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No to U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

Republican Senators like Lindsey Graham and John McCain are demanding that the Obama Administration get the U.S. involved militarily in Syria's sectarian civil war. [1] But after the experience of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, President Obama and U.S. military leaders are right to be wary of these calls. And if we don't have enough money for Social Security, veterans' benefits, Head Start, and cancer clinics, we certainly don't have enough money for another war.

Urge Congress and the President to resist calls for another rush to war in the Middle East, and to support a political solution instead.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/no-intervention-syria

There's something particularly troubling about all this Sunday talk show blather about U.S. military action in Syria: it seems to assume that the President can order military action in Syria without anyone else's approval. But Syria hasn't attacked us, and as far as we know, has no plans to attack us.

Given the absence of a Syrian attack on or imminent threat to the United States:

  1. If the President ordered military action against Syria without Congressional authorization, that would violate the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution.
  2. If the President ordered military action in Syria without the approval of the United Nations Security Council, that would violate the United Nations Charter—just like the Iraq war did.
  3. If Congressional authorization and UN Security Council approval can be treated as trivial inconveniences for war in Syria, they can be treated as trivial inconveniences for war with Iran, or for drone strikes anywhere.

Urge Congress and the President to resist calls for a rush to war in Syria, and to ensure that U.S. actions comply fully with U.S. and international law.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/no-intervention-syria

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JFP 4/24: Yemeni slams drone strikes at Senate hearing; Senators demand info

Just Foreign Policy News, April 24, 2013
Yemeni activist slams drone strikes at Senate hearing; Senators demand info

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Video: Senate hearing on drone strikes
The video of Yemeni youth activist Farea al-Muslimi's testimony is on our home page.
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The entire hearing can be watched here:
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/312317-1
al-Muslimi's prepared testimony is here:
http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/04-23-13Al-MuslimiTestimony.pdf
other testimony is linked off the committee website:
http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=b01a319ecae60e7cbb832de271030205
Conor Friedersdorf: This Yemeni Man Loves America, Hates al-Qaeda, and Says Drone Strikes Make Them Stronger

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JFP 4/22: Drone strike hearing Tue 4pm ET; Cut the Pentagon actions Thu noon

Just Foreign Policy News, April 22, 2013
Drone strike hearing Tue 4pm ET; Cut the Pentagon actions Thu noon

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Drone strike policy hearing, Tuesday, April 23
April 23, 4pm ET. (Note time change, was originally 10AM ET.)
Here is the official hearing notice and witness list, with link to the webcast:
http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=b01a319ecae60e7cbb832de271030205
Yemeni youth activist Farea al-Muslimi, who recently wrote an op-ed in Al-Monitor about a drone strike in his home village (#10 below), will be one of the witnesses.
If you're in the DC area and able to attend - a full house would help demonstrate public interest - the hearing is in Hart 216.
If you live in Illinois, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Texas, South Carolina, Texas, or Utah, you have a Senator on the subcommittee.
Here is the alert we sent to folks with Senators on the subcommittee:
Congressional Drone Hearing: Four Questions and a Subpoena

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April 23 Hearing on Drone Strikes: Four Questions and a Subpoena

On April 23, the Constitution subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the ethics, legality, constitutionality, and political costs of the drone strike policy. This will be the first time in the history of the drone strike policy that there has been a public Congressional hearing like this focused on the policy.

If you live in Illinois, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Texas, South Carolina, or Utah, you have a Senator who serves on the subcommittee. [1] That means you're in a position to influence what takes place during next week's hearing.

Urge your Senator to publicly call for a Congressional subpoena of the Office of Legal Counsel memos during the hearing and ask pointed questions about key issues that the Administration has tried to obscure.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/a16-drone-hearing

Senate committees are supposed to oversee Administration agencies, including the CIA and the Justice Department. But they can't do effective oversight if the Administration won't disclose key documents such as the Office of Legal Council memos that detail elements of the drone strike policy that the Administration has refused to share with Congress. Senator Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has threatened that his committee will issue a subpoena of the drone strike memos if the Administration doesn't hand them over. But the Administration hasn't complied.

In addition, key questions about the drone strike policy have been obscured by the Administration's secrecy, including:

  1. How many civilians have been killed, and why is government information about this classified?
  2. Is the CIA low-balling civilian deaths by automatically classifying "military age males" as "militants" when they are killed by US drone strikes, as the New York Times reported in May?

JFP 4/15: Fri. actions to save Social Security & cut Pentagon; drone lies exposed

Just Foreign Policy News, April 15, 2013
Fri. actions to save Social Security & cut Pentagon; drone lies exposed

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On Friday, Help MoveOn Kill Chained CPI and Cut the Pentagon Instead
On Friday, MoveOn is calling for actions at Congressional offices to stop the President's proposal to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits by using the "chained CPI" to cut the cost-of-living adjustment. This is a historic opportunity to push back on the 1%'s idea that Social Security and veterans' benefits should be cut to protect the Pentagon budget from cuts. Sign our petition, share our blog, help organize a petition delivery action at a Congressional office near you; write to Congress if you haven't already.

Our petition: Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead!

http://signon.org/sign/cut-social-security-veterans?source=c.url&r_by=1135580

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On April 25, Help MoveOn Kill the Chained CPI and Cut the Pentagon Instead

UPDATE: MoveOn has moved the day of action to Thursday, April 25. All dates in this alert have been changed to reflect this development.

On April 25, MoveOn is calling for actions at Congressional offices across the country in opposition to President Obama's proposal to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits by lowering the cost-of-living adjustment with the "chained CPI."

This is a historic opportunity for the broad public to force a positive change in federal budget priorities. What President Obama, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, and the Washington Post editorial board agree on is that they prefer to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits and raise taxes rather than cut the bloated Pentagon budget. That's what the "grand bargain" is all about.

But the broad, bipartisan public holds the opposite view. Most Americans would rather cut the bloated Pentagon budget, and leave Social Security and veterans' benefits and taxes alone. [1]

Can you help us help MoveOn make history on April 25? We're asking you to do three things:

1. Sign our petition at SignOn:

Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead!
http://signon.org/sign/cut-social-security-veterans?source=c.url&r_by=11...

2. Share our blog post:

On Friday, Kill the #ChainedCPI Cut to Social Security & Veterans' Benefits
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/on-friday-kill-the-chaine_b_...

3. Help organize an action at a local Congressional office on April 25 to deliver our petition:

Host an Emergency mobilization to protect Social Security
http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/create.html?id=&action_id=317

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Robert Naiman, Chelsea Mozen, Sarah Burns and Megan Iorio
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JFP 4/9: 3 ways to cut $163 billion without touching Social Security; drone hearing 4/16

Just Foreign Policy News, April 9, 2013
3 ways to cut $163 billion without touching Social Security; drone hearing 4/16

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Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead
According to the CBO, Obama's proposal to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits using the chained CPI will save the government $163 billion over ten years. Three better ways to save $163 billion: end the war in Afghanistan; cut the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by 10% (267 planes); cut Pentagon contracting and bring the work in-house.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/cut-social-security-veter_b_3040226.html

April 16: Historic Durbin hearing on drone strikes

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JFP 4/1: Will Congress stop funding death squads in Honduras?

Just Foreign Policy News, April 1, 2013
Will Congress stop funding death squads in Honduras?

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**Action: Tell Kerry: No Aid to Honduran Death Squads
Tell Secretary of State John Kerry to end all U.S. aid to all units of the Honduran National Police, whose leader has been linked to death squads, as required by U.S. law.
http://signon.org/sign/kerry-no-aid-to-honduran?source=c.url&r_by=1135580

Video: Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighbourhood
Just Vision's story of a Palestinian boy growing up inside the struggle of Palestinians to save their homes in East Jerusalem just won a Peabody Award. You can watch it for free online.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2012/04/201243114530739738.html

Yemen Policy Initiative: increased reliance on drones undermines US interests
This letter is signed by the former US Ambassador to Yemen, among others.

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JFP 3/27: Religious leaders on drone strikes; sanctions accelerating Iran nukes

Just Foreign Policy News, March 27, 2013
Religious leaders on drone strikes; sanctions accelerating Iran nukes

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Brave New Films Video: What Religious Leaders Want to Tell Obama on Easter
Religious leaders challenge the Obama Administration's "white paper" on drone strikes and its perversion of "just war" theory to try to justify the drone war.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkddrkzDg3I

TBIJ on "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
TBIJ writes on the new graphic visualization of the CIA's drone war in Pakistan.

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JFP 3/25: AP busts State Department for lying to Leahy about Honduras

Just Foreign Policy News, March 25, 2013
AP busts State Department for lying to Leahy about Honduras

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Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech With Gaza's Ark
Whether you see Obama's Palestine speech as a great motivational speech or a white flag of surrender, the practical consequences for the public are largely the same: the initiative for justice is going to have to come from somewhere else.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/flotilla-30-redeeming-oba_b_2944367.html

Video: Embroidery makers of Gaza
One minute video highlights the impact of Israel's blockade of Gaza. Palestinian industries in Gaza, like the clothing industry or the crafts industry, which once thrived, are today prevented from exporting freely to markets outside Gaza, including to the Palestinian West Bank.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDE8OJmAQ-M

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