News and Analysis (2/19/08)

After the expiration of the Protect America Act, White House supporters and intelligence officials continue the politics of fear to argue for more unchecked power, but MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann questions why Bush would veto an a bill he finds necessary to stopping terrorism:

Washington Post op-ed slams the Bush administration for using the national security canard to prevent exculpating evidence from being used in detainees’ review tribunals:

Court order muzzles “wikileaks” website, allowing whistleblowers to anonymously expose dishonest and dysfunctional government and corporate practices:

Iran’s ideological vetting council makes a partial reversal of an earlier decision to ban over 800 reformist candidates from running in next month’s parliamentary elections, reinstating 251 people:

Feisal Abdul Rauf defends the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent speech to incorporate certain aspects of Islamic law into the British legal system:

Despite threats of violence and polling mismanagement turning some voters away, unofficial results project opposition parties winning handily and Musharraf supporters crushed:

Taliban fanatics increasingly target civilians to destabilize the weak Kabul government and international reconstruction efforts:


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






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