Recently on the campaign trail, John McCain and Barack Obama have accused each other of offering tax proposals that would hurt the middle class. John McCain, in a paid radio address on October 18, compared Obama to European socialists, saying: "At least in Europe, the socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives. They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Sen. Obama. Raising taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut; it's just another government giveaway."
The major media have widely hyped Colin Powell's October 19 endorsement of Barack Obama for president. On that day's edition of the ABC News program This Week With George Stephanopoulos, former presidential adviser David Gergen called Powell's announcement "the most important endorsement of the campaign so far." And on the same program, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said that Powell's endorsement "eliminated the experience argument. How are you going to say the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former secretary of state, former national security adviser, was taken in?"
ABC's Nightline has broadcast a shocking interview with two former NSA clerks who were charged with recording and transcribing even intimate telephone conversations between U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and their wives back at home.
For more than 13 years, The New American has been a leading force in advancing the thesis that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the convicted conspirators in the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City did not act alone, and that the Clinton administration had engaged in a massive coverup of overwhelming evidence pointing to additional co-conspirators, both foreign and domestic, in the deadly bombing.
On October 2, U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani sentenced Mohamad Fouad Abdallah, 40, of Dearborn, Michigan, to eight months in prison for e-mailing death threats to Debbie Schlussel, a Detroit-area conservative columnist, blogger, attorney, and TV-radio commentator. Abdallah, an avid Hezbollah supporter who had threatened the outspoken Schlussel with rape and murder, claimed in court to be remorseful for the threats, but the judge was unimpressed. "I find it abhorrent," Judge Battani said of Abdallah's sexually obscene threats against Schlussel.
The defense lawyer for notorious Russian arms merchant Viktor Bout argued in a court in Bangkok, Thailand, on October 10 that his client would not receive a fair trial if extradited to the United States. Bout, known as the "Merchant of Death" for providing massive shipments of arms to some of the world's bloodiest dictators, warlords, revolutionary groups, and terrorists, was arrested in Thailand by Thai police on March 6 in an elaborate sting operation carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The president now has an active-duty Army unit here in the United States to use at his beck and call. The unit will serve as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks. But some people warn that this action establishes a standing army that could be used for executive abuse of power — and even to enforce martial law.
"Change, change, change!" Not only are both presidential candidates proclaiming to be candidates for meaningful change, but both of my local congressional candidates are positioning themselves as the candidates of change. Of course, all the candidates wish to impress upon me that the changes they would bring to the federal government would make me — and all the other middle class (of which I am one) and poor people in our nation — financially and bodily better off.