News and Analysis (7/16/10)

The man who wrote two of the memos authorizing techniques like waterboarding says the CIA not only used it excessively, but went even further to resort to “punching, kicking and dousings with cold water”:

Can humor be a more effective tool than violence in suppressing terrorism?

Wilders’ Freedom Party has more to do with hate-mongering than freedom:

Akbar Ahmed says that “the Muslim community and leadership really need to do a much better job of bridging this gap of misunderstanding that we found in the field” …

… while a televangelist promises to build a “9/11 Christian Center” as a hate-filled antidote to the planned Cordoba House center for the promotion of tolerance:

“Muslim-American efforts to create and support Islamic schools [in America] mirror previous efforts by Roman Catholic and Jewish communities,” which “faced the same kind of public resistance”:

“[D]escribing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by Al-Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism” — John O. Brennan, the President’s chief national security adviser for counterterrorism:

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