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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 20, 2013/ 12 Tammuz, 5773

Obama Debates Himself

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When a man has been in the Oval Office for a few years, does he start to buy his own balderdash? In an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose that aired Monday, President Barack Obama asserted that the debate on National Security Agency intelligence gathering "is a healthy thing" and "a sign of maturity" and that "this debate would not have taken place five years ago."

Has the president lost his memory? This debate raged throughout the 2008 presidential race. By the time he was elected, Obama's 2007 rhetoric about the "false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide" was a year old.

Obama also unloaded his complaint about conservatives who weren't worried about intelligence surveillance when George W. Bush was president. Is there no fearless handler to tell his majesty that the debate on surveillance isn't new, that what's new is his position?

Or that he's repeating himself? In San Jose, Calif., on June 7, Obama said: "I think it's healthy for our democracy. I think it's a sign of maturity because probably five years ago, six years ago, we might not have been having this debate."

This week, Justice and intelligence officials faced Congress to defend surveillance programs that allow snooping on foreign communications and the federal government to hoard "telephony metadata." They argued that the programs helped prevent as many as 50 "potential" terrorist attacks, 10 of them domestic, including a 2009 plot to blow up the New York subway.



Skeptics want proof; many argue that other sources exposed or could have exposed would-be terrorists. Before the hearings, Mark Udall and Ron Wyden, Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a joint statement, which said they had seen no evidence that the government's "dragnet collection of Americans' phone records has produced any uniquely valuable intelligence."

Even Obama supported Udall and Wyden's take when he admitted to Rose, "We might have caught (the would-be subway bomber) some other way."

Like most Americans, I want the government to have the tools it needs to uncover terrorist plots. But the president himself isn't sure the NSA needs America's phone records. Between the Boston Marathon bombings and Edward Snowden's revelations, there's reason to suspect that the feds' supersize surveillance is too big to run well.

It's too big for the big shots to get their stories straight. In March, Wyden asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper whether the government was collecting data on millions of Americans. Clapper answered, "No, sir, not wittingly." After the Snowden leaks revealed otherwise, Clapper told MSNBC he had replied in what he considered "the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner."

As for the Department of Justice, it searched phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors and Fox News' James Rosen and Rosen's parents. Attorney General Eric Holder approved a document that charged Rosen as a "co-conspirator" in a national security leak.

Then he forgot. In May, Holder told the House Judiciary Committee that "potential prosecution of the press" is not something that he's "ever been involved in."

The Obama administration is keeping records of everyone's phone calls and targeting reporters. Maybe this is a debate that wouldn't have happened five years ago.

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