News and Analysis (4/16/08)

The surge shows more limitations of its so-called success as 291 Iraqis are killed or wounded, more Iraqi soldiers continue to desert their posts and disagreements arise between the US military and Iraqi government over what do about Sadr’s political and military presence:

Big Brother undermines its self-justification as declassified FBI documents show unrestrained (ab)use of national security letters impeded a counterterrorism investigation…

…but does an impeccable job of using its invasive powers to muzzle those blowing the whistle on the NSA spying scandal:

Congress slams AG Mukasey for earlier false statements about events leading to 9/11 and say his response evades important questions expanded surveillance powers:

As the Egyptian government arrests another 25 Muslim Brotherhood members, the Islamist group’s third most senior leader is sentenced by a kangaroo court to seven years in jail:

Several prominent US Muslim leaders pledge to participate in a dialog with the Pope (Minaret of Freedom Institute included), but express reservations over the way interfaith discussions have been conducted so far:

Latest news on Sami Al-Arian reveals harsher treatment at Hampton Roads Regional Jail deliberately designed physically coerce him into testimony:


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

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