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With Seth Cropsey, Faith McDonnell, Gordon Chang and Kevin Freeman
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 5:15 PM

SETH CROPSEY, Senior Fellow and Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, Former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy in Reagan and Bush Administrations, Author of Seablindness: How Political Neglect is Choking American Seapower and What to do About It (August 2017):

    Update on the U.S. Navy’s 7thFleetWhat does certification of fleets entail?How sequestration cuts have stretched Navy resourcesRecommendations for Military resource allocation

FAITH MCDONNELL, Director of Religious Liberty Programs at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Director of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan:

    Devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane MariaWhy does President Trump’s revised travel ban exclude Sudan?Sudan’s ‘Charm Offenses’Dangers of cooperating with the Khartoum government

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger, The Daily Beast contributor:

    North Korea’s claim that President Trump declared war via TwitterAre intensified economic sanctions on Pyongyang and its allies enough to deter the threat?China’s continued proliferation of material for nuclear programs 

KEVIN FREEMAN, Author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again (2012), Founder of Globaleconomicwarfare.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

    How countries are attempting to supplant the U.S. dollarSaudi Arabia and the oil market  
Puerto Rico and the Rest of Us Need Resilient Grids
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:58 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Mother Nature has devastated Puerto Rico.  Its present condition –and the prospect of months without electricity – is a cautionary tale for the rest of us. 

The electric grid most Americans depend upon for the necessities of life is vulnerable to similar kinds of catastrophic failures in the face of intense solar storms and/or enemy action.  We’re overdue for severe space weather.  And North Korea’s leader says he thinks we’re at war and his regime has specifically threatened our grid.  It is no more protected against such perils than Puerto Rico’s was against hurricanes.

America’s Caribbean territories are lucky to have the rest of us to help them rebuild.  In so doing, we must make sure the grids there and on the mainland are both made resilient.  After all, if ours is taken down, no one is likely to come to the rescue. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

With Doug Feith and Clare Lopez
Monday, September 25, 2017 6:23 PM

DOUG FEITH, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for National Security Strategies at the Hudson Institute, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy:

    Election results in GermanyHow extremist groups can take the place of non-bigoted nationalistsThe upcoming referendum on Kurdish independence 


    What would happen after the referendum passes?Why have the Turks always been opponents of Kurdish sovereignty?Can Turkey under Erdogan still be considered an ally?The effectiveness of NATO- countries with shared principles

CLARE LOPEZ, VP for Research & Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, Former CIA Clandestine Officer:

    Why President Trump should not recertify Iran as compliant in JCPOAIran’s clandestine nuclear weapons programsThe latest supplements to the travel moratorium


    The leading edge of civilization JihadRecent OSCE conference and Sharia blasphemy restrictionsHow Canada’s M103 and the United States’ PL115-5 act as precursors to free speech restrictionsThe rise of Germany’s ‘ADF’ party
Restore the Rule of Law
Monday, September 25, 2017 11:27 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally transform” America.  One manifestation of that policy has been the erosion of public confidence in the rule of law.

The Obama administration serially refused to enforce federal statutes.  Some, like Hillary Clinton, were treated as though different rules applied to them. And the President personally governed in ways he admitted were unconstitutional. 

The message was unmistakable:  The rule of law is no longer operative.

The resulting contempt for America may be contributing to the present controversy over some NFL players’ dissing symbols of our country. The League’s refusal to enforce its own rules calling for disciplinary action for disrespect of the national anthem and flag is encouraging similar sentiments among fans.

If America is to remain a place where disagreements can be fairly settled and the country’s promise fully realized, the rule of law must be restored.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

With Rick Fisher, Bill Gertz, Liz Yore and Trevor Loudon
Friday, September 22, 2017 4:57 PM

RICK FISHER, Senior Fellow, Asian Military Affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, Former Consultant on PLA issues for the Congressionally chartered U.S. China Security and Economic Review Commission:

    How the Chinese are enabling the Pyongyang threat to the U.S.The dangers of an atmospheric nuclear test from North KoreaAre economic sanctions enough to garner support from Beijing? 

BILLL GERTZ, Senior editor at the Washington Free Beacon, Inside the Ring Columnist at The Washington Times, Author of iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age:

    Law-fare tactics and the South China SeaIs Beijing calling the shots on North Korea’s actions?Recent U.S. fleet collisions and possible interference

ELIZABETH YORE, Attorney and International Child Rights Advocate, Head of “End FGM Today”:

    Significance of the ‘End FGM Today’ campaignOver half a million girls at risk for Female Genital Mutilation in the U.S.The recent federal case Michigan doctorWhy FGM is not simply a practice of religious freedom

TREVOR LOUDON, Creator of the new documentary The Enemies Within (Out September 2016), Author of Barack Obama and the Enemies Within (2011) andThe Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress:

    Tracing the history of AntifaSenate Joint Resolution 47 and the revoking of free speechDangers of the red-Green Axis
Beijing Must Change Pyongyang’s Regime, Not Just Its Behavior
Friday, September 22, 2017 11:44 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump yesterday employed powerful economic warfare weapons against North Korea in the hope of avoiding the need to use the kinetic kind.  Taken together, they seem likely to increase dramatically prospects for an outcome that years of pleas, negotiations, UN sanctions and outright appeasement have failed to do –  namely, inducing China actually to change the behavior of a North Korean regime best understood as its “sock puppet.” 

In fact, Beijing responded immediately to Mr. Trump’s sanctions on foreign banks doing business with North Korea, lest its own financial institutions be cut off from U.S.-dominated markets and institutions.  The North’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, has panicked, threatening to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the atmosphere over the Pacific. 

The time has come for China to change more than its ally’s malevolent behavior. Now, it must change the regime in North Korea. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Fred Fleitz, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and Claudia Rosett
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:31 PM

FRED FLEITZ, Senior VP for Policy and Programs at CSP, Former CIA Analyst, Former Chief of Staff for Amb. John Bolton in the State Department:

    President Trump’s address to the United NationsThe future of the Iran Nuclear DealJohn Bolton’s alternative plan to JCPOA

ELISABETH SABADITSCH-WOLFF, Advisor to the Board, Burgerbewegung Pax Europa (a German human rights NGO), Encounter Truth Inc. (Coming soon):

    The OSCE and the fight for freedom of speechSharia blasphemy restrictions in Austria

CLAUDIA ROSETT, Foreign Affairs Columnist at Forbes.com, Blogs at “The Rosett Report” at PJ Media:

    President Trump’s speech at U.N. delivers on all fronts  How Trump’s speech was received by other nationsIs the U.N. an effective tool in benefitting U.S. interests? 


    Why North Korea should be thrown out of the U.N.The recent U.N. security council resolution’s response to Pyongyang aggressionWhy sanctions cannot be effective without enforcement
Mr. President, Heed Bolton, Not Tillerson on the Obamabomb Deal
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:36 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump announced yesterday that he has decided what he’s going to do about the Obamabomb deal with Iran.  Since he told the UN it’s  an “embarrassment” negotiated with the “murderous” Iranian regime, presumably he won’t perpetuate it. 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is reportedly determined yet again to undermine and countermand the President’s policy.  He is getting a lot of lobbying help from Boeing which is prominent among the companies and governments expecting to garner billions of dollars doing business with, and thereby propping up, the mullahs. 

Mr. Trump knows that the Iranians are not complying with their obligations, are becoming an ever-greater threat and are only emboldened by a U.S. presidency in disarray.  John Bolton has given him an alternative: terminate the Obamabomb charade and really protect America.  Let us pray that’s what the President has decided to do.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

With Diana West, Ken Timmerman, Joe diGenova and Caroline Cox
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:58 PM

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at Dianawest.net, Author of Death of the Grown Up and American Betrayal:

    President Trump’s comments at the U.N.Benefits of sovereign nations vs. collective world governmentThe difference between ‘America first’ and ‘American exceptionalism’Is the U.N. reform-able?

KEN TIMMERMAN, President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, Author of Deception: The Making of the YouTube Video Hillary and Obama Blamed for Benghazi, Author of Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi, Nationally recognized investigative reporter:

    The imminent threat from TehranPresident Trump speaks boldly regarding Iran’s oppressive regimeThe future of the JCPOARex Tillerson’s meeting with Iranian Foreign MinisterThe Kurdish independence referendum   

JOE DIGENOVA, Founding Partner of the Washington, D.C. Law Firm of DiGenova & Toensing, LLP, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, Former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Rules Committee, Former Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary, Governmental Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees:

    National Security staff under Susan Rice wiretaps American citizensThe abuse of foreign intelligence under the Obama Administration

CAROLINE COX, Member of the British House of Lords, Founder and President of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, Co-President of Jerusalem Summit, Director of the Educational Research Trust, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation and the Centre for Social Cohesion:

    The ideology behind the global Jihadist movementCivilization Jihad as a precursor to violenceThe inculcating of Sharia supremacism through social media  The radicalization of mosques in Britain
Donald Trump’s Finest Hour
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:48 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations yesterday was tough love, minus the love.  Its leitmotif was a full-throated and oft-repeated extolling of sovereignty, which he described as not only his duty to champion for America, but also a corrective for what ails the UN.

The President spoke the hard truth about the threats posed to the world by Rocket Man’s North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and even Russia in Ukraine and China in the South China Sea. It could be a Trump Doctrine’s defining blueprint.

Unless, that is, two things now occur:  First, will the President be countermanded, or otherwise undercut, by his own subordinates?  And second, will his forceful rhetoric be unaccompanied by the deeds needed to actualize it? 

The President’s past tolerance of such behavior has not only undermined him, it has emboldened the adversaries he rightly castigated yesterday. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

With Brett Schaefer, Michael Pregent, Shoshana Bryen and Kevin Freeman
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:40 PM

BRETT SCHAEFER, Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs at the Heritage Foundation, Member of Mont Pelerin Society:

    President Trump’s speech at the full General AssemblyA return to a national interest foreign policy under President TrumpShould the U.N. be viewed as a solution to global problems?Rex Tillerson’s performance as Secretary of State

MICHAEL PREGENT, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, Executive Director of Veterans Against the Iran Deal:

    Upcoming Kurdish Referendum for IndependenceThe IRGC is primary reason for seeking control in IraqWhat would a separate Kurdish state look like?How the Kurds have been an effective ally in the defeat of ISIS

SHOSHANA BRYEN, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center, Former Senior Director for Security Policy at JINSA:

    How the Kurds serve as Israel’s ally in the MENA regionIranian proxies’ takeover of the Shiite government of IraqHave Israeli red lines in Syria been breached?  

KEVIN FREEMAN, Author of Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack (2013), Founder of economicwarfare.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Host of Economic War Room (Coming to The Blaze soon):

    Threats to the U.S. Dollar’s status as the reserve currency of the worldConcerted effort by Russia and China to diminish U.S. purchasing powerAbsurdity of Venezuela’s claim to not use U.S. dollar
Have Chinese ‘Coercive Tactics’ Sidelined U.S. Warships?
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:39 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

As President Trump tells the UN today that nations are entitled to put their own interests first, congressional testimony should shed light on one country, Communist China, that is increasingly doing just that – at our expense.

The Navy’s top leaders will discuss four incidents this year, three of them crashes, that have sidelined U.S. Pacific-based warships as China escalates tensions in that ocean’s western waters.  The hearing will surely expose serious problems with training, readiness and excessive demands on a fleet that is too small to perform its myriad, vital missions.

A recent Pentagon report, however, found that China is employing “coercive tactics, such as the use of…its maritime militia, to enforce maritime claims and advance its interests in ways…calculated to fall below the threshold of provoking conflict.” The question occurs: Have those tactics had anything to do with these fatal collisions?

This is Frank Gaffney. 

With Gordon Chang, Frank Calzon, Brad Owens and Daniel Perkins
Monday, September 18, 2017 5:28 PM

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com Columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger, the Daily Beast Contributor:

    The General Assembly meetingAre military options against North Korea still on the table?Pyongyang’s ballistic missile tests over JapanChina continues to threaten India’s Northeast

FRANK CALZON, Executive Director at the Center for a Free Cuba in Washington D.C., Former DC Representative to Freedom House:

    Sonic weapon attack at U.S. embassy in CubaWhat is the extent of the Castro regime’s involvement in the embassy attack?  Hurricane Irma’s devastation in Havana

BRAD OWENS, Torres Advanced Enterprise Solution Employee:

    The Clinton State Department’s refusal to provide adequate security for diplomats in LibyaDetails on Benghazi terrorist attackWhy serious resources must be allocated to post-conflict zones 

DAN PERKINS, Author of The Brotherhood of the Red Nile:

    Moscow-Beijing-Pyongyang relationsWill a blockade of North Korea be effective?
Freedom’s Friends Must Denounce, Not Dignify, the SPLC and CAIR
Monday, September 18, 2017 11:42 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Last week, Congress, with President Trump’s approval, embraced a post-Charlottesville narrative about “hate groups” that explicitly condemns “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis,” but makes no mention of other enemies of freedom currently much in evidence here – like Antifa, communists, anarchists, and black and Sharia-supremacists.

By so doing, this joint resolution has encouraged the latter’s efforts to denounce, suppress and ultimately criminalize the free speech of anyone deemed a “hater” or “bigot.”  The question then becomes, who does the deeming?

It is worrying that Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department’s Number Two official, seems to have at least implicitly endorsed this week two discredited, yet self-appointed arbiters of “hate,” and therefore of speech in America. Our leaders should explicitly repudiate – not legitimize by attending conferences featuring – the radical leftist Southern Poverty Law Center and its ally, CAIR, the Hamas-founded Council on American Islamic Relations. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

With Brigitte Gabriel, Richard Pollock, Bill Gertz and Jessica Vaughan
Friday, September 15, 2017 6:20 PM

BRIGITTE GABRIEL, President of ACT for America, Author of Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terrorism Warns America:

    Why has Trump deviated from naming the enemy?9/11 commemoration rallies halted by leftistsHouse joint-resolution sets stage for more restrictions on speech

RICHARD POLLOCK, Senior Investigative Reporter at The Daily Caller:

    House IT scandalThe fight to protect freedom of speechGeorge Soros and political warfare

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at The Washington Free Beacon, Inside the Ring Columnist at the Washington Times, Author of iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age:

    Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift’s new positionAnother ‘Great Leap Forward’ in terms of Beijing’s Military-Space activity?

JESSICA VAUGHAN, Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, Former Foreign Service Officer with the State Department serving in Belgium, Trinidad & Tobago:

    Implications of DACA includes chain migrationWhy we must avoid token enforcement measuresSecuring ‘the wall’ and E-verify should be a prerequisite for amnesty
If You Love Freedom, You Must Fight for Free Speech
Friday, September 15, 2017 11:38 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Ronald Reagan warned that every generation faces “an existential threat to freedom.”  Our forefathers have successfully defended the Free World – and passed it on to us to do the same. 

Today, totalitarians are once again on the march, seeking to impose their agenda where possible through terrifying violence, but through stealthy, subversive means as well. 

 While we are insistently encouraged to focus on “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis,” the actual and present danger to freedom emanates from Sharia-supremacists. In places like the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, currently meeting in Warsaw, and here on Capitol Hill, the Islamists and their enablers are making progress waging political warfare against free speech, lest it give “offense” and promote “hate.”

Freedom requires free expression.  Those who love freedom must defend our First Amendment rights – or lose this War for the Free World.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

With Rep. Steve King, Michael Cutler, Debbie Weiss and Fred Fleitz
Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:26 PM

REP. STEVE KING, Represents the 4th District of Iowa, Member of the House Judiciary Committee:

    New developments on DACAPresident Trump’s collaboration with Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy PelosiWhy amnesty without border enforcement is disastrousAn explanation of E-verify

MICHAEL CUTLER, Retired Senior Special Agent of the Former Immigration and Naturalization Services, Hosts “The Michael Cutler Hour’ on Friday evenings on BlogTalk Radio:

    Immigration and vetting post 9/11President Trump’s travel moratoriumConsequences of DACA program  

DEBBIE WEISS, Author of The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jihad on Free Speech and Islamist Influence in Hollywood:

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the battle for freedom of speechConsequences of Human Rights Counsel Resolution 1816The criminalization of Islamic blasphemyImplications of House-Joint Resolution 117 

FRED FLEITZ, Senior VP for Policy and Programs at CSP, Former CIA Analyst, Former Chief of Staff for Amb. John Bolton in the State Department:

    October recertification of Iran DealHow continuing JCPOA is a recipe for global nuclear proliferation
DHS’ Kaspersky Order Exposes Perilous Acquisition Iceberg’s Tip
Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:29 PM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Department of Homeland Security yesterday told the rest of the U.S. government to stop using software produced by Russia’s Kaspersky Labs.  Why, one might well wonder, would such a “Binding Operational Directive” be needed, with all the hard experience with cyber attacks on both the public and private sector – to say nothing of known Kaspersky ties to the Kremlin’s intelligence services and Putin’s own recent warning that Russian businesses shouldn’t use foreign software?

There are two possible answers, both troubling. The first is that political and/or foreign policy considerations have often caused the U.S. military to be less sensitive than it should be to the obvious dangers of relying on overseas suppliers.

Second, as two security contractors caught up in the Benghazi debacle have recently reminded us, when it comes to our security, relying on low-bidders is a formula for disaster.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Diana West, Phil Haney, Rep. Chris Stewart and Rep. Paul Gosar
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:04 PM

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at Dianawest.net, Author of Death of The Grown Up and American Betrayal:

    President Trump’s 9/11 remarksThe evolution of Jihad in the U.S. post 9/11The functioning of the ‘Deep State’The importance of President Trump’s immigration moratoriu 

PHIL HANEY, Retired Homeland Security Officer, Author with Art Moore of See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad:

    Why Michael McCaul should not be selected to serve as Secretary of Homeland SecurityTroubling Boston Marathon bombing investigationsConsequences of willful blindness to Muslim Brotherhood in America

REP. CHRISTOPHER STEWART, Represents the 2nd District of Utah, Member of the Appropriations Committee, Member of the House Permanent Select Committee:

    Review of the Administration’s 9/11 remarksCan the DACA compromise be positive?Why we must secure our southern borderDetails on the Enlist Act

REP. PAUL GOSAR, Represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government, Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations:

    Why we must consider chain migration regarding DACASPLC attacks on freedom of speech
Use Sharia-supremacism to Vet Out Jihadist Immigrants
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:40 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Supreme Court yesterday again stopped a lower court from interfering with Donald Trump’s so-called “travel ban.” This is another promising sign of how the justices may ultimately rule when they take up the President’s immigration-pause next month. 

Yet to be publicly addressed by the judicial or any other branch of government, however, is the reason this pause is so needed: To put into place a means of performing what Mr. Trump has called “extreme vetting” in order to stop importing more jihadists.

Such a filter has been recommended by five other national security experts and myself in a friend-of-the-court brief filed last month in connection with this case. Just as we previously used an ideological test to prevent Nazis and Communists from coming to this country, now we must keep out Sharia-supremacists.

This is Frank Gaffney. Read the amicus brief at SecureFreedom.org.

With Raheem Kassam
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:04 PM

RAHEEM KASSAM, Editor in Chief of Breitbart News London, Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, Former Chief Advisor to UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage, Author of No Go Zones: How Shariah Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You:

    The importance of defining Sharia supremacismPresident Trump refuses to name the enemy in his 9/11 remarks


    How ‘no-go-zones’ operate across EuropeThe deliberate effort to hinder assimilationHuma Abedin and The Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs


    Sharia blasphemy restrictions in EuropeHow Muslim migrant communities are set apart


    How ‘no-go zones’ contribute to the cultivation of JihadThe treatment of women in these enclavesAuthorities’ willful blindness regarding grooming gangs in the U.K.Evolution of Takhliqi Jihad 


    How to recognize the emergence of enclaves in the U.S.Troubling aspects of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn MichiganThe existential threat to freedom in our time

Whatever Happened to Naming the Enemy?
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:57 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Breitbart reporter Aaron Klein has observed that, during events yesterday marking the jihadist attacks of September 11, 2001, President Trump and three of his senior subordinates failed to name the perpetrators. Instead, they used euphemisms like “terrorists,” “barbaric forces of evil and destruction,” and “horrible, horrible enemies…like we have never seen before.” 

Now, if this were either of the other two post-9/11 administrations, such deflections would be standard operating procedure. But this is the presidency of Donald Trump – a man who savaged his predecessors for their failure to acknowledge we confront “radical Islamic terrorism” – and promising that he would. 

If Mr. Trump’s base is to avoid the conclusion that they have been subjected to a colossal bait-and-switch, preventing the defeat our bonafide Sharia-supremacist foes, he must – for starters – repudiate Defense Secretary Mattis’ absurd assertion we confront “maniacs disguised in false religious garb.” 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Harold Rhode, Gordon Chang, Dr. Steve Lambakis, Russ Dallen and Kevin Freeman
Monday, September 11, 2017 8:00 PM

HAROLD RHODE, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, Former Turkish Desk Officer at the US Department of Defense:

    Reflection on 9/11 and its aftermathWhy we must be able to define the enemy in order to defeat themTurkey under ErdoganUpcoming Kurdish referendum on independence 

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com Columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger, The Daily Beast Contributor:

    Why we need to exercise our power over BeijingIs China responsible for North Korea's aggression?  Will Xi Jinping return to Maoist economic policies? 

DR. STEVE LAMBAKIS, Senior Defense Analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy:

    The militarization of spaceImplications of China’s 2013 missile launchVulnerabilities of our defense systemsImportance of improving our responsive launch capability 

RUSS DALLEN, President and Editor in Chief at the Latin American Herald Tribune, Head of the international investment bank, Caracas Capital Markets, Served as President of Venezuela’s “The Daily Journal”:

    Hurricane Irma's damage in FloridaBillion dollar kick back scheme involving PDVSA Former Attorney General exiled from Caracas 

KEVIN FREEMAN, Founder of Globaleconomicwarfare.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Host of Economic War Room (Coming to The Blaze soon):

    9/11 attacks in terms of economic warfareHow the 2008 financial crisis is directly linked to the Muslim BrotherhoodHilary Clinton and the development of Russia’s SkolkovoPutin pushes to cut off American software in Russia 
Never Forget 9/11 Was Sharia-Supremacism
Monday, September 11, 2017 11:28 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Sixteen years ago today, Americans confronted for the first time the full horror of Sharia-supremacism.  Unfortunately, even now, too few of us understand that reality – let alone that, if we persist in our abiding cluelessness, much worse is in store. 

The truth is that the perpetrators of the horrific 9/11 attacks we commemorate today were at the time simply the leading edge of what is called the “global Islamic movement.”  All Muslims do not practice their faith as its authorities say they should. But unknown millions do adhere to that totalitarian military, political and legal doctrine, known as Sharia, and therefore must wage jihad, or holy war – one way or another – to make Sharia supreme worldwide. 

Until we get that, and effectively counter Sharia-supremacism, we will neither properly honor the victims of 9/11, nor prevent more and worse jihadism in the future.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Bill Gertz, Michael Del Rosso, Rowan Scarborough and Hans Van Spakovsky
Friday, September 8, 2017 6:43 PM

BILL GERTZ, Senior editor at the Washington Free Beacon, Inside the Ring columnist at the Washington Times, Author of iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age (2016):

    The severity of North Korea's EMP threatSig Hecker's dismissal of  ‘alarmists’ on Pyongyang attackHow China aims to militarize spaceDetails on Russia’s information warfare and China’s cyber attack in New York

MICHAEL DEL ROSSO, Vice President and Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Group, Senior Fellow for Homeland and National Security at the Center for Security Policy, The Claremont Institute, Research Fellow in National Security Policy: 

ROWAN SCARBOROUGH, National Security Reporter at The Washington Times, Author of the best seller Rumsfeld’s War: The Untold Story of America’s Anti-Terrorist Commander, Author of Sabotage: America’s Enemies Within the CIA:

    The threat to Americans from Iraq's Iranian-backed militiasHow the IRGC brutally suppresses dissidentsSerious implications of voter fraud in New Hampshire 

HANS VON SPAKOVSKY, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, Former Member of the Federal Election Commission:

    Why we need voter fraud protection measures implementedReversal of Texas’ Voter-ID LawPunishments for States who allow ‘sanctuary cities’Trump's rightful termination of the DACA program
‘Chuck and Nancy’ Won’t Help Trump and the GOP Stay in Power
Friday, September 8, 2017 2:44 PM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Suddenly, the talk of the town in Republican-controlled official Washington is “Chuck and Nancy.”  With that chummy reference to the Senate and House Democratic leaders, President Trump sent a powerful shot across the bow of their GOP counterparts, “Mitch and Paul.”

Mr. Trump took this step as a new, national opinion survey found that 63 percent of those polled want Sen. McConnell and Speaker Ryan replaced. 

The President justified his short-term deficit and budget deal with the Democrats as a means of obtaining a defense spending increase at a time when the prospect of deadly international conflicts seems to be growing the day. 

The McLaughlin poll showed though that both congressional Republicans and President Trump are in political danger if they abandon the platform they ran on in 2016 – and the voters who were persuaded by it to put them in charge. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Amb. Henry Cooper, Russ Dallen, Mark Krikorian, Matthew Brodsky and Fred Fleitz
Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:12 PM

AMB. HENRY COOPER, Director of the Strategic Defensive Initiative Organization (SDIO) during the Bush Administration, Associate of the National Institute of Public Policy:

    The vulnerability of our electric gridWhy the U.S. should have taken North Korean threat more seriously years agoIs Sig Hecker the most reliable Pyongyang expert?Why the EMP commission must be reestablished  

RUSS DALLEN, President & Editor in Chief at The Latin American Herald Tribune, Served as President of Venezuela’s “The Daily Journal”:

    Consequences of historic Hurricane IrmaThe deterioration of VenezuelaPope Francis’ visit to ColombiaWill Russia take over Venezuelan oil refineries? 

MARK KRIKORIAN, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Contributor at National Review:

    Trump termination of Obama’s DACA programWhy did Trump undo the deadline proposed to Congress?Best methods to manage chain migration 

MATTHEW BRODSKY, Senior Editor at Wikistrat, Former Director of Policy for the Jewish Policy Center:

    What is going on inside Pyongyang?Is it possible to deter the actions of North Korea?The strategic partnership between Iran and North Korea 

FRED FLEITZ, Senior VP for Policy and Programs at CSP, Former CIA analyst, Former Chief of Staff for Amb. John Bolton in the State Dept.:

    Are economic sanctions against China enough?North Korean cooperative missile programs with other adversariesWhy Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘collusion scandal’ contributes to fake news agenda

Defaming Those Who Defend Freedom is No Joke
Thursday, September 7, 2017 2:38 PM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Al Franken is best known for his career as a comedian.  What he did in his role as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota yesterday though was no joke.

In a hearing to consider the nomination of Amy Barrett to become a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. Franken cited the radical leftist Southern Poverty Law Center to sully Prof. Barrett’s character and confirmation prospects. The nominee had spoken before the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, which the SPLC has smeared as a “hate group.”

Fortunately, the public will not be amused at Franken’s legitimating of a defamatory political warfare operation devoted to suppressing the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech of those with whom it disagrees.  A new McLaughlin and Associates poll found that, by a margin of 85 to 8 percent, respondents favor free speech, even if it “offends” some others. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Jon Gaunt
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:24 PM

JON GAUNT, Founder of Jon Gaunt Podcast, Weekly Reviewer on Sky News Sunrise:

    Suppression of free speech in the U.K.The left’s blind-spot on discriminatory Islamic values  Does the hijab have a place in Western Civilization?How Britain is submitting to the Sharia supremacist agenda 


    Horrific cases of gang rape in NewcastleThe Muslim-bloc vote in the U.K.


    What is a ‘no go zone’ in Britain?The wasteful monitoring of social media ‘hate crimes’Does the U.K. encourage Sharia blasphemy restrictions?


    Consequences of not vetting illegal aliens  President Trump’s immigration moratorium 


    Implications of the British government’s ‘Prevent’ programTroubling comments made by Mayor of London Sadiq KhanRadicalization of inmates in U.K. prisons
The Unacceptable DACA Split-Baby Decision
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 11:44 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Bible made famous King Solomon’s wisdom in determining an infant’s true mother by announcing that two claimants would each get one half.  If you ever wondered what an actual split baby would be like, look no further than President Trump’s tortured decision about Deferred Action for Dependent Children or DACA.

On the one hand, Mr. Trump gave his electoral base an end to President Obama’s unconstitutional program for legalizing the presence of some 800,000 erstwhile children brought here illegally by their parents.  But, on the other hand, he has not only given Congress six months to legalize that program and the so-called DACA kids up to two more years to enjoy its benefits.  He says he’ll revisit his decision to terminate DACA if lawmakers don’t keep it alive.

This split baby is unacceptable.  The DACA amnesty must end.

This is Frank Gaffney.