FROM Vincent Cannistraro
Convicted Bomber Released but Lockerbie Case Far from Over In 2001, Scottish judges convicted Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi and sentenced him to a minimum of 27 years for planting the bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people in 1988. Two weeks ago, he was released and returned to Libya on compassionate grounds. According to Libyan officials, al-Megrahi, who's suffering from terminal prostate cancer, doesn't have long to live in a hospital in Tripoli. But the controversy surrounding his release from a Scottish prison isn't ending, with accusations growing that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pressured Scottish authorities for al-Megrahi's release to help improve relations with oil-rich Libya. What role did oil companies play? Did Britain break a promise to the US? What effect does al-Megrahi's release have on relations between the West and the Arab world?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.