In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 30 , 2012/ 6 Shevat, 5772

Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

By Dan K. Thomasson

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Leaks are a fact of life in Washington, and while every presidential administration since the earliest days of the republic has sought to prevent them, no one has succeeded. But President Barack Obama seems determined to try -- even in the face of mounting criticism from civil libertarians.

So far, Obama's Justice Department has brought six cases against those who have been accused of releasing unauthorized information in contravention of secrecy laws. The latest of these came the other day against a former CIA operative once in the forefront of counterterrorist efforts, who was charged with revealing the names of two CIA interrogators involved in the waterboarding of al-Qaida leader Abu Zubaydah.

Whether or not the actions of John Kiriakou, who helped capture Zubaydah, have damaged the agency is open to question. But what isn't is the fact that over the years, congressional actions -- some official, some not -- have caused more harm to the nation's intelligence efforts than almost anything else short of the treasonous activities of Aldrich Ames in the CIA and the FBI's infamous Robert Hanssen.

Back in the 1970s, Democratic Sen. Frank Church of Idaho decided to expose the CIA's questionable operations hidden under a blanket of national security. In a long investigation, Church and his allies dug deeply into the dark secrets of an agency on the front line of the Cold War.

The revelations of mobster involvement in efforts to rid Cuba of Fidel Castro and the CIA's foreign interventions over three decades were laid bare as never before. They resulted in wholesale changes in the way the agency did business, not always for the better. The CIA's clandestine services ultimately underwent severe alterations that damaged its ability to function in a rapidly changing world. Especially in the Middle East, reliance on electronic spying, rather than the human variety, left it unable to anticipate and head off a series of disasters, including kidnappings of Americans and the early development of terrorist threats like al-Qaida.

President Jimmy Carter's director of central intelligence, Adm. Stansfield Turner, was blamed for decimating the on-the-ground spying cadre. Turner has long denied the allegation, despite clear evidence that his agency failed badly when it came to foreseeing events such as the 1979 invasion of the U.S. Embassy in Iran, which played a significant role in Carter's defeat for re-election.

Kiriakou left the CIA in 2004 after having taken part in Zubaydah's capture in Pakistan two years earlier. Since then, he has written a memoir, worked for a U.S. Senate committee and been visible and vocal in his discussion about the agency's interrogation methods. He also has been an adviser on movies filmed in Afghanistan. Kiriakou's wife, a veteran CIA analyst, was fired from her job following his arrest.

While there is need to protect the nation's secrets -- a task made increasingly difficult by the explosion of communications capabilities -- there is widespread abuse of the classification system. Critics have expressed growing concern that Kiriakou's arrest, along with other cases, will have a chilling effect on the legitimate disclosure of questionable government activities. The government intimidation factor will increase exponentially.

Every president since George Washington has planted information, run up trial balloons and whispered in the ear of friendly reporters when it is advantageous for political or other reasons, or lying when they felt it was necessary "for the good of the country." Congress, as I have said, is not far behind. Trying to plug all the holes in the dam is an exercise in futility.

The use of waterboarding and other controversial techniques has been public information for some time. The seriousness of the current case apparently was the leaking of the names of those doing the interrogating. Without question, there are secrets that need to be kept. One can only hope that this case is not being motivated by CIA vindictiveness against a former trusted operative simply because he didn't like some of his agency's methods. How far should the CIA and the White House go in preserving a culture that may have hidden secrets it shouldn't have? It's a crucial question when an individual's -- and our society's -- freedom is at stake.

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