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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. 26, 2007 / 16 Kislev 5768

Restoring our credibility in the world

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Democratic congressional leadership — lamely led by Sen. Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — is squandering its chance to repair what this administration has continually done to not only our personal constitutional liberties but also to our credibility around the world. We are decreasingly seen as a nation that can do justice at home and abroad while fighting the deadly scourge of international terrorism. Instead, Pelosi and Reid are on a treadmill of demanding troop withdrawals from Iraq while there is evident progress there against its internal and external enemies.


It is too late to follow the advice of John Adams: "Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people." There are now more than shoots. But in a nation that remains open to dissent against an administration that has acquired so much unitary executive power — the antithesis of democracy that our Founding Fathers tried hard to prevent — it is not too late to organize to reclaim our heritage.


For example, on March 20, in its founding statement, the American Freedom Agenda stated: "We are conservative scholars, activists and writers. We do not favor a crippled executive or enfeebled government." However, "in a time of danger, checks and balances make for stronger government because the people will more readily accept a muscular authority if barriers against abuses are strong ...


"Today, the clear and present danger to conservative philosophy is the White House."


The proclaimers and organizers of the American Freedom Agenda include former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, a pillar of privacy rights and other individual guarantees under the Constitution; Richard Viguerie, a resourceful spreader of the message of limited government; and John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, whose ceaseless flow of written and radio commentary makes it appear that he is channeling James Madison.


The admirably determined and energetic initiator of the American Freedom Agenda is Bruce Fein, who served in the Reagan Justice Department as assistant director of the Office of Legal Policy and as an associate deputy attorney general. He would have been my choice as successor to the clueless Alberto Gonzales, but the crucial priorities of the American Freedom Agenda make it clear that George W. Bush would rather have left the position open if Bruce Fein had been the only possibility.

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In order to reclaim the respect of our allies against our murderous enemies, the American Freedom Agenda would roll back the White House's "end runs around due process" by curbing the president's authority, on his say-so alone to "arrest, imprison indefinitely, torture and transport to foreign dungeons those he deems 'enemy combatants' outside our legal system."


And, here are at home, it would curb the president's "inherent constitutional power" (as he misreads that founding document) to: "tap phones, read e-mails, open mail and even break and enter without warrants or judicial review" as well as:


"improperly use 'signing statements' to ignore the law, employ secret evidence and evidence obtained by torture; and frustrate proper congressional oversight through excessive claims of national security."


In that latter pledge, Fein and his colleagues are much too kind to Congress, which has continually permitted itself to be frustrated by, for one example, not conducting a single investigation, with subpoena powers, into the accountability — all the way up the chain of command — of the CIA's rampant lawlessness under the special approval of the president. This has created, among other U.S. and international war crimes, the disappearance of an untold number of "ghost prisoners" in the CIA's secret prisons and who knows where else. (What say you, Attorney General Michael Mukasey?)


Having brought John Adams into this conversation, I am glad the American Freedom Agenda reminds us of another acutely contemporary observation by Adams:


"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."


Also in its founding statement, the Agenda includes my favorite warning from, I believe, the wisest man to ever sit on the Supreme Court, Louis Brandeis: "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."


For those wanting to join the American Freedom Agenda, the address is: 910 17th St., NW Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006, or www.americanfreedomagenda.org.


Will any of the presidential candidates of either party come on board? My fellow Boston Latin School alumnus Samuel Adams, a fomenter of the American Revolution, insisted: "The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards." That's what the American Agenda is about.

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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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