Egypt’s military dealt a heavy blow to the liberal democracy movement that played a big role in toppling the Mubarak regime back in 2011. Three activist leaders—Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma—were convicted of participating in recent protests and sentenced to three years in prison and fined thousands of dollars. “It is time to shut up, to stay quiet,” the director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information told the New York Times. “There is only one choice — to support the military or to be in jail.”The jailing of the three democracy activists follows charges against top leaders of the Islamist movement, including President Morsi, in recent days. Egypt’s military leaders are carefully picking off their enemies.Last week Morsi and thirty-four of his colleagues were charged with crimes that carry the death penalty; the state prosecutor called it “the biggest case of conspiracy in the history of Egypt.” Later that same day, heavily armed state security agents raided the offices of a prominent human rights organization and detained Mr. Adel, a co-founder of the April 6 youth movement. Witnesses said the agents didn’t produce a warrant for the invasion, beat staff members, and ransacked the office during a nine-hour ordeal.In a letter he wrote on toilet paper from prison, Mr. Maher decried the state of Egypt in these dark days. “Torture in police stations remains, while the Ministry of Interior is back to what it was. The protest law was passed, and the oppression of freedoms is back… The youth of the revolution are in prison.”The military’s methods for consolidating power are becoming clear: promise to hold elections, put the old government back together, stabilize the economy, pick off enemies, and weaken rival organizations. Meanwhile, the international community is holding its tongue. Most Egyptians, for their part, seem grateful for the returning stability that the military provides, and are more concerned with putting their lives back together than inquiring after what charges are brought against various noisy democracy activists.