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A New Birth of Freedom in Iraq?

The Committee to Protect Bloggers reports that prominent Iraqi blogger Khalid Jarrar has been taken into custody by the Iraqi mokhabarat, or secret service. Jarrar is author of Secrets in Baghdad and is the brother of Raed from Raed in the Middle.

B.L. Ochman has the scoop. Raed has more.

If the United States is serious about “building the institutions of a free society, a society based on freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and equal justice under law,” then the United States will doubtless object, loudly, to secret arrest and detention. (Quote from President Bush, June 28 address.)

I’m with Curt Hopkins, who says “If Khalid is being charged with something, charge him, and do so in the light of day.”