During a speech given on November 13 before the Atlantic Council think tank, CIA Director Michael Hayden offered his best-informed opinion that Osama bin Laden is isolated and most likely hiding amidst the mountainous terrain along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
The New York Times revealed on November 10 the existence of yet another secret administration policy that had been hidden from the American people: "Since 2004 [the Bush administration] has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere." The Times story noted that the Bush administration had singled out 15-20 nations where such military operations could be conducted without congressional approval (and perhaps even congressional knowledge).
In the wake of a presidential race that culminated in the election of a pro-abortion administration, U.S. Catholic bishops moved quickly on November 11 to send notice to Barack Obama that they would oppose legislation to roll back abortion restrictions.
According to Obama, "Change has come to America." But has it really? And if so, what kind of change is it? In his 83-page "Blueprint for Change," the new president-elect proposes a myriad of ideas. Most of his plan involves more spending and, according to some experts, stepping further outside the bounds of the Constitution than ever before. His plan covers everything from healthcare, the economy, ethics, seniors, education, energy, immigration, and rural issues to poverty, service and civil rights.
As part of an ongoing post-election series entitled "The 44th President," the New York Times conducted an "If You Were President ..." reader poll on November 11 asking readers to "Make your selections for President-elect Obama's cabinet by choosing the name of a potential member of the new administration from a pulldown, or entering your own pick."
On November 6, a Florida jury convicted former FBI Agent John J. Connally, Jr. of initiating the 1982 slaying of a business executive by a hit man for Boston's infamous "Irish Mafia." Connolly is one of several FBI agents at the heart of a decades-old scandal in which the FBI was found to be protecting some of the worst Mafia killers from apprehension and prosecution by other federal, state, and local authorities.
Unjustly imprisoned Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos lost their final appeal for a new trial in July. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed only an obstruction of justice count against the men, leaving their 11- and 12-year sentences unchanged.
The Republican Party must accept much of the blame for its recent drubbing in the presidential and congressional elections. President Bush and GOP congressional leaders betrayed and alienated their party base, as well as conservative Democrats and independent swing voters by outdoing the liberal Democrats on federal spending, foreign aid, foreign interventionism, foreign wars, border security, immigration, and a host of other issues. And Senator John McCain was rightly identified with most of those discredited policies.
More than six years after they were thrown into a U.S. prison, the New York Times has reported that six Algerian detainees may finally get their day in court.
Rahm Emanuel may have been a ballet and dance major at Sarah Lawrence College, but in political circles Obama's choice as chief of staff is infamous as a profane "tough guy." Politicos and pundits frequently reference his reputation as a Chicago-style "enforcer" and his ready use of "sharp elbows" and "brass knuckles."