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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 11, 2010 / 1 Elul 5770

J. Edgar Hoover Obama

By Nat Hentoff

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Many Americans may not remember, if they ever knew, that toward the end of the Bush administration, FBI Director Robert Mueller and then Attorney General Michael Mukasey so greatly expanded the "Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations" that now, in Obama's presidency, we have essentially returned to the reign of J. Edgar Hoover, who was convinced that a citizen's right to a private life and to his or her own thoughts could be ignored for national security.

The FBI, with no objection from President Obama, can conduct a "threat assessment" -- an investigation -- on any of us without a judicial warrant or any articulable suspicion of criminal activity. During J. Edgar Hoover's time, there was much public protest and reporting on his erasing of our Fourth Amendment's "right of the people to be secure ... against unreasonable searches and seizures."

Because of my reporting on Hoover's shelving of the Constitution, two FBI agents knocked on my door. Since they did not have a subpoena, I told them they would have to first see my lawyers at the ACLU, at the time a few blocks up the street from where I lived. They left and I never heard from them again, but later found I had an FBI file consisting mainly of newspaper clips of my reporting.

Now, however, even though these new FBI guidelines also permit its agents to take into account race and ethnicity in their "threat assessment," there is no commotion among the citizenry about being under increasingly pervasive surveillance since 9/11. And although Mueller, FBI director since September 2001, had little more than two years left in his 10-year tenure when Obama took office, Mueller is to remain securely in place.

Startlingly, although of very limited interest to the press, when Director Mueller was testifying on July 28 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he actually told Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (huffingtonpost.com, Aug. 5, 2010) that before any FBI surveillance can take place, there must be some suspicion of wrongdoing. Somebody in the FBI must have whispered a correction to him because later, he sent Durbin a note saying he had misspoken. He has also said wrongly that race never is a factor in a "threat assessment."

Well, he's so busy looking after our national security, this FBI director, like the much noisier J. Edgar Hoover, has never been a stickler about his agents' concern for the Bill of Rights.

For example, on July 28, Pete Yost reported (Associated Press) that, the day before, the ACLU asked "FBI field offices in 29 states and Washington, D.C, to turn over records related to the bureau's collection of data on race and ethnicity." And, not at all surprisingly, "the FBI is still refusing to make public portions of the guide that deal with sending agents or informants into houses of worship and political gatherings."

If you go to political gatherings, are you going to be tracked just for being there, let alone for what you say? Like J. Edgar Hoover, Director Mueller isn't going to tell you which political gatherings are on his list -- nor will President Obama tell him to. And during his confirmation hearing, Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder, said:

"The guidelines are necessary because the FBI is changing its mission, going from a pure investigative agency to one that deals with national security." That these limitless guidelines are kept from any judge's scrutiny didn't bother our attorney general or his boss.

But Holder did assure us that he would "see how these guidelines work in operation." I'm still waiting, Mr. Attorney General.

The year before he was nominated, I heard Eric Holder, during a speech before the Constitution Project in Washington as he condemned President George W. Bush, saying: "I never thought that I would see that a president would act in direct defiance of federal law by authorizing warrantless NSA (National Security Agency) surveillance of American citizens."

Yet here is our chief law enforcement officer endorsing President Obama's approval of unbounded warrantless surveillance under "Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations" -- along with President Obama's hearty support of the now much more expanded warrantless NSA surveillance of American citizens under the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which then Sen. Obama pledged he would filibuster, and then signed as president.

Moving into positions of power does indeed often corrupt previously cherished principles. Consider former congressman and Bill Clinton's White House chief of staff.

Before becoming part of this current administration, Leon Panetta wrote (washingtonmonthly.com/features/2008/0801): "How did we transform from champions of human dignity and individual rights into a nation of armchair torturers? One word: fear.

"Then what's wrong with a little waterboarding? The simple answer is the rule of law."

And where is Panetta today? He is President Obama's director of the CIA. He has continued CIA "renditions" that used to send terrorism suspects to countries known for torture. Why is he continuing renditions? He won't say. That's classified. He does say that he rejects punishment of any CIA agents involved in what a then inspector general of the CIA found to be torture. They, Panetta emphasized, were following orders that lawfully, at the time, came from on high. Orders under our rule of law?

Next week: President Obama and Robert Mueller are insisting that the FBI get more warrantless surveillance powers to look into your electronic "communication transactional" Internet records in national security investigations. Like maybe all the websites you visit, or with whom you and your computer socialize on the web.

Why worry if you have nothing you want to hide? Don't you trust your government? It's not as if J. Edgar Hoover were still in the FBI's Washington headquarters named after him -- but aren't his successors keeping faith with him? I doubt that many voters in the midterm elections will be asking that question. Many of us don't have the time to look into our history. We find out what's going on now through blogs and cable TV shows we agree with. Will the FBI eventually want to know which ones?

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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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