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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 17, 2013/ 9 Tammuz, 5773

Bigger is not better in surveillance: Obama's security bureaucracy threatens freedom without catching

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Israel and the United States since 9/11 have taken strikingly different approaches to protecting their citizens from acts of terror.

We've built big intelligence and security bureaucracies which invade the privacy and impinge upon the liberty of Americans. The Israelis identify and neutralize terrorists.

The Department of Homeland Security, which has 240,000 employees and a budget of $59.03 billion, is a product of 9/11. So is the now very large Office of the Director of National Intelligence (1,600 people).

The Transportation Security Administration is the part of DHS with which Americans are familiar. No airliners have been hijacked since 9/11, for which TSA claims credit. But that "is as absurd as the rooster taking credit for the sun rising each morning," says former intelligence officer Mark Hyman.

TSA has never caught a terrorist, despite spending more than $200 million on SPOT, it's behavior detection program, the Government Accountability Office said in a 2010 report. ("Shoe bomber" Richard Reid and "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab were foiled by passengers after airport security let them board.)

The indignities to which TSA subjects air travelers are "security theater," which make a show of increased protection, but don't actually provide it, say experts Bruce Schneier and Edward Felten. Sixteen people later accused of involvement in terror plots have flown 23 times through U.S. airports since 2004 without being detected, GAO said.

Despite its massive budget, DHS still has no "scientific method" to count or track those who enter the country illegally, or who overstay their visas, who account for 40 percent of illegals. About 266 of more than 1 million foreign nationals of whom DHS has lost track "could pose national security or public safety concerns," says the GAO.

Had the CIA and the FBI shared information, the 9/11 attacks might have been thwarted. ODNI was created to coordinate the activities of the 16 intelligence agencies ostensibly to make sure there would be no more "stovepiping." But as we saw in the Boston Marathon bombing, nothing much has changed. The CIA had plenty of dirt on the brothers Tsarnaev, of which the FBI claims it was unaware.

Gathering masses of data on millions who pose no threat cannot compensate for failing to collect -- and act on -- intelligence on the few hundred who do. The collection by the National Security Agency of telephone metadata, credit card transactions and emails is "the digital equivalent of the TSA strip-searching an 80 year-old Minnesota grandmother," said Barry Rubin, editor of Middle East Review.



Flooding analysts with data makes it harder to separate wheat from chaff. Tamerlan Tsarnaev visited al Qaida's website often to learn how to build his bomb. If NSA's data sweeps didn't pick this up, what good are they?

Their massive size diffuses accountability in our intelligence and security bureaucracies. Before the Fort Hood massacre, Maj. Nidal Hasan prepared a disturbing PowerPoint presentation which made clear his Islamist sympathies and foreshadowed his actions. Nobody in the Army was court-martialed for ignoring this and other signs.

If we cut by about half the roughly $1 trillion a year we spend on our intelligence and security bureaucracies, we'd be safer.

• All that would be lost by abolishing TSA would be the indignities visited upon air travelers. The security measures airlines would take would be for real, not for show.

• If DHS were replaced by a smaller organization devoted to border security, something might be done about illegal immigration.

• Rarely is the work of spies improved by adding another layer of bureaucrats to look over their shoulders. ODNI "has become a serious bureaucratic obstacle," said former CIA analyst Nada Bakos. Abolishing it would do no harm.

The refusal to acknowledge who the terrorists are and what motivates them is nearly as grave a danger as the terrorists themselves.

The feelings of Muslims would be hurt if we focused on the subset among them who are trying to kill us, the administration frets. So all Americans are treated as suspects. TSA strip searches small children and grandmas. NSA gathers masses of data on the innocent -- but apparently not on Islamists.

There's no trade-off between liberty and security in the surveillance state the Obama administration is building. Freedom is threatened, but we are no safer.

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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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