In this issue

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 March 6, 2013/ 24 Adar 5773

Our royal Supreme Court chains Fourth Amendment

By Nat Hentoff

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the 47th paper of "The Federalist," James Madison grimly warned: "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

Increasingly, the majority of Chief Justice John Roberts' Supreme Court has chosen to ignore this fundamental constitutional separation of powers. In its Feb. 26 Clapper v. Amnesty International decision, the court, with a 5-4 ruling, rejected "a lawsuit challenging the federal law that permits broad, secret surveillance and interception of international communications (phones and emails) of communications involving Americans.

"The suit, brought by lawyers, journalists and human rights activists, charged that the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act violate their rights to privacy and free speech" ("Unbridled Secrecy," The New York Times, Feb. 26).

This dragnet government surveillance encompasses non-Americans abroad suspected of involvement with terrorism in their communications with Americans, including here.

Meanwhile, the plaintiffs, through their specific occupations, have regular contact with these foreigners who may be on the government's anti-terrorism surveillance lists.

Thereby, Americans in contact with FISA targets have no rights under the Fourth Amendment, which requires that government searches be reasonable, based on probable cause and requiring warrants from federal courts. Under the FISA amendments, all of these individual privacy protections are absent.

Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito ruled that the plaintiffs have no standing to sue because they "have no actual knowledge of the Government's ... targeting practices. Instead, (plaintiffs) merely speculate and make assumptions about whether their communications with their foreign contacts will be acquired."

As Glenn Greenwald reasonably writes in The Guardian: "In the course of their work, (the plaintiffs) have cause to communicate regularly with people whom the U.S. government suspects are involved in terrorism. When combined with the U.S. government's technological abilities to spy on virtually every communication anywhere in the world, along with the government's proven propensity to eavesdrop on everyone it deems has anything to do with a terrorist group, it is a virtual certainty that the communications of these plaintiffs will be targeted" ("Supreme Court shields warrantless eavesdropping law from constitutional challenge," Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, Feb. 26).

So, as David G. Savage writes in the Los Angeles Times, the Supreme Court is acting as if King George III were still our commander in chief:

"The 5-4 decision is the latest of many that have shielded the government's anti-terrorism programs from court challenge, and a striking example of what civil libertarians call the Catch-22 rule that blocks challengers from collecting the evidence they need to proceed" ("Supreme Court rules out secret surveillance lawsuits," David G. Savage, the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 26).

Plaintiffs can't make their case because all the evidence is secret. So why do we need any recourse to the courts in such cases?

And dig this: "Over the last decade, the justices or lower court judges have repeatedly killed or quietly ended lawsuits that sought to expose or contest anti-terrorism programs, including secret wiretapping, roundups or arrests of immigrants from the Mideast and drone strikes that kill American citizens abroad."

Remember how the government has used the state secrets privilege to prevent lawsuits from even being heard?

If James Madison were here, he'd throw up his hands in shock! George Washington, too.

It's worth noting that joining Justice Alito in the majority of this barring of the Constitution are (no surprises here): Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Clarence Thomas.

Writing for the minority was Justice Stephen Breyer -- the high point of his judicial career, I would say -- joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan.

(Female law students may take note of the gender loyalty to the Constitution in this case, but gender aside, Justice Sotomayor is an increasingly incisive and illuminating member of this court.)

Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, whom I, a senior fellow at Cato, continually learn from on these issues, recently reported on the court's decision: "The public has no idea just how broad the initial collection is ... a New York Times report on 'overcollection' of domestic communications ... suggests that a single authorization typically covers surveillance on hundreds or thousands of phone lines and email accounts, often in large 'blocks'" ("Further Thoughts on Clapper v. Amnesty International," cato.org, March 1).

As an interviewing reporter on this issue, I might be on a list in this case. And these actual plaintiffs need not necessarily even be on this authorization to be targeted.

"They might," Sanchez continues, "be using the facilities of a corporation or other entity that is a target, or flagged by 'link analysis' branching out from an initial target's account.'"

Are all those "targets" lawfully being denied their Fourth Amendment rights?

And under whose rule of law? We have four more years of Obama, but how many more of the Roberts Supreme Court?

Even if Obama doesn't have to fill vacancies, the Roberts court will prevail over the Fourth Amendment.

How many Americans -- adults, or those still in school -- even know there is a mandatory separation of powers in the Constitution?

(Next week: Going deeper into our schools and "The 'Quiet' Troubles of Low-Income Children" that are so seldom mentioned by education reformers.)

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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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