Courts Should Ignore Bad Advice from Discredited Advisors

February 7, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Ten senior ex-officials have told a federal court that there is no national security justification for President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration. Their arguments don’t pass the giggle test. 

For starters, this affidavit’s authors contend that there’s “no specific threat” to justify the President’s order. But the point of the Trump initiative is to try to protect us against potential jihadists, not just “known wolves.” 

These overrated former muck-a-mucks – like John Kerry, Madeleine Albright and Susan Rice – also claimed that the new administration hasn’t proven its predecessor’s “vetting process was inadequate.” But Obama’s law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security chiefs said they couldn’t adequately vet Syrian refugees. 

Finally, we’re told Trump’s order will prove the Islamic State’s claim that “we are at war with Islam.” Actually, it’s needed because Islam’s Sharia requires its followers to be at war with us.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Trump’s Immigration Order is Legal - and Necessary

February 6, 2017

Amidst all the legal maneuvering and political posturing about President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration, critics seem determined to ignore one key factor: The law is on the President’s side.

As Commander-in-Chief, Mr. Trump is constitutionally responsible for protecting the country and its people. But there’s also this relevant statute found at 8 US Code 1182(f):

"Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."

Mr. Trump’s predecessors have exercised such authorities to protect us.

So must he.

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The New York Times Caught Faking the ‘News’

February 3, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

It’s not exactly a revelation that the New York Times has a problem with highly politicized and even “fake” news. Still, I was astounded when the Times made me the subject of some of its journalistic fraud in an attack yesterday on President Trump and two of his top subordinates, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Senior Counsel Stephen Bannon.

Rather than acknowledging the present danger posed by Islam’s supremacist Sharia ideology, the Times promoted a derogatory narrative about those who perceive that threat clearly. It falsely claimed that I believe “Muslims” and “Islam” are like stealthy, subversive “termites,” undermining our civil society and our government. Actually, I was talking about the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood, not all their co-religionists.

The New York Times is inviting still more jihadism by suppressing speech, promoting the Brothers and encouraging our submission to their supremacist dream.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Today’s ‘Existential Threat to Freedom’

February 2, 2017

Yesterday, USA Today and the Washington Post attacked President Trump anew over his effort to stop importing jihadists. This time, the vehicle chosen involved quotes from the Breitbart Radio show Stephen Bannon hosted before signing on as the Trump campaign’s CEO. They describe our conflict with such enemies’ animating ideology: Islam’s Sharia.

As a regular guest on Steve’s program, I often discussed with him the threat posed by Sharia-supremacists. He brought to the topic the kind of free-range intellect and unvarnished realism that contributed profoundly to Donald Trump’s electoral success and, now informs his role as Trump’s Senior Counselor.

Ronald Reagan often warned that “Every generation faces an existential threat to freedom.” Messrs. Trump and Bannon have sworn to defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and deserve our thanks for correctly understanding, and doing their duty against, today’s threat.

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Affirm Our Consequential Election — and Confirm Gorsuch

February 1, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Barack Obama often observed that “Elections have consequences.” That’s especially true of the likely make-up of the federal judiciary under a President Donald Trump, rather than a President Hillary Clinton. 

Take Mr. Trump’s nomination yesterday of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the untimely demise of Justice Antonin Scalia. With this appointment, the new President laudably seeks to preserve the make-up of the Scalia-era Court regarding “judicial activism” – a term used to describe the anti-constitutional practice of legislating from the bench. Justice Scalia vehemently opposed it. So will a Justice Gorsuch.

Not so President Obama, Hillary Clinton and many Senate Democrats –some of whom have pledged to block anyone selected by President Trump. But the American people have spoken and their choice of Mr. Trump, and his choice of Neil Gorsuch, should be swiftly affirmed.  

This is Frank Gaffney.

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It’s Folly to Entrust Obama Holdovers with Executing Trump Policies

January 31, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, President Trump fired Sally Yates, an Obama holdover who should never have been permitted to run the Justice Department pending Senator Jeff Sessions confirmation as Attorney General.

Unfortunately, lots of Obama political and civil service appointees are still working in sensitive positions throughout the government, even though they are, to put it mildly, not aligned with President Trump and his agenda. Both are at risk of being undermined or sabotaged by at least some of those who amount to a disloyal opposition inside the new administration.

Mr. Trump had no choice but to relieve an insubordinate Sally Yates who refused to carry out the President’s lawful order to restrict would-be refugees from seven Sharia-supremacist nations. While that may discourage insubordination by other Obama holdovers, a more prudent course is to avoid entrusting powerful positions to them in the first place.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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“America First” vs. “Blame America First”

January 30, 2017

Our new president has done much to clarify the difference between, those who, like Donald Trump, subscribe to “America first” and those who, in the immortal words of the late, great Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, “blame America first.”

The latter are much in evidence among the talking heads, the mainstream media and the crowds of protesters against the latest Trump executive orders designed – among other things – to stop importing jihadists.  They bray and applaud as Muslim Brotherhood fronts like the Council on American Islamic Relations (better known as CAIR) sue the U.S. government to ensure that more of their fellow Sharia-supremacists are admitted into this country. 

Fortunately, Donald Trump is president today because most of us still believe we should put America first – rather than embrace, empower and embolden those determined initially to blame, and ultimately to destroy, her.

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Trump’s Right to Restrict Sharia-supremacists’ Immigration

January 27, 2017

 This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

 Donald Trump reportedly will announce today further executive actions on immigration, including at least temporary restrictions on accepting refugees from nations with ties to “radical Islamic terrorism.” Critics claim these new restrictions violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion.

In fact, no alien has a right to come to this country, let alone an entitlement to the liberties assured by our Constitution. The President has complete latitude in determining who is admitted into the United States. His bipartisan predecessors exercised this power in recent decades to block immigration by adherents to hostile ideologies like Naziism or communism that require their adherents to seek the destruction of our form of government.

Mr. Trump recognizes that we must not import in our time more immigrants committed to a similar outcome in the name of imposing here another supremacist totalitarian ideology, Islam’s Sharia.

He’s absolutely right.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Trump is Fulfilling His Oath of Office by Building the “Wall”

January 26, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump has taken another dramatic step to fulfill his promise to the American people.  He did so by announcing yesterday that he will begin securing them by enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.  It is an indictment of the Obama presidency that such a commitment is controversial, to say nothing of shocking.

Mr. Trump will be enforcing a ten-year-old statute by building what he calls a “wall” along the United States’ porous southern border.  He’ll tell border patrol officers to enforce the law by holding, rather than releasing, illegal aliens they apprehend.  And he’ll penalize – not encourage – violation of federal immigration statutes by so-called sanctuary cities.

It is refreshing – and a powerful boost to public safety and national security – that Mr. Trump is actually honoring his oath of office by upholding and defending the Constitution and the laws of the land. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Move the Embassy to Jerusalem - Now

January 25, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Trump administration has made huge strides in restoring ties with Israel frayed during Barack Obama’s eight-year wrecking operation – capped by his parting diplomatic attacks and $200 million gift to the Jewish State’s Palestinian enemies.   

But those opposed to such a rapprochement are insisting that President Trump renege on his promise to relocate the U.S. embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.  They threaten more of the radical Islamic terrorism Mr.   Trump has vowed to “eradicate from the face of the earth” if he doesn’t relent.  If the President capitulates, however, one thing is sure: Sharia-supremacists – among other adversaries – will perceive him as having submitted to such enemy extortion, a sure-fire formula for more violent jihad.

Mr. President, this is a prime opportunity to demonstrate your trademark Trump decisiveness. Just declare our existing consulate in Jerusalem the U.S. Embassy.  And do it now.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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