The Ultimate Cyber Threat is to America’s Electric Grid

March 10, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

For months it seems, each day has brought new revelations of actual or suspected cyber attacks.

Now, the Defense Science Board is warning about worse yet to come. It concludes that America’s most critical of critical infrastructure, namely our electric grid, is extremely vulnerable to hacking by a number of enemies. Worse yet, the report finds that we will remain in that state for at least a decade

In other words, all other things being equal, foes like Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and even individual hackers will have the option for the next ten years of inflicting what might be described as a “kill-shot” on 21st Century America. Tens – if not hundreds – of millions of us could perish if they deny us power for protracted periods.

This is simply intolerable. There can be no higher national priority than securing the grid. Now.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Three Implications of Wikileaks’ Latest Betrayal

March 9, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Wikileaks’ latest, devastating compromises of secret U.S. intelligence capabilities prompt three observations:

First, other spy agencies – including Russia’s and China’s – can also tap our smart phones, televisions and the myriad “wired” devices meant to comprise the emerging, so-called “Internet of Things." 

Second, such interconnectedness can be exploited not just to spy on us, but to take down our society. We must now protect both our electric grid against such a societal “kill shot,” and all the high-tech gear that electricity enables to enhance our standard of living, and increasingly to sustain life itself in 21st Century America.

Third, Wikileaks’ revelation that this sort of hacking can be disguised to look like others did it upends official assertions that Russian hackers interfered with our election. Will we ever know whether Team Obama’s “deep state” was doing some of that, too?

This is Frank Gaffney.

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North Korean Missile Threat Underscore Need for a New US Approach to Missile Defense

March 8, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

North Korea has once again muscled its way to the forefront of the national security agenda of the United States and its allies in the Western Pacific. The salvo of ballistic missiles that Pyongyang recently fired into Japanese waters is the latest reminder that what is arguably the planet’s most erratic – and dangerous – regime is becoming more capable of attacking our forces, friends and homeland by the day.

The Trump administration responded to the latest provocation by promptly deploying a missile defense system to South Korea that has long been needed, but until now, not accepted. This is a necessary, but not sufficient, response.

Thirty-four years ago this month, Ronald Reagan recognized that America and its allies would need effective missile defenses. Donald Trump has promised to field the state-of-the art. This urgently requires a new team and fresh approach at the Pentagon.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Thank You President Trump for Reaffirming the Necessity of Enhanced Vetting

March 7, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, Donald Trump reasserted his constitutional and statutorily conferred authority to bar entry to this country to certain individuals. In the process of executing a new Executive Order for this purpose, he rescinded a previous, much criticized and legally challenged one. But Mr. Trump has reaffirmed the basic principle that he can – and must – act to prevent more actual or potential terrorists from coming here.

Still think that’s unnecessary? The FBI revealed yesterday that it is investigating three hundred refugees suspected of ties to terrorism.

Now, those suspicions may not be verified. But are there more with such ties among the many thousands of others who have come here from nations that are hotbeds of jihadism – including some that are wholly insecure failed states?

President Trump deserves our thanks for trying to protect us against such clear and probably present dangers. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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What did Obama Know and When Did He Know About Surveillance of Trump?

March 6, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Official Washington is consumed with the allegation that Vladimir Putin’s Russia not only tried to interfere with the United States’ 2016 election, but successfully did so – thanks, we’re told, to the Trump campaign’s unacknowledged contacts with Russian officials.

In the face of relentless Democratic and media promotion of these memes – many of which have been fed by leaked classified information from past or present government sources, Republicans on Capitol Hill are vowing to conduct bipartisan inquiries.

President Trump has asked that those inquiries address, as well, how the Obama administration obtained the information now being illegally disseminated for the transparent purpose of damaging him and his young administration. Former Justice Department lawyer and talk radio host Mark Levin has dot-connected available circumstantial evidence suggesting wrong-doing by Team Obama. Lawmakers’ investigations would be incomplete if they don’t examine that possibility, as well.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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The Muslim Brotherhood is Targeting Its Enemies on Team Trump

March 3, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has joined a lengthening list that includes Monica Crowley, Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller and Sebastian Gorka. 

These people have several things in common. They are all patriots. They are highly capable. And they are close to and have long been formidable champions of Donald Trump.

These folks share one other attribute. They understand the grave threat to our country posed by Sharia-supremacism and the organization that most dangerously practices and promotes it worldwide: the Muslim Brotherhood. 

The Brotherhood reportedly is spending at least $5 million on U.S. public relations firms to mislead the public, officials and journalists. 

At a moment when Team Trump is under attack for allegedly improper contacts with hostile Russians, we need to know what role actual enemies in the Muslim Brotherhood are playing in subverting President Trump and his most capable lieutenants.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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The Flynning of Jeff Sessions

March 2, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The effort to destroy President Trump’s presidency has a new target: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post breathlessly reports he had two “meetings” with the Russian ambassador while he worked on the Trump campaign that he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings.

Those seeking to parlay this revelation into the Attorney General’s neutralization, if not actually his resignation, are ignoring an inconvenient fact: His interactions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were not campaign-related. They occurred in the course of the day job of a then-United States Senator. One involved an event with the Russian and other foreign diplomats, the other in his Senate office in connection with his duties as a member of the Armed Services Committee. 

Jeff Sessions was a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the Senate. Thank God he’s now America’s Attorney General.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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A Presidential and Principled National Security Address to Congress

March 1, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The highlight of the President’s address to Congress last night was his tribute to fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens. He underscored thereby his appreciation for the sacrifice of all those who serve our country, and the contribution they make to protecting the rest of us in a dangerous world.

In the process, President Trump made the case for supporting those who, like Chief Petty Officer Owens, go into harm’s way – and deserve all we can do to equip, train and otherwise ensure they are ready to defeat our enemies, foreign and domestic. 

Importantly, the President also reaffirmed his administration’s view that prominent among those foes are “radical Islamic terrorists.” He thereby allayed concerns that he would succumb to pressure – from inside and outside his administration – to revert to the vapid, clueless and futile policies of his predecessors.

God bless him – and America.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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The State of the National Security

February 28, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Tonight’s State of the Union address affords President Trump an opportunity to describe the state of our national security – and his plans for enhancing it. 

Candidate Trump warned of unfair Chinese trade practices and aggression. He sought improved relations with Russia and pledged to return to a policy of “peace through strength.” And, he vowed to defeat “radical Islamic terrorism.”

So, how does he see these challenges now from the perspective of the Oval Office? Communist China is moving to require permission for ships to transit international waters Beijing claims as its own. Russia is amassing ever-more nuclear forces, cheating on its arms control commitments and behaving provocatively. Is a ten-percent increase in defense spending sufficient? And does President Trump still intend to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism” from the face of the earth?

The American people have a need-to-know.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Are they ‘Radical Islamic Terrorists’ or Not?

February 27, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

One of the defining themes of Donald Trump’s candidacy was his repudiation of the willful blindness of the Obama-Clinton administration about the nature of the Sharia-supremacist enemies we confront. Unlike Barack Obama, Mr. Trump made a point of repeatedly calling them “radical Islamic terrorists.”

The New York Times has reported, however, that the President’s new National Security Advisor told his first staff meeting last week that he rejected that characterization. If true, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster seems unlikely to advance and execute the Trump strategy for Victory over Jihad.

Donald Trump’s voters rightly expect him to fulfill his pledge to “make America safe again” against radical Islamic terrorists. They will hold him accountable for his promise to eradicate such jihadists “from the face of the earth.” His team must, therefore, fully share his vision – and faithfully deliver on his commitments.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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