News and Analysis (8/30/07)

If the Bush’s administration’s success for detaining and convicting actual terrorists could be compared to a baseball hitter, it “could not qualify even for a tryout for the minor leagues. The federal government has had far more strikeouts than people realize when it comes to terrorist suspects.”–James Bovard, author of “Attention Deficit Democracy”

Draft of government watchdog report finds that three out of the eighteen congressionally mandated benchmarks have not been met:

“Within the Muslim world … the state is almost always the primary agent responsible for the authoritative interpretation of tradition. As a result, Islamic thought has lost a certain vitality… Thus it is not that the so-called Muslim mind is naturally resistant to critical thinking, but rather that analysis and judgment have too often been the exclusive prerogative of political authorities.” – Jocelyn Cesari, Harvard Professor of Islamic Studies

After bloody intra-sect fighting in the Shi’a holy Karbala, Moqatada Al-Sadr suspends his organization’s military operations for the next six months:

Sikhs and Muslims speak out against new Federal policy requiring individuals wearing any type of head covering to be possibly subjected to further screening:

A look into the FBI’s phone wiretapping program and the high privacy, security and financial costs it imposes:

Power-sharing deal between Musharraf and Bhutto leads the former to give up his post as Army Chief and allows the latter to return to Pakistan after eight years of exile:


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

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