Stop the Metastasizing Threat from North Korea

March 24, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

The “chickens” hatched in North Korea during previous presidencies are coming home to roost on President Trump’s watch. What is, arguably, the most dangerous regime in the world becomes more so by the day. 

North Korea has ballistic missiles capable of reaching parts of the United States. It has violated previous agreements aimed at preventing the North from obtaining nuclear weapons. It has been miniaturizing such weapons to mate them with ballistic missiles and perhaps satellites. 

Two such satellites are now routinely orbiting over the United States. If, as a former Director of Central Intelligence believes, one or both may contain a nuclear bomb optimized to generate electromagnetic pulses, North Korea could destroy this country’s electric grid – and society – at will. 

Unless addressed, the North Korean threat will continue to metastasize. All instruments of national power should be employed to prevent that.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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A Fresh Warning about Jihadists in our Midst

March 23, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Yesterday, on the first anniversary of a jihadist attack in Brussels, what sure looks like another one was mounted in London. A British-born driver tied to so-called “violent extremism” killed two people and wounded twenty more by mowing them down on Westminster Bridge, then murderously stabbed a police officer outside Parliament.

Although others have been arrested, investigators insist the as-yet-unidentified perpetrator acted alone. They have belatedly acknowledged that he was likely inspired by “Islamist ideology.”

Official reluctance to connect the available dots is common in the aftermath of such events. The practice of downplaying – if not actually dissembling about – the danger posed by Sharia-supremacists in our midst, however, risks getting more of us killed.

Yesterday’s attack underscores why we must not bring in still more such jihadists into our country. If you agree, join us at ImmigrationPause.org. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Fresh Reasons to Investigate House Democrats’ IT Scandal

March 22, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that, during James Comey’s congressional testimony Monday, the FBI Director indicated that the Russians did not give Wikileaks John Podesta’s emails – at least directly. The FBI assessed that they used a “cut-out,” instead.

This is an intriguing admission. Who was that cut-out or intermediary? And if someone else actually gave Wikileaks the emails that purportedly are the best evidence of Russian intervention in our election, might the source of Hillary Clinton campaign manager’s embarrassing communications not actually have been the Russians after all?

That question is particularly salient because we have learned that a Pakistani national now implicated in an apparently serious penetration of the information technology systems of many House Democrats had access to the Democratic National Committee’s data. A serious counter-intelligence evaluation of this scandal is in order – wherever it may lead.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Memo to Federal Judges Opposing Immigration Pause: It’s A Dangerous World

March 21, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Trump administration just reminded federal judges second-guessing the President’s decision to pause immigration from six countries awash with jihadism that it’s a dangerous world out there. 

Now, air travelers from eight other nations tied to Sharia-supremacism – the Islamic feedstock of jihad and terrorism – can’t carry-on large portable electronic equipment. Evidently, there’s fresh reason to believe that our enemies seek to use laptops and the like to conceal bombs that could take down commercial airliners. 

Such a menace is a reminder of why the Constitution and Congress have invested in the President – not the courts – the authority to determine who should be allowed into the United States. Judges typically lack the national security experience, let alone the latest intelligence, needed properly to evaluate the threats we face and, wherever possible, to keep them from doing us harm. 

Support President Trump at ImmigrationPause.org.

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Are We Inviting Chinese Aggression?

March 20, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Chinese leadership may be concluding it can treat the Trump administration the same way it did President Obama – namely, like a doormat. 

Initially, President Trump flirted with ending the so-called “One China” policy, whereby his predecessors going back to Jimmy Carter had thrown Taiwan under Beijing’s bus. Then, unceremoniously, that idea went over the side. 

At his confirmation hearing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the U.S. might blockade the man-made and fortified islands China is preparing to use to control the Western Pacific. Just before he met with Chinese leaders this weekend, they announced the construction of yet another one.

Mr. Tillerson nonetheless echoed China’s false claims to want “non-confrontation” and “win-win cooperation” in our bilateral relations. That will likely be read as weakness and an invitation for China to act aggressively.

We better set them straight.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Support President Trump at ImmigrationPause.org

March 17, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

One fact speaks volumes about the fight over President Trump’s new Executive Order imposing a temporary pause on immigration from countries awash with jihadism: The federal judge in Hawaii blocked its implementation nationwide to accommodate a Muslim Brotherhood-tied Sharia-supremacist from Egypt who claims it would cause him “irreparable harm” because, for 90-days, it would preclude him from bringing his Syrian mother-in-law into the United States.

Not only is Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling affirming such a bogus claim laughable. Its practical implications are dangerous

Under the Constitution and federal statutes, the President has complete authority to restrict immigration. It is judicial malpractice to hold otherwise, especially when doing so, as a practical matter, gives anyone anywhere in the world the right to come here.

President Trump must be able to protect us. Support his Executive Order at ImmigrationPause.org.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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The Saudis’ Latest Double Game?

March 16, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump met earlier this week with the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Bin Salman. The 31-year-old prince, widely known as MBS, is billed as a modernizing figure and putative ally of the United States.

After the meeting though, an MBS advisor told Bloomberg News what transpired. This was one of his more alarming claims: “President Trump has an unprecedented and serious intention to work with the Muslim World and to achieve its interests and…Prince Mohammed considers his Excellency as a true friend of Muslims who will serve the Muslim World in an unimaginable manner….”

If this statement accurately describes President Trump’s position – which seems highly unlikely – it would constitute a bait-and-switch on his voters of epic proportions. If, on the other hand, this claim of abject submission is not true, Mr. Trump must set the Saudis straight, immediately.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Obama’s People Must Not Determine Trump’s Policies

March 15, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The average Trump voter would probably find it unbelievable that two months into the presidency they elected to replace Barack Obama’s, the government is still almost entirely in the hands of Obama appointees. Even more troubling are the elevation of some of the most problematic of those hold-overs to influential positions in the Donald Trump administration. 

Take, for example, Sahar Nowrouzzadeh who is being put in charge of Iran policy in President Trump’s State Department. She formerly lobbied for Iran and then became a leading architect of the Iran nuclear deal Candidate Trump properly derided.

Seasoned Washington observers know that, in government, people are policy. President Trump’s administration will be unable to deliver on his promised policy changes if he continues to rely on people who not only opposed him, but were responsible for the very policies he seeks to change.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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The House Democrats’ IT Scandal Demands a Full Damage Assessment NOW

March 14, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

There’s a scandal unfolding with ominous implications for our government and potentially for the national security. But you’d never know it from the negligible attention this still-unfolding debacle has received to date from the mainstream media. Presumably, that’s because it doesn’t involve Donald Trump. Or his subordinates. Or Russia. 

Instead, the scandal implicates dozens of Democrats in the House of Representatives – many of whom serve on its most sensitive committees. For years, these legislators have relied on a handful of Muslim contractors from Pakistan to manage their official information technology needs. What could possibly go wrong?

The short answer is: plenty. For example, the one news outlet that has covered this scandal closely, the Daily Caller, says these unvetted IT operatives have had unmonitored access to all of their employers’ emails and other data.

We need a full damage assessment, now.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

                              

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Erdogan’s Sharia-Supremacism Makes Turkey a Foe, Not an Ally

March 13, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Sharia-supremacism is again commanding attention on the European continent. Thankfully, it’s not because Turkey’s government is further mutating Western civilization by migrating there millions of additional Muslims.

Instead, Turkish president Recep Erdogan is trying to enlist millions of his countrymen already resident in Europe to vote in an upcoming referendum effectively to ratify totalitarian Sharia’s triumph over democracy. For this purpose, he’s been dispatching advocates to countries like the Netherlands. 

The Dutch government has infuriated Erdogan by blocking their entry, thereby uncharacteristically defying an Islamist’s demands. It’s clearly afraid the Turkish emissaries would intensify domestic hostility towards unchecked immigration – and drive voters this week to support the anti-open borders party of parliamentarian Geert Wilders.

Erdogan says he’ll retaliate – which simply underscores that Islamist Turkey is a threat, not a reliable NATO ally.

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