Egypt has long been a crucial ally to America's program of extraordinary rendtion — the practice of sending terror suspects to other countries for interrogation. When Egypt's President Mubarak dissolved his cabinet last week, he appointed Omar Suleiman as his new vice president. Suleiman is already well known in the United States, specifically as the C.I.A.'s key Egyptian contact for extraordinary rendition.
To explain this relationship between Egypt and the U.S. is James Risen, reporter for The New York Times and author of "State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration."