Jailbreak for Jihadists

May 3, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

One of the most insidious legislative initiatives of the Obama years – and that’s saying something – is pending legislation increasingly known as the “jailbreak bill.”  Its progress through a Republican-led Congress relies on false pretenses to put tens of thousands of hardened felons back on the streets, and probably back in the business of violent crime. 

One example of this fraud is its supporters’ recent roll-out of a new group called “Conservatives for Safety and Opportunity.”  Turning loose large numbers of drug-traffickers is something that could be supported only by “conservatives” – and other Republicans, libertarians and Americans more generally – who are indifferent to the “opportunity” it creates for endangering our “safety.”  

Add into the mix that at least some of the felons this so-called “criminal justice reform” legislation would spring have been converted to shariah in prison and you have “jailbreak for jihadists.” 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Al-Sadr is Part of Obama’s Disastrous Iraq Legacy

May 2, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

The Obama “legacy” has a new, deeply problematic manifestation.  It’s the predictable – and predicted – fruit of his decision to abandon Iraq by withdrawing essentially all U.S. military personnel, against the strong advice of their leaders and most members of Congress.  

The principal beneficiary of this reckless act was Iran, the rabidly anti-American nation he has gone on to further empower, enrich and embolden ever since. 

Yesterday, one of Iran’s proxies, Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr flexed his patron’s muscles in the heart of official Baghdad.  He sent thousands of his fighters over the walls of the Green Zone, sacking the parliament and demanding a new government there. 

The upshot of all this will likely be an Iraq that is even less stable, even less of a bulwark against Iranian aggression and even more of a problem for this country.  Some legacy, Mr. President. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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The Army Finally Stands Up for Its Culture and Our Values

April 29, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The U.S. military has long been distinguished by its embrace of values like morality, decency and integrity.  Our servicemen and women are expected to exhibit and protect these attributes. 

Yet, the culture of our armed forces – like the common defense more generally – has been under siege by the Obama administration.  A prime example has been its appalling mistreatment of a revered Green Beret, Sergeant First Class Charles Martland.  

During a deployment to Aghanistan, SFC Martland physically intervened with an Afghan officer who had enslaved and serially sexually abused a boy.  In Obama’s Army, such conduct was initially treated as grounds for separating Charles Martland from the service.  

It is a hopeful sign that, as the President’s term winds down, the Army’s leadership has decided to keep SFC Martland in its ranks – thereby affirming, rather than eroding further, the values he epitomizes.      

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Let the States Begin Protecting their Electric Grids

April 28, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

A new Government Accountability Office report provides a damning indictment of the U.S. government’s dysfunction with respect to addressing and mitigating the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electric grid.  

GAO found that no one seems to be in charge of that mission at the federal level, specifically addressing the threat of intense electromagnetic pulses (EMP), whether arising from enemy action or naturally occurring solar storms. 

Fortunately, state officials like Texas Senator Bob Hall are filling the leadership vacuum. He previously helped safeguard our strategic deterrent against EMP and is currently sponsoring a two-day summit in Austin to begin protecting his state’s electric infrastructure.                              

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has also said he’s going to make securing his state’s grid a “high priority.”  Now is the time for him to translate that commitment into action – and lead the nation in doing so. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Gen. Boykin’s Right, the NRA Must Recall Grover Norquist

April 27, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin is among our country’s most skilled, accomplished and decorated warriors.  As a long-time member and leader of America’s elite special forces and intelligence community, he has fought our enemies and understands them better than just about anybody. 

On Glenn Beck’s radio show this week, Gen. Boykin warned about Grover Norquist, a man he confirms has been enabling some of our most dangerous enemies – Islamic supremacists, including terrorists, here inside the United States. 

His confirmation that a subversive Islamist Fifth Column has been helped in its influence operations against our government and civil society institutions could not be more timely, or important.  Members of the National Rifle Association are voting on whether Norquist should continue to serve on that organization’s board of directors. 

Gen. Boykin and Glenn Beck urge NRA members to recall Grover Norquist.  So do I. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Public Safety, Not Just Elections, at Risk from Freed Felons

April 26, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Last Friday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe unilaterally made 200,000 paroled felons eligible to vote in this Fall’s election.  They’re expected overwhelmingly to vote Democratic. As a result, he could well skew the outcome in his state.

Republicans are screaming foul. Yet, a number of them are pushing for federal legislation that would result in the early release of tens of thousands more felons. One is House Speaker Paul Ryan.  And he reportedly will push to have this bill considered soon.

Unfortunately, problematic as these felons’ future votes may be for the GOP and the country, of immediate concern is the impact of their release on public safety. That is especially so since a significant proportion of those getting out early will be prison converts to Islamic supremacism and its jihad.   

This may be a bipartisan mistake, but it’s still a mistake.

This is Frank Gaffney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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The Wrong Side of History - Obama’s on It

April 25, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Over the weekend, President Obama implicitly declared himself the arbiter of the arc of history.  He asserted that his host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is on the right side of it.  That only shows how much on the wrong side he is. 

In just the past week, Mr. Obama declared himself in favor of Eurostatism and Britain’s continued submission to it.  His administration signed a climate change accord that will wreck the U.S. energy industry, without appreciable impact on whatever warming is happening. 

He is sending more forces to Syria without a coherent strategy and even as he hollows out the U.S. military. And he supports open borders for Islamic supremacist migration.    

Ronald Reagan’s view of history was one that he would shape with a basic goal: “We win. They lose.”  Barack Obama seems to prefer, “They win. We lose.” 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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Surprise! Obama’s On the Wrong Side On Brexit

April 22, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Fresh from a two-day diplomatic rout in Saudi Arabia, President Obama has injected himself unhelpfully into the question of whether Britain should withdraw from the European Union, which is the subject of a hotly contested referendum in June.  

Not surprisingly, the President is on the wrong side, supporting the imperious transnational EU and the continued subordination of Britain’s sovereignty to its unaccountable, socialist anti-U.S. bureaucracy and diktats. 

This is a mistake on two grounds.  First, both the United States and Britain will be better off if the UK is free to pursue its own economic, social, immigration and foreign policies, rather than those handed down from Brussels.  

And second, the unraveling of one lousy supranational arrangement can help stave off the similar subordination of American sovereignty that Team Obama has in mind for us, pursuant to the so-called “TransPacific Partnership.” 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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Beware the Tunneling Jihadist Threat

April 21, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The discovery of yet-another covert tunnel linking Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California calls to mind the plot of a forthcoming novel by Dan Gordon.  In Day of the Dead, Book Two: America, he warns that something worse than drugs might be smuggled into this country via such underground arteries. 

Gordon chillingly describes what could happen if the narco-traffickers known to be collaborating with jihadist operatives south of our border were to permit heavily armed terrorists to use one or more of their tunnels to attack the concentration of U.S. naval assets in San Diego. 

Dan Gordon’s is less a fictitious warning than an ominous prediction. The newest, half-mile-long tunnel demands a redoubled effort by both Mexican and U.S. authorities to detect and destroy such threats – before the narcos and the jihadists use them against us, with potentially devastating effect. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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Obama, the Weak, Silent Type

April 20, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The strong silent type is a well known American character.  Unfortunately, when it comes to Vladimir Putin’s serial and escalating provocations, President Obama appears to be the silent weak sort. 

In a recent phone call with Putin, Mr. Obama didn’t mention  increasingly aggressive behavior by Russian warplanes. His press spokesman justified the President’s failure to do so, saying “These kinds of incidents, while provocative and concerning, are not particularly unusual.” 

Failing to object to dress rehearsals for aerial bombing runs on our ships and maneuvers that endanger our aircraft is a formula for such incidents – and worse – becoming more “usual.”   

The best way to preserve peace is through strength, not weakness, and by saying – and convincingly demonstrating – that we will exact a heavy price for any future repetition of such threatening behavior by Russia, China or other potential, or actual, adversaries.   

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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