It’s January 22nd. It’s one year to the day since President Obama ordered Guantánamo Bay detention camp to be closed – within one year.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts – each with a question – that caught my eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:


Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

2 Big Stories

Gordon Brown ‘to face Iraq Inquiry before election’

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said it was “only right” that he explain his role “before asking the British people for their vote”.

“It is well known that the prime minister was a key figure in Britain’s decision to invade Iraq,” he said. [BBC]

Stephen’s also blogged this, here.

Defence firm halts ‘Biblical’ rifle sights

An American defence contractor said today it would stop stamping Bible references on combat rifle sights sold to the US Army and Marines and the Australian and New Zealand military.

In Britain, the Ministry of Defence had bought 400 of the sights for the Army’s Sharpshooter assault rifle, unaware of the Biblical references.

The references to Bible passages raised concerns that the citations broke a US government rule that bars proselytising by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are predominantly Muslim countries.

In a statement, Trijicon of Wixom, Michigan, said it was also providing free modification kits to the armed forces to remove the citations from the telescopic sights already in use. [Independent]