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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 August 7, 2013/ 1 Elul, 5773

How much do you know about new head of FBI?

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It takes a lot to shock me during the Obama presidency, but I was stunned when the Senate on July 29, by a vote of 93 to 1, confirmed James Comey as the chief of the FBI.

This is the same former U.S. deputy attorney general who, at the FBI confirmation hearing, "forcefully argued to the Senate that the oversight mechanisms on the government's widespread surveillance of phone records and online habits sufficiently protects Americans' privacy." (Spencer Ackerman, "James Comey defends U.S. surveillance practices at FBI confirmation hearing," The Guardian, Aug. 1, 2013).

Added Ackerman: "Comey's hearing, nearly three hours long, occasionally seemed like a coronation hearing."

For the media, from digital to print, that was largely the end of this story. There was a time, however, when James Comey, as President George W. Bush's deputy attorney general, "became a hero to Democratic opponents of Bush's warrantless wiretapping program ... and unsuccessfully tried to limit tough interrogation tactics against suspected terrorists."



So how can this be the same person who now salutes and implements Barack Obama's ceaselessly massive tracking of We The People?

The one journalist who has, characteristically, dug deeply and continuously into James Comey's eventual rise to FBI director -- far in excess of J. Edgar Hoover's contempt of the Bill of Rights -- is Glenn Greenwald.

I never miss the byline of this former constitutional lawyer who, in these Obama years, should get an annual Pulitzer for giving the Constitution meaningful life.

And now Greenwald demonstrates that under George W. Bush, the once-rebellious James Comey, as deputy attorney General, "authorized the illegal NSA (National Security Administration) eavesdropping program ... It was Comey who gave his legal approval to enable that NSA eavesdropping program to spy on Americans without warrants; the same program that produced so much outrage and scandal when revealed by the New York Times."

"How can any progressive who spent the Bush years vehemently denouncing the domestic spying program as the symbol of Bush radicalism and lawlessness now cheer when the lawyer who approved it is about to be put in charge of the FBI?" (Glenn Greenwald, "Obama's New FBI Chief Approved Bush's NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Scheme," The Guardian, May 30).

This is the same FBI that, under Bush and especially Obama, has engaged in even more warrantless spying on us.

Greenwald goes on. This Comey, somewhere along his rise to power, lost his spine. He was among the Bush lawyers "who argued repeatedly that the United States would regret using harsh (interrogation) methods, (but) went along with a 2005 legal opinion asserting that the techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency were lawful."

Said Comey in an April 27, 2005, email obtained by the New York Times:

"That opinion, giving the green light to the CIA to use all 13 methods in interrogating terrorism suspects, including waterboarding and up to 180 hours of sleep deprivation, 'was ready to go out and I concurred.'"

So how come 93 senators and a mostly quiet media did not teach Glenn Greenwald's vital awareness that:

"This is exactly where the Obama administration has taken us. Comey will run the FBI alongside Obama's chief of the CIA, John Brennan, who spent the Bush years advocating multiple torture techniques and rendition. "The agent of change (Obama) reaches deep into the bowels of the Bush National Security State and empowers them to run two of the most powerful agencies."

My advice to professors of journalism throughout the country: Teach Glenn Greenwald's reporting.

Obviously, if Greenwald were a senator, he'd have voted against Comey. But who was the senator who did? Kentucky Republican Rand Paul. He had put a hold on Comey's nomination because he wasn't satisfied with Comey's responses to his questions about the use of drones. But when the FBI said it was "limiting the use of drones for surveillance," Rand Paul dropped the hold. But in view of his own battles against surveillance, why did Rand Paul stop at drones to hold the nomination for a time? ("James Comey Confirmed as FBI Director," Washingtonpost.com, July 27, 2013).

But to his credit, he voted against Comey.

I was greatly surprised, though, at Vermont Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy's support of Comey. As Rachel Weiner and David Nakamura reported in the Washington Post on July 30, Leahy said: "It is a shame that such an important and highly qualified nominee to lead the FBI had to wait an unprecedented 38 days to be confirmed, but I am glad that senators finally came together to ensure the FBI has a confirmed leader at the helm."

For many years, Patrick Leahy fought hard and tenaciously to protect the Constitution, including against numerous threats, including those from Obama. I guess he didn't do any significant research on Comey, but otherwise Leahy was a very focused critic of the Bush regime.

With regard to Rand Paul, this confirmation hearing was a good time for another of his renowned 13-hour filibusters on fundamental American values and how they are being almost daily distorted beyond recognition by Barack Obama's lengthening and aggrandizing of the Bush legacy.

Anyway, those of us who remember who we are have to keep fighting to keep our country free from our own government.

I'd sure like to know who the 2016 presidential candidates are going to be. Maybe James Comey will celebrate his historic 93 to 1 triumph by becoming a candidate. Would you vote for him?

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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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