November 17, 2017

The Clintons’ Last Stand

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

After a bad couple of weeks, in which Donna Brazile, most of the Democratic Party’s elite and the left-leaning press seemed to turn on Hillary and her husband, the once-formidable Clinton Machine seems to be mounting a last stand. 

For instance, there have been increasing attacks on the credibility of the confidential informant who reportedly has the goods – including damning video tapes and documents – regarding criminal activities surrounding the Clinton-engineered sale of 20 percent of America’s uranium to the Russians.  And last night, Reuters unmasked him, shredding whatever protection anonymity might have afforded and possibly putting his life at risk, compounding the threat he already faces from cancer. 

Every effort must now be made to bring fully to light the recently un-gagged informant’s data – and hold accountable the Clintons and their enablers for enriching themselves at the expense of our national security. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In an era characterized by cynicism and dishonesty in public life, a Washington audience last night heard an inspiring – and much-needed – call for truth-telling.  At a gala dinner hosted by our Center for Security Policy, Texas Senator Ted Cruz specifically stressed the imperative of honestly and accurately characterizing the existential threat posed by “jihadists and Islamists,” both here and abroad.

The Senator warned of the “willful blindness” concerning the Sharia-supremacism of the Muslim Brotherhood and its stated determination to destroy Western civilization from within. And he urged that the Brotherhood be officially designated as the foreign terrorist organization it is.

Senator Cruz’s clarion call is all the more important – and appreciated – for its being made at a time when Leftists and their Sharia-supremacist allies are working so hard to vilify truth-tellers.  It behooves all of us to stand up and do the same. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

For years now, U.S. officials have been wringing their hands over evidence the Russians are violating their arms control obligations under a Cold War-era accord.  The Obama administration finally acknowledged that the Kremlin was cheating on the so-called INF Treaty, but did nothing about it.

Now, Russia’s top general has confirmed that Moscow has operational cruise missiles capable of precisely attacking targets 4,000 kilometers away.  That would mean that Vladimir Putin’s regime has effectively nullified the ban on such intermediate-range missiles – and reestablished a prohibited ability to threaten our forces and allies in Europe and Asia.

The Trump administration is nearing the completion date for its Nuclear Posture Review.  It must redress myriad, serious problems with our deterrent arsenal and its delivery systems – including setting in train the process of reconstituting and deploying our own INF forces over there.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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November 14, 2017

Prosecute the Real Colluders

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be on Capitol Hill today where he is expected to announce he’s reached the same conclusion as have millions of us:  There is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing by Hillary and Bill Clinton and other Democrats involving the Russians and harm to the national security to warrant a criminal inquiry.

Naturally, a prime focus of such an investigation would be the evident malfeasance of the Clintons, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former FBI Director Robert Mueller in approving the sale of twenty percent of U.S. uranium stocks to Moscow. 

But investigators must also consider other outrages – including, notably, the Obama/Clinton-enabled transfer of a vast array of sensitive missile and computer technologies to Russia as part of the previous administration’s disastrous “reset” with Putin.

The rule of law requires the same standard for every American. No exceptions.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

One of the most acute shortfalls in America’s common defense at the moment is the apparent lack of even rudimentary counter-intelligence practices.  Without a robust CI capability, our enemies’ spies, technology theft and influence operations get more or less a free ride here.

Examples of the problem abound.  Hillary Clinton’s gross negligence with respect to her handling of highly classified emails.  Government agencies using Russian software sure to be vulnerable to cyber exploitation.  Wholly inadequate vetting procedures that allow Sharia-supremacists into the country and even into our government

Now, the London Daily Telegraph reports that a company owned by the longtime head of Soviet counter-intelligence will be providing security for our embassy in Moscow. Is this a bad joke, or just appalling dereliction of duty by our own counter-spies?  Either way, it emboldens our foes, heightening their appetites for aggression against us.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

President Trump is currently visiting Communist China, hosted by a counterpart, Xi Jinping, who reveres and seeks to emulate his most ruthless predecessor, Mao Tse Tung.  Mr. Trump will soon visit another communist nation, Vietnam.  And, throughout his travels, he’s wrestling with the growing threat posed by a third such country, North Korea. 

As it happens, the President’s travels coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia – the first place to be subjected to the horrors of Communism. By some estimates over 100 million people have been murdered by the practitioners of this totalitarian ideology in the course of the intervening century.

This history compels the Free World never to forget that governments that treat their own people so badly are unlikely to treat ours better.  It would be a potentially catastrophic strategic error to believe otherwise. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Elections are supposed to have consequences.  For example, Donald Trump’s election was supposed to result in a “draining” of the bipartisan establishment morass he derided as the “Swamp,” addressing the immigration crisis – including “building the Wall” – and accurately identifying and defeating our Sharia-supremacist enemies.

Yesterday’s balloting in Virginia is much more likely to be consequential in all three areas.  Official Washington will interpret the Democrats’ triumph there as a mandate for more Swamp, no wall and more willful blindness regarding the Muslim Brothehood’s penetration, infrastructure and operations in this country. 

The first test will be how the Senate treats Kirstjen Nielsen’s nomination to be the next Homeland Security Secretary.  After all, she seems aligned with that decidedly un-Trumpian agenda.  Post-Virginia, even GOP Senators seem unlikely to pursue the course-corrections promised and so desperately needed at DHS.  Neither will Ms. Nielsen.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

There are few more important government jobs at the moment than the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  That agency is on the front lines of everything from securing the nation’s borders and enforcing its immigration laws to identifying and countering threats to its airways, ports, waterways and communities from enemies foreign and domestic.

Tomorrow, a Senate committee will consider Mr. Trump’s nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to fill that job.  She has been recommended for the post by the man who was, arguably, the most capable individual ever to serve as DHS Secretary, Gen. John Kelly, now the White House Chief of Staff.

It is imperative, however, that Senators evaluate rigorously Ms. Nielsen’s qualifications, judgment and vision to establish whether she is, in fact, the right person at a moment when we simply cannot afford anything less.  More on that tomorrow. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Trump administration has bet big-time on Mohammed Bin Salman, the 32-year-old Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia renowned for his energy, vision for transforming his nation and ruthless determination to consolidate power.

That bet seems to be paying off following the dragnet MBS (as he’s known) pulled off over the weekend.  It involved arrests of a number of rival royals, including the Muslim Brotherhood-backing billionaire, Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal, and hardline Wahhabi clerics.

We’ll know soon whether the young Crown Prince can continue consolidating power – and to what end. Meanwhile, President Trump has urged that Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering be brought to a U.S. market. It may wind up in China, though.  If so, it’s a matter of time until the dollar is displaced as the reserve currency of the world, a very bad bet indeed for this country’s economy and debt.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

We know that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States rubber-stamped the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium reserves to Russia – even though at least one of its members, then-Attorney General Eric Holder, must have known that the transaction was under criminal investigation by the FBI.  

Now, we’ve learned that this interagency group, known as CFIUS, also approved another travesty:  In 2014, it allowed Gulftainer to manage container operations at America’s strategic Port Canaveral – even though the company is partly owned by the family of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb-maker.

A new paper by the Center for Security Policy reveals that Gulftainer also has a joint venture with a Russian company that makes the Club-K, a system that conceals inside a shipping container a launcher for four nuclear-capable cruise missiles. 

What could possibly go wrong?  Plenty!

This is Frank Gaffney.  Read our paper at SecureFreedom.org.

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