
Move comes as Hillary Clinton arrives for official visit
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2011 12:21 PM CDT
File photo of an Egyptian protester in Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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(Newser) – Egypt's military leaders today dissolved the nation's reviled state security agency, which had long been accused of torturing dissenters during Hosni Mubarak's long rule, reports AP. The move had been a major demand of protesters, who stormed agency headquarters earlier this month. It comes as Hillary Clinton arrives in the country—the first visit of a high-ranking US official in post-Mubarak Egypt, notes Reuters.

A US official summed up the message Clinton is expected to deliver this way: "What happens next is as important as what came before. Transitions to democracy are difficult and they don't produce results overnight or end with the first successful election." She will be meeting with military chief Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, among others. Click for more on Tantawi.