This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Uzbek jihadist who perpetrated this week’s murderous attack in New York has focused attention on the so-called “diversity lottery” that got him here.  If that immigration program is a game of chance for folks like him, it’s Russian roulette of the rest of us.

Ditto the other ways legal and illegal immigrants enter the United States when we fail to keep out adherents to Sharia, the supremacist doctrine that impels jihad.  That ideological filter – akin to ones historically applied to Nazis and Communists – must be added to the myriad reforms President Trump has told Congress are needed, including ending the reckless diversity lottery.

At this juncture especially, we need a Homeland Security secretary with extensive management experience in protecting our borders, as well as understanding and countering Sharia-supremacism.  Unfortunately, the current nominee, Kirstjen Nielsen, is utterly unqualified to do either.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

A jihadist murdered more of us yesterday in New York City. Worse yet, all other things being equal, it will surely not be the last such incident. 

So, have you had enough?  Enough of the violence Sharia-supremacists dole out to force us to submit. 

Enough of the leaders who insist that the guys yelling “Allahu akbar” as they blow us up or mow us down are not “terrorists,” or at least not part of a terrorist group?

Enough of the refusal to name the enemy or define the ideology that motivates them?

If so, we must demand better.  Better surveillance and the shutting down of mosques that incubate jihadism.  Better vetting to stop importing more jihadists. And better leadership – that tells us the truth about Sharia and the jihad it commands, and counters the threat they pose to this country, now.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

While official Washington is preoccupied with a special counsel’s selective pursuit of allegations of collusion with Russia, the far-reaching consequences of what amounts to ongoing U.S. collusion with Iran are going unaddressed.

In his single-minded pursuit of the destruction of the Islamic State, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has effectively aligned us with the mullahs in Tehran.  American troops on the ground have wound up enabling the advance of Shiite Iraqi units dominated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps; our warplanes have amounted to their air force.

McMaster has belatedly expressed unhappiness that Iran and its proxies have turned on America’s allies in Kurdish areas of Iraq.  By failing to anticipate that outcome, to say nothing of equipping the Kurds to prevent it, he has helped Iran consolidate its position throughout the region – with extremely ominous implications for people there and here.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

It’s obvious Barack Obama allowed hostile powers to intensify the threats they pose to us.  North Korea, China and Russia have aggressively built up their capabilities to attack this country.  And Iran’s ambitions have actually been underwritten

Less evident is what President Obama did to compound such dangers:  He made it U.S. policy to rid the world of nuclear weapons, starting with ours.  

Consequently, our ability to deter nuclear attacks has been significantly diminished as long-deferred modernization of our strategic arsenal was delayed or simply cancelled. The industrial base required to maintain and upgrade that arsenal has atrophied egregiously. And we have left few experienced scientists and engineers. 

President Trump seems determined to reverse all this.  Vice President Pence correctly says that, “There’s no greater force for world peace than the U.S. nuclear arsenal.” We must bend every effort to restoring it.  

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Donald Trump’s administration is sending the most robust signals in a generation about North Korea.  Unfortunately, the dereliction of duty by four of its predecessors has contributed to a metastasizing nuclear danger from Pyongyang that has, as a practical matter, left Mr. Trump with no choice.

So, he has dispatched three aircraft carrier battlegroups to the Western Pacific. Nuclear-armed bombers have been returned to high-alert status not seen since the Cold War.  And Defense Secretary Jim Mattis went to the Demilitarized Zone yesterday with a pointed warning in advance of Trump’s own trip to South Korea next week.

Retired four-star Admiral “Ace” Lyons, who used to command the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, has one other recommendation for signaling unmistakably our resolve: Withdraw the many thousands of family members of U.S. military personnel from South Korea who currently amount to hostages for Kim Jong Un.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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October 26, 2017

Save the Persecuted Church

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

For far too long, Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere have been subjected to repression, expulsion and genocide by merciless Sharia-supremacists.  These victims are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, serving as a warning of what the jihadists have in mind for all of us – if they can achieve, through violence or other means, our submission. 

Last night, Vice President Mike Pence addressed an ecumenical gathering in Washington convened in defense of such Christians. He announced a much-needed course-correction from what was, at best, the Obama administration’s seeming indifference to the plight of the Persecuted Church, at worst, its enabling of the persecutors.  He promised to stop sending U.S. aid via the United Nations and to the communities under assault.  

In this way, the aid may actually reach and help its intended recipients. We expect, and must demand, no less. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Recent revelations about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s apparent collusion with Russians connected to the Putin Kremlin have called attention to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Secretary of State Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder were members of this interagency group, known as CFIUS, during its deliberations about selling Russia 20% of America’s uranium. 

Evidently, as they voted on the so-called Uranium One transaction, General Holder knew that Secretary Clinton and others in her circle were engaged in what sure looks like a pay-to-play scheme, garnering over $145 million from interested Russian parties.  Congressional investigations have finally been launched to examine this yawning scandal.

Such inquiries should also explore the role played in this and other dubious CFIUS actions by its then-top staffer, Aimen Mir – a Pakistani expatriate and Sharia-supremacist with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Thirty-four years ago this week, Iranian operatives killed 241 Marines in  Beirut, Lebanon.  To massacre our troops, the mullahs detonated the largest non-nuclear explosion in history – and they got away with it.

Retired Navy Admiral James “Ace” Lyons recounts how he prepared a military attack that would have decisively retaliated against the perpetrators, then known as the Amal militia. But his forces never received authorization to launch their air strikes.

From that day to this, Iran’s regime and other Sharia-supremacists the world over have been inspired to believe that they will succeed in killing many more of us with impunity – and ultimately force Americans to submit to their totalitarian Sharia doctrine. If they are to be disabused of this supposedly divinely-directed notion, we better stop accommodating these avowed enemies, and start making them pay for their actual, or incipient, violence against us.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In Washington these days, character and dignity are in short supply.  It was heartening to see both exhibited magnificently last week by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.  

At a press briefing, the retired four-star Marine general spoke poignantly, but powerfully, about official expressions of condolences for the sacrifice of those killed in action.  Gen. Kelly knows firsthand what is entailed:  While still on active duty, he lost a son, also a combat Marine, in Afghanistan.

He mourned the fact that in America today, it is fair game to demean or otherwise exploit – especially politically – our once-sacred women, faith, Gold Star families and now even the fallen. 

Despite determined efforts to deflect attention from his message, we owe General Kelly and all those he represents not only our admiration, but a return to the conduct befitting a great, and grateful, nation. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Third time, it turns out, is not the charm.  At least that’s true so far with respect to President Trump’s efforts to protect Americans from immigrants wishing to do us harm. 

The President has exercised his constitutional and statutory authority to do just that with three different executive orders, only to have one or more federal judges block their implementation.  There are a couple of lessons to be learned from all this: 

First, leftist judges have no business countermanding lawful presidential efforts to restrict immigration from failed and/or hostile states.  Period.

Second, the Supreme Court, which has already to varying degrees acted to correct lower courts on this question, needs to do so definitively now.

And third, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to finish dismantling Senate procedural techniques that have slow-rolled the confirmation of Mr. Trump’s nominees to the federal judiciary.   

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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