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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Oct. 25, 2010 / 17 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Shutting up the spies: Intelligence agencies want to hide their dirty linen

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The CIA suffered one of its biggest setbacks on Dec. 20, 2009, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the agency's Afghanistan headquarters in Khost, along with four CIA officers, three security contractors and a Jordanian intelligence officer.

Among those killed were the CIA station chief and an analyst from headquarters in Langley, Va., who reportedly was the agency's foremost expert on al-Qaida. Six other CIA officers were injured in the blast.

The suicide bomber was Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a Jordanian doctor who the CIA thought was an informant for them, but who was really an agent of Tehrik i Taliban Pakistan, the main Pakistani Taliban group.

Mr. Balawi's "penetration of the CIA was less like the product of an insurgency than an operation carried out by a national intelligence service," wrote George Friedman of STRATFOR, a private intelligence service. "The operation was by all accounts a masterful piece of tradecraft beyond the known abilities of a group like the [Pakistani Taliban]."

On Tuesday, CIA Director Leon Panetta told selected reporters an internal review found the CIA has been warned Mr. Balawi's loyalties were suspect, but the warnings were ignored. The body count was so high because security procedures at the base in Khost also were ignored.

The main takeaway for me from Mr. Panetta's briefing was his declaration that no one would be held accountable for the failures. It was deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra might say.

In my opinion, the biggest of the many mistakes made by President George W. Bush was his failure to clean out CIA headquarters after 9/11, the most egregious intelligence failure in CIA history.

"Agency employees expected the axe of accountability to fall at any moment," wrote "Ishmael Jones," a former deep cover CIA officer, in his 2008 book, "The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture."

"Talk at HQ was that the seventh floor, where the CIA's top mandarins dwelt, would be swept clean," Ishmael said.

Instead, Mr. Bush threw money at the agency, most of which, according to Ishmael, has been wasted.

"In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Congress gave the CIA more than $3 billion to increase its deep cover capabilities overseas," Ishmael said. "The CIA was not able to field a single additional effective deep cover case officer overseas. The money was swallowed up into higher pay packages, expensive boondoggles, the enrichment of contracting companies run by former CIA employees and the expansion of CIA offices within the United States."

About 90 percent of CIA employees are stationed within the United States, Ishmael said. This seems odd for an organization whose job is collecting foreign intelligence.

Though Mr. Panetta is unwilling to discipline those whose blunders have endangered the security of the United States, he is moving with alacrity to shut up Ishmael. The Washington Times reported Monday that the CIA is suing him for publishing his book without the agency's permission.

"Ordering the lawsuit was a way for [Mr. Panetta] to curry favor with the CIA's senior bureaucrats," Ishmael said. "Panetta is beleaguered at the CIA and is in over his head. He's been Stockholmed by CIA bureaucracy and has become another failed Obama appointee."

The CIA isn't the only intelligence agency to use intimidation to silence whistleblowers. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer was the Defense Intelligence Agency's liaison to Able Danger, an Army data mining project which, according to Mr. Shaffer and others who worked on the project, had identified Muhammad Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker, as an al-Qaida operative long before he was permitted to enter the United States.

Able Danger was denied permission to share what it had discovered with other agencies, Mr. Shaffer said. After he told this to the staff of the 9/11 Commission, the DIA fired him. The reasons for the firing, the DIA said, were Mr. Shaffer's "misuse of a government telephone" in the amount of $67; "filing a false travel voucher" in the amount of $180, and his admission years before that as a teenager, he'd stolen a box of pens from the U.S. embassy in Portugal.

If Republicans take the House after Nov. 2 -- or if the Democrats remain in control, for that matter -- an investigation of our intelligence agencies and their efforts to silence whistleblowers should be undertaken. "Ishmael Jones" and Lt. Col. Shaffer would make excellent witnesses.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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