Home
In this issue
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 December 6, 2012/ 21 Kislev 5773

How our liberties can survive the Obama-Bush legacy

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As a climax to the discovery I've been reporting that the ever growing number of American public school students actively immersed in the Constitution will help lead the way back to who we are as knowledgeable, voting Americans, I introduce you to Alton Lu, who describes himself as:

"Just a typical (then-18-year-old) teenager in a stereotypical high school residing in an unextraordinary town ... I am now embarking on the longest, most extensive campaign to the presidency. If you agree with my views, look forward to voting for me in about 30 years" (huffingtonpost.com/alton-lu).

At 87, unless there is a seismic change in medical technology, I won't be here to vote for Alton, but many members of his generation and even older citizens could -- even if his name is unfamiliar to them -- because of what he writes about the National Defense Authorization Act. It is not finalized; at this writing, amendments are still being fought over in the Senate. His objections mirror the Constitutional views of the new generation of students involved in the governing of their own schools as well as in the politics of their cities, states and Washington, D.C.

In "The National Defense Authorization Act: Our Disappearing Rights and Liberties," this patriotic offspring of James Madison emphasizes that many Americans are "unaware" that "the NDAA allows the government (its military) to whisk a citizen away with no reason other than being suspected of terrorism" -- and without any appearance before a court (Jan. 3, 2012, huffingtonpost.com).

Lu also -- unlike many members of Congress voting for a 2012 version of the NDAA -- accurately underlines "the simple fact is that it is unconstitutional."

Why? Look at the Bill of Rights, he says: "The Fourth Amendment grants liberty from unreasonable seizures, while the Sixth guarantees every U.S. citizen a trial in front of a jury."

Now dig what follows: Obama's vague definition of terrorism. I'm not aware of any mention of this in current or previous Congressional debates about the NDAA bill, nor has President Obama said a word about it. How could he in view of all the shadowy raids on the Constitution he has conducted all by himself?

Alton Lu begins his charge of the fundamental lawlessness pervading the National Defense Authorization Act with a huge misunderstanding of his own:

"As we know, there is no single accepted definition of terrorism present in the United States."

How many of us do know that?

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse -- after deep and thoroughly described research -- issued this report on Sept. 28, 2009, and the situation has since worsened: "Who Is a Terrorist? Government Failure to Define Terrorism Undermines Enforcement, Puts Civil Liberties at Risk" (trac.syr.edu).

It begins:

"Federal agencies can't seem to agree on who is a terrorist and who is not. The failure has potentially serious implications, weakening efforts to use the criminal law to combat terrorism and at the same time undermining civil liberties ...

"Even for the government terrorism investigations that ultimately led to an actual prosecution for what often appeared to be serious crimes, TRAC found that the federal agencies differ markedly about who was labeled a terrorist and who was not."

If and when Alton Lu becomes president, he should investigate and then update the TRAC report and feature the results in his first State of the Union address, while also demonstrating the quality of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a division of openthegovernment.org.

Obviously, I'm romanticizing. Even if Alton Lu survives the pyramid of long odds and takes residence in the White House, we can't wait that long for him and others in his new generation of constitutionalists to focus on this sweepingly dangerous federal government incompetence that undermines national security and personal liberty.

So that's why a range of civil liberties organizations should now get after this dragnet definition of terrorists. Meanwhile, where is the media, in all its forms, on this vital story that all of us, regardless of political party, should know?

With all this confusion about what terrorism is, Lu's generation of knowledgeable, self-governing, public-school-educated Americans should start forming committees for their own research on the depth of constitutional knowledge of future candidates for city, state and federal office -- presidential aspirants included. (Obama's pervasive ignorance of who we are as Americans was not an issue in his re-election.)

This can be helpfully and effectively accomplished by getting diverse media involved to perform their corollary reporting and analysis.

The press, as they used to be called, was made by our Founders to be an integral part of the First Amendment. As James Madison in particular reminded the new Americans:

"To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression ... to the same beneficent source the United States owe much of the lights which conducted them to the ranks of a free and independent nation" (my book, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance," Seven Stories Press, 2003).

Would you say this is true of our galloping media during the despoiling of our Constitution during the Bush and Obama regimes?

The press can redeem itself by joining this new edition of Samuel Adams' pre-revolutionary Committees of Correspondence to tell Americans again what they must do to be American.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.


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.

Nat Hentoff Archives

© 2006, NEA

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles