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- Haji adalah salah satu rukun Islam yang lima. Menunaikan ibadah haji adalah bentuk ritual tahunan bagi kaum muslim yang mampu secara material, fisik, maupun keilmuan dengan berkunjung ke beberapa tempat di Arab Saudi dan melaksanakan beberapa kegiatan pada satu waktu yang telah ditentukan yaitu pada bulan Dzulhijjah.

Secara estimologi (bahasa), Haji berarti niat (Al Qasdu), sedangkan menurut syara’ berarti Niat menuju Baitul Haram dengan amal-amal yang khusus.Temat-tempat tertentu yang dimaksud dalam definisi diatas adalah selain Ka’bah dan Mas’a (tempat sa’i), juga Padang Arafah (tempat wukuf), Muzdalifah (tempat mabit), dan Mina (tempat melontar jumroh).

Sedangkan yang dimaksud dengan waktu tertentu adalah bulan-bulan haji yaitu dimulai dari Syawal sampai sepuluh hari pertama bulan Dzulhijjah. Amalan ibadah tertentu ialah thawaf, sa’i, wukuf, mazbit di Muzdalifah, melontar jumroh, dan mabit di Mina.

Pengertian Umroh

Umrah adalah berkunjung ke Ka’bah untuk melakukan serangkaian ibadah dengan syarat-syarat yang telah ditetapkan. Umroh disunahkan bagi muslim yang mampu. Umroh dapat dilakukan kapan saja, kecuali pada hari Arafah yaitu tgl 10 Zulhijah dan hari-hari Tasyrik yaitu tgl 11,12,13 Zulhijah. Melaksanakan Umroh pada bulan Ramadhan sama nilainya dengan melakukan Ibadah Haji (Hadits Muslim) [Kembali ke Menu]

Jenis-jenis Haji

Haji Ifrad, artinya menyendiri

Pelaksanaan ibadah haji disebut ifrad jika sesorang melaksanakan ibadah haji dan umroh dilaksanakan secara sendiri-sendiri, dengan mendahulukan ibadah haji. Artinya, ketika calon jamaah haji mengenakan pakaian ihram di miqat-nya, hanya berniat melaksanakan ibadah haji. Jika ibadah hajinya sudah selesai, maka orang tersebut mengenakan ihram kembali untuk melaksanakan ibadah umroh.

Haji Tamattu’, artinya bersenang-senang

Pelaksanaan ibadah haji disebut Tamattu’ jika seseorang melaksanakan ibadah umroh dan Haji di bulan haji yang sama dengan mendahulukan ibadah Umroh. Artinya, ketika seseorang mengenakan pakaian ihram di miqat-nya, hanya berniat melaksanakan ibadah Umroh. Jika ibadah Umrohnya sudah selesai, maka orang tersebut mengenakan ihram kembali untuk melaksanakan ibadah Haji.

Tamattu’ dapat juga berarti melaksanakan ibadah Umroh dan Haji didalam bulan-bulan serta didalam tahun yang sama, tanpa terlebih dahulu pulang ke negeri asal.

Haji Qiran, artinya menggabungkan

Pelaksanaan ibadah Haji disebut Qiran jika seseorang melaksanakan ibadah Haji dan Umroh disatukan atau menyekaliguskan berihram untuk melaksanakan ibadah haji dan umrah. Haji Qiran dilakukan dengan tetap berpakaian ihram sejak miqat makani dan melaksanakan semua rukun dan wajib haji sampai selesai, meskipun mungkin akan memakan waktu lama. [Kembali ke Menu]

Rukun dan Wajib Haji

Rukun haji :

    Ihram
    Thawaf Ziyarah (disebut juga dengan Thawaf Ifadhah)
    Sa’ie
    Wuquf di padang Arafah

Apabila salah satu rukun haji di atas tidak dilaksanakan maka hajinya batal. Sedangkan Abu Hanifah berpendapat bahwa rukun haji hanya ada 2 yaitu: Wuquf dan Thawaf. Ihram dan Sa’I tidak dimasukkan ke dalam rukun karena menurut beliau, ihram adalah syarat sah haji dan sa’I adalah yang wajib dilakukan dalam haji (wajib haji). Sementara Imam syafi’ie berpendapat bahwa rukun haji ada 6 yaitu: Ihram, Thawaf, Sa’ie, Wuquf, Mencukur rambut, dan Tertib berurutan).(Kitabul Fiqh Ala Madzhabil Arba’ah 1/578).

Wajib Haji

    Iharam dimulai dari miqat yang telah ditentukan
    Wuquf di Arafah sampai matahari tenggelam
    Mabit di Mina
    Mabit di Muzdalifah hingga lewat setengah malam
    Melempar jumrah
    Mencukur rambut
    Tawaf Wada’

Syarat-syarat Wajib Haji

    Islam
    Berakal
    Baligh
    Mampu

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Mewakilkan Seseorang Untuk Berhaji

Tidak boleh bagi seseorang berhaji untuk orang lain kecuali setelah ia berhaji untuk dirinya sendiri. Rasulullah bersabda: Berhajilah untuk dirimu sendiri, kemudian engkau berhaji untuknya. [Kembali ke Menu]

Haji Bagi Anak-anak yang belum Baligh

Tidaklah wajib bagi anak-anak untuk berhaji kecuali ia telah baligh. Namun jika ia telah berhaji maka hajinya sah sebagaimana yang telah diriwayatkan Ibnu Abbas ra bahwa Rasulullah r berjumpa dengan seorang berkendaraan dikawasan Ar-Rauha beliau bersabda: Siapakah kalian? Mereka menjawab: Kami orang-orang muslim, mereka balik bertanya: Siapa anda? Beliau menjawab: Saya Rasul Allah. Lalu ada seorang anak gadis yang masih kecil bertanya: Apakh ini yang disebut haji? Beliau menjawab: Ya dan bagimu pahala (HR. Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Daud, dan An Nasa dishahihkan oleh At Tirmidzi). [Kembali ke Menu]

Rangkaian Ibadah Haji dan Umroh:

Rangkaian kegiatan ibadah Haji

    Sebelum tanggal 8 Dzulhijjah, calon jamaah haji mulai berbondong untuk melaksanakan Tawaf Haji di Masjid Al Haram, Makkah.
    Calon jamaah haji memakai pakaian Ihram (dua lembar kain tanpa jahitan sebagai pakaian haji), sesuai miqatnya, kemudian berniat haji, dan membaca bacaan Talbiyah, yaitu mengucapkan Labbaikallahumma labbaik labbaika laa syarika laka labbaik. Innal hamda wan ni’mata laka wal mulk laa syarika laka..
    Tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah, pagi harinya semua calon jamaah haji menuju ke padang Arafah untuk menjalankan ibadah wukuf. Kemudian jamaah melaksanakan ibadah Wukuf, yaitu berdiam diri dan berdoa di padang Arafah hingga Maghrib datang.
    Tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah malam, jamaah menuju ke Muzdalifah untuk mabbit (bermalam) dan mengambil batu untuk melontar jumroh secukupnya.
    Tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah tengah malam (setelah mabbit) jamaah meneruskan perjalanan ke Mina untuk melaksanakan ibadah melontar Jumroh
    Tanggal 10 Dzulhijjah, jamaah melaksanakan ibadah melempar Jumroh sebanyak tujuh kali ke Jumroh Aqobah sebagai simbolisasi mengusir setan. Dilanjutkan dengan tahalul yaitu mencukur rambut atau sebagian rambut.
    Jika jamaah mengambil nafar awal maka dapat dilanjutkan perjalanan ke Masjidil Haram untuk Tawaf Haji (menyelesaikan Haji)
    Sedangkan jika mengambil nafar akhir jamaah tetap tinggal di Mina dan dilanjutkan dengan melontar jumroh sambungan (Ula dan Wustha).
    Tanggal 11 Dzulhijjah, melempar jumrah sambungan (Ula) di tugu pertama, tugu kedua, dan tugu ketiga.
    Tanggal 12 Dzulhijjah, melempar jumrah sambungan (Ula) di tugu pertama, tugu kedua, dan tugu ketiga.
    Jamaah haji kembali ke Makkah untuk melaksanakan Thawaf Wada’ (Thawaf perpisahan) sebelum pulang ke negara masing-masing

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Rangkaian Kegiatan Ibadah Umrah

    Diawali dengan mandi besar (janabah) sebelum ihram untuk umrah.
    mengenakan pakaian ihram. Untuk lelaki 2 kain yang dijadikan sarung dan selendang, sedangkan untuk wanita memakai pakaian apa saja yang menutup aurat tanpa ada hiasannya dan tidak memakai cadar atau sarung tangan.
    Niat umrah dalam hati dan mengucapkan Labbaika ‘umrotan atau Labbaikallahumma bi’umrotin. Kemudian bertalbiyah dengan dikeraskan suaranya bagi laki-laki dan cukup dengan suara yang didengar orang yang ada di sampingnya bagi wanita, yaitu mengucapkan Labbaikallahumma labbaik labbaika laa syarika laka labbaik. Innal hamda wan ni’mata laka wal mulk laa syarika laka.
    Sesampai Masjidil Haram menuju ka’bah, lakukan thawaf sebanyak 7 kali putaran.3 putaran pertama jalan cepat dan sisanya jalan biasa. Thowaf diawali dan diakhiri di hajar aswad dan ka’bah dijadikan berada di sebelah kiri. Setiap putaran menuju hajar aswad sambil menyentuhnya dengan tangan kanan dan menciumnya jika mampu dan mengucapkan Bismillahi wallahu akbar. Jika tidak bisa menyentuh dan menciumya, maka cukup memberi isyarat dan berkata Allahu akbar.
    Shalat 2 raka’at di belakang maqam Ibrahim jika bisa atau di tempat lainnya di masjidil haram dengan membaca surat Al-Kafirun pada raka’at pertama dan Al-Ikhlas pada raka’at kedua.
    Selanjutnya Sa’i dengan naik ke bukit Shofa dan menghadap kiblat sambil mengangkat kedua tangan dan mengucapkan Innash shofa wal marwata min sya’aairillah. Abda’u bima bada’allahu bihi (Aku memulai dengan apa yang Allah memulainya). Kemudian bertakbir 3 kali tanpa memberi isyarat dan mengucapkan Laa ilaha illallahu wahdahu laa syarika lahu. Lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wahuwa ‘alaa kulli syai’in qodiir. Laa ilaha illallahu wahdahu anjaza wa’dahu wa shodaqo ‘abdahu wa hazamal ahzaaba wahdahu 3x. Kemudian berdoa sekehendaknya. Sa’i dilakukan sebanyak 7 kali dengan hitungan berangkat satu kali dan kembalinya dihitung satu kali, diawali di bukit Shofa dan diakhiri di bukit Marwah.
    Mencukur rambut kepala bagi lelaki dan memotongnya sebatas ujung jari bagi wanita.
    Ibadah Umroh selesai

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Persiapan Ibadah Haji

Beberapa hal yang perlu dipersiapkan sebelum menunaikan ibadah Haji

    Membersihkan diri dari dosa dan kesalahan baik langsung kepada Allah SWT. maupun kepada sesama manusia.
    Karena ibadah Haji adalah ibadah fisik, maka perlu mempersiapkan mental untuk mengikuti seluruh rangkaian ibadah haji yang memerlukan stamina tinggi, keikhlasan dan kepasrahan kepada Allah SWT.
    Mempersiapkan biaya, baik selama dalam perjalanan haji, maupun untuk nafkah keluarg yang ditinggalkan.
    Melaksanakan kewajiban-kewajiban yang berhubungan dengan harta kekayaan, seperti zakat, nadzar, hutang, infaq dan shadaqah.
    Melaksanakan janji yang pernah diucapkan.
    Menyelesaikan segala urusan yang berhubungan dengan keluarga yang akan ditinggalkan.7. Memohon do’a restu kepada kedua orang tua (jika masih hidup)
    Mempersiapkan ilmu dan pengetahuan agama, dan mengikuti kegiatan manasik haji.
    Mempersiapkan obat-obatan pribadi selama menjalankan ibadah haji.
    Mempersiapkan beberapa perlengkapan untuk keperluan selama perjalanan ibadah Haji:

Perlengkapan Pria

    Kain Ihram dua stel
    Baju sehari-hari secukupnya
    Ikat pinggang
    Keperluan mandi

Perlengkapan Wanita

    Mukena minimal 2 buah
    Pakaian ihram (rok putih dan mukena atas putih) 2 set
    Pakaian sehari-hari secukupnya
    Kaos kaki secukupnya

Perlengkapan untuk Pria dan Wanita

    Pakaian penghangat
    Selimut
    Sandal jepit
    Sepatu sandal atau sendal gunung
    Obat-obatan pribadi
    Gunting kecil utk Tahallul
    Payung
    Senter kecil (untuk penerangan saat mengambil batu di Musdalifah)
    Kantong kecil untuk menyimpan batu kerikil persiapan melempar jumroh
    Kantong sandal untuk tempat sandal saat di Masjid
    Pelembab atau cream, gunakan untuk tangan dan kaki
    Biaya untuk dam, kurban dsb.

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Lokasi Utama Ibadah Haji dan Umroh

Makkah Al Mukaromah

Di kota Makkah Al-Mukaromah inilah terdapat Masjidil Haram yang didalamnya terdapat Ka’bah yang merupakan kiblat ibadah umat Islam sedunia. Dalam rangkaian perjalanan ibadah haji, Makkah menjadi tempat pembuka dan penutup ibadah haji.

Padang Arafah

Padang Arafah terdapat di sebelah timur Kota Makkah. Padang Arafah dikenal sebagai tempat pusatnya haji, sebagai tempat pelaksanaan ibadah wukuf yang merupakan rukun haji. Di Padang Arafah juga terdapat Jabal Rahmah tempat pertama kali pertemuan Nabi Adam dan Hawa. Di luar musim haji, daerah ini tidak dipakai.

Kota Muzdalifah

Kota ini tidak jauh dari kota Mina dan Arafah Mota Muzdalifah merupakan tempat jamaah calon haji melakukan Mabit (bermalam) dan mengambil batu untuk melontar Jumroh di Kota Mina.

Kota Mina
Kota Mina merupakan tempat berdirinya tugu (jumrah), yaitu tempat pelaksanaan melontarkan batu ke tugu (jumrah) sebagai simbolisasi tindakan nabi Ibrahim ketika mengusir setan. Disana terdapat tiga jumrah yaitu jumrah Aqabah, Jumrah Ula, dan Jumrah Wustha.

Sumber : http://berumrah-berhaji.blogspot.com

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MAKNA IBADAH HAJI DAN UMRAH

saco-indonesia.com, Seorang juru parkir, Septian Papa alias Tomi, telah tewas dikeroyok preman di sekitar Jembatan Rel Kereta Gunung Antang, Jatinegara, Jakarta Timur, Jumat (7/2) dinihari. Pemuda yang berusia sekitar 26 tahun itu tewas akibat luka bacok di sekujur tubuhnya.

Utar, seorang saksi mata telah mengaku sempat melihat korban dilempar dari atas jembatan di atas Jalan Matraman Raya. Pemantauan Pos Kota jarak jembatan ke jalan raya tersebut kurang lebih telah mencapai 5 m.

“Kejadiannya sekitar jam 2:00. Sebelum korban dilempar, saya juga telah mendengar teriakan sejumlah orang yang telah mengeroyok korban. Katanya, ‘buang aja, buang’,” ujarnya, di sekitar lokasi kejadian, Jumat (7/2) dini hari.

Belum cukup sampai di sana saja , urainya, korban juga sempat dilempari batu ketika tersungkur di pojok jalan bawah jembatan. Warga sekitar lokasi kemudian baru berani untuk menghampiri korban setelah tak ada lagi serangan dari para pelaku.

“Pas kami hampiri, ternyata korban juga banyak mendapat luka bacokan, mulai dari kepala, mata sebelah kanan hilang, leher sebelah kanan dan tangan kiri juga sobek, serta semua jari kaki kanannya hilang seperti habis dipotongi. Oleh warga korban langsung dibawa ke Rumah Sakit Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM),” paparnya.

Utar juga mengaku tak tahu persis kenapa pemuda tersebut telah dikeroyok sejumlah preman. Ia hanya mengetahui bahwa korban sehari-harinya bekerja sebagai juru parkir di sekitar warung di bawah jembatan itu.

Sementara, saksi lain yang tidak disebutkan namanya juga mengatakan, selain Tomi, ada satu korban lain yang juga menderita luka cukup serius. Korban itu, menurutnya adalah kakak Tomi, bernama Yupit Taimbonan alias Yores.

“Sekarang Yores lagi dirawat di Rumah Sakit Kramatjati (RS Polri),” ujarnya.

Ia telah menduga peristiwa pengeroyokan tersebut terjadi akibat dendam antara Yores dengan beberapa pemuda yang biasa berkeliaran di sekitar Jembatan Rel Gunung Antang. “Karena belum lama ini Yores sempat berkelahi dengan beberapa orang di sana. Kemudian Tomi mungkin tadi mencoba bikin perhitungan atau gimana, tapi ia malah dikeroyok hingga tewas,” ungkapnya.

Kasus ini telah ditangani Polsek Jatinegara. Hingga berita ini diturunkan, polisi juga masih harus melakukan penyelidikan mulai dari mendatangi lokasi kejadian dan mencari saksi yang dapat memberikan keterangan.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

TUKANG PARKIR TEWAS DIKEROYOK PREMAN

Saco-Indonesia.com Ukuran alat kelamin tak dimungkiri masih menjadi salah satu parameter penting dalam seksualitas pria. Hal itu pula yang membuat sebagian kaum Adam merasa "tak puas" selalu berupaya mencari cara untuk memperbaiki ukuran kelaminnya.

Meski demikian, minimnya pengetahuan tentang kesehatan reproduksi menyebabkan banyak pria terjebak pada prosedur pembesaran yang sembarangan terhadap alat kelamin. Tak semua prosedur pembesaran dapat memberikan hasil yang diharapkan, terutama pelayanan sembarangan yang tidak berdasarkan pada ilmu kedokteran. Alih-alih mendapat ukuran sesuai keinginan, layanan ini justru akan menyebabkan kerusakan permanen pada alat vital.

Spesialis urologi Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Indonesia (FKUI) Rumah Sakit dr Cipto Mangunkusumo (FKUI/RSCM) dr Nur Rasyid mengingatkan, kaum pria sebaiknya tidak mencari upaya untuk membesarkan alat kelaminnya. Pasalnya, alat kelamin pria dewasa sebenarnya sudah mencapai ukuran yang maksimal sehingga tidak mungkin dapat diperbesar lagi.

Kecuali pada anak dalam usia prepubertal atau sebelum memasuki usia puber, alat kelamin pria masih dapat bertumbuh sehingga masih dapat dilakukan upaya pembesaran.

"Umumnya pria setelah berusia 21 tahun, organ vitalnya sudah mengalami pematangan sempurna," ujar Nur dalam seminar media bertajuk "Disfungsi Ereksi (DE): Mengapa Pria Enggan Membicarakan serta Mengonsultasikannya ke Dokter?" di Jakarta, Rabu (22/5/2013).

Hanya saja, ukuran organ vital pria dapat bertambah besar saat mengalami ereksi. Nur mengatakan, hal ini terjadi karena peningkatan suplai darah di pembuluh darah penis. Volume darah pada penis saat ereksi dapat mencapai empat kali volume darah saat penis tidak ereksi.

"Maka, jika ereksinya lancar, ukuran penis seharusnya tidak menjadi masalah karena akan membesar sendiri," kata Nur.

Sayangnya, imbuh Nur, tidak semua pria mengetahui ukuran penis yang normal. Masih banyak yang merasa ukuran yang dimilikinya kecil, padahal sebenarnya normal.

Kata Nur, ukuran penis rata-rata orang Indonesia yang dianggap cukup untuk memenuhi fungsi organ seksual mencapai 9 sentimeter saat ereksi. Maka dari itulah, pentingnya artinya kaum pria untuk mendapatkan informasi tentang kesehatan reproduksi yang tepat.

Berbahaya

Nur mengingatkan masyarakat akan bahaya prosedur pembesaran alat kelamin yang masih banyak ditemukan.  Upaya pembesaran penis yang berbahaya di antaranya adalah dengan melakukan penyuntikan penambahan volume di bawah kulit penis. Penambahan volume dapat dilakukan dengan menyuntikkan silikon, bahkan hingga minyak tradisional.

Nur mengatakan, pengisian volume dengan bahan berbahaya mungkin terlihat baik pada awalnya. Namun, efeknya tidak akan lama. Paling lama sekitar enam sampai dua belas bulan. Setelahnya, bentuk dan kulit penis bisa mengalami kerusakan.

"Mungkin mirip dengan penyuntikan silikon di dada atau wajah. Jika sembarangan, tentu akan buruk hasilnya. Melakukannya pada organ vital akan berakibat kerusakan fungsi dari alat vital," paparnya.

 

Editor :Liwon Maulana
Sumber:http://health.kompas.com/read/2013/05/23/11365825/Hati- hati.dengan.Layanan.Pembesar.Alat.Kelamin
Hati-hati Pada Layanan Pembesar Alat Kelamin

saco-indonesia.com, PENYAKIT ginjal merupakan penyakit yang harus dihindari oleh semua orang. Pasalnya, penyakit ini juga sulit dideteksi dan sering mengancam nyawa seseorang.

Penyakit ginjal juga dikenal sebagai 'silent disease ' karena sering tak ada tanda-tanda peringatan. Jika tak terdeteksi, hal itu juga hanya akan memperburuk kondisinya dari waktu ke waktu. Bentuk yang lebih kronis penyakit ginjal ialah hilangnya secara progresif fungsi ginjal dalam tubuh selama periode bulan atau tahun. Seringkali, penyakit ini juga hanya didiagnosis dari hasil dari skrining untuk dapat diketahui berada di tingkat mana risiko tinggi penyakit ginjalnya.

Oleh sebab itu, menjadi hal penting bila Anda mengetahui tanda-tanda peringatan agar bisa terhindar dari risiko itu. Namun tak perlu cemas, sebab Kanchan Naikawadi, Direktur, Indus Kesehatan Plus (P) Ltd, telah memberitahu kita tentang berbagai gejala ginjal pada orang dewasa yang tak boleh diabaikan.

Gejala-gejala penyakit ginjal biasanya tak spesifik dan berkaitan dengan gaya hidup, yang bisa dapat menyebabkan orang down atau terpuruk. Umumnya, gejala terkait muncul ketika penyakit sudah parah.

Banyak gejala seperti yang ada di bawah ini yang bisa dihindari jika pengobatan dimulai pada tahap awal. Bahkan, jika tak ada gejala, bagi penderita diabetes, tekanan darah tinggi, riwayat keluarga penyakit ginjal atau di atas usia 60 harus melakukan skirining karena mereka adalah kelompok-kelompok berisiko tinggi. Seperti dalam kasus penderita diabetes, statistik telah menunjukkan bahwa sekira 40 persen cenderung mengembangkan penyakit ginjal kronis.

Untuk dapat mengetahui lebih lanjut, apa sajakah gejala itu. Berikut, Kanchan, akan memaparkan penjelasannya .

Nafsu makan kurang dan penurunan berat badan

Kedua gejala itu juga merupakan gejala paling umum yang sering diabaikan sebagai sesuatu yang serius. Umumnya, kesibukan kita saat bekerja juga merupakan pemicu nafsu makan memburuk, apalagi saat sedang serius menapaki tangga karier Anda. Sementara penururnan berat badan, sayangnya banyak orang yang "welcome" terhadap gejala ini. Padahal kondisi itu adalah dimana penyakit ginjal itu dimulai. Tubuh harus membutuhkan nutrisi dan energi untuk dapat melakukan bahkan tugas yang paling dasar setiap hari, dimana bersumber dari asupan makanan. Karenaya, sangat penting untuk dapat menjaga asupan makanan yang Anda masukkan ke dalam tubuh.

Kaki bengkak, tangan atau pada pergelangan kaki

Ginjal yang seharusnya untuk dapat menghilangkan limbah dan cairan ekstra dalam tubuh. Ketika ginjal gagal untuk bisa menjalankan fungsi mereka, cairan ekstra dalam tubuh Anda akan mulai membangun ruang dan dapat menyebabkan pembengkakan di wajah, tangan, kaki, kaki atau pergelangan kaki karena ada peningkatan retensi air.

Sesak napas dan kelelahan

Selain penyaringan toksin dari tubuh, ginjal juga menghasilkan hormon yang disebut eritropoietin. Hormon-hormon ini yang membantu membawa oksigen sel darah merah ke seluruh tubuh. Bila ginjal berhenti berfungsi, mereka mungkin tak menghasilkan erythropoietin cukup sehingga lebih sedikit sel darah merah untuk bisa membawa oksigen dalam tubuh dan menyebabkan otot-otot dan otak mudah keletihan dengan sangat cepat. Kondisi ini disebut anemia. Biasanya, orang merasa tenaganya terkuras tanpa melakukan apa-apa. Selain itu, ia juga akan sulit menarik napasnya.


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saco-indonesia.com, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) juga mengaku terus akan mendalami aktor utama dibalik kasus korupsi pengadaan alat kesehatan (Alkes), selain Gubernur Banten Ratu Atut Chosiyah yang telah ditahan di Rutan Pondok Bambu, Jakarta Timur.

"Soal Alkes baru hari ini, jadi tunggu saja pengumumannya. Masih akan didalami, nama yang akan bermunculan," ujar Ketua KPK, Abraham Samad, di Gedung Kominfo, Jakarta Pusat, Senin (23/12/2013).

Samad juga mengaku sedang memformulasikan dalam surat perintah penyidikan (sprindik) sebelum menetapkan nama baru dalam kasus tersebut.

"Untuk lebih konkretnya nanti diformulasikan. Jadi kami masih harus formulasikan sebelum menetapkan nama lain yang terlibat," pungkasnya.

Sebelumnya, Wakil Ketua Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) Bidang Penindakan dan Pencegahan, Busyro Muqqodas juga mengatakan, penyidik KPK tengah berusaha keras untuk dapat menyelidiki dugaan keterlibatan Wali Kota Tangerang Selatan, Airin Rachmi Diany dalam kasus dugaan korupsi pengadaan alat kesehatan di Pemkot Tangsel.

Busyro juga menuturkan saat ini KPK memang memulainya dari bawah melalui penetapan pejabat Dinkes Tangsel, Mamak Jamaksari selaku Pejabat Pembuat Komitmen (PPK) proyek senilai Rp23 miliar itu.

"Selama ini kan bisa dilihat gimana cari kerja kita, semua telah dimulai dari bawah, minggir-minggir langsung nabrak ke atas kan. Bisa dilihat contohnya PON Riau itu siapa dulu yang kena, minggir-minggir gubernurnya langsung kena kan. Travel cek, itu pertama dari anggota DPR Agus Condro sampai ke Miranda Goeltom-kan. Itu memang karakter kerja KPK. Jadi semuanya analog dengan itu," kata Busyro.


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Over the last five years or so, it seemed there was little that Dean G. Skelos, the majority leader of the New York Senate, would not do for his son.

He pressed a powerful real estate executive to provide commissions to his son, a 32-year-old title insurance salesman, according to a federal criminal complaint. He helped get him a job at an environmental company and employed his influence to help the company get government work. He used his office to push natural gas drilling regulations that would have increased his son’s commissions.

He even tried to direct part of a $5.4 billion state budget windfall to fund government contracts that the company was seeking. And when the company was close to securing a storm-water contract from Nassau County, the senator, through an intermediary, pressured the company to pay his son more — or risk having the senator subvert the bid.

The criminal complaint, unsealed on Monday, lays out corruption charges against Senator Skelos and his son, Adam B. Skelos, the latest scandal to seize Albany, and potentially alter its power structure.

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Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, discussed the case involving Dean G. Skelos and his son, Adam. Credit Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The repeated and diverse efforts by Senator Skelos, a Long Island Republican, to use what prosecutors said was his political influence to find work, or at least income, for his son could send both men to federal prison. If they are convicted of all six charges against them, they face up to 20 years in prison for each of four of the six counts and up to 10 years for the remaining two.

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, of Long Island, who serves as chairman of the Republican conference, emerged from a closed-door meeting Monday night to say that conference members agreed that Mr. Skelos should be benefited the “presumption of innocence,” and would stay in his leadership role.

“The leader has indicated he would like to remain as leader,” said Mr. LaValle, “and he has the support of the conference.” The case against Mr. Skelos and his son grew out of a broader inquiry into political corruption by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, that has already changed the face of the state capital. It is based in part, according to the six-count complaint, on conversations secretly recorded by one of two cooperating witnesses, and wiretaps on the cellphones of the senator and his son. Those recordings revealed that both men were concerned about electronic surveillance, and illustrated the son’s unsuccessful efforts to thwart it.

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Adam Skelos took to using a “burner” phone, the complaint says, and told his father he wanted them to speak through a FaceTime video call in an apparent effort to avoid detection. They also used coded language at times.

At one point, Adam Skelos was recorded telling a Senate staff member of his frustration in not being able to speak openly to his father on the phone, noting that he could not “just send smoke signals or a little pigeon” carrying a message.

The 43-page complaint, sworn out by Paul M. Takla, a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, outlines a five-year scheme to “monetize” the senator’s official position; it also lays bare the extent to which a father sought to use his position to help his son.

The charges accuse the two men of extorting payments through a real estate developer, Glenwood Management, based on Long Island, and the environmental company, AbTech Industries, in Scottsdale, Ariz., with the expectation that the money paid to Adam Skelos — nearly $220,000 in total — would influence his father’s actions.

Glenwood, one of the state’s most prolific campaign donors, had ties to AbTech through investments in the environmental firm’s parent company by Glenwood’s founding family and a senior executive.

The accusations in the complaint portray Senator Skelos as a man who, when it came to his son, was not shy about twisting arms, even in situations that might give other arm-twisters pause.

Seeking to help his son, Senator Skelos turned to the executive at Glenwood, which develops rental apartments in New York City and has much at stake when it comes to real estate legislation in Albany. The senator urged him to direct business to his son, who sold title insurance.

After much prodding, the executive, Charles C. Dorego, engineered a $20,000 payment to Adam Skelos from a title insurance company even though he did no work for the money. But far more lucrative was a consultant position that Mr. Dorego arranged for Adam Skelos at AbTech, which seeks government contracts to treat storm water. (Mr. Dorego is not identified by name in the complaint, but referred to only as CW-1, for Cooperating Witness 1.)

Senator Skelos appeared to take an active interest in his son’s new line of work. Adam Skelos sent him several drafts of his consulting agreement with AbTech, the complaint says, as well as the final deal that was struck.

“Mazel tov,” his father replied.

Senator Skelos sent relevant news articles to his son, including one about a sewage leak near Albany. When AbTech wanted to seek government contracts after Hurricane Sandy, the senator got on a conference call with his son and an AbTech executive, Bjornulf White, and offered advice. (Like Mr. Dorego, Mr. White is not named in the complaint, but referred to as CW-2.)

The assistance paid off: With the senator’s help, AbTech secured a contract worth up to $12 million from Nassau County, a big break for a struggling small business.

But the money was slow to materialize. The senator expressed impatience with county officials.

Adam Skelos, in a phone call with Mr. White in late December, suggested that his father would seek to punish the county. “I tell you this, the state is not going to do a [expletive] thing for the county,” he said.

Three days later, Senator Skelos pressed his case with the Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, a fellow Republican. “Somebody feels like they’re just getting jerked around the last two years,” the senator said, referring to his son in what the complaint described as “coded language.”

The next day, the senator pursued the matter, as he and Mr. Mangano attended a wake for a slain New York City police officer. Senator Skelos then reassured his son, who called him while he was still at the wake. “All claims that are in will be taken care of,” the senator said.

AbTech’s fortunes appeared to weigh on his son. At one point in January, Adam Skelos told his father that if the company did not succeed, he would “lose the ability to pay for things.”

Making matters worse, in recent months, Senator Skelos and his son appeared to grow wary about who was watching them. In addition to making calls on the burner phone, Adam Skelos said he used the FaceTime video calling “because that doesn’t show up on the phone bill,” as he told Mr. White.

In late February, Adam Skelos arranged a pair of meetings between Mr. White and state senators; AbTech needed to win state legislation that would allow its contract to move beyond its initial stages. But Senator Skelos deemed the plan too risky and caused one of the meetings to be canceled.

In another recorded call, Adam Skelos, promising to be “very, very vague” on the phone, urged his father to allow the meeting. The senator offered a warning. “Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam,” he told him.

A month later, in another phone call that was recorded by the authorities, Adam Skelos complained that his father could not give him “real advice” about AbTech while the two men were speaking over the telephone.

“You can’t talk normally,” he told his father, “because it’s like [expletive] Preet Bharara is listening to every [expletive] phone call. It’s just [expletive] frustrating.”

“It is,” his father agreed.

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Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they did not dare play the wax cylinder records tucked inside each one.

The Rolfses, longtime collectors of Edison phonographs, knew that if they turned the cranks on the dolls’ backs, the steel phonograph needle might damage or destroy the grooves of the hollow, ring-shaped cylinder. And so for years, the dolls sat side by side inside a display cabinet, bearers of a message from the dawn of sound recording that nobody could hear.

In 1890, Edison’s dolls were a flop; production lasted only six weeks. Children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The recordings inside, which featured snippets of nursery rhymes, wore out quickly.

Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the world’s first recording artists.

Year after year, the Rolfses asked experts if there might be a safe way to play the recordings. Then a government laboratory developed a method to play fragile records without touching them.

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The technique relies on a microscope to create images of the grooves in exquisite detail. A computer approximates — with great accuracy — the sounds that would have been created by a needle moving through those grooves.

In 2014, the technology was made available for the first time outside the laboratory.

“The fear all along is that we don’t want to damage these records. We don’t want to put a stylus on them,” said Jerry Fabris, the curator of the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, N.J. “Now we have the technology to play them safely.”

Last month, the Historical Park posted online three never-before-heard Edison doll recordings, including the two from the Rolfses’ collection. “There are probably more out there, and we’re hoping people will now get them digitized,” Mr. Fabris said.

The technology, which is known as Irene (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), was developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Lawrence Berkeley. Irene extracts sound from cylinder and disk records. It can also reconstruct audio from recordings so badly damaged they were deemed unplayable.

“We are now hearing sounds from history that I did not expect to hear in my lifetime,” Mr. Fabris said.

The Rolfses said they were not sure what to expect in August when they carefully packed their two Edison doll cylinders, still attached to their motors, and drove from their home in Hortonville, Wis., to the National Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The center had recently acquired Irene technology.

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Cylinders carry sound in a spiral groove cut by a phonograph recording needle that vibrates up and down, creating a surface made of tiny hills and valleys. In the Irene set-up, a microscope perched above the shaft takes thousands of high-resolution images of small sections of the grooves.

Stitched together, the images provide a topographic map of the cylinder’s surface, charting changes in depth as small as one five-hundredth the thickness of a human hair. Pitch, volume and timbre are all encoded in the hills and valleys and the speed at which the record is played.

At the conservation center, the preservation specialist Mason Vander Lugt attached one of the cylinders to the end of a rotating shaft. Huddled around a computer screen, the Rolfses first saw the wiggly waveform generated by Irene. Then came the digital audio. The words were at first indistinct, but as Mr. Lugt filtered out more of the noise, the rhyme became clearer.

“That was the Eureka moment,” Mr. Rolfs said.

In 1890, a girl in Edison’s laboratory had recited:

There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl

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Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very, very good.

But when she was bad, she was horrid.

Recently, the conservation center turned up another surprise.

In 2010, the Woody Guthrie Foundation received 18 oversize phonograph disks from an anonymous donor. No one knew if any of the dirt-stained recordings featured Guthrie, but Tiffany Colannino, then the foundation’s archivist, had stored them unplayed until she heard about Irene.

Last fall, the center extracted audio from one of the records, labeled “Jam Session 9” and emailed the digital file to Ms. Colannino.

“I was just sitting in my dining room, and the next thing I know, I’m hearing Woody,” she said. In between solo performances of “Ladies Auxiliary,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Dead or Alive,” Guthrie tells jokes, offers some back story, and makes the audience laugh. “It is quintessential Guthrie,” Ms. Colannino said.

The Rolfses’ dolls are back in the display cabinet in Wisconsin. But with audio stored on several computers, they now have a permanent voice.

Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard

The live music at the Vice Media party on Friday shook the room. Shane Smith, Vice’s chief executive, was standing near the stage — with a drink in his hand, pants sagging, tattoos showing — watching the rapper-cum-chef Action Bronson make pizzas.

The event was an after-party, a happy-hour bacchanal for the hundreds of guests who had come for Vice’s annual presentation to advertisers and agencies that afternoon, part of the annual frenzy for ad dollars called the Digital Content NewFronts. Mr. Smith had spoken there for all of five minutes before running a slam-bang highlight reel of the company’s shows that had titles like “Weediquette” and “Gaycation.”

In the last year, Vice has secured $500 million in financing and signed deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars with established media companies like HBO that are eager to engage the young viewers Vice attracts. Vice said it was now worth at least $4 billion, with nearly $1 billion in projected revenue for 2015. It is a long way from Vice’s humble start as a free magazine in 1994.

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At the Vice after-party, the rapper Action Bronson, a host of a Vice show, made a pizza. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

But even as cash flows freely in Vice’s direction, the company is trying to keep its brash, insurgent image. At the party on Friday, it plied guests with beers and cocktails. Its apparently unrehearsed presentation to advertisers was peppered with expletives. At one point, the director Spike Jonze, a longtime Vice collaborator, asked on stage if Mr. Smith had been drinking.

“My assistant tried to cut me off,” Mr. Smith replied. “I’m on buzz control.”

Now, Vice is on the verge of getting its own cable channel, which would give the company a traditional outlet for its slate of non-news programming. If all goes as planned, A&E Networks, the television group owned by Hearst and Disney, will turn over its History Channel spinoff, H2, to Vice.

The deal’s announcement was expected last week, but not all of A&E’s distribution partners — the cable and satellite TV companies that carry the network’s channels — have signed off on the change, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

A cable channel would be a further step in a transformation for Vice, from bad-boy digital upstart to mainstream media company.

Keen for the core audience of young men who come to Vice, media giants like 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Disney all showed interest in the company last year. Vice ultimately secured $500 million in financing from A&E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has invested in Facebook and Netflix.

Those investments valued Vice at more than $2.5 billion. (In 2013, Fox bought a 5 percent stake for $70 million.)

Then in March, HBO announced that it had signed a multiyear deal to broadcast a daily half-hour Vice newscast. Vice already produces a weekly newsmagazine show, called “Vice,” for the network. That show will extend its run through 2018, with an increase to 35 episodes a year, from 14.

Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president for programming, said when the deal was announced that it was “certainly one of our biggest investments with hours on the air.”

Vice, based in Brooklyn, also recently signed a multiyear $100 million deal with Rogers Communications, a Canadian media conglomerate, to produce original content for TV, smartphone and desktop viewers.

Vice’s finances are private, but according to an internal document reviewed by The New York Times and verified by a person familiar with the company’s financials, the company is on track to make about $915 million in revenue this year.

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Vice showed a highlight reel of its TV series at the NewFronts last week in New York. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

It brought in $545 million in a strong first quarter, which included portions of the new HBO deal and the Rogers deal, according to the document. More of its revenue now comes from these types of content partnerships, compared with the branded content deals that made up much of its revenue a year ago, the company said.

Mr. Smith said the company was worth at least $4 billion. If the valuation gets much higher, he said he would consider taking the company public.

“I don’t care about money; we have plenty of money,” Mr. Smith, who is Vice’s biggest shareholder, said in an interview after the presentation on Friday. “I care about strategic deals.”

In the United States, Vice Media had 35.2 million unique visitors across its sites in March, according to comScore.

The third season of Vice’s weekly HBO show has averaged 1.8 million viewers per episode, including reruns, through April 12, according to Brad Adgate, the director of research at Horizon Media. (Vice said the show attracted three million weekly viewers when repeat broadcasts, online and on-demand viewings were included.)

For years, Mr. Smith has criticized traditional TV, calling it slow and unable to draw younger viewers. But if all the deals Vice has struck are to work out, Mr. Smith may have to play more by the rules of traditional media. James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son and a member of Vice’s board, was at the company’s presentation on Friday, as were other top media executives.

“They know they need people like me to help them, but they can’t get out of their own way,” Mr. Smith said in the interview Friday. “My only real frustration is we’re used to being incredibly dynamic, and they’re not incredibly dynamic.”

With its own television channel in the United States, Vice would have something it has long coveted even as traditional media companies are looking beyond TV. Last year, Vice’s deal with Time Warner failed in part because the two companies could not agree on how much control Vice would have over a 24-hour television network.

Vice said it intended to fill its new channel with non-news programming. The company plans to have sports shows, fashion shows, food shows and the “Gaycation” travel show with the actress Ellen Page. It is also in talks with Kanye West about a show.

It remains to be seen whether Vice’s audience will watch a traditional cable channel. Still, Vice has effectively presold all of the ad spots to two of the biggest advertising agencies for the first three years, Mr. Smith said.

In the meantime, Mr. Smith is enjoying Vice’s newfound role as a potential savior of traditional media companies.

“I’m a C.E.O. of a content company,” Mr. Smith said before he caught a flight to Las Vegas for the boxing match on Saturday between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. “If it stops being fun, then why are you doing it?”

As Vice Moves More to TV, It Tries to Keep Brash Voice

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WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

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Michael J. Morell Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

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“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”

He concludes that most Wall Street firms had better cybersecurity than the N.S.A. had when Mr. Snowden swept information from its systems in 2013. While he said he found himself “chagrined by how well the N.S.A. was doing” compared with the C.I.A. in stepping up its collection of data on intelligence targets, he also sensed that the N.S.A., which specializes in electronic spying, was operating without considering the implications of its methods.

“The N.S.A. had largely been collecting information because it could, not necessarily in all cases because it should,” he says.

The book is to be released next week.

Mr. Morell was a career analyst who rose through the ranks of the agency, and he ended up in the No. 2 post. He served as President George W. Bush’s personal intelligence briefer in the first months of his presidency — in those days, he could often be spotted at the Starbucks in Waco, Tex., catching up on his reading — and was with him in the schoolhouse in Florida on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Bush presidency changed in an instant.

Mr. Morell twice took over as acting C.I.A. director, first when Leon E. Panetta was appointed secretary of defense and then when retired Gen. David H. Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer, a relationship that included his handing her classified notes of his time as America’s best-known military commander.

Mr. Morell says he first learned of the affair from Mr. Petraeus only the night before he resigned, and just as the Benghazi events were turning into a political firestorm. While praising Mr. Petraeus, who had told his deputy “I am very lucky” to run the C.I.A., Mr. Morell writes that “the organization did not feel the same way about him.” The former general “created the impression through the tone of his voice and his body language that he did not want people to disagree with him (which was not true in my own interaction with him),” he says.

But it is his account of the Benghazi attacks — and how the C.I.A. was drawn into the debate over whether the Obama White House deliberately distorted its account of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — that is bound to attract attention, at least partly because of its relevance to the coming presidential election. The initial assessments that the C.I.A. gave to the White House said demonstrations had preceded the attack. By the time analysts reversed their opinion, Susan E. Rice, now the national security adviser, had made a series of statements on Sunday talk shows describing the initial assessment. The controversy and other comments Ms. Rice made derailed Mr. Obama’s plan to appoint her as secretary of state.

The experience prompted Mr. Morell to write that the C.I.A. should stay out of the business of preparing talking points — especially on issues that are being seized upon for “political purposes.” He is critical of the State Department for not beefing up security in Libya for its diplomats, as the C.I.A., he said, did for its employees.

But he concludes that the assault in which the ambassador was killed took place “with little or no advance planning” and “was not well organized.” He says the attackers “did not appear to be looking for Americans to harm. They appeared intent on looting and conducting some vandalism,” setting fires that killed Mr. Stevens and a security official, Sean Smith.

Mr. Morell paints a picture of an agency that was struggling, largely unsuccessfully, to understand dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa when the Arab Spring broke out in late 2011 in Tunisia. The agency’s analysts failed to see the forces of revolution coming — and then failed again, he writes, when they told Mr. Obama that the uprisings would undercut Al Qaeda by showing there was a democratic pathway to change.

“There is no good explanation for our not being able to see the pressures growing to dangerous levels across the region,” he writes. The agency had again relied too heavily “on a handful of strong leaders in the countries of concern to help us understand what was going on in the Arab street,” he says, and those leaders themselves were clueless.

Moreover, an agency that has always overvalued secretly gathered intelligence and undervalued “open source” material “was not doing enough to mine the wealth of information available through social media,” he writes. “We thought and told policy makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage Al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” he writes.

Instead, weak governments in Egypt, and the absence of governance from Libya to Yemen, were “a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mr. Morell is gentle about most of the politicians he dealt with — he expresses admiration for both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama, though he accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney of deliberately implying a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq that the C.I.A. had concluded probably did not exist. But when it comes to the events leading up to the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, he is critical of his own agency.

Mr. Morell concludes that the Bush White House did not have to twist intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged effort to rekindle the country’s work on weapons of mass destruction.

“The view that hard-liners in the Bush administration forced the intelligence community into its position on W.M.D. is just flat wrong,” he writes. “No one pushed. The analysts were already there and they had been there for years, long before Bush came to office.”

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A former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Smedvig helped found the wide-ranging Empire Brass quintet.

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