We Dodged A Solar Bullet, But Must Secure the Grid

September 30, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The headline in a British tabloid yesterday read, “A HUGE solar storm is heading towards Earth which could leave us without mobile phones, satellite TV and even electricity.” Fortunately for us, the headline was wrong.

Just because we dodged the sun’s bullet this time, however, doesn’t alter the fact that such a space weather forecast is in our future. Roughly every 150 years, the sun unleashes towards earth an extremely intense “geomagnetic disturbance.” The last time was 157 years ago.

So, we are in the zone.

Unless electric and electronic devices are protected against such enormous energy loads, they will likely be destroyed. And, for the most part, ours are not protected – including those essential to the functioning of our electric grid, which is essential for most of our lives.

We have to secure the grid. Now.

This is Frank Gaffney. Learn more at SecuretheGrid.com.

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Technology CEOs Shamefully Lubricate Internet’s Surrender

September 29, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Congress has just showed why so many Americans are sick of their politicians and ready to throw the bums out. The Senate and House leadership have agreed to President Obama’s surrender of your Internet to freedom’s enemies.

The deed was done yesterday when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed through the Senate a funding bill without a prohibition on the Internet give-away.  The House is expected to rubber stamp it today. 

Political cover came from something called the Technology CEO Council.  This group of interested parties, whose lobbyists give generously to politicians’ campaigns, blithely assured Congress: “Placing stewardship of these technical but important functions beyond the control of any one government or group of governments will best secure the principles of Internet freedom and de-politicization of technology.”

Shame on the CEOs for disseminating such transnational rubbish – and the Congress for swallowing it.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Will Hillary Allow the Internet’s Surrender?

September 28, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Will the Internet soon be surrendered to freedom’s enemies?

It comes down to Hillary Clinton. If she agrees with Donald Trump that it shouldn’t happen now, Congress can yet block Barack Obama from giving up America’s control over critical Internet functions.

Senator Mitch McConnell is trying to pass a short-term funding bill before this Saturday’s start of the government’s new fiscal year. But, since Mr. Trump opposes surrendering the Internet, the Senate’s Democrats say they will block any continuing resolution that forbids this act of unilateral disarmament.

If, however, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton says she wants to decide whether this is a wise step, a sufficient number of her party’s senators will surely support her, and not President Obama.

If she declines, however, then Hillary – not just Obama – will be responsible for the serious damage done to our national security and freedoms.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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Experts Warn Against Internet’s Surrender

September 27, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

During last night’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Internet got only passing mention. That’s deeply regrettable since President Obama is poised at week’s end to surrender control of a function essential to the Internet’s future operations and integrity.

Yesterday, I joined nearly eighty prominent national security and cyber professionals in warning the civilian and uniformed leadership of the Pentagon that the military, our critical infrastructure and the American people could be grievously affected if hostile powers are able to “manipulate or compromise” the Internet.

We concluded: “There is, to our knowledge, no compelling reason for exposing the national security to such a risk by transferring our remaining control of the Internet in this way at this time.” To prevent such harm, the Pentagon’s leaders should oppose this misbegotten initiative – and the Congress must act now to block it.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Let the Debate Begin — in Earnest

September 26, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Tonight’s presidential debate is shaping up to be as closely watched as the Superbowl. Let’s hope that’s not because the public expects it just to be another sporting event – say, a bigtime political cage-match.

The truth is we really need the American people to be getting seriously engaged in a decision that will shape the future of our country and likely most of our lives for years to come.

While there will doubtless be some entertaining moments, what’s required is an earnest conversation, one that actually exposes the differences between the two candidates and the resulting choice before us.

Of particular, and indeed, surpassing importance will be their competing views on the determinants of our national security: how to defeat the global jihad, stop illegal and dangerous immigration, deter our adversaries and protect our constitutional republic, its sovereignty and our freedoms.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Keep the Internet Free

September 23, 2016

Hello people! This is a wake-up call. It is not everyday that you can make a real difference in the national security and your personal freedom. This is one of those days.

A week from tomorrow, unless Congress acts NOW, President Obama will take one of the most profound – and irreversible – of all his measures intended to “fundamentally transform” the United States.

America created the Internet and has kept it free ever since. Obama wants to turn over its functional control to so-called “international stakeholders” which, in practice, means Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran.  

Once enemies of freedom control the Internet, it will cease to be the engine for the exchange of information and innovation we have helped it become. And we will never get it back.

Please, tell your Senators and Representative: Keep the Internet Free. Do it today.

This is Frank Gaffney.

The Willful Blindness About Jihad Becomes Epidemic

September 22, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The disease known in official circles as “willful blindness” about the nature of the threat we are facing from Islamic supremacists is reaching epidemic proportions.

In the wake of last weekend’s attacks, New York City Mayor Bill DiBlasio, President Obama and others have gone to considerable lengths to downplay the jihadist nature of the perpetrators and the ideology animating their violence.

The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported on the difficulty “experts” are having figuring out the Islamists’ motivation. And the U.S. Senate may shortly institutionalize such muddle-headedness by creating an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security to work with so-called “community partners” on “countering violent extremism.”

Fortunately, Rep. Scott Perry will hold a hearing in the House of Representatives today aimed at assessing the utter failure of this approach and how the willful blindness it epitomizes is putting Americans at needless, and growing, risk.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Who Has Aided and Comforted the Enemy?

September 21, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton yesterday accused her Republican rival, Donald Trump, of “providing aid and comfort to the enemy.” She thus made it fair game to examine the two candidates’ records with respect to the legal standard for treason.

Mrs. Clinton is suggesting that Mr. Trump’s policies on immigration and radical Islamic terrorism are helping violent jihadists recruit adherents and threaten us.

Presumably, Donald Trump will want to debate in the remaining days of this election what, for example, Hillary Clinton has done to: empower the Muslim Brotherhood – a group that explicitly seeks to “destroy Western civilization from within”; her support for giving $150 billion to Iran, the world’s leading terrorist-sponsoring state; and her insistence on bringing in hundreds of thousands of “refugees,” when many of them simply cannot be vetted for jihadist tendencies.

Let the debate begin.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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America Doesn’t Need More Jihadists

September 20, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

We now know that two foreign nationals who received refuge in this country – one from Somalia, the other from Afghanistan – are implicated in the jihadist attacks that took place over the weekend in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey.

One might be forgiven for thinking that these timely reminders of the dangers associated with reckless refugee resettlement and immigration policies would induce President Obama to refrain from exacerbating our resulting, parlous position.

That would, of course, require him to put national security and public safety ahead of his ideologically driven desire for a legacy that fundamentally transforms America. So, as they say in New York, fuggedaboutit.

We need a national course-correction. If Congress foolishly funds the President’s proposal to import potentially hundreds of thousands more jihadists, Americans will have to seize upon the opportunity to reject it at the polls in November.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Don’t Fund Obama’s Importing of More Jihadists

September 19, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Three attacks over the weekend have shaken Americans’ complacency.

While officials decline to define the perpetrators as terrorists, most of us have already concluded that we are facing an increasing threat. Unfortunately, Congress is poised to compound the problem.

Despite a knife-wielding, Minnesota-based Somali refugee slashing nine innocent civilians, federal legislators are expected shortly to approve a continuing resolution that would, in part, fund the migration of over 100,000 more “refugees” from places like Somalia, Syria and other nations rife with Islamic supremacism.

If we can’t vet such migrants, we are very likely to face still more jihadists, including those who use violence to terrify us, or perhaps who seek to use stealthy techniques to accomplish the same goal – our submission to Sharia.

Don’t like that prospect? Tell your representatives not to fund Obama’s endangering of public safety.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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