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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 15, 2012/ 27 Menachem-Av, 5772

Tourists beware of being databased in New York City

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If there were a global George Orwell Award for the vastest city police surveillance apparatus, New York City, where I live and work, would win this tracking and databasing prize.

In "Nowhere to hide from NYPD's new computer system" (Rocco Parascandola and Tina Moore, nydailynews.com, Aug. 8), I discovered that I am subject to the Domain Awareness System, created by the New York Police Department and Microsoft to track "data from a network of (video) cameras, radiation detectors, license plate readers and crime reports."

Triumphantly, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said: "For years, we've been stovepiped as far as databases are concerned. Now, everything that we have about an incident, an event, an individual comes together on that workbench, so it's one-stop shopping for investigators."

Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg became this city's (and nation's) most all-seeing Big Brothers when, Parascandola and Moore write, "the NYPD approached Microsoft about the effort ..."

As Bloomberg glowingly declares: "We're not your mom and pop police department anymore. We are in the next century. We are leading the pack."

While leaving behind the individuals who are being swept up into a database of diverse suspects without even knowing it. As Kelly proudly tells the world, "This is a system being developed by police officers for police officers."

There's no room for the rule of law.

When Bloomberg used some of his billions of dollars to win a third term, we the voters had no idea that, as a result, our Fourth Amendment privacy rights would be handed to the NYPD for control.

Detailing this transformation of New York City into a police domain, Parascandola and Moore write: "The system will also check license plate numbers to a watch list and alert investigators if a match is detected and quickly pull up crime reports, arrests and warrants on a suspect."

There is no indication that the alleged suspects will have had any chance in any court to contest the accuracy of these bushels of crime reports, or the constitutionality of the arrests.

What I didn't know until now, according to a recent article in Fast Company, "Microsoft has quietly become one of the world's largest providers of integrated intelligence solutions for police departments and security agencies" ("NYPD, Microsoft Launch All-Seeing 'Domain Awareness System' With Real-Time CCTV, License Plate Monitoring (Updated)," Neal Ungerleider, Aug. 8).

Somehow that information doesn't give this Microsoft user a thrill. Quite the opposite.

This data on Microsoft continues:

"Although DAS (Domain Awareness System) is officially being touted as an anti-terrorism solution, it will also give the NYPD access to technologies that -- depending on the individual's perspectives -- veer on science fiction or Big Brother to combat street crime."

What further gives me an Orwellian chill in this report is that "the City of New York and Microsoft will be licensing DAS out to other cities; according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City's government will take a 30 percent cut of any profits."

Will the estate of George Orwell, author of the grimly prophetic "1984," get any cut of these profits?

To enlarge your awareness of how this tracking phenomenon will inevitably further dim our already rapidly diminishing expectation of personal privacy:

"According to publicly available documents," Ungerleider writes, "the system will collect and archive data from thousands of NYPD- and private-operated CCTV cameras in New York City, integrate license plate readers and instantly compare data from multiple non-NYPD intelligence databases ..."

These additional cities may also follow New York's zealous lead on this operation: "Monitoring will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week at a specialized location in Lower Manhattan. Video will be held for 30 days and then deleted unless the NYPD chooses to archive it."

Since you won't know if you're in one of those videos, you won't be able to find out what the NYPD thinks it has on you. But there is no appeal procedure anyway.

Speaking for me, and I expect many of you, New York Civil Liberties Union Associate Legal Director Chris Dunn raises the prospect of filing court action against Police Commissioner Kelly, Mayor Bloomberg and, of course, Microsoft on Fourth Amendment grounds:

"We fully support the police using technology to combat crime and terrorism, but law-abiding New Yorkers should not end up in a police database every time they walk their dog, go to the doctor, or drive around Manhattan" (nydailynews.com, Aug. 8).

Earlier this year, reporters from the Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting by detailing Kelly and Bloomberg's secret surveillance of Muslims in New York City -- and also in New Jersey and on certain college campuses only because these possible suspects were Muslim. There wasn't even a tinge of individual presumption of innocence!

For various reasons, including the deterioration of the public school system that he controls, Bloomberg's popularity has tanked. But Kelly's New York City poll ratings are very high.

Citizens who have been conditioned not to protest the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney/Barack Obama "new normal" suspension of the Bill of Rights may, nonetheless, eventually find in New York City (and other cities acquiring the Microsoft-NYPD Domain Awareness System) a steep loss in their personal liberties -- if they remember what they are.

Around the nation, there is at last a rise in civics classes for students. But if Police Commissioner Kelly had decided to run for mayor of New York City in 2013, as for a time it seemed he would, his poll numbers indicate he probably would have won. That is chilling.

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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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