Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Friday, August 12, 2011, 1:02 AM

The Department of State is indirectly financing private security firms to train African soldiers to fight al Shabab in Somalia, reports the New York Times.

The Washington Post has this editorial which presses the U.S. to not hand over Ali Mussa Daqduq to Iraqi authorities, because of its record of releasing dangerous suspects, sub-standard security measures in its prisons, and "spotty" record of prosecutions.

Umar Patek, who was captured in Abbottabad in January and has been held by Pakistani authorities since then, was extradited and has arrived in Indonesia. He is a major figure in Jemmah Islamiyah, Al Qaeda's Indonesian affiliate, and a suspect in the deadly Bali bombing. The Times has the story, as does the Post.

The 11th commander of the Guantanamo detention center has been named, reports the Miami Herald. Rear Admiral David B. Woods has this honor.

The so-called ringleader of the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, Charles A. Graner, Jr., was released from a prison in Kansas over the weekend for good behavior (he was sentenced to 10 years, but served only 6 and 1/2). Iraqis, it seems, are not pleased, as Michael Schmidt at the Times reports.

Naser Jason Abdo, a 21-year old soldier, was indicted yesterday in connection with a plot to bomb Fort Hood soldiers. The AP has the story.

Over at the Times, Suzanne Daley writes on the trend in Europe to back privacy rights on the internet. The Spanish government has ordered Google to stop indexing information about 90 individuals who filed complaints with Spain's Data Protection Agency.

The Economist covers the arrest of key figures in LulzSec, and the search for members of Anonymous, two hacking groups believed to be responsible for many of the recent attacks on government agencies and organizations around the world.

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