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December 2, 2014

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 June 11, 2009 19 Sivan 5769

Do We Really Need a New Spy Scandal?

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is not like we don't have enough to worry about already.


Our economic recovery is ranging from slow to wishful thinking. Our unemployment rate is at its highest in 25 years. Our car companies are going bankrupt.


Abroad, though Iran is awash in oil, it insists it needs nuclear reactors for electrical power. North Korea is imprisoning U.S. journalists. The war in Afghanistan is not going well.


And soon, Guantanamo detainees will be loitering outside our local Starbucks demanding spare change.


So do we need a spy scandal, too? No, but we have one.


Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and his wife, Gwendolyn, 71, of Washington were charged a few days ago with having spied for Cuba for the past 30 years. Until his retirement in 2007, Walter was a high-ranking analyst for the U.S. State Department with top-secret clearance. Gwendolyn, who worked in a local bank, allegedly passed along secret documents to other Cuban agents by exchanging shopping carts in supermarkets.


Both have pleaded not guilty. The Justice Department says the information they passed along was "incredibly serious."


My favorite headline generated by the arrest of the couple was: "AP Sources: Cuban Spies Very Difficult to Find."


You think?


In fact, however, they should not have been very difficult to find. And that is because they acted very stupidly. The problem is that the people looking for them seem to have acted even more stupidly.


First of all, Myers, a lifetime civil servant, and his bank-employee wife own a 38-foot yacht docked at a marina in Anne Arundel County in Maryland. This was their second yacht. They "traded up," according to The Washington Post, because the new yacht had "teak decks."


Spies often seem to live somewhat beyond their means.


Aldrich Ames, an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, got away with spying for the Soviet Union and Russia for at least nine years, even though the CIA was furiously hunting for a mole in the agency.


At a time when Ames had a take-home salary of $38,800 per year, he bought a home for $540,000 in cash, spent $99,000 on home improvements, $7,000 on furniture, $25,000 for a Jaguar and $19,500 for a Honda.


No alarm bells went off at CIA headquarters.


Flash forward. Walter Kendall Myers had been put on a "watch list" by the State Department in 1995, meaning he was under suspicion. But the FBI did not start investigating him until 11 years later. Myers retired from the State Department in 2007, but in his last year there, he accessed more than 200 classified or top-secret documents related to Cuba, even though the documents were unrelated to his job.


Alarm bells? What alarm bells?


What did Myers do with the documents? He took notes and kept them "locked in his office safe."


(Note to State Department: In the future, periodically check the office safes of those people under suspicion of being spies for hostile foreign powers.)


In a locking-the-barn-door exercise, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has now called for a "comprehensive damage assessment" as to what secrets the couple may have conveyed to Cuba


. Why did they allegedly spy in the first place? There are clues. Myers wrote in his diary: "Fidel has lifted the Cuban people out of the degrading and oppressive conditions which characterized pre-revolutionary Cuba. He is certainly one of the great political leaders of our time."


You can argue which conditions were actually more degrading and oppressive — those of pre-revolutionary dictator Fulgencio Batista or those of Fidel Castro — but a more important question comes to my mind: Myers kept a diary? An alleged spy keeps a diary? He is that much of a nitwit, and we still couldn't catch him for 30 years?


And how did we actually get him after all this time? That may be the most interesting part of the entire story.


On April 13, the White House announced it was easing certain travel and financial restrictions involving Cuba, which is sure to be a huge boost to the Cuban economy.


On April 15, an undercover FBI agent met Myers outside the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he was an adjunct professor. The FBI agent told Myers that he was under orders from Cuba to contact him "because of the change that is taking place in Cuba and the new administration."


Myers apparently fell for it, revealing that his goal was to "sail home" to Cuba.


On April 16, Cuban President Raul Castro publicly welcomed the Obama administration's easing of restrictions, saying, "We are willing to discuss everything — human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners, everything, everything, everything they want to talk about."


On April 17, speaking in Trinidad and Tobago, President Barack Obama said he wanted to "seek a new beginning with Cuba."


On June 4, Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Myers were charged with conspiracy, being agents of a foreign government and wire fraud. The State Department said it would also seek a return of his salary and retirement benefits.


The timeline suggests to me that the Cuban government may have ratted out the Myerses to U.S. authorities as a gesture of goodwill. We extend an olive branch to Cuba, and the Cubans throw us a couple of old spies.


So perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here: Think twice before you agree to spy for degrading and oppressive dictatorships. You just can't trust them.

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