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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 June 6, 2012/ 16 Sivan, 5772

Still accused by those we've tortured

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama's key rallying message for re-election is "Forward," as in his purported revival of the economy and promised expanding and fortifying of health care. But in response to those who insist on accountability for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's torture and other war crimes, Obama has said repeatedly that so much needs to be done ahead, so he will not turn back.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) reported that on May 21, the president was backed by a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, whose range includes New York, when it ruled that the Obama government can keep secret the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding, which makes a terror suspect believe he will soon be drowned if he does not quickly say what the CIA wants him to say ("Federal appeals court rules government may withhold CIA interrogation, waterboarding records," Amanda Simmons, www.rcfp.org, May 22).

And, indeed, the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Physicians for Human Rights, the Center for Constitutional Rights and others demanded CIA records of waterboarding, including a photo of the detainee (aka prisoner), Abu Zubaydah, while he was being waterboarded -- at least 83 enhanced times -- by the CIA.

The plaintiffs also wanted to find out more about two memoranda written by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel that assured Bush and future presidents that these remorseless interrogations were certainly within the American rule of law.

These memoranda are disdainfully known around the world as "the torture memos."

The Bush and Obama administrations have long been righteously assuring their critics at home and abroad that the "sources and methods" by which the United States guards its national security must remain classified.

According to the Reporters Committee story, former CIA Director Leon Panetta (now Secretary of Defense) claimed "that the photograph of Zubaydah contained 'TOP SECRET operational information concerning' his interrogation."

Gee, we wouldn't want inexperienced enemies to know how to nearly smother persons to death.

The 2nd Circuit solemnly "agreed with the government that it was exempt from disclosure under FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act) as the photo was a record related to intelligence sources or methods."

And, dig this, these three elevated interpreters of our Constitution, wanting to give Obama and his Justice Department an extra pat on the back, actually wrote: "(W)e observe that a photograph depicting a person in CIA custody discloses far more than the person's identity."

It sure does. It discloses every twinge of shock and pain, the grinding fear and suffering as the "detainee" is condemned for what he has allegedly done or intended to do to undermine our national security.

Did the CIA first take him to court so he could argue to see the evidence against him? Come on -- whether Zubaydah was snatched from a field of battle or was nowhere near one, international treaties and American anti-torture laws have been routinely suspended by U.S. presidents and courts (www.rcfp.org).

As I and others have reported, Bush, supported by his Justice Department's torture memos and the highest levels of his administration, had no difficulty admitting he dutifully told the CIA to go ahead with enhanced interrogation techniques.

And while Obama did issue an executive order in 2009 banning waterboarding as a technique for intelligence gathering, that move turned out to be for show -- like his transiently heartfelt pledge at the start of his tenure that his administration would be the most transparent in our history.

Speaking of transparency, if you'd like to find out what Abu Zubaydah has to say about his never-to-be-forgotten CIA experiences, you'll have to wait, probably until the end of hostilities, because he is still being detained indefinitely ("Memorial for America's Conscience," Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, salon.com, May 24).

In their Salon article, Moyers and Winship go on to ask a question that I will bet my farm, if I had one, won't be asked by either side before the November elections -- or after:

"In future days and years, how will we come to cope with the reality of what we have done in the name of security?"

More and more Americans, however, will confront themselves with Moyers and Winship's assertions:

"Many other societies do seem to try harder than we do to come to terms with horrendous behavior commissioned or condoned by a government.

"Beginning in 1996, in South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission held hearings at which whites and blacks struggled to confront the cruelty inflicted on human beings during apartheid."

Meanwhile, on May 11, as reported on jurist.org, a University of Pittsburgh law school site I visit daily: "The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalize War (KLFCW) ... found former U.S. President George W. Bush and seven administration officials guilty of war crimes after a symbolic trial.

"The five-member tribunal convicted Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and several other administration officials of torture and war crimes."

I don't think any of them will be traveling to Malaysia soon. They'll be welcome elsewhere. But maybe not by American and world history.

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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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