This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Chinese Communist Party is rolling out its so-called “Social Credit System.” As Bill Gertz reports in the Washington Times, “China is developing a new high-tech system of mass surveillance and coercion aimed suppressing political dissent among its 1.4 billion people, while forcing American and Western businesses to conform to the government’s communist policies if they want to operate there.”

Ominously, this super-Orwellian means of oppression is not intended just for those living and doing business in China. It is being made available for export to the PRC’s fellow totalitarians elsewhere.

Hikvision is one of the Chinese Communists’ suppliers of the technology that enables the Social Credit System.  It is, consequently, illegal for Americans to do business with that company. Yet, incredibly, Wall Street is causing millions of us – including shortly government employees – to invest in it. That must stop.

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

At the Reagan Library last weekend, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressed concern about the national security of the United States and derided those in the business community who fail to understand, as he put it, “We are the good guys.”

Bezos warned that “If Big Tech is going to turn their back on national defense, this country is in trouble.” In fact, Google, for example, is not only refusing to work with the Pentagon. It is actually helping the Chinese Communist Party advance its military, as well as commercial, capabilities.

Cynics contend that the Amazon chief is simply trying to burnish his credentials as he challenges a recent $10 billion Pentagon award to rival Microsoft. We’ll see. But his expressed concerns about our declining innovation and rising threats in space and elsewhere from China are most needed, and must be heeded.

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

American military forces last month intercepted a vessel attempting to deliver guided missile equipment from Iran to Houthi rebels in Yemen, offering fresh confirmation of the mullahs’ ongoing, threatening and destabilizing behavior in the Mideast – and beyond.

Meanwhile, the regime in Tehran is frantically trying to suppress increasing opposition within its own borders. It has taken to murderously firing from helicopters on crowds seeking an end to that Sharia-supremacist theocracy’s  repression and corruption. The people of Iran seek our help.

President Trump deserves credit for ending the Obama-era nuclear deal that legitimated and enriched the Iranain regime. His “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign has substantially cratered its economy and dried up funds for some of its most ominous projects. And in London this week, he forthrightly expressed solidarity with the Iranian people.

Now we must amp up our support for their liberation.

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, Democratic legislators prominently featured Harvard law professor Noah Feldman as an authority on the U.S. Constitution in its effort to remove Donald Trump from office.

It’s bad enough that Feldman revealed himself to be disqualifying obsessed with impeaching the President, including for some of his Tweets. Worse still, Feldman’s specialty is actually promoting the Islamic totalitarian political, military and legal code known as Sharia.

Feldman has shilled relentlessly for the supremacist agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. He even helped foist Sharia-compliance on the Iraqi people in their post-liberation constitution.

You can bet that Noah Feldman’s Sharia-adherent friends are, like House Democrats, very keen to see the coup against our duly elected President succeed. The more the American people learn about the perpetrators’ true motives and highly problematic judgment, though, the more certain we can be that it won’t.

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Australia, it seems, has become the proverbial canary in the mine shaft. With each passing day, the government and people of one of our most important allies are coming to grips with – and, in the process, warning the rest of us about – the true, imperialistic and totalitarian character of Communist China.

Australia’s security services and citizenry are learning hard lessons about the cumulative effects of decades of affording the Chinese an open door Down Under. The Communists in Beijing have fully exploited the resulting, abundant opportunities to penetrate deeply the resource-rich Australian economy, media, academic institutions and government.

Now, as the Aussies have begun to take corrective actions, they and the rest of the world are also getting a taste of Chinese retribution. Like so many experiencing the PRC’s growing coercion – Australians must find in America a formidable, engaged and countervailing friend. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The United States is taking a lot of flak these days for pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. At this week’s 25th annual U.N. handwringing session about global warming in Madrid, nations will compete to demonstrate their superior commitment to preventing ice caps from melting, sea levels rising, pestilence spreading, and conflicts erupting among other apocalyptic scenarios. House Speaker Pelosi is using the opportunity to excoriate President Trump.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump is being vindicated with regard to one of his reasons for withdrawing from the Paris agreement – namely, that it required the U.S. to make onerous cuts in CO2 emissions but Communist China can continue adding to its pollution. In fact, Beijing is greatly increasing its numbers of coal-burning power plants and dramatically reducing its investment in renewables.

Good on Americans for continuing voluntarily to cut our emissions. China will not.

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump and the First Lady spent Thanksgiving in Afghanistan with U.S. troops. While he was at it, Mr. Trump reset the terms for renewed talks with our principal enemy there, the Taliban.

The President prides himself on being an accomplished negotiator. Stipulating that the Taliban agree to a cease-fire – something they had heretofore refused to do – is a classic technique of moving the goal posts to improve the likely outcome of such talks.

Mr. Trump should now double down by establishing conditions under which such a cease-fire would likely conduce to an actual peace with security for the Afghan people. He should replace most of the remaining U.S. forces in country with contractors to support Afghanistan’s armed forces while adopting the successful Vietnam-era CORDS counter-insurgency model for securing the population.

That’s a formula for victory, not surrender to the Taliban.

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

I find myself outside of the United States on this Thanksgiving – away from family and friends on the day most of us are blessed to celebrate with both.

This experience gives me a heightened appreciation of the men and women in our armed forces, diplomatic corps and other forms of service to our country who are similarly bereft of their loved ones today.

It also underscores the myriad reasons to be thankful for that country.

My appreciation for America was heightened by a visit this week to the Museum of Terror in Budapest. This shrine to the victims of Hungary’s occupation and oppression, first by the Nazis and then by Soviet Communists, prompts heartfelt thanks to God for the fact that the United States played a critical role in ending those horrors and has been spared their like within its own borders.

This is Frank Gaffney.

November 27, 2019

Israel’s Best Friend

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump has established that he and his administration are the best friends the State of Israel has ever had in official Washington. Thanks to a succession of strategic moves, the United States has contributed materially to Israel’s ability to defend itself in an increasingly dangerous region.

Particularly important have been three diplomatic initiatives. Under President Trump, the United States has recognized: the reality of Israel’s capital being Jerusalem; the Jewish State’s right to annex and control the Golan Heights; and, most recently, the fact that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, known today as the West Bank, do not violate international law.

These steps afford Israel an unprecedented opportunity to consolidate its security posture in the face of intensifying efforts by Iran, its proxies and other Sharia-supremacists to destroy the Jews and their homeland. Bless you, Mr. President.

This is Frank Gaffney.

November 25, 2019

Hong Kong Votes for Freedom

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Chinese Communist Party’s worst fears have been realized in Hong Kong.  Voters there have overwhelmingly elected in relatively free local elections pro-democracy candidates. They have thus demonstrated conclusively the real popular support for protesters demanding liberty.

These elections occurred shortly after their massive demonstrations were endorsed by the U.S. Congress by a margin of 534 to one. And they make even more urgent President Trump’s signature on what’s called “the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.”

The world is now on notice that the people of Hong Kong not only yearn to be part of the Free World. They are part of it and must remain so – and a powerful example to those enslaved on the mainland of what might be possible if only they are also afforded a chance to express their desire for  an end to Communist repression.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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