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Obama Fired Military Officers Because He ‘Fears a Coup’

November 22, 2012

GUILT is trailing Obama like a shadow he can’t shake. Maybe because the military’s VOTES WERE NEVER COUNTED for the 2012 Election? Lots to feel guilty about.

Firings always HELP Barack sleep better at night..

According to (shadowy anonymous blogger) Sorcha Faal the Russian military’s GRU foreign intelligence unit presented a report to Kremlin leadership late last month that said Obama removed one of the United States Navy’s most powerful admirals from his command (in the wake of Benghazi 9/11) specifically because he fears a military coup is being planned against him.

Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette
Photo Courtesy of USS Stennis/US Navy via BlackFive

On 9/11/2012, that officer –Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, commander of Carrier Strike Group Three in the Middle East- apparently felt obligated to come to the aid of besieged US defenses at the Benghazi consulate, violating an utterly bewildering White House command he probably had a hard time believing was even being made. Gaouette was said to be attempting to help AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham, also purged by Obama for violating of an obstinate White House insistence to ‘stand down’.

Ham considered himself bound-by-duty to take action, but the story goes that his second-in-command -a likely Obammunist- promptly stepped-right-up and informed him he’d just been ‘relieved of his command’, effective immediately- General Ham was then physically apprehended/arrested.

General Carter Ham

Subsequently -and despite Navy claims that he was NOT ‘replaced’ due to Benghazi– Admiral Gaouette was otherwise inexplicably removed as Carrier Strike Group commander on October 27th…


US news reports on Obama’s unprecedented firing of a powerful US Navy Commander during wartime state that Admiral Gaouette’s removal was for ‘allegations of inappropriate leadership judgment’ that arose during the strike group’s deployment to the Middle East.

This GRU report, however, states that Admiral Gaouette’s firing by President Obama was due to this strike force commander disobeying orders when he ordered his forces on 11 September to ‘assist and provide intelligence for’ American military forces ordered into action by US Army General Carter Ham, who was then the commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), against terrorist forces attacking the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

General Ham had been in command of the initial 2011 US-NATO military intervention in Libya who, like Admiral Gaouette, was fired by Obama.

And as we can, in part, read from US military insider accounts of this growing internal conflict between the White House and US Military leaders: ‘The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of AFRICOM received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.

General Ham then received the order to stand down.
His response was ‘screw it’, he was going to help anyhow.

Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command…’








BREAKING: Gaza Ceasefire That Took Effect Last Night

( And The Back Story)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Egyptian equivalent Mohamed Kamel Amr held a joint press conference today announcing a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel with Egypt as a mediating partner.

The deal basically takes effect at 8 PM local time. Both sides are to cease attacks on each other, Israel is to cease targeting Hamas leaders, and to take some undefined steps to ease its sea blockade of Gaza after a 24-hour period.

Now,here’s what actually happened.

According to a couple of my notorious lil’ birdies who are very much in a position to know, the Israelis fully intended to go into Gaza and eradicate Hamas. A country like Israel doesn’t call up that many reserves and affect its economy unless they were serious about the matter.

But then the Obama Administration intervened.

They were perfectly happy for Israel to go in to Gaza and take out Hamas, but insisted that they then turn Gaza over to the Palestinian Authority. This was supposed to strengthen PA President Mahmoud Abbas as ‘Palestine’s savior’ . As as a kicker, President Obama insisted that Israel immediately declare a Palestinian State in Gaza and most of Judea and Samaria, including areas currently under Israeli sovereignty from which the Jewish residents would then be removed. These were also to be turned over to Abbas.

If the Israelis were unwilling to have the IDF do Mahmoud Abbas’ dirty work for him and then give up large areas populated by Jews, then the Obama Administration told the Israelis the U.S. would not back an IDF ground assault in Gaza.

So they Israelis took the ceasefire, essentially meaning that Hamas is going to be left in place to regroup and fight another day. And can claim a victory.

That’s way Israel appeared to be delaying their ground operation for so long..the real back and forth was between the Obama Administration and Israel.

As a sop for being cooperative, President Obama said in a statement that he congratulated PM Netanyahu for accepting the truce and that the US would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.

How what is going to happen is, shall we say, problematical? Apparently – wait for it- The White House expects the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt to take charge of policing Hamas. After all, that approach worked so well in keeping Hezbollah in Lebanon from rearming after the 2006 war, even with a UN peacekeeping force on the ground.

The President also said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense programs.

What’s really behind this, of course, is an effort to strengthen Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government as a regional player and improve ties between the Islamists and the U.S.

It also takes the heat off Morsi, had Israel gone into Gaza, there would have been widespread agitating for Egypt to send ‘volunteers’ to fight the Israelis.

We’ll see if this takes hold. I’d be surprised if it didn’t, since it’s mostly on Hamas’ terms.


Surprise: Obama forced Netanyahu to accept one-sided pro-Hamas ‘cease fire’

Here’s yet another indication that President Obama (without even the consent of  ‘moderate‘ ‘Palestinian‘ President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen forced Prime Minister Netanyahu to accept a ‘cease fire’ arrangement that is favorable to Hamas (Hat Tip: Ricky G).

Obama “commended [Israel’s] Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do,” said the 12.31 a.m. EST statement from the White House.

The cease-fire terms released by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s office do not mention any measures to penalize Hamas for launching another wave of rocket attacks against Israel.

“A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals. … All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border,” said the statement.

The announcement also seems to accept Hamas’s demand for an end to Israeli restrictions on the importation of military-related items into the enclave, and its ban on movement of Hamas’ people from Gaza to the nearby West Bank, which is ruled by an unpopular Arab authority that has curbed attacks against Israel.

“Refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire,” said the announcement.

The announcement does not include mechanisms to enforce Hamas’s compliance. “Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding,” said the statement.

The absence of any enforceable terms in an inconclusive cease-fire agreement, which would still prevent Israel’s threatened ground movement into the enclave, will be touted as a victory by Hamas and its allies.

Hamas’ allies wanted to stop an Israeli movement that could have killed many of Hamas’s jihadis and leaders, destroyed more of their hidden weapons and demonstrated their inability to maintain control of their territory.

Also, any cease-fire arrangement without terms is a de facto rejection by the United States and Egypt of Israel’s goals for peace.

Israel’s government had sought new curbs on Hamas’ ability to smuggle rockets and other weapons into the enclave, and for the creation of a kilometer-wide buffer zone between Israel and Gaza. They sought the buffer because local jihadis routinely launch rockets at Israeli border patrols and farmers.

Morsi and Hamas are ideological allies.

Hamas is the Gaza-based affiliate of the international Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement, which is based in Egypt.

It should be clear that the only way Israel agrees to such a one-sided arrangement (although admittedly, it should also infuriate Abu Mazen – see below) is that President Obama forces the Prime Minister’s hand. In other words, Bibi caved in again. Why?

There’s an election two months from today. Netanyahu does not want to give his opposition more ammunition about how he has spoiled Israel’s relations with the United States – something which is assigned way too high a value here in my humble opinion. Now, suppose Bibi wins. Does he continue to kiss Obama’s butt after the election, at least for some period of time. My guess is yes because (a) he wants Obama to strike Iran or at least not veto an Israeli strike and (b) unlike the US, a Prime Minister of Israel has no limit on the number of terms he can serve (Bibi has already served two) but is subject to his government falling at any time. Bibi may be afraid that Obama can bring him down if he’s not a good boy.

But Bibi is wrong. As much stock as Israelis put in their relations with the US, they also recognize that there are no good relations to be had with this President. Had Bibi defied Obama, the public would have backed him. The proof? A Channel 2 poll taken before the cease fire went into effect on Wednesday night found that 70% of the Israeli public opposes the cease fire, only 24% favors it, and only 7% believe it will last.  And you can bet that most of that 24% was not aware of the provisions I highlighted above. So he caved in to Obama needlessly, at least from a political perspective.

Finally, this agreement has a message for Abu Mazen as well. The provision that allows Hamas terrorists to travel to Judea and Samaria is bound to undermine Abu Mazen’s rule there, and is undoubtedly blowback for Abu Mazen’s continued insistence (including Wednesday in his meeting with Secretary of State Clinton) on pushing ahead with the UN vote. Obama essentially told him that if he won’t play ball, he will be replaced by Hamas. Obama also proved to Abu Mazen that he can bend Netanyahu and force him to make the concessions Abu Mazen wants him to make. Will Abu Mazen get another chance/? Maybe. Or maybe Obama has decided that he is going to try to force Israel to reach an agreement with Hamas.

It’s a long time to 2016….


  1. November 25, 2012 9:10 pm

    Thanks, foxi- agree, very interesting observations and qualified by law enforcement- Bravo- to Mr. Egger.. He may have made a remarkable innovative survival technique for future victims of these criminals still at large in the mainstream stalking the unaware.

  2. November 25, 2012 9:31 pm

    Top Dem Senator: Obama Must ‘Express Concern’ About Morsi Power Grab

    Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told “Meet The Press” this morning that Obama must acknowledge what is happening in the Egyptian government power structure.

    Senator Levin: “If Egypt takes some real responsibility for making the cease-fire work, we’ll stop those missiles from going through the tunnels in Gaza, and they seem to be moving in that direction. And that can make a real difference in terms of what’s going on in Gaza and their attacks on Israel, which have been the cause of the whole thing.”

    David Gregory, NBC: “So what would you like to see the President say to put a break on Morsi seizing power? What words does the President have to use to say, ‘We’re not going back to Mubarak?'”

    Senator Levin: “He has to express those concerns and say, ‘Obviously, we want this change to not just be democratic but to also be supportive of stability and also protecting minorities and human rights in Egypt.’

    He says that, but at the same time he’s got to point out that behind all of this is Iran. Iran’s support of Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, and the way that has been filtered into weaponry that goes through Egypt, into Gaza — If that can be stopped, by Egypt, and if Iran can get a message that the missiles are not going to succeed against Israel because their defenses against short-range missiles, in this case, with the Iron Dome system, but also with the Patriot system against possible Iranian long-range missiles, is going to take leverage away from Iran. Keep pulling the world together against Iran. That’s the source of the problem.”

    What then, Mr.Levin, if Obama ignores what is a loaded suggestion put before him in your own words? Will you turn up the heat, and spell out in no uncertain terms, these terrorist cults are major enemies of the US as well as Israel and suggest how they should be dealt with?

    Suggestions like withholding Billions of Tax-Payer dollars in Aide until they conform to UN and US guidelines? Why not suggest restrictions to Obama that would impose severe penalties acceptable (to Americans) for money taken out of their pockets that would bolster confidence in the way our government does business with countries which are unabashedly havens promoting terrorist cults who Hate America?

  3. November 25, 2012 10:14 pm

    NOTE to Readers:

    I have no idea why ADS have just started appearing on this BLOG a day or two before TG. When I signed up with WP four years ago, if you were a dot com site you weren’t eligible to have adverts showing on the Blog. At that time, I was informed the Blog needed to be a dot ORG (commercial blog) to have adverts showing.

    RULE CHANGE? Does that mean I have to pay a fee to STOP unwanted ads from appearing on this Blog? IS WP doing business the Chicago Way?…

  4. November 26, 2012 10:18 am

    Government getting creative with easing society into them tracking you getting you thinking how it’s a GOOD THING… Wait until the punishment is announced for not going along with the program.. i.e. not renewing your drivers license, car registration, bank ID, supermkt cards, debit and charge cards..Real Estate transactions. Is this going to hurt? You betcha. If we don’t stop it now, it’s all about eroding your FREEDOM….

    Palm scanners get thumbs up in schools, hospitals

    Schools’ Tracking Devices Causes Controversy

    Getting Fired for NOT Getting a FLUE SHOT? WHOA!

  5. November 26, 2012 10:36 am

    Jamie Foxx announces “Obama is our Lord and Messiah”..

    If this is supposed to be true; why are people arming themselves to the teeth?


    Faith Based Baptist Church offers concealed weapons training… Why is that?

    Excerpted from The Daily: — Salvation isn’t automatic — but it might be semiautomatic.

    Maybe an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches — including the Church of Christ congregation in this rural village 30 miles north of Columbus — are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training.

    “Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”

    Hundreds of students have enrolled in the 10-hour course, which meets the state requirements for earning a concealed weapons permit. The training includes two hours on a church member’s private shooting range.

    “I grew up going to church, but hadn’t attended in a number of years,” said David Freeman, 52, a local engineering manager who attended a firearm safety class at the church. “Always considered myself a Christian. I came for the gun classes and have been coming back for two years.”

    The Marengo church launched its program several years ago and was likely am

  6. November 26, 2012 10:47 am

    Islamic Terrorists Bomb Egyptian-Gaza Border Base

    Terrorists destroyed part of an Egyptian base at Rafiah, challenging Cairo’s control over the Sinai after the ceasefire with Israel.

    Islamic terrorists destroyed part of an Egyptian security building at Rafiah Saturday night, challenging Cairo’s control over the Sinai after the ceasefire with Israel. No one was injured in the explosion at the base, under construction n the Egyptians side of Rafiah, the smuggling capital of Gaza.

    The attack came 48 hours after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi granted himself extensive new powers, which were challenged by Cairo’s judiciary.

    A separate explosion injured three people further south in the Sinai, where Egypt is building a facility to help it protect the pipeline that ships natural gas to Israel and Jordan. Terrorists have bombed the pipeline more than a dozen times the past two years in an effort to scuttle the agreement to sell gas to Israel.

    Saturdays night’s bombing underlined Egypt’s difficulty in re-asserting control over the Sinai, where Hamas terrorists from Gaza, along with Bedouin allies and Al Qaeda-linked terrorist cells, have carved out regions of authority. They have staged increasingly frequent terrorist attacks on Israel. Several Israelis have been killed in the attacks.

    Maintaining peace and quiet in the Sinai is a primary task for Egypt, experts said; the new government needs to prove to the United States, Israel, and Hamas that it can carry out its promise to protect Israel from terrorists.

    Attacks from the Sinai could undermine the truce, moving the field of battle into the Sinai and eventually spreading back into Gaza, even if Hamas abides by the ceasefire that ended the eight-day Pillar of Defense counterterrorist operation.

  7. November 26, 2012 7:27 pm

    Will the deaths of 4 Americans abandoned by their president be sweep under the rug too?

    Obama May Get Chance to End Benghazi PR Disaster Uh! What a surprise!

    The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state.

    “I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told “Fox News Sunday.” ”But she’s not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States,” who, McCain said, misled the public on terrorist involvement.

    Rice is widely seen as President Barack Obama’s top pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the nation’s top diplomat. But Rice’s reputation took a serious hit this fall when she relied on unclassified talking points provided by the intelligence community that portrayed the attack in Benghazi, Libya, as a spontaneous assault by a mob angered by an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube.

    Intelligence officials quickly amended their assessment to conclude the attack hadn’t been related to other film protests across the Middle East. But that revised narrative was slow to reach the public, prompting Republicans to allege a White House cover-up ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

    The attack killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, a State Department computer specialist and two former Navy SEALs who were working as contract security guards.

    McCain’s remarks were in contrast to his previous stance that Rice wasn’t qualified to replace Clinton, who is expected to step down soon, and that he would do “whatever is necessary” to block Rice’s possible nomination.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain’s close friend and colleague on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told ABC’s “This Week” he still suspects the White House intentionally glossed over obvious terrorist links in the attack to keep voters from questioning Obama’s handling of national security.

    But instead of repeating his prior assertion that he was “dead set” against a Rice promotion, Graham suggested he looked forward to hearing her out. If Rice were nominated, “there will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others,” said Graham, R-S.C.

    The subtle shift in GOP tenor on Rice could be the result of internal grumblings on how far to take party opposition. Democrats picked up extra Senate seats in the election to maintain their narrow majority, making it that much harder for the remaining 45 Republicans to block the president’s nominees.

    One senior GOP Senate aide said Sunday that Republicans hadn’t united against Rice and were not convinced she was worth going after. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly on internal GOP deliberations.;_ylt=AjRiP.6NjGLxE.q4pbnNJwPyWed_;_ylu=X3oDMTVxa2dvdnAzBGNjb2RlA2dtcHRvcDEwMDBwb29sd2lraXVwcmVzdARtaXQDQXJ0aWNsZSBNaXhlZCBMaXN0IE5ld3MgZm9yIFlvdSB3aXRoIE1vcmUgTGluawRwa2cDNzA1ODBkNWUtNjVkMS0zY2Y2LWIyZDUtZDJlZDkwYjkzNjU5BHBvcwMzBHNlYwNuZXdzX2Zvcl95b3UEdmVyAzMxM2MyNDUwLTM3Y2ItMTFlMi1hOWJiLWFlMjM2ZWY0MDdjZg–;_ylg=X3oDMTNuamUyM3RwBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDZDVhNzIxMzktNjUxOC0zMGZhLTk4M2YtZmQ0OGI2NzRkMWE3BHBzdGNhdAN3b3JsZARwdANzdG9yeXBhZ2UEdGVzdANUZXN0M19GbG9hdGluZ19VU19Nb3N0UG9w;_ylv=3

  8. November 27, 2012 9:05 am

    “Obama is the first man in history to spend $6 trillion in four years and, as if that isn’t enough, he’s the first to spend $6 trillion in four years and not leave any trace.” -Mark Steyn

    “If you took every single penny that Warren Buffett has, it’d pay for 4-1/2 days of the US government. This tax-the-rich won’t work. The problem here is the government is way bigger than even the capacity of the rich to sustain it. The Buffett Rule would raise $3.2 billion a year, and take 514 years just to pay off Obama’s 2011 budget deficit.” -Mark Steyn

    “If you think only the wealthy are going to be hit by what’s coming, think again. The fiscal cliff is going to drag everyone else down with it. It’s just the warm-up for the total societal collapse of the United States.” -Mark Steyn

    Steyn is right when he says, “The fiscal cliff is going to drag everyone else down with it. It’s just the warm-up for the total societal collapse of the United States.” Exactly Obama’s mission all along. First it was Health Care. Obama borrowing $350B from Medi-Care to fund ObamaCare leaving the sustainability of Medi-Care vulnerable. Short changing Social Security by increasing an employee’s net pay checks by $20.00 a week is another of Obama’s schemes enhancing America’s financial collapse when you multiply that $20.00 times 380 million people. Robbing Peter to Pay Paul has never been a successful solution to any financial problem. Eventually an unexpected expense lays waste to the viability of borrowing from one program to pay for another; as you’ve witnessed yourself in other scenarios you’ve experienced first hand, both temporary fixes fail.

    Yes, Obama is about to break America’s solvency reducing the once richest country in the world bankrupt. The final straw for America as the newest emerging Third World economy exactly the way the EU has done to Greece and Spain with France and Portugal next in line to fall- This isn’t happenstance- This is a concerted effort by the elites and their puppets to destroy America, subjugating and hobbling it’s people for centuries to come.

    When will someone in the House step forward to stop this insanity? They all know this scenario is True. The question is, WHY are they too weak morally and in too small a minority unable to be effective?

  9. November 27, 2012 9:45 am

    Egyptians gather at Tahrir for anti-Morsi protest


    Thousands flocked to Cairo’s central Tahrir square on Tuesday for a protest against Egypt’s president in a significant test of whether the opposition can rally the street behind it in a confrontation aimed at forcing the Islamist leader to rescind decrees that granted him near absolute powers.

    Waving Egypt’s red, white and black flags and chanting slogans against President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, the protesters joined several hundreds who have been camping out at the square since Friday demanding the decrees be revoked.

    Even as the crowds swelled, clashes erupted nearby between several hundred young protesters throwing stones and police firing tear gas on a street off Tahrir leading to the U.S. Embassy. Clashes have been taking place at the site for several days fueled by anger over police abuses, separately from the crisis over Morsi.

    The president’s declaration last week of new powers for himself has energized and _ to a degree unified _ the mostly liberal and secular opposition after months of divisions and uncertainty while Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups rose to dominate the political landscape.

    The turnout for Tuesday’s protest call is key to whether the opposition can keep a movement going against Morsi. While the edicts last week sparked the protests, they have also been fueled by anger over what critics see as the Brotherhood’s monopolizing of power after its election victories the past year for parliament and the presidency.

    “We want to change this whole setting. The Brotherhood hijacked the revolution,” said Rafat Magdi, an engineer who was among a crowd of around 2,000 marching from the Cairo district of Shubra to Tahrir to join the rally. “People woke up by his mistakes, and any new elections they will get no votes.”

    Morsi’s decrees, issued Thursday, placed him above any kind of oversight, including that of the courts, until a new constitution is adopted and parliamentary elections are held _ a timeline that stretches to mid-2013.

    The opposition says the decrees give Morsi near dictatorial powers by neutralizing the judiciary at a time when he already holds executive and legislative powers. Leading judges have also denounced the measures.

    Morsi says the decrees are necessary to protect the “revolution” and the nation’s transition to democratic rule. His declaration made all his decisions immune to judicial review and banned the courts from dissolving the upper house of parliament and an assembly writing the new constitution, both of which are dominated by Islamists. The decree also gave Morsi sweeping authority to stop any “threats” to the revolution.

    By early afternoon, nearly 20,000 people were at Tahrir, birthplace of the 18-day popular uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime nearly two years ago. Security was tightened across Cairo, with police checking ID papers and searching cars coming into the center, but there was no sign of protesters being stopped from reaching Tahrir.

    A chaotic city of some 18 million people, Cairo’s traffic was uncharacteristically light on Tuesday, with many businesses and government offices closing shop early in anticipation of possible unrest.

    A new banner in the square proclaimed, “The Brotherhood stole the country” and one protester, Mahmoud Youssef, said: “We are here to bring down the constitutional declaration issued by Morsi.” Many chanted the iconic slogans “the people want to bring down the regime.”

    Several thousand lawyers meanwhile gathered outside their union building in downtown Cairo ahead of their march to Tahrir to join protesters there. “Leave, leave,” they chanted, addressing Morsi, who narrowly won elections in June to become the country’s first freely elected civilian president.

    In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, some 3,000 anti-Morsi protesters gathered outside the main court at the center of the ancient city.

    Morsi’s supporters canceled a massive rally they had planned for Tuesday, citing the need to “defuse tension” after a series of clashes between the two camps since the decrees were issued Thursday.

    But a Brotherhood spokesman said demonstrations supporting the president could go ahead outside the capital and that supporters would form human chains in some provinces to protect Brotherhood offices. Morsi’s supporters say more than a dozen of their offices have been ransacked or set ablaze since Friday. Some 5,000 demonstrated in the southern city of Assiut in support of Morsi’s decrees, according to witnesses there.

    On Monday, Morsi met with the nation’s top judges and tried to win their acceptance of his decrees. But the move was dismissed by many in the opposition and the judiciary as providing no real concessions.

    Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali, said Morsi told the judges that he acted within his rights as the nation’s sole source of legislation, assuring them that the decrees were temporary and did not in any way infringe on the judiciary. He underlined repeatedly that the president had no plans to change or amend his decrees. (LIAR!)

    According to a presidential statement late Monday, Morsi told the judges that his decree meant that any decisions he makes on “issues of sovereignty” are immune from judicial

    The vaguely worded statement did not define those issues, but they were widely interpreted to cover declaration of war, imposition of martial law, breaking diplomatic relations with a foreign nation or dismissing a Cabinet. Morsi’s original edict, however, explicitly gives immunity to all his decisions and there was no sign it had been changed.

    Monday’s presidential statement Monday did not touch on the immunity that Morsi gave the constitutional assembly or the upper chamber of parliament, known as the Shura Council. It also did not affect the edict that the president can take any measures he sees as necessary to stop threats to the revolution, stability or public institutions. Many see that edict as granting Morsi unlimited emergency powers.

    The Shura Council does not have lawmaking authorities but, in the absence of the more powerful lower chamber, the People’s Assembly, it is the only popularly elected, national body where the Brotherhood and other Islamists have a majority. The People’s Assembly was dissolved by a court ruling in June.

    Rights lawyers and activists, however, dismissed Morsi’s assurances as an attempt to defuse the crisis without offering concrete concessions.

    One of the lawyers, Ahmed Ragheb, described the presidential statement and Ali’s comments as “playing with words.”

    “This is not what Egyptians are objecting to and protesting about,” he said. “If the president wanted to resolve the crisis, there should be an amendment to his constitutional declaration.”

    On Tuesday, the influential Judges’ Club, a sort of union led by an outspoken Morsi critic, vowed in a statement to escalate its resistance to the decrees. The statement was carried by Egypt’s official MENA news agency, which also reported that judges and prosecutors continued their strike for the third day Tuesday, leaving many courtrooms empty across the nation. (BRAVO!)

  10. November 27, 2012 10:27 am

    Muslim Brotherhood calls off Tuesday march

    UPI 11/27/2012 2:20:45 PM

    CAIRO, Nov. 27 (UPI) —
    The Muslim Brotherhood announced it canceled a march on Cairo University following discussions with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

    The Muslim Brotherhood was banned from politics under previous administrations. Some political opponents have expressed concern with its post-revolutionary dominance, however. Mohammed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate once considered a presidential contender, said the Muslim Brotherhood’s dominance left other voices sidelined in the post-revolution political climate.

    We should be thankful, Morsi made the mistake announcing his intentions of a dictatorship before the final draft of Egypt’s Constitution is completed.

  11. November 27, 2012 10:45 am

    You can substitute the United States for Portugal in this headline-

    Bailed-out Portugal adopts stiff tax hikes

    Associated Press
    LISBON, Portugal

    Portugal’s Parliament on Tuesday approved unprecedented tax increases despite a broad public outcry and concerns that the latest austerity package will prolong the bailed-out country’s recession.

    The center-right coalition government used its overall parliamentary majority to pass its 2013 budget. All opposition parties voted against the deficit-reduction measures which will cost most workers the equivalent of at least a month’s income next year.

    Trade unions and business leaders complain the spending plan doesn’t do enough to revive an economy that’s headed into a third straight year of recession. Hundreds of people protested against the budget outside the parliament building in Lisbon.

    Portugal, like other eurozone countries Greece and Ireland, needed a hefty financial rescue to spare it from bankruptcy. It took a (EURO)78 billion ($101 billion) bailout 18 months ago and in return promised to reduce its heavy debt and implement economic reforms.

    Portugal’s bailout creditors _ the other members of the group of 17 European Union countries that use the euro, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund _ are keen to avoid Portugal becoming another trouble spot like Greece and have praised the government’s strategy.

    The government says its hands are tied. The three-year bailout deal locks Portugal into cutting its deficit, otherwise its creditors won’t send it money. Portugal has so far received (EURO)61 billion of the bailout funds.

    Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar, who has described the tax hike as “enormous,” told lawmakers the budget is “another determined step toward recovery.” It will help restore investor confidence in Portugal, allowing it to return to international credit markets as planned in September 2013, he said.

    The government is aiming to increase income tax revenue by 30 percent next year while enacting spending cuts worth (EURO)2.7 billion. The goal is to reduce the budget deficit to 4.5 percent next year, down from a targeted 5 percent this year.

    The government predicts an economic contraction of 1 percent in 2013, though the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimated Tuesday it will be 1.8 percent. The government forecasts that the jobless rate, currently at 15.7 percent, will climb to a record 16.4 percent next year.

    The country’s main opposition parties, the second-largest trade union confederation and private sector association initially gave their blessing to the bailout agreement. But that consensus has evaporated amid rising unemployment and hardship, leaving the coalition government isolated.

    Antonio Jose Seguro, leader of the main opposition Socialist Party, said the government is leading Portugal to ruin and should ask its creditors for more time to pay its debts as well as lower interest rates. “More austerity doesn’t solve our problems, it worsens them,” he said.

    He said almost 6,000 companies filed for bankruptcy in the first nine months of this year _ a 31 percent increase on the same period in 2011 _ as austerity choked consumption.

    Outside Parliament, protesters jeered and whistled and chanted “Thieves!” Portugal has witnessed two general strikes this year and almost daily street protests, though there has been little violence.

    The tax increases are especially hard on Portugal’s middle class. Due to the changes, someone earning (EURO)41,000 a year, for example, will pay 45 percent income tax from Jan. 1 compared with 35.5 percent now.

    Most workers fall into the (EURO)7,000-(EURO)20,000 annual income bracket. Those people will pay 28.5 percent income tax, up from 24.5 percent.

    Previously, the top rate of tax of 46.5 percent was for workers or married couples who together earned over (EURO)153,300 a year. That top rate will be lowered to cover single or joint earnings above (EURO)80,000, which will be taxed at a rate of 48 percent. That income will also be subject to a special “social solidarity” tax of 2.5 percent. Also, there will be a 3.5 percent surcharge tax on everyone’s earnings in 2013.

  12. January 26, 2013 1:37 pm

    This plan has been in place for some time. It was officially committed to in the late 1920’s by a group of the wealthiest people in the world at the time. Many of us who follow the “underground movement” of the government have been watching it and reporting on it for years but unfortunately could never get a large enough force to turn things around. The reason for this is that people were living well and did not want to upset the applecart as the saying goes. Now we are at a point of no return. The only action that will change the direction of our future is to gather a militia (the same word our founders used) and be prepared for the intrusion of foreign troops that will be appearing on the scene soon. As I write this I wonder what the attitude of those who are such skeptics now will be. These are definitely end times and if we are not prepared we will pay dearly.


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