News and Analysis (6/22/07)

Citing recent GAO report, New York Times editorial slams Bush administration’s disregard for the rule of law as a “formula for autocracy” and calls on Congress to rein in its executive power abuses:

While VP Cheney suggested abolishing oversight unit of National Archives after it objected to VP’s persistent resistance to routine scrutiny…

…the CIA reveals some of its dirty laundry from the 1950s to 1970s, revealing kidnappings, assassination attempts and surveillance of domestic political opposition movements:

Greater media and personal freedom allow Saudis to fight back against abuses of state-imposed and strict interpretation of Islam:

“Some well intended but misguided politicians insist that the balance between law and security must always favor security. But they miss the mark, for there is no balance to be struck. Terror thrives at law’s demise, reveling in its impotence. Law is security; lawlessness invites terror.” – Joseph Margulies, Northwestern University Law Professor

Grand jury abuse continues:

Review of Tariq Ramadan’s new book on Muhammad (PBUH) is a sincere attempt to apply principles from the Prophet’s life to modern social and political challenges for Western Muslims:


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






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