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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 July 16, 2013/ 9 Menachem-Av, 5773

Reconsider Snowden sans motive

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you follow current events closely enough to read opinion columns, the odds are you've heard about Edward Snowden, who told a British newspaper the National Security Agency is spying on American citizens.

But have heard of Thomas Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe, or Edward Loomis? They also worked for the NSA, also believe the collection of electronic data on Americans doesn't protect us from terrorists, and violates the law.

If you haven't, its probably because they did what Edward Snowden's critics say he should have done. They expressed their concerns through proper channels.

Thomas Drake was working in the Signals Intelligence Directorate at Ft. Meade, Maryland, in 2001 when he became concerned that data mining programs directed at American citizens begun after 9/11 wasted millions of dollars, and violated the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.

"I took my concerns up within the chain of command, to the very highest levels at the NSA, and then to Congress and the Department of Defense," Mr. Drake said. "But as I found out later, none of the material evidence I disclosed went into the official record. It became a state secret even to give information of this kind to the 9/11 investigation."

William Binney was a top code breaker prior to his retirement from the NSA in 2001. A year later he, Mr. Wiebe, Mr. Loomis, and Diane Roark, a Republican staffer on the House Intelligence Committee, filed a formal complaint with the inspector general for the Defense Department against "Trailblazer," a system designed to analyze communications traffic carried on various networks, including the internet.

NSA could have prevented 9/11, were it not for corruption, mismanagement, and an unwillingness to share information with other agencies, they alleged.

Mr. Binney and Mr. Loomis designed the software around which Trailblazer was built. But the smaller, cheaper system they designed, code named "ThinThread," had safeguards built in to prevent collection of data on U.S. citizens. A month before 9/11, NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden cancelled ThinThread because of the commitment to go with Trailblazer.


But Trailblazer wasn't up and running, so "NSA intelligence basically stopped in its tracks when they canceled ThinThread," Mr. Wiebe said.

Trailblazer was an expensive failure, the inspector general for the National Security Agency said in 2003. NSA "disregarded solutions to urgent national security needs," the IG said.

Trailblazer was hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule, Gen. Hayden told the Senate in 2005. It was cancelled the next year.

Vindication did the whistleblowers little good.

"For their troubles, each of these individuals lost their security clearances, while Binney and Wiebe were treated to a full-scale FBI raids on their homes in 2007," noted "Former Spook," a retired intelligence officer turned blogger (In from the Cold). "The whistle-blowers were threatened with criminal prosecution."

The charges against them later "evaporated," Former Spook said. But "all paid a steep price for their actions."

"By following protocol, you get flagged - just for raising issues," Mr. Drake said. "You're identified as someone they don't like, someone not to be trusted."

Edward Snowden seems to be motivated as much by animus against the United States as by concern for our civil liberties. As Mr. Snowden seeks refuge from one after another of America's enemies, he is "transitioning from hero to traitor," Mr. Binney told USA Today. But considering what happened to those who went through channels, it's hard to fault him for blowing his whistle to a British newspaper instead.

We do this for your protection, say those who run the Surveillance State. But the mammoth collection of data on the innocent costs lives, because it takes attention and resources away from programs targeted at the threat which would be more effective, the whistleblowers say.

The NSA's blanket data seizure programs violate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution, and the "secrecy of these programs makes it impossible to hold elected officials and appointed bureaucrats accountable," said Georgetown University law professor Randy Barnett.

Those who exposed Trailblazer's flaws had their careers ruined. The crimes of the guilty and the persecution of the innocent were hidden behind a wall of secrecy. By poking a hole in that wall, Mr. Snowden, whatever his motives, has done us all a favor.

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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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