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November 24, 2012

Hmmm: Egyptian Army Officers Supporting Anti-Morsi Protests?

The Egyptian Army used to be, supposedly, the guardian of democracy in the country. Now that Muslim Brotherhood Morsi has done precisely what everyone (except Obama and his Renfeldian minion James Clapper) knew he would do -- pronounced himself dictator -- people are gathering again to protest.

lashes erupted across Egypt over President Mohamed Morsi's decree expanding his authority, a move that sharpened lines between Islamists and those who fear the president is stealing power in order to edge the country closer to Islamic law.

Offices of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, which Morsi headed before he became president, were set ablaze Friday in Alexandria and reportedly in Suez and Port Said. Pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators battled in Cairo and towns in the south.

The unrest highlighted the anger arising from Morsi's decision Thursday to sidestep the courts and free his office of judicial oversight. With no new constitution or parliament, the president holds wide executive and legislative authority that has led his detractors to call him a pharaoh.

Well that's just swell. But, per a report, a group calling itself "Officers of the Egyptian Army" is circulating pamphlets calling the anti-Morsi protests "legitimate."

But there is no official Army reaction:

However, the army has yet to respond officially to Morsiís decree, which exempts all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected.

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