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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 March 19, 2014 / 17 Adar II, 5774

Obama, Bush, Clinton: U.S. ignores human rights abroad

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Among the reporter-columnists whose bylines I never miss, Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie Savage of The New York Times is at the top of the list. He is penetratingly factual and stays on stories that are often surprising.

At the bottom of page 12 of the March 14 Times -- in what should have been on the front page, garnering Savage another Pulitzer -- was this: "U.S., Rebuffing U.N., Maintains Stance That Rights Treaty Does Not Apply Abroad."

This treaty, signed by our Senate in 1992, is the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which, Savage notes, "bans arbitrary killings, torture, unfair trials and imprisonments without judicial review" (The New York Times, March 14).

This treaty jumped into the news, thanks to Savage, because, as he states in his opening paragraph: "The Obama administration declared ... that a global Bill of Rights-style treaty imposes no human rights obligations on American military and intelligence forces when they operate abroad."

Speaking in our country's name, the "administration affirmed that stance in a meeting in Geneva of the United Nations Human Rights Committee ..."

Savage makes clear that Obama's administration has not been the only one to take that position: "The United States first expressed the stance in 1995 after the Clinton administration was criticized for its policy of intercepting Haitian refugees at sea, and the Bush administration later amplified it to defend its treatment of terrorism suspects in overseas prisons."

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sure did amplify it. Remember the CIA secret prisons, waterboarding and other U.S. "enhanced interrogations" that were as far from human rights as the agency could malignantly manage?

Other reporters and I have documented scores of Obama continuations of Bush-Cheney atrocities abroad. It was hardly surprising, as I wrote back in 2010, that "there were hundreds more photographs of American torture practices in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq that President Obama commanded ... must not be released, despite a previous court order to the contrary. He said they would have a 'chilling effect' on further investigations of abuses of detainees" (my column, "Torture Under Obama," Feb. 17, 2010).

How sensitive of him to consider possible U.S. torturers!



Savage quotes Mary McLeod, Obama's acting legal adviser at the State Department:

"The United States continues to believe that its interpretation -- that the covenant applies only to individuals both within its territory and within its jurisdiction -- is the most consistent with the covenant's language and negotiating history."

So, in other words, Obama doesn't believe he is violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Really? The CIA isn't within the United States' jurisdiction? And when CIA "renditions" captured suspects from the streets of their countries to be tortured in other countries in agreement with the agency, that isn't a wholesale violation of the treaty we signed in 1992?

Moreover, as I keep reporting, U.S. renditions continue, but in secret, so we don't know who -- or where --- the victims are.

Meanwhile, Americans and the rest of the world have been hearing from longtime stalwart Obama administration supporter Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She has called hero "leaker" Edward Snowden a traitor, but has also spoken of the "horrible details of a CIA program that never, never, never should have existed."

As The Guardian recently reported, Feinstein "accused the Central Intelligence Agency of a catalogue of cover-ups, intimidation and smears aimed at investigators probing its role in an 'un-American and brutal' programme of post-9/11 detention and interrogation" ("Feinstein accuses CIA of 'intimidating' Senate staff over torture report," Dan Roberts and Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, March 11).

According to Roberts and Ackerman, the senator, "normally an administration loyalist, accused the CIA of potentially violating the U.S. Constitution and of criminal activity in its attempts to obstruct her committee's investigation into the agency's use of torture.

"She described the crisis as a 'defining moment' for political oversight of the U.S. intelligence service."

Moreover, Feinstein "revealed that CIA officials had also been reported to the Department of Justice for alleged violations of the Fourth Amendment and laws preventing them from domestic spying."

This time the agency is accused of spying on the Senate's intelligence committee.

There will surely be more on this startlingly revealing historic civil war within the Obama administration, but the most vital immediate action, as Feinstein says, is for "the White House to declassify" her Senate Intelligence Committee's "major findings" on the CIA, "which the president has the power to order."

As for President Obama's reaction?

"The president has great confidence in (CIA Director) John Brennan and confidence in our intelligence community and in professionals at the CIA," says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

But meanwhile, the CIA, buoyed by our president's glowing support of its leader, continues to be its own rule of law within the administration's disintegrating rule of law over us.

In a month or more, how much media coverage, even analysis, will there be of this "defining moment" in the prohibition of our Constitution's separation of powers?

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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