December 17th, 2009
10:57 AM ET

Around the Web: Pakistani politicians lose amnesty

Pakistan's Supreme Court declared on Wednesday that an amnesty that had protected politicians, including President Asif Ali Zardari, from corruption and criminal charges, was unconstitutional.

The 17-judge court invalidated the National Reconciliation Order, saying in its ruling that the amnesty "seems to be against the national interest" and "violates various provisions of the Constitution."

The order, passed in October 2007 under then-President Pervez Musharraf, protected thousands of bureaucrats and politicians, including Zardari and his wife, late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, from corruption and criminal charges.

It expired last month.

The supreme court said its ruling revived all cases that had been suspended or withdrawn under the amnesty.

More coverage on the court’s decision: Dawn;  BBC; Wall Street Journal; New York Times.

The Wall Street Report has a story today about how some Iraqi insurgents are hacking U.S. drones, a key component of the fight against militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations,” the Journal report says.

“Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber - available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet - to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.”

Some other reports and perspectives:

- Michael Bronner (Vanity Fair): “Al Qaeda’s migrant martyrs

- James Glanz and Richard Oppel, Jr. (New York Times): “U.N. officials say American offered plan to replace Karzai

- John Judis (The New Republic): “The problem with Obama's much-lauded Nobel speech

- Lloyd Axworthy (The Globe and Mail): “Time for a civilian surge

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