Footnotes of an America United

And there were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terror. 

 President Bush has said he'll take Usama bin Laden dead or alive, but actor Danny Glover, who starred in "The Color Purple" and "Lethal Weapon" movies, has called on the government to spare bin Laden's life, even if he is behind the terrorist attacks.  

The Trentonian newspaper reports Glover made the comments at an anti-death penalty forum at Princeton University yesterday.  He says the death penalty is "inhumane, whether that person is in a bird cage or bin Laden."  

He also criticized the government for detaining hundreds of immigrants in the wake of the attacks, as well as for seeking permission to listen to conversations between a small number of inmates and their lawyers.  Glover says it's  "a slippery slope and we must stand vigilant against President Bush in these times."

Meanwhile, there are reports that some immigrants the government wants to send home are having trouble actually getting out of the country.  The Newark Star Ledger reports on the case of a 23-year-old Egyptian named Omar Mohammed, who has been charged with overstaying his student visa.  

The administration wants him back in Egypt and he wants to go back, but despite volunteering for deportation back in September, he has remained in a New Jersey jail for more than eight weeks waiting to leave.  His attorney says his client has been cleared by the F.B.I.  Mohammed lived in Jersey City and was one of 300 people detained in Hudson County by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  

Finally, the lighting of the White House Christmas tree is one of the most popular holiday events in Washington, but this year the crowds won't be as large as usual.  As in years' past, the White House and U.S. park service have handed out 5,000 tickets to the event, but in a change of policy, bystanders won't be able to watch the ceremony from the sidelines of the ellipse.  

The administration has erected a huge fence around the site, much taller than usual, and sent a word that only invited guests will have permission to watch the lighting.  The celebration has taken place for nearly 80 years, except for a blackout during World War II.  

Our Fox survey shows Americans are divided about what ought to be the nation's top political priority.  About half think it should be homeland security, 27 percent feel it should be the war in Afghanistan, and 16 percent feel it should be the economy.