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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

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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 Sept. 20, 2006 / 27 Elul, 5766

When the ‘American Hiroshima’ comes as promised, our senators won't be guiltless

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hamid Mir, a Pakistani, is the only journalist to have interviewed Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al Zawahiri, since 9/11.

On the fifth anniversary of the attacks, Mr. Mir was in Afghanistan again, this time to interview Abu Dawood, the new al Qaida field commander there.

Final preparations have been made for an "American Hiroshima," Mr. Dawood told him, Mr. Mir said in an interview with Al Arabiya television last week. The attack or attacks will be led by Adnan El Shukrijumah, Mr. Mir said.

Mr. El Shukrijumah was born in Saudi Arabia in 1975, but grew up in Brooklyn. He was a friend of 9/11 hijack leader Mohammed Atta, and is both a trained nuclear technician and a pilot. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5 million for his capture.

When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the former al Qaida operations chief who planned the 9/11 attacks was captured in 2003, he reportedly told his interrogators that Mr. El Shukrijumah would be in charge of the next major attack on America.

When al Qaida spokesmen say a big attack is imminent, I take it with a grain of salt. They say that a lot, and I doubt very much that al Qaida has a nuclear bomb, though a "dirty" bomb (radioactive materials wrapped around a conventional explosive) is within their capabilities.

But I am sure that if Senate Democrats and a handful of renegade Republicans have their way, we will never learn the details of this or any other plot by interrogating captured al Qaida suspects.

Thanks to the Supreme Court's breathtaking overreach in the Hamdan case this summer, which extended Geneva Convention protections to terrorists (who clearly are not entitled to them), our ability to obtain information from captured terrorists is in jeopardy.

The problem is this provision of Article 3, which forbids: "Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment."

But what constitutes "humiliating and degrading treatment?" CIA interrogators — who reportedly have been buying private insurance to protect them from lawsuits — want to know what is permissible for them to do, and what isn't.

Captured al Qaida operatives have given us a great deal of useful information. But they haven't provided it out of the kindness of their hearts.

The CIA is understandably vague about the interrogation techniques it seeks to protect, but according to Human Rights Watch, they are: "induced hypothermia; forcing suspects to stand for long periods; sleep deprivation; a technique called 'the attention grab' where a suspect's shirt is forcefully seized; the 'attention slap,' or open hand slapping that hurts but does not lead to physical damage; the 'belly slap," and sound and light manipulation."

The New York Times reported that Abu Zubaydah, the first al Qaida bigwig captured after 9/11, was induced to talk by being kept in a freezing cell, and being forced to listen to loud rock music.

John McCain (R-Ariz) and the other senators who are blocking efforts to clarify the law argue that permitting the CIA to use the coercive techniques described above would open the door to other countries torturing U.S. prisoners. They argue further that any attempt to "amend" Article 3 would bring worldwide condemnation of the U.S. The first argument is ludicrous; the second irrelevant.

The last time an enemy of the United States accorded our POWs the treatment they're supposed to get under the Geneva Conventions was during World War II, which is something Sen. McCain, who was tortured by the North Vietnamese, ought to know.

Consider the treatment of our last two POWs, taken by al Qaida in Iraq this summer.

One was beheaded after his chest was cut open. The other was brutally beaten before he was killed.

To prepare them for torture if captured, American pilots and special forces soldiers undergo harsher treatment in SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training than the CIA currently employs against al Qaida terrorists.

It is true the French won't like us if we use coercive interrogation techniques.

But the French won't like us even if we renounce them. And why do Sen. McCain & Co. think French opinion should take precedence over the safety of Americans?

Adnan El Shukrijumah was last seen in Mexico in November, 2004, where he allegedly stole a crop duster near Mexicali. He's plotting to kill as many of us as he can. If he succeeds, give much of the credit to those in the Senate who want to cripple our ability to listen in on terrorist communications; to track terror financing, and to interrogate terror suspects.

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