In this issue

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 Nov. 26, 2010 / 19 Kislev, 5771

Look For the Bad Guys

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The TSA controversy at the airports concerning whether to give full-body screening X-rays or full-body pat-downs to passengers is all based on a false premise: that all citizens are possible terrorists. Nonsense! MOST citizens are NOT terrorists and shouldn't be treated as if they are. The other stupid thing is that our government security is focusing on finding THINGS instead of focusing on finding bad guys. TSA should be scrutinizing people, not looking for nail files and hair gel.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Meet the Press and criticized the federal government for playing defense and relying on luck to protect the nation from terrorists. "Well, we got lucky with the underwear bomber; we got lucky with the Times Square bomber. We got lucky with the packages. Luck is not a strategy," he said. He went to say that the administration has "focused on treating terrorists like citizens and citizens like suspects. They worry so much about the rights of the terrorists. Where are the rights for the average American? They need to move away from political correctness."

Jindal is right. Political correctness has taken the place of common sense in our airport security. Airport security uses an egalitarian mentality based on the principle that everyone is equal. What hogwash! Well, guess what? Not everyone is equally a terrorist. The three year-old little blonde girl should not be equally patted down with the 24 year old swarthy-looking Arab man. This is rolling the dice with American lives. As if to say to the world, "Look how evenhanded we are. We don't care what you look like, we pat down EVERYBODY!" How utterly stupid.

The entire screening process needs a large dose of common sense, starting with the kind of people that are hired as screeners. Since everyone agrees that screening for terrorists is a matter of life or death I'd like to know why we are employing low level, security guard, postal worker type workers to do this important job. No offense to these workers, but they are simply not trained in how to scrutinize between a terrorist and a little girl.

The TSA workers are given a low-level task; they perform simple assembly line duties. They are not required to make value judgments on the people waiting in line. Why the hell not? They should be looking at faces, attitudes, and demeanor. They should be especially suspicious of dark, Mediterranean men in their twenties and early thirties. They should be asking questions, not looking at driver's licenses and having 80 year-olds taking their shoes off. Most of the terrorists that took part in the September 11th 2001 attack had valid US driver's licenses, by the way.

In Israel the airport security screeners are all ex-military who have been trained in spotting terrorists. They know who to look for, they know the right questions to ask and yes, they profile. That is how you catch the bad guys, not by confiscating toenail clippers. Israel Airlines El Al is considered the most secure airline in the world, and has experienced only one hijacking in all its history. Isaac Yeffet was security chief for El Al, which required every passenger to be interviewed by a well-trained agent before check-in. Agents then perform electronic body scans or searches only on those who arouse suspicions during the interview.

Mr. Yeffet says that the American airlines need to take the same measures. They should use "exactly the same system" as El Al. "Yes, profiling," he said. "Every passenger has to be interviewed by security. We have to be polite. We know how to ask questions. Technology in general can never replace a qualified and well-trained human being." Yeffet said it is unnecessary to search "innocent people," and security should instead focus on determining if a passenger is suspicious by careful observation and intensively interviewing them.

Of course America has many more passengers going through its airports than does a little country like Israel, but I'm sure the security procedures and techniques that Israel employs can be learned from and adapted for use here. All it takes is common sense and the guts to do away with stupid political correctness. Profiling works. Having well-trained security agents screening people, looking for terrorists and not shampoo bottles and key chain files is the only way to stop another 9-11 from happening.

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