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 April 7, 2011 / 3 Nissan, 5771

Mueller Talks FBI Budget Challenges, Reaffirms CAIR Ban

By Steven Emerson

Senators question counter-terrorism techniques, limitations

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The FBI should shut down web sites carrying al-Qaida propaganda on American-based servers, including its English-language magazine, if it has the ability and legal authority to do so, a ranking member of Congress said Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., repeatedly asked FBI Director Robert Mueller to pursue the issue during a hearing on the FBI's 2012 budget request. Wolf chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.

The capability exists, Mueller said, but there are questions about the First Amendment and the likelihood that the radical content would simply migrate to other websites. Mueller acknowledged that young Americans are being radicalized by jihadist content on the Internet, especially the sermons and writings of American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

In addition to ideological radicalization, many of those sites including training and specific instructions. Web sites bring the "sermons of Alwaki into the bedroom of teenagers anywhere in the United States," he said. The FBI is working to determine who is visiting such sites, Mueller said.

"We are trying to develop sources to identify people who are being radicalized and are seeking weapons or explosives …in order to carry out their intentions," he said.

While Mueller was on Capitol Hill to discuss the 2012 budget, he stressed the challenges the FBI faces if a budget compromise is not reached this year and the government is forced to shut down. It's a point he made last week before a Senate panel, when he said the FBI would face $200 million in cuts and would be forced to leave hundreds of vacant positions unfilled.

Money from important, but lower-ranked priorities would be diverted to ensure the Bureau's top priorities of counter-terrorism, counter intelligence and cybercrimes do not suffer. "Investigations will continue unhindered," while new initiatives and some training would take a hit, Mueller said.


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The United States faces "an unprecedented range of threats," he said, mentioning the attempted air cargo bombings last October to thwarted plots to detonate bombs at a Portland Christmas tree lighting ceremony and along Washington, D.C., subway lines.

Much of that threat comes from individual radicalization fueled by the Internet. Al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia aggressively target Westerners for recruitment. Among the examples is Inspire magazine, published by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Each issue includes suggestions for "open source jihad" and step-by-step instructions for attacks.

"I know you can't take every site down," Wolf told Mueller. "But that magazine is out there and it ought to be taken down."

He also urged Mueller to continue the FBI's policy of not working with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), even though it is the nation's most visible Muslim advocacy group. The FBI's cut off came in 2008, based on evidence tying the group's founders to a Hamas-support network in America.

Mueller did not say much in response. "We have no formal relationship with CAIR," he said when asked if the policy continues. He has made similar statements before other congressional committees this year and cited concerns with the group's national leadership.

He said he was aware of a poster published by CAIR's San Francisco chapter which urged people to "Build a Wall of Resistance" by not talking to the FBI.

That poster, Wolf said, "is a telling example of how CAIR has sought to prevent individuals from cooperating with law enforcement, or at the very least to present themselves as the only legitimate channel for doing so."

Wolf then read from a letter sent by Executive Director Nihad Awad to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi seeking money for a CAIR project. Last month, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported on a face-to-face appeal Awad made to Gaddafi when the Libyan leader visited the United Nations in 2009. In the letter, Awad thanked Gaddafi for his generous support, Wolf said.

He asked Mueller whether the FBI knew if CAIR received any money from Gaddafi. Mueller said he would find out.

On other issues, Mueller said the FBI had developed intelligence showing terrorists in places like Pakistan and Yemen discussing getting people into the United States through the Mexican border. He declined to address any specific instances in the open hearing, but stressed that both the northern and southern borders are targeted by terrorists seeking entry into the country.

When it comes to questioning terrorist suspects, Mueller was open to legislation allowing a temporary exception to the Miranda rule so agents could inquire about plots or other conspirators. The FBI already has used "clean teams," agents who may question a suspect on such matters strictly for intelligence reasons. After they are done, criminal investigators may take their places and question the suspect further after reading him his rights.

"To the extent we can have flexibility in such situations, I am in favor of flexibility," Mueller said in response to a question from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Sometimes, he cautioned, that exchange of agents might be counterproductive in that it makes it more difficult for agents to build a rapport with a suspect and persuade him to answer more questions.

Mueller also addressed questions based on media reports that FBI agents are questioning Libyan nationals in the United States. In some cases, it is to determine who might pose a threat of pursuing a terrorist act in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against Gaddafi's regime. In others, it is an attempt to learn about the rebels fighting the regime and determine whether they have terrorist ties.


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JWR contributor Steven Emerson is an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and national security and considered one of the leading world authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He now serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, one of the world's largest archival data and intelligence institutes on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

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