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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 August 18, 2006 / 24 Menachem-Av, 5766

U.S. threatened — by partisanship

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two sets of questions surround the foiled terror attacks, about which we don't know, and may never know, the answers.


First, what kinds of surveillance and tracking methods did MI5, Britain's domestic intelligence service, use to uncover the plot, and would they be permissible in the United States?


Second, what methods did Pakistani intelligence use to interrogate terror suspects who provided information described as crucial to the investigation, and would American intelligence legally be permitted to use the same techniques?


As you ponder those questions, remember that the great issues of the day in this country with regard to terrorism revolve around whether the Bush administration acted illegally in tracking international wire transfers and international calls involving terrorism suspects.


Note from CNN: Two of the London suspects "received a wire transfer of money from Pakistan."


Note from Time: "U.S. intelligence provided London authorities with intercepts of the group's communications."


And the reaction to the disclosure of those programs to protect the American people, aside from Pulitzers, has been the threat by some Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush should they take control of Congress in November.


The United States is facing an enemy that is intent on the mass murder of civilians, and we're consumed with scrupulous adherence to Marques of Queensbury rules and scoring some cheap, partisan points in an election year.


There's no shortage of commentary decrying conservative fearmongering. But liberal fearmongering — that's another story. Democratic leaders seized on the British plot as evidence that the United States is "less safe" under Republican leadership. At least they seem to accept the reality of this latest threat rather than attributing it to some scheme by Karl Rove to gin up fear in the electorate.


But let's dispose of the "less safe" myth by noting that the London plot was essentially a rerun of al-Qaida's 1995 Project Bojinka. That operation had the goal of bringing down 12 U.S.-bound airliners with liquid chemical explosives. The bombers planned to carry onboard the key ingredient in contact lens solution bottles.


Philippine authorities uncovered the Bojinka plot almost completely by accident without the cooperation of international intelligence agencies. And that plan for mass murder of Americans was to have taken place at the height of U.S. engagement in the so-called Middle East peace process and a full eight years before the war in Iraq.


There are no simple solutions to the dilemmas posed to free societies by the war on terror. No amount of political platitudes can alter the fundamental trade-off between security and civil liberties. Defining that trade-off is an art, not a science. And everything about the American experience and in the American instinct tells us to err on the side of civil liberties.


But our experience with security comes from conflicts with conventional enemies. And a passion for life and freedom, rather than death and martyrdom, inform our instincts. With the revelation of the London plot, it's possible that our solicitousness for the rights of terror suspects has put us in more danger than we imagined.


Do we want in the United States the British model of domestic intelligence — no constitutional guarantees of individual rights or separation of governmental powers, with a MI5-type agency limited by the political authority of the White House to the exclusion of the legal authority of the courts?


Do we want something on the order of Pakistan's ISI, which human rights groups cite for the widespread use of torture?


The answer to both questions is, of course, no.


But do we need to take national security in the war on terror out of the realm of partisanship, as it was during most of the Cold War? And should we give our law enforcement and intelligence agencies reasonable tools to defend the nation against terrorist attack?


It shouldn't require the bombings of passenger planes and the loss of several thousand more lives to answer those questions.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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