News and Analysis (2/12/07)

‘Criticism’ of intelligence isn’t the same thing as manipulation:

Abducted by CIA, extremist imam is set free after being tortured Egyptian authorities:

“At the end of it, people are going to look back and say, ‘What the hell was this all about?’ ” – Jamil Mroue

Editorial by prominent Iran expert sees the Islamic Republic as a rational state actor, not a revolutionary:

“They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something [America] would be forced to retaliate for,” – Hillary Mann

“In many ways the assault against Al-Arian is an assault against the judicial system that lies like a barrier between us and despotism.” – Chris Hedges


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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