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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 May 14, 2014 / 14 Iyar, 5774

Can the CIA survive Dianne Feinstein's artillery?

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Future American historians will marvel at how long the CIA engaged in such utter unconstitutional lawlessness as the torture of its captives and drone-plane executions of alleged terrorists -- including U.S. citizens -- without trials, using "kill lists" provided by President Barack Obama ("Obama's kill list -- All males near drone strike sites are terrorists," rt.com, May 30, 2012).

Historians will also marvel at why none of the agents -- including those at the highest levels of our government -- were punished for violating U.S. and international law.

They may also marvel that the one person who came close to actually bringing this vicious cabal to justice was Dianne Feinstein, the previously uncritical chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She pledged from the Senate floor that the CIA's "un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted."

Moreover, with regard to her committee's prolonged research of the CIA's crimes, Feinstein accused the agency "of secretly removing documents, searching computers used by the committee and attempting to intimidate congressional investigators (of the CIA) by requesting an FBI inquiry of their conduct" -- adding more unconstitutional conduct to her charges ("Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers," Greg Miller, Ed O'Keefe and Adam Goldman, The Washington Post, March 11).

Coming from this wholly unexpected source, Feinstein's fiery March 11 floor speech on the CIA began to foment bipartisan outrage, and inspired longtime Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, to announce, "I cannot think of any speech by any member of either party as important as the one the senator from California just gave."

Leahy, a primary protector of the Constitution, released a statement, which read in part: "This is not just about getting to the truth of the CIA's shameful use of torture. This is also about the core founding principle of the separation of powers, and the future of this institution and its oversight role.

"The Senate is bigger than any one senator. Senators come and go, but the Senate endures. The members of the Senate must stand up in defense of this institution, the Constitution and the values upon which this nation was founded" ("Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, on CIA Interference with Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Investigation," March 11).

And what was Obama's response? His lapdog White House Spokesman, Jay Carney, said: "The president has great confidence in (CIA Director) John Brennan and confidence in our intelligence community and in professionals at the CIA."

Professionals? In the kidnapping, waterboarding and drone targeting of American citizens?

Or do you prefer Patrick Leahy's message to the Senate: "Now let's stand up for this country."

Surprisingly, Republican Lindsey Graham, hardly known as a civil libertarian in the Senate, appeared to be troubled by Feinstein and Leahy's warnings: "Heads will roll. If what they're saying is true about the CIA, this is Richard Nixon stuff. This is dangerous to a democracy, heads should roll, people should go to jail, if it's true.

"The legislative branch should declare war on the CIA -- if it's true" ("Dianne Feinstein's CIA charge scrambles Senate," Burgess Everett and Manu Raju, politico.com, March 11).

Sen. Graham, keep demanding the release of the completely declassified Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA; you'll be shaken to your roots by what the CIA has done in your name and ours -- and you may be driven to know more about what is still being done.

What I find unexpected and disappointing in the reactions to Feinstein's unsparing unraveling of the CIA is the criticism by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, a hero of mine. He described Feinstein as "an elected official (who) does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies" ("Snowden: Feinstein a Hypocrite for Blasting CIA Spying," Matthew Cole, nbcnews.com, March 11).

The senator, however, is stirring at least some of Congress and other Americans to bring the CIA into our rule of law, with possible consequences to its continued existence.

How can such deeply entrenched CIA criminality be "reformed"?



Snowden, of course, was not defending the CIA. He was reacting to the previously non-civil libertarian Feinstein, who -- as The Hill reported last summer -- characterized his huge disclosure of the government's mass surveillance of Americans as "an act of treason" ("Sen. Feinstein calls Snowden's NSA leaks an 'act of treason,'" Jeremy Herb and Justin Sink, thehill.com, June 10, 2013).

Snowden remains a hero of mine, but I wish he had thought of the courage it took Feinstein to so utterly transform herself. She went from being an influential supporter of Obama's rejection of the constitutional separation of powers to now exposing the CIA as so deeply, cruelly unconstitutional.

Virginia Sloan, my old friend, is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Constitution Project, an invaluable and bipartisan law watchdog, whose research should be read and discussed in all our schools. Of Feinstein's accomplishments up to this point, she said:

"The American people deserve a full accounting of what was done in our name. The CIA's institutional legitimacy depends on this increased transparency. So does our system of constitutional checks and balances" ("TCP: Senate Outrage at CIA Intrusion a 'Defining Moment,'" constitutionproject.org, March 11).

Because this is "a truly defining moment," she added, "for President Obama's legacy on torture," he should not only ensure the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA; he should also "declassify the (CIA's) rendition, detention and interrogation program itself."

That's not going to happen, Virginia. Obama remains Obama. But the next president and Congress can begin to do that -- and, with due process, they can also bring to court these CIA criminals and their protectors at the top of the legislative and executive branches.

Possible Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul would be perfect; I believe the Kentucky senator could begin to clear our past and future from what We The People have permitted in our name by the execrable CIA.

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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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