"We See No Need for Action"

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Since the alleged abductions did not take place on Austrian soil, in anAustrian airplane or on an Austrian ship, we see no need for action. We see no need for action. That's what a spokesperson for the Austrian Interior Ministry said in response to learning that long-time Austrian resident and Sudanese citizen Masaad Omer Behari was held for three months without cause in Jordan.

Googling Laptops of Death

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Remember that story the other day, about some State Department analyst googling Iranians so John Bolton and Robert "16 Words" Joseph would have someone to sanction? Well, I just saw atArms Control Wonk that the program they want to sanction…

A Quiz for Lawmakers

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Jeff Stein tells us that the rising Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Silvestre Reyes, doesn't know whether Al Qaeda and Hezbollah are predominantly made up of Shiite or Sunni Muslims. Well, the BCIS has decided to revamp the test required of applicants for citizenship. So I think we, the blogosphere, should put together our own new test--fifty questions a legislator should be able to answer correctly before he or she
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