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      by Published on 02-24-2014 06:42 AM

      WASHINGTON — Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel is recommending shrinking the Army to its smallest size in decades in an effort to balance defense needs with budget realities, according to defense officials.

      Hagel is expected to announce that and other recommendations Monday in a speech at the Pentagon outlining his priorities for next year’s defense budget.

      Army leaders have been saying for months that they expected to absorb additional troop reductions as the nation prepares to end its combat role in Afghanistan this year. The Army is already scheduled to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is expected to propose cutting it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.

      Full story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...0eb_story.html
      by Published on 02-21-2014 12:10 PM


      A Texas woman was dragged screaming to a police car in Austin, Texas after being arrested for failing to provide ID while jaywalking.

      The woman, pulled to a police car in gym clothes, was captured on video shouting, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

      A University of Texas Student filmed the police capturing the jogger and placing her in an officer’s car.

      “I was sitting at the Starbucks at 24th and San Antonio,” the student, Chris Quintero, told the Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas-Austin. “Then I hear a cop shout at an innocent girl jogging through West Campus with her headphones on.”

      Police told the woman to provide identification, Quintero remarked. When she wouldn’t, the officer grabbed her arm and placed her in handcuffs.

      “She repeatedly pleaded with them, saying that she was just exercising and to let her go,” Quintero said. Quintero is heard in the video saying, “I saw you,” after the woman calls across the street, saying, “I was doing nothing wrong. I was crossing the street.”
      by Published on 09-09-2013 07:23 PM

      The White House insisted Monday that it was legally able to launch a strike on Syria without congressional approval even as it intensified its courting of lawmakers to support military action.

      White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told the New York Times that a strike would be lawful under both domestic and international law. She told the paper that the president could strike because of the “important national interests” surrounding the use of chemical weapons, even without Congress or United Nations approval.

      Ruemmler contended that while the Syria situation “may not fit under a traditionally recognized legal basis under international law,” it would nevertheless be “justified and legitimate.”

      “The president believed that it was important to enhance the legitimacy of any action that would be taken by the executive,” Ruemmler added, “to seek Congressional approval of that action and have it be seen, again as a matter of legitimacy both domestically and internationally, that there was a unified American response to the horrendous violation of the international norm against chemical weapons use.”

      White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken later on Friday told reporters he “didn’t speak very artfully” when he said last week it was neither the “desire” nor the “intention” of President Obama to pursue a strike absent authorization.

      Full Story: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill...ional-approval
      by Published on 09-09-2013 09:10 AM

      We at Awakened Citizen and StormCloudsGathering are working together to organize a MASSIVE SCALE call flood to the US congress on Monday, September 9th to let them know that we are NOT for the war on Syria and they DO NOT represent the people through their actions if they go forward with this war. It's time to let them know that we the people do NOT want war!

      The call flood begins EXACTLY at 1PM EST. Tell all your friends and make sure to share the event everywhere!

      Main D.C. Number to the U.S. House of Representatives:
      (202) 224-3121
      Main D.C. Number to the U.S. Senate:
      (202) 224-3121

      Alexander (LA) 202-225-8490
      Bachus (AL) 202-225-4921
      Barr (KY) 202-225-4706
      Braley (IA) 202-225-2911
      Buchanan (FL) 202-225-5015
      Bucshon (IN) 202-225-4636
      Campbell (CA) 202-225-5611
      Capito (WV) 202-225-2711
      Capuano (MA) 202-225-5111
      Chaffetz (UT) 202-225-7751

      **"NO" Leaning**
      Andrews (NJ) 202-225-6501
      Barber (AZ) 202-225-2542
      Barletta (PA) 202-225-6511
      Barrow (GA) 202-225-2823
      Bishop (GA) 202-225-3631
      Bishop (NY) 202-225-3826
      Black (TN) 202-225-4231
      Bonamici (OR) 202-225-0855
      Brady (PA) 202-225-4731

      by Published on 09-09-2013 09:07 AM

      Washington (CNN) -- As President Barack Obama presses his case for a strike on Syria, a new national survey shows him swimming against a strong tide of public opinion that doesn't want the U.S. to get involved.

      The CNN/ORC International poll released Monday shows that even though eight in 10 Americans believe that Bashar al-Assad's regime gassed its own people, a strong majority doesn't want Congress to pass a resolution authorizing a military strike against it.

      More than seven in 10 say such a strike would not achieve significant goals for the U.S. and a similar amount say it's not in the national interest for the U.S. to get involved in Syria's bloody two-year-long civil war.

      Full story: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/09/politi...html?hpt=hp_t1
      by Published on 09-09-2013 08:47 AM

      Stand Up if You Are Opposed to This War! Protesting Sen Tammy Baldwin 9.7.13

      Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin was interrupted for several minutes by protestors voicing their opposition to potential U.S. military action in Syria and to her lack of official stance on the proposed intervention.

      Baldwin was speaking at the Alliant Energy Center this Saturday during the Fighting Bob Fest, an annual gathering of progressives in Madison, Wisc. As she explained her hesitance to take an official stance on intervening in Syria’s civil war, the crowd erupted into a series of chants.

      “Just say no!” several attendees shouted as she relayed her vague stance on the topic. “The gravity of the issues before us are so significant, and they deserve a full debate,” she told the crowd, prompting further disruptions including a brief horn blowing.

      “Stand up if you’re opposed to this war!” one man shouted, cueing a majority of the audience to rise out of their seats together. The crowd chanted “Which Side Are You On?” a left-wing protest song with lyrics modified to fit the current Syrian conflict.

      Baldwin attempted to infuse the situation with humor, joking to the crowd that she has now heard their voices “in three-part harmony.”
      by Published on 09-06-2013 12:40 PM

      On Thursday afternoon, two of Fox News’s more outspoken anti-war voices in Judge Andrew Napolitano and Shepard Smith spoke out against what they believe would be a “war crime” if the United States were to militarily intervene in the Syrian civil war, even after a potential congressional rejection vote.

      “It is illegal under international law and illegal under the Constitution,” Napolitano told his colleague. “You can use military force to attack somebody that attacked you or you can use military force to attack one that is about to attack you. Neither of those apply with respect to Syria.” He added that, however, a country may legally use military force to enforce international norms when authorized to do so by the United Nations — a situation which has not happened here.

      Napolitano also noted for Smith that, technically speaking, “the president can start any war he wants, against anybody he wants for 90 days and nothing congress can do about it” under the War Powers Act. However, he added, that law is unconstitutional.

      “If the president is unleashed to do whatever he wants in Syria,” Napolitano lamented, “Congress cannot stop him from putting the 75,000 boots on the ground that General Dempsey said would be necessary.”

      “So if they do this, we have committed a war crime,” Smith asserted.

      Napolitano agreed, adding that, in the event we strike Syria, there will be no way of stopping the United States. “No judge is going to stop this; no one is going to prosecute the president,” the judge said. “The American people don’t want this to happen; our allies in the region don’t want this to happen. Who wants this to happen besides John Kerry and the president?”

      The judge concluded by suggesting that any president can become “lawless” when they have a powerful military at their disposal. “No one seems to care about the law here,” he said. “They just seem to care about politics. Congress lets the president start a war; the president doesn’t care what international law says. He wants to be vindicated politically.”
      by Published on 09-05-2013 11:10 AM


      As he touched down in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning, President Obama greeted his host Vladimir Putin with a handshake and a smile.

      But the cordial greeting belies the tinderbox the two leaders are sitting on, as they posture and deliberate over a potential U.S. strike on Syria -- one of Russia's closest Mideast allies.

      Putin escalated concerns about the fallout from any strike when he indicated in an interview published Wednesday that his country could send Syria and its neighbors in the region the components of a missile shield if the U.S. attacks.
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