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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

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

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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 Sept. 7, 2009 / 18 Elul 5769

Political considerations produce contradictory justice

By Jonathan Gurwitz




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you're a terrorist who attacks the United States, you're entitled to a pardon. If you're a member of the intelligence community with the responsibility to protect the United States against terrorist attack, you're entitled to be the victim of prosecutorial double jeopardy. That is the reprehensible and incomprehensible record of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.


As deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, Holder was responsible for securing Justice Department approval of President Bill Clinton's pardon of 16 members of the Puerto Rican terrorist group Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional. The FALN was responsible for more than 130 bombings in the United States between 1974 and 1983. The most infamous attack, the bombing of the historic Fraunces Tavern in New York in 1975, killed four people and injured scores of others.


Prior to 1999, the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, the FBI and federal prosecutors were in unanimity opposing pardons for FALN terrorists. But as a January investigative report from the Los Angeles Times revealed, "Holder instructed his staff at Justice's Office of the Pardon Attorney to effectively replace the department's original report recommending against any commutations, which had been sent to the White House in 1996, with one that favored clemency for at least half the prisoners."


Joseph Connor, whose father was murdered in the Fraunces Tavern bombing, notes that in 3,039 out of 3,042 prior cases, the Clinton administration denied requests for clemency. In this case, FALN terrorists serving fewer than 20 years of 35- to 105-year terms hadn't even sought pardons. So why the sudden urgency to change Justice Department policy in 1999 and grant them pardons?


As with Clinton's other controversial pardons, the answer has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with politics. Hillary Clinton was gearing up a campaign for a New York Senate seat, Al Gore one for the presidency, and the White House viewed the pardons as a way to ingratiate Team Clinton players with Puerto Rican voters.


Congress condemned the FALN pardons by votes of 95-2 in the Senate and 311-41 in the House. At his confirmation hearing in January, Holder continued to defend them as being "reasonable."


No doubt, the same sense of reason informed Holder's decision to appoint a federal prosecutor to re-investigate allegations of CIA detainee abuse in the war against al-Qaida. The CIA inspector general investigated those claims in 2003. Career prosecutors at the Justice Department and in the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia examined the evidence in 2005. That resulted in a single prosecution of a CIA contractor.


Yet now, Holder — with the blessing of President Barack Obama — wants to renew the possibility that the people who interrogated 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other hardened terrorists might go to prison. Why the sudden urgency to change Justice Department policy in 2009?


Again, the answer has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with politics. The rabid left still wants to claim its Bush administration scalps, the morale of the men and women in the intelligence community and the security of the nation be damned. And, as with the pardons of the FALN terrorists, Holder is happy to serve as Team Obama's political hatchet man.


Perhaps a compelling case can be made to go after those who went face to face with the terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. But Eric Holder has no business making that case.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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