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December 2, 2014

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 July 29, 2013/ 22 Menachem-Av, 5773

The NSA's close shave: For now, let's hope that government incompetence will protect our privacy

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It isn't often that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are on the same side of a controversial issue -- and against the rank and file in both parties -- but there were strange bedfellows everywhere in the House of Representatives Wednesday.

By a vote of 205-217, the House rejected an amendment to the defense authorization bill by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., which would have removed the legal authority for the National Security Agency to collect communications "metadata" on U.S. citizens. It was the first genuinely bipartisan House vote on a controversial issue in years.

Republicans voted 134-94 against the Amash amendment, which would have amended Section 215 of the Patriot Act to permit surveillance only if the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decides that individual business records are relevant to a specific investigation. Despite strong opposition to the amendment from the White House, Democrats supported it, 111-83.

"We oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our intelligence community's counterterrorism tools," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. "This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open or deliberative process."

The NSA program the amendment would have gutted is vital to national security, said the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

George W. Bush-era officials, including former attorneys general Michael Mukasey and Alberto Gonzalez, and former CIA directors Michael Hayden and Porter Goss, sent an open letter expressing "strong support" for the NSA programs targeting telephone metadata and another directed at foreign Internet communications.

"Denying the NSA such access to data will leave the nation at risk," the former Bush administration officials said, though they didn't say why.

A House GOP aide told The Washington Free Beacon website that the Amash amendment would prevent NSA from identifying a terrorist by phone number, a key tool in the fight against terrorists.

The data-collection programs have helped prevent more than 50 "potential terrorist events" in more than 20 countries since 9/11, NSA director Keith Alexander told the House Intelligence Committee. He provided no details, but FBI deputy director Sean Joyce said information gleaned from the data-mining programs helped disrupt a plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2001, isn't convinced: "I have not seen any indication that the bulk-phone-records program yielded any unique intelligence that was not also available to the government through less-intrusive means."



The massive NSA data collection programs go beyond what the Patriot Act allows, said Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., a co-author of the Patriot Act.

The existence of these programs was disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to the British newspaper The Guardian.

One reason Americans should be concerned about these programs is their secrecy, Sen. Wyden said in a speech to a liberal think tank. "If Americans are not able to learn how their government is interpreting and executing the law, then we have effectively eliminated the most important bulwark of our democracy," he said. "Without public laws, and public court rulings interpreting those laws, it is impossible to have informed public debate."

Government officials often have lied about the surveillance it conducts. When Sen. Wyden asked James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, at a hearing March 12: "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" Mr. Clapper said no. Gen. Alexander gave a similar answer to a similar question at a House hearing the year before.

I think the surveillance state must be curbed, but the Amash amendment went too far, so, for me, narrow defeat was the optimal outcome. Rep. Rogers and the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, D-Md., pledged to work for privacy protections when the defense bill goes to conference with the Senate.

The Senate will be amenable to reform, predicted Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The closeness of the vote should be a "wake-up call" for the White House, he said.

Until then, we'll have to rely for protection of our civil liberties on bureaucratic incompetence. "Blueprints of NSA's ridiculously expensive data center in Utah suggest it holds less info than thought," Forbes reported Wednesday.

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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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