Sen. Durbin’s Jihad Caucus

May 26, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

It seems Congress has caucuses for every imaginable cause. Now, the Senate has an informal Jihad Caucus led by its second-ranking Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. 

He’s the man who wants Guantanamo Bay closed and its jihadists transferred to a prison in his state. He appears happy to rubber-stamp President Obama’s deal with Iran, that will assure its jihadists get the Bomb. 

Last week, Sen. Durbin led thirteen other Democratic senators in urging the President to bring 65,000 Syrian refugees to America.  If past practice is any guide, these would be almost all Muslims, from camps run by jihadists and selected by the Islamist-dominated United Nations. 

The FBI told Congress recently it couldn’t vet such refugees. 

Let’s tell Sen. Durbin: No more jihadists.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Join Us At Just a Common Soldier

May 25, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

If most of us mark Memorial Day at all, it may be with little more than a passing thought for the sacrifice of those who have served our country in uniform.  Perhaps a flag will be posted or, at most, a parade observed.

Here’s something else you can do if you really want to connect with what this important holiday is all about – and to help others do the same:  Check out a moving short video called “Just a Common Soldier” featuring award-winning actor, Tony Lo Bianco, then pass it on.

The filmmakers have set the ambitious goal of having twenty-one million people “share” or “like” this video between today and November 11th, Veteran's Day. That would be one symbolic gesture of solidarity for each of our country’s estimated living veterans. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Please join us at “JustaCommonSoldier.com.”

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Derail Fast-Track

May 22, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The majority of U.S. Senators have just voted again to make themselves irrelevant.  The last time, it was by giving President Obama a bill that eviscerates the Senate’s constitutional treaty-making responsibility regarding Iran’s nukes. 

This time, it’s by agreeing to reduce the Senate to a rubber-stamp with respect to so-called “trade deals” that effectively will further mutate our Constitution.  The final Senate vote on the “Fast-Track” authority that would have that effect is expected shortly.

If Congress goes along, it will most immediately have to take-it-or-leave-it on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with its 20-plus sections unrelated to trade

That means international mechanisms, not our accountable representatives, will henceforth dictate our policies on immigration, the environment, intellectual property, etc. 

The House must derail Fast-Track. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Thank You, Jack Templeton

May 21, 2015

 This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The flame of American freedom is burning a little less brightly at the moment, dimmed by the loss of one of our nation’s most extraordinary patriots.

Dr. John ‘Jack’ Templeton was a pediatric surgeon by training, a Renaissance man by dint of his extraordinary, free-range intellect and a leading philanthropist by accident of lineage and extraordinary personal generosity.  He passed away last weekend after a long bout with cancer.

I can honestly say I have never met anyone quite like Jack Templeton.  He combined the rarest of attributes – a truly brilliant mind, a visionary clarity about our world, a passionate love of our country and a commitment to do whatever he could to preserve our liberties.  And, as it happened, he could, and did, do quite a lot.

Thank you, Jack Templeton.

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An Appeal to Obama to Secure the Grid

May 20, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Last week, over thirty prominent national security practitioners – including influential former legislators and military leaders – urged President Obama to address what is indisputably the most acute danger facing our country today: the vulnerability of our electric grid to enemy attack and to naturally occurring, intense solar storms. 

If this most critical of critical infrastructures is damaged or otherwise disrupted for prolonged periods over large parts of the country, millions of us will die because electricity makes possible life for most in 21st Century America.  Put another way, without that electric power, life here becomes impossibly hard.

President Obama is now on notice:  We are courting disaster if we fail to take practical, cost-effective steps that can, in the immediate future, begin securing our grid.  There’s not a minute to waste.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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The Invasion of Iraq Was Necessary

May 19, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Suddenly, the gotcha question for aspiring Republican presidential candidates is, knowing what they do now, would they invade Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein? 

The right answer is supposed to be “No,” on the grounds that the intelligence Saddam had chemical and biological weapons was wrong.  

Actually, would-be presidents should respond with an unapologetic “Yes” to invading Iraq – with the caveat that, knowing what we know now, we certainly wouldn’t conduct the post-invasion operation the way we did.

It was absolutely necessary to overthrow a tyrant with a record of state-sponsorship of terrorism and a stated aspiration to get even with us for his defeat in Kuwait, who was then about to get out from under international sanctions on his regime. 

Mistakes made after Iraq’s liberation don’t negate the wisdom of undertaking it.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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How’s Congress Doing on the Citizens’ Mandate?

May 18, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Surely you recall that American voters last November gave a mandate for change.  You might even have been one of them who entrusted the majority in both the House and Senate to Republicans who promised to check President Obama’s overreach and hold him accountable for his misconduct.

If so, you are probably disappointed with what has happened since.  So are more than a hundred national figures who today sent an open letter to Congress. 

The other signatories and I believe that legislators must be held accountable for not doing what they promised.  They must stop accommodating and enabling presidential violation of the Constitution, and start fulfilling their own constitutional responsibilities. 

If they don’t, it is a safe bet American voters will give a mandate to a new congressional leadership next year. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Read the open letter at SecureFreedom.org.

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Obama’s Provocative Unreliability

May 15, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama held a summit yesterday with what he would call the “JV team” of the Gulf Cooperation Council.  Most of the leaders of the GCC’s six Arab states skipped the meeting in a none-too-subtle signal of their contempt for the host and their anger at his embrace of their mortal enemy: Iran. 

Evidently seeking to allay his guests’ grave concerns about Iranian aggression, the President solemnly declared, “The United States keeps our commitments.”  But how’s this for a commitment: “In the event…or the threat of such aggression, the United States stands ready to work with our GCC partners to urgently determine what actions may be appropriate using the means at our collective disposal including collective use of military force.”

Any wonder the Saudis are going nuclear, too?

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Secure the Grid Now!

May 14, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Quick: What is the single most important public policy issue of our time? Everyone, of course, has a different answer.  

I believe there is only one correct one, though. Because if this one is not sorted out promptly and successfully, none of the rest will matter.

I am talking about the vulnerability of America’s electric grid. If it ceases to operate over large parts of this country for protracted periods, we would face a nation-ending catastrophe: no water, food, medicine, transportation, communications, finance, etc.

Congressional testimony yesterday indicates our enemies understand this reality far better than most of us. They have plans and the capability to take down the grid.

We know how to secure our electrical grid and can do so cost-effectively. We just need to start doing it.

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A Tipping Point on Emasculating the Senate

May 13, 2015

 This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Perhaps the imperative of checking Barack Obama’s overreach has hit a tipping point when nearly every Senate Democrat objected yesterday to giving him a blank check to negotiate trade deals.  Or perhaps they’re just extracting a higher price for enabling the further evisceration of their institution as a check-and-balance on the executive branch?

At issue is whether to reduce the Senate to a rubber-stamp on a Trans Pacific Partnership agreement and others now in the works.  Yet, these Senators were happy to give Obama a similar blank check last week on his lousy deal with Iran.

Here’s hoping Senate Democrats remain more adamant about doing quality control on defective trade agreements that could impoverish their constituents than they were on a dangerous nuclear accord that could get them killed.

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