News to spread

Today’s news: An authoritative US intelligence report pooling the views of 16 government agencies concludes America’s campaign in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism. […] The report, Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States, points out the “centrality” of the US invasion of Iraq in fomenting terrorist cells and attacks. One section of the 30-page report, Indicators of the Spread of the Global Jihadist Movement, describes how the American presence in Iraq has helped spread radical Islam by providing a focal point for anti-Americanism.

News you can use

To celebrate its redesign, The Guardian is offering free access to its online edition for the next two weeks. If you live in America and have always wondered what a real newspaper would be like, now’s your chance to find out. (If you think the New York Times is a real newspaper…well, they ditched their entire technology section to make way for more articles on shopping, fitness and fashion. Says it all really.

Foxes guarding the henhouse?

The 9/11 Commission recommended setting up an organization to help safeguard civil liberties. Sure enough the Bush administration has gone ahead and created a President’s Board on Safeguarding Americans’ Civil Liberties. Ignoring for the moment the issue that civil liberties should, constitutionally, be protected for everyone and not just US citizens, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the people who are being put in charge of safeguarding your freedoms.

Abu Ghraib

Sowing seeds for the future… and now it seems General Ricardo “Dirty” Sanchez was present during some of the tort^H^H^H^Hinterrogation sessions at Abu Ghraib. It seems like we’re making progress—from tragedy into farce. So maybe the entire US intelligence community and the Bush administration were duped by Iran into wiping out their enemy neighbor? That’ll look good on W’s résumé. Meanwhile we get to watch the US military trying to convince us that a wedding was actually a secret terrorist cell—and they might have been believed, if it wasn’t for the pesky wedding videos showing up in the media.