News and Analysis (12/14/07)

Sami Al-Arian and his defense team beat back government abuse of the grand jury system meant to coerce him into testifying against other Muslim organizations:

As a New York Times editorial demands Congress take stronger action on falsified Iraq intelligence, warrantless wiretapping, and torture, the House finally votes to pass a bill effectively banning torture:

More stories of the follies of occupation: A British intelligence report finds evidence of Iraqi branch of Al-Qaeda involved in London/Glasgow attacks while Basra residents feel British troops liberated them from the tyranny of Saddam only to be put in the hands of criminal militias:

Iran analysts Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh argue the latest NIE report undermines Ahmedinejad because Iranians can focus more on domestic problems of diminishing civil liberties and economic prosperity as threat of war with the US no longer looms:

Musharraf seeks to end martial law tomorrow, but only after he disfigures the nation’s constitution so he won’t be dragged before a court:


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

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