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 June 11, 2013/ 3 Tammuz, 5773

The law is no protection if the U.S. government ignores it

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "It's fascism," declared Democratic political operative Bob Beckel. "It's nothing to fret over," said Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz.

The Obama administration "has now lost all credibility," said The New York Times. "There seems to be little here that is scandalous," said The Wall Street Journal.

The world has turned upside down since the British newspaper the Guardian, revealed Wednesday that Verizon has turned over to the National Security Agency telephone record information for hundreds of millions of calls made by Americans. Liberals are attacking the Obama administration. Some conservatives defend it.

Neither our civil liberties nor our privacy are threatened, said a White House spokesman, because the metadata the NSA is collecting (numbers dialed and duration of calls) reveal nothing of their content.

Then the other shoe dropped.

"The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, emails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates," The Washington Post reported Thursday.

"They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type," the intelligence officer who leaked details of this program, code-named PRISM, told the Post.

I'm inclined to agree with those who think the furor over the initial Guardian story is much ado about not much. Data mining has prevented at least one terrorist attack in the last few years, said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. We have no expectation of privacy for the metadata being turned over to the NSA. No harm can come to us from mining it (unless we've been making a lot of calls to suspected terrorists overseas).

But it's not much ado about nothing. The NSA's collection of telephone metadata is authorized under the "business records" section of the Patriot Act. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis, sponsored it in the House of Representatives. The administration has expanded data mining beyond what the law permits, he said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Still, safeguards have been built into the Patriot Act. A judge in a special court must issue a warrant before data can be collected. The House and Senate Intelligence Committees must be informed of any warrants issued, and briefed regularly on investigations. The law itself must be reauthorized every few years.

PRISM may be another matter altogether. So is The Wall Street Journal's report Thursday that NSA is collecting information on our credit card transactions too.

Only noncitizens outside the U.S. are supposed to be targeted by PRISM. But, said the Post, the NSA's search parameters require only 51 percent confidence in a target's "foreignness," and the safeguards against misuse of information about American citizens inadvertently gathered are less robust than the administration claims.

There are "numerous inaccuracies" in the Post story on PRISM, said James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence. But he didn't identify any. We're supposed to take his word for it.

But Mr. Clapper's credibility is suspect. The government doesn't "wittingly" collect data on Americans, he told Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, at a hearing in March.

Though he was informed while the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was in progress that it was the work of terrorists, Mr. Clapper initially backed the administration's story about a YouTube video. After the lie was exposed, Mr. Clapper blamed intelligence officers for the misinformation.

Mr. Clapper is hardly the only senior administration official to mislead Congress. Mr. Holder has made it into something of an art form. Congressional oversight isn't much protection if Congress is being misled.

And the law is no protection if the government ignores it. We've seen chilling abuses in the IRS scandal. Imagine the harm if PRISM were used for partisan purposes.

"The American government has never done anything as sinister as PRISM," said J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department civil rights lawyer. "No war, no threat, no nothing, justifies the National Security Agency obtaining a direct pipeline to the Skype chats of every American."

"We begin to see the wages of having an administration that abuses its awesome powers, then ... misleads Congress and the public," said former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy. "Crucial national security measures, which operate on the forgiving assumption that government officials will conduct themselves honorably, are put at risk."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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