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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 May 30, 2012/ 9 Sivan, 5772

Coming: Even more FBI warrantless searches?

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On May 9, FBI Director Robert Mueller strongly recommended that Congress reauthorize the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act by the end of the year. This law allows federal authorities, including the FBI, to conduct warrantless searches. These are beyond the Attorney General's Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations that let the FBI avoid going to a court to get a warrant to track Americans suspected of terrorist ties.

In 2008, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, pledged he would "unequivocally oppose" the FISA Amendments Act but, as is sometimes his custom, he voted for it. ("FBI chief urges restoration of searches without warrants," Jerry Seper, washingtontimes.com, May 9).

Seper, quoting Mueller, writes that "the law allows the collection of vital information about international terrorists 'while providing a robust protection for the civil liberties of Americans.'"

How is that possible when Americans who are being spied on don't know it and therefore can't question the lawfulness of the tracking?

When reauthorized, this law will add to what the American Civil Liberties Union and its policy counsel on national security, immigration and privacy, Michael German, call "suspicionless surveillance," which keeps growing around the country through local and state authorities, the FBI and the mammoth databases of the National Security Agency (NSA).

As I've reported, German worked inside the FBI for 16 years on domestic terrorism and other investigative matters before being recruited by the Constitution to join the ACLU.

German objects to constant "suspicionless surveillance," as it "invades the privacy of innocent persons and, failing to require a factual basis creating reasonable suspicion and probable cause before initiating surveillance, opens the door to:

"Biased policing, leading to unconstitutional racial and religious profiling and spying on political activists in violation of their First Amendment rights" ("FBI Official Agrees With ACLU: Suspicionless Surveillance is Ineffective and Counterproductive," Michael German, aclu.org, March 9).

Wow! Have presidential rivals Obama and Mitt Romney said a word about this? Don't they care when the Constitution is being ravaged? Will this come up in any of their debates or in press interviews during the campaign?

German continues, referring to his time in the FBI: "Based on my experience in law enforcement, I have also argued that suspicionless surveillance is ineffective and counterproductive as a security measure because it fills intelligence databases with useless information and undermines community support for legitimate law enforcement and intelligence activities directed at real threats."

I wonder if the NSA cares at all about that.

German may have startled FBI Chief Mueller by praising Newark, N.J., Special Agent in Charge Michael Ward for what he said to The (N.J.) Star-Ledger about New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's suspicionless, large-scale spying operation on Muslims (simply for being Muslims), a practice enthusiastically supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Courageous dissenter Ward said: "But (the NYPD) coming out and just basically mapping out houses of worship and minority-owned businesses (to spy on the Muslims who are there) -- there's no correlation between the location of houses of worship and minority-owned businesses and counterterrorism" ("Recent NYPD spying uproar shakes FBI's foundations in N.J. terror intelligence," Jason Grant, nj.com, March 7).

But that's what Police Commissioner Kelly's counterterrorism police did in New Jersey and also at various colleges in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, where they spied on students. The police even monitored a small elementary school in a private home in Newark.

Adds German, quoting from Ward's interview with The Star-Ledger: "There should be 'an articulable factual basis' for domestic intelligence collection, such as a 'specific reason why we're looking at this location, this person.'"

Furthermore, German points out how Ward describes "the negative impact these types of operations have on the FBI's relationship with the Muslim community."

Then comes this jab at Michael Ward's boss from German: "Unfortunately, the view that both Ward and the ACLU share isn't reflected in the FBI's policies, or its practices. To the contrary, FBI policies permit the kind of surveillance Ward rightly criticizes."

So far there's been silence from Obama, Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder and most of the media.

And what about the Republican presidential candidate, who's been silent thus far? I wish he'd say something about both the FBI violations and the Federal Aviation Administration's prediction that "30,000 drones could be in the nation's skies by 2020" ("Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress," Shaun Waterman, washingtontimes.com, Feb. 7).

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, a dauntless warrior for our Constitution, warns us to prepare for this ultimate raid on our privacy:

"The whole reason we have a Bill of Rights is to assure that tyranny does not happen here, to guarantee that the government, to which we have supposedly consented, will leave us alone. Do you think the government accepts that? Would you feel safe with a drone in your backyard? Would you feel like you were in America?" ("Is there a drone in your backyard?" Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, JewishWorldReview.com, May 17).

There are still eight years before these darting government spies make us wary of looking to the heavens, lest a swarm of tiny drones equipped with facial recognition technology take an interest in us.

Do you agree with The Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead when he says: "We are truly entering a new era. Once the realm of science fiction and dystopian literature, the all-seeing surveillance state, powered by the latest and greatest in robot technology, is the reality with which we must now contend" ("The Empire Strikes Back: Attack of the Drones," rutherford.org. April 30).

What do you think we should do about finding a place for the Constitution in this new era? Americans shouldn't give up being American.

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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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