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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 Dec. 10, 2007 / 1 Teves 5768

When lawyers take to the streets for justice

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Declaring "emergency rule," Pervez Musharraf suspended Pakistan's Constitution, replaced seven justices of the Supreme Court and placed the chief justice under house arrest. Immediately, thousands of Pakistani lawyers, in their black suits, took to the streets demanding that justice be restored. Many were beaten and arrested; and in solidarity, American lawyers rallied in protests, leaving courtrooms to show Musharraf and the world why they became lawyers.


On Nov. 13 in New York, some 700 lawyers gathered in front of Manhattan's State Supreme Court building. Also present were the deans of three law schools as Catherine Christian, president of New York County Lawyers Associations, heralded Pakistani's lawyer's fight "for liberty and an independent legal system."


Nationally, the American Bar Association reported that "many state, local and specialty bar associations" were issuing statements and planning events to honor their Pakistani colleagues' embodiment of the rule of law.


Moreover, The New York Sun reported (Nov. 14) that "the American Bar Association has called for lawyers to march around the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and attend a rally on the courthouse steps."


And in New York, Barry Kamins, president of the New York City Bar Association, announced that he had received an e-mail from students and professors at Lahore University from the battleground for justice in Pakistan. Appreciating the encouragement from America's lawyers, the message from those on the front line said: "What Pakistan faces today is the subordination of every independent organ of state to unchecked and unaccountable military executive power."


This heartening bonding of defenders of the rule of law also made me realize that there is an important lesson for what American lawyers can do for restoring accountability at home from an administration that, with regard to our Constitution, has been acting as if the president, as commander in chief, has certain military powers in dealing with terrorism to revise the Constitution all by himself.


Many American lawyers and law professors have spoken and written about the consequences to our rule of law when both the Republican and now the Democratic-controlled Congress fail to uphold the separation of powers.


One of many examples: President Bush has given the CIA extralegal authority to operate secret prisons and conduct kidnapping "renditions" that allow the enemy and even some of our friends to mock our pride in being a global model of constitutional democracy. There has been no investigation by Congress, even with its subpoena powers.


Yet, this weakening by the administration of the very structure of our founding document (along with our individual liberties in the Bill of Rights as we become a surveillance nation) is not an issue among most prospective voters in the presidential election, as is evidenced by the indifference to it by most of the candidates.


Even Joe Biden, whose knowledge of the Constitution and proposed legislation to repair it makes him an exceptionally qualified candidate, does not cite it nearly enough on the stump.


By contrast, during the Vietnam War, the increasing controversy about the lack of debate among the general public was accelerated when college professors and students held teach-ins on campuses. Supporters of the war had counter-sessions, and the public got involved until Congress felt the impact.


And right now, having admirably instructed the citizenry here about the breakdown of law in Pakistan, American lawyers on the streets could be a valuable instructive force about our breakdown of law as the presidential elections near by having sit-ins, including debates, not only at colleges but also at community centers, on television and the Internet (and why not on YouTube?).


The homicidal threat of terrorism against American targets, including people, will not abate once we have a new administration. Nor will the continuing threat from within to our institutions and values if the strong precedents for unitary executive power set by Bush and Cheney are adopted by the next president, and Congress accedes to them.


With Rudy Giuliani in the Oval Office, for instance, unaccountable executive power might well increase. I am not at all confident that any of the other front-runners in either political party are eager to let go of the expanded authority bequeathed to the next president by George W. Bush.


And the John G. Roberts, Jr.-Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Supreme Court — unless it is suddenly converted to an "originalism" based on the clear statement of separation of powers in the Constitution — may not be a dependable shield against a sincere but misguided commander in chief convinced he or she has no time to deal with delaying judicial supervision. American lawyers taking to the streets, rallying the citizenry to support the rule of law, could convince the presidential candidates and the next Congress to prevent the terrorists from using fear to change who we are as Americans.

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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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