News and Analysis (4/30/16)

“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said … his office is considering options to obtain and publicly disclose an estimate of the number of U.S. persons caught incidentally in Internet surveillance intended for foreign targets” …

… while beyond the constitutionality of FISA itself, privacy groups want the court to scrutinize the “technique, in which network providers turn over copies of any messages … [of] people whose unrelated message data is processed through it”:

Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in Al Qaeda.” Actually, he was completely innocent …

… as was this one — and his American torturers knew it:

If you won’t drink wine and beer and don a beret and lederhosen, the French and Germans don’t want you there. “67 percent of French people and 60 percent of Germans blamed on a refusal to adapt to local values and customs” …

… “It will take one or two generations of students before most approach Islam as an intellectual subject”:

After three white “Christians” firebombed a local mosque, “Christians, Jews, and others mobilized to support the members of the destroyed center,” causing one Muslim leader to conclude that the definition of community “is “people who hold the same values in their hearts”:


“Zarifeh received the ultimate symbol of teenage acceptance: She was crowned prom queen after her non-Muslim friends campaigned for her by wearing hijabs in solidarity”:

“The Iran-allied Houthis and Yemen’s Saudi-backed exiled government are trying to broker a peace and ease a humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest country where conflict has drawn in regional powers and killed at least 6,000 people”:

The “Iowa-born convert to Islam” found her book release “coinciding with the Boston Marathon bombing, in which two radicalized Muslim brothers killed three people and wounded more than 250. Reviewers wouldn’t touch a Muslim love story set in Boston”:

“The protests Saturday come just days after a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden, who said he was in Iraq to shore up national unity”:

“Tehran-based political analyst Saeed Leilaz called the results a “decisive victory” for the moderate-reformist bloc. ‘It is now clear that they are more popular than hard-liners, even in the remote areas'”:

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