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December 2, 2014

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 Nov. 7, 2007 / 26 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Badly needed: Straight thinking from Dems about powers federal government should be exercising to protect against terrorist attacks

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Al-Qaida exists. It has explicitly vowed to kill Americans, including civilians, whenever and wherever possible. Congress, for all legal intents and purposes, declared war against al-Qaida with its use of force resolution following the 9/11 attacks.


From this reality flow certain conclusions regarding surveillance, detention and interrogation.


In a war, you spy on the other side. However, in a war the Constitution is not suspended, which requires a court order to snoop in the United States. In 1978, Congress established a special court through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide such orders while preserving the secrecy necessary in foreign-intelligence operations.


The appropriate demarcation would seem obvious. The president has the power, as commander-in-chief, to approve intelligence operations regarding al-Qaida outside the country. Inside the country, they require the approval of the FISA court.


The Senate Intelligence Committee has passed a FISA reform that makes this sensible demarcation. Many Democrats, however, are kicking. They want court approval if the foreign target located outside the United States has a communication with someone within the United States.


This is needlessly restrictive and not constitutionally required unless what is learned by targeting the foreign source causes an interest in a domestic figure. The communications of innocents are a necessary byproduct of any surveillance. The prospect shouldn't be used to curtail the president's authority to spy on al-Qaida.


Part of the effort to protect the country against terrorist attacks is to capture and detain those who are part of the apparatuses that commit them. Democrats, however, want Guantanamo shut down and detainees subject to the American legal system.


Some of the people we will want to detain will have committed provable criminal acts and the U.S. criminal justice system may be a useful tool for dealing with them. And under the Constitution, U.S. citizens have to be so treated. However, access to the American legal system shouldn't be required for foreign captives. This is a war, not a sting operation.


Some foreign captives we will want simply to detain. There should be some sort of administrative review process, which the Bush administration was slow to set up. However, the elements of review should be whether they are part of al-Qaida's apparatuses and it is in U.S. security interests to detain them â€" not whether they have committed some specific, provable criminal act.


If we are detaining some foreign captives, they need to be housed somewhere. Contrary to popular misconception, Guantanamo isn't some dungeon from which there is no escape. There are approximately 320 detainees currently at Guantanamo. Since 2002, over 450 detainees have been released from it.


Some detainees will have information about current operations that pose an imminent risk to Americans. Reportedly, the CIA sometimes uses coercive interrogation techniques — sleep deprivation, stress positions and waterboarding (simulated drowning) — in an attempt to disgorge the information.


According to CIA director Michael Hayden, fewer than 100 of what he calls “hardened terrorists” have been put through the CIA interrogation program and less than a third of them have been subjected to what he alludes to anodynely as "special methods of questioning." Public accounts indicate that waterboarding has been used on just three detainees.


Yet, according to Hayden, about 70 percent of what is know about al-Qaida's operations and capabilities comes from the CIA interrogation program. Former CIA Director George Tenet credits it with most of the intelligence that permitted the prevention of planned attacks.


This is a morally uncomfortable activity for a democracy and safeguards need to be in place to restrain its overuse. But do Democrats really want to forbid its use to obtain information about imminent threats?


The Bush administration is largely to blame for the sorry state of the public discussion about the powers of the federal government regarding terrorism. It has asserted an unlimited and unreviewable power to snoop and detain wherever and whenever it deems appropriate. That's contrary to the Constitution and the American ethos of checks and balances.


The Democrats, however, would serve the country better by not overreacting to the Bush administration's overreaching.


Bush tries to sweep everything into the "war on terror," and the phrase is not a useful construct for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.


However, al-Qaida's war against the United States and its citizens is very real. And some of the instrumentalities of war need to be used to defend ourselves.

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