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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

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review August 28, 2007 / 14 Elul 5767

The case for surveillance

By Mort Zuckerman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | How does any civilized nation cope with fanatical barbarism? What kind of people will plot to murder thousands—so crazed with hate they will kill their own families for the cause? Even after 9/11 we have been slow to recognize the nature of the beast we face. It is hard for us to comprehend the mentality of, say, the group of 21 homegrown suicidal jihadists apprehended last year in Britain. We now know not only that they were prepared to blow up 10 civilian airliners flying from London to the United States—which might have killed as many as 3,500 innocent people—but also that they planned to avoid airport scrutiny by traveling with their wives and children and were thus prepared to execute their nearest and dearest.

As a free society, we are remarkably vulnerable. Our open borders permit second-generation terrorists from Europe to infiltrate under the legal visa waiver program. We admit many imams from Egypt and Pakistan trained in Saudi Arabia under the extremist perversion of Islam known as Wahhabism. The consequences of our tolerance are spelled out in a recent report by the New York City Police Counterterrorism Department. It focuses on how difficult it is to follow the "trajectory of radicalization"—the behavior and whereabouts of homegrown radical Islamists. That New York report has to be read with the most recent National Intelligence Estimate that the external threat from al Qaeda has not waned despite expanded worldwide counterterrorism efforts.

This is the context in which to consider the protests about tightening electronic surveillance, led by the liberal New York Times and the ultraliberal New Yorker and espoused by Democrats who watered down the recent reform legislation—including an insistence that it be reviewed in six months. How far should security concerns impinge on privacy? The administration says the balance has to be recalibrated. The trouble is that the administration has lost much of its moral authority. As USA Today put it, the White House "has all the credibility of a teenager who has squandered his allowance and is demanding more money."

True—but on this issue, it has a real case.

Until the law was changed, bin Laden himself could have made a telephone call from Waziristan to Singapore and, if it were carried on a fiber optic cable that passes through the United States (as are the vast majority of long-distance calls), we would not have been able to listen without prior permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court. FISA had to approve all interceptions of foreign-to-foreign communications coming through American wires, fiber optic cables, and switching stations. With warrants to the FISA court backed up, as much as two thirds of potential intelligence from U.S. eavesdropping capabilities was being lost. The director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike McConnell, gave Congress specific examples, such as one involving the capture of three American soldiers in Iraq.

Broader reach. Congress was right to eliminate the restrictions. Warrantless wiretaps will no longer be limited to "known foreign terrorists" but will include surveillance of the larger universe of "foreign targets," including America's enemies who are state actors and others not linked directly to al Qaeda, on the theory that if you can't find the needle, you have to examine the haystack.

Many of the Democrats supported the warrantless listening because they feared the political consequences of a terrorist attack occurring while they were on summer vacation—and because they had not taken the lead to plug the electronic intelligence gap. The Democrats have been politically vulnerable on national security and counterterrorism going back to the days of Jimmy Carter, who was so naive about the intentions of the Soviet Union when it invaded Afghanistan. (And Carter is still willing to accommodate some of the most hostile enemies of the United States.)

Even now, Democrats are focusing on the scariest possible interpretation of the new law, ignoring its well-crafted rules to protect Americans. In addition to putting in the six-month expiration, they have failed to provide liability protection to U.S. telecommunication companies. Some of these have stopped cooperating with the National Security Agency since the program was exposed.

The Democrats should think again. Their concerns for American liberty are commendable, but if there is a serious terrorist attack, the outcry from the American public will force any government to enforce security measures that transform our way of life. We must have a bipartisan policy. The president would do well to work with leaders of Congress to agree jointly on an independent body to monitor the procedures. We have distinguished retired leaders who could do this. To allow essential security to become just a point of contention will only damage the country and the American people.

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