News and Analysis (9/14/12)

The tragic death of an outstanding American diplomat and the accompanying loss of sensitive information  …

… in a “lightly-guarded consulate in a quiet residential area” was more a consequence of the administration’s  failure to understand that not everyone in Libya welcomed foreign military intervention than a riot provoked by the trailer for a propaganda film …

… confusion over which Omid Safi cuts …

… as Islamic scholars and political leaders  explain why violence is an un-Islamic response to attacks on the Prophet ..

… and American religious leaders of many denominations condemn hat speech even as they defend free speech:

… while the cast and crew of the film deplore deception involved in their recruitment for the project, exposing post-production insertion of insults to Muhammd not in the script …

… and an actress duped into participating in the film threatens to sue it duplicitous its producers  …

… including the man who recently posed as an Israeli-American named “Sam Bacily” but is actually a “maverick” Coptic Christian con artist named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula:

The bill allows government to “eavesdrop on Americans’ phone calls and e-mails without a probable-cause warrant so long as one of the parties to the communication is believed outside the” US and is interpreted so that “as long as the real target is al-Qaida” they can wiretap purely domestic e-mails and phone calls without getting a warrant from a judge”:

When the U.S. sarcastically responded to Ikhwanweb’s sympathetic tweet with “have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too,” Ikhwanweb snapped back with ” it will be more helpful if you point out exactly the Arabic feed of concern”:

Rounding up the usual suspects?

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