News and Analysis (11/5/07)

CBS investigation reveals that a key human intelligence source of fabricated and exaggerated claims about Iraqi biological weapons capabilities used to justify the 2003 invasion was a scientist with poor academic record and an arrest record for theft who simply wanted asylum in Germany:

Seen as too costly economically and invasive of peoples’ privacy, as well as ineffective against terrorists, at least 38 state legislatures across America have bills that are opposing a national identification card:

In spite of accusations leveled at Virginia Saudi school of “teaching religious extremism” and threats to shut down the institution, without specific evidence to back their case, State Department officials have yet to talk to school officials and investigate its curriculum:

Lawyers and other activists take to the streets in Pakistan protesting Musharraf’s martial law powers only to be put by down by police forces through physical assaults and arrests, meanwhile a Christian Science Monitor editorial examines US policies during Islamabad’s current political upheaval and finds that Washington should have “talked less” about promoting democracy in Pakistan and instead “acted more”:


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






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