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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 July 31, 2012, 2012/ 12 Menachem-Av, 5772

Suspects, but no crime?

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Someone at the White House is responsible for leaks that have damaged U.S. security, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Cal, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday (7/23). "I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from its ranks," Sen. Feinstein told the World Affairs Council. "I don't know specifically where, but there - I think they have to begin to understand that and do something about it."

In a remarkable display of bipartisan unity, the Democrat and Republican leaders of the intelligence committees in the House and Senate held a joint press conference June 7 to express alarm about the leaks.

They were spurred to act by a story in the New York Times June 1 about how the StuxNet computer worm has hampered the Iranian nuclear weapons program. The lawmakers also expressed concern about stories on how the U.S. is using drones to track and kill terrorists; that a plot by an al Qaida cell in Yemen to blow up airliners had been foiled by a double agent who infiltrated the terror group, and the leak of the identity of the Pakistani physician who helped us locate Osama bin Laden's hideout.

"It is very, very disturbing," Sen. Feinstein said then. "It's dismayed our allies. It puts American lives in jeopardy. It puts our nation's security in jeopardy."

The leaks are "one of the most serious of breaches" he's seen during 10 years of service on the House Intelligence Committee, said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md, the ranking Democrat.

The Intelligence Committee chieftains didn't speculate then about who the leaker or leakers might be. But, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, pointed his finger at the White House because: "the only conceivable motive for such damaging and compromising leaks of classified information is that it makes the President look good."

The news conference generated a brief flurry of stories. In response to them, the Director of National Intelligence announced an investigation -- that wouldn't extend to the White House.

Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two U.S. attorneys -- one an Obama contributor -- to conduct a probe.

Then the story disappeared from the news. Ms. Feinstein's remark, and Mitt Romney's quotation of it in his call Tuesday for a special prosecutor revived it.

But probably not for long. "No controversy has the potential to do as much long-term damage to the Obama presidency as the White House leaks investigation," said Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine. Which, I suspect, is why there has been so little reporting of it. After being hammered by fellow Democrats and liberal journalists, Ms. Feinstein walked back her remark the next day: "I stated that I did not believe the president leaked classified information," she said. "I shouldn't have speculated beyond that, because the fact of the matter is I don't know the source of the leaks."

She knows -- but didn't say -- the list of suspects is very short. His info came from senior officials, a leak recipient said. The leak didn't come from the Department of Defense, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said July 19.

"These are leaks obviously leaked by high administration officials in the White House who were in the Situation Room," said columnist Charles Krauthammer. A Romney foreign policy adviser thinks the leaker is National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon. So does Democrat pollster Pat Caddell.

"It is very obvious the White House is leaking classified information," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said to David Axelrod, Mr. Obama's chief political strategist, Wednesday.

Mr. Axelrod danced, but didn't deny: "Well, Joe, I can tell you, that the president of the United States did not leak classified information... didn't authorize the leak of classified information," he said. This was a shift from June, when Mr. Axelrod flatly denied White House involvement.

No one thinks the president called the New York Times himself. Whether he knew what was being done on his behalf is less important than that the leaks be stopped; the leaker(s) punished. But Mr. Obama seems interested only in burying the scandal until the election is safely past.

So, alas, do most in the "mainstream" media, who seem more upset Mr. Romney would make an issue of the leaks than by the leaks themselves.

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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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