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Vicky Hartzler, Richard Holm, Rep. John Fleming, Amb. Roger Noriega

February 27th, 2015

Rep. VICKY HARTZLER (MO-4), Chair of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee:

  • A refusal by Democratic Senators to vote on a motion to proceed with debate over the House bill to fund DHS
  • National security concerns amid chances of closing the Guantanamo Bay holding facility
  • What's not included in the President's proposed AUMF draft

RICHARD HOLM, former CIA Paris Chief of Station and Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Office:

  • Holm’s account of surviving a reconnaissance plane crash along the 1960s Congo/Sudanese border despite suffering near-fatal burns
  • Today’s intelligence mission of countering the global jihad
  • The importance of American support to Egyptian President el-Sisi and of a greater reformation in Islam
  • How intelligence capabilities were used to great effect by former CIA Director Bill Casey against Soviet Communism

Rep. JOHN FLEMING (LA-4), House Armed Services Committee member, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Long-Range Strike Caucus:

  • Will a nuclear-armed Iran catalyze an arms race in the Middle East?
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grievances over the Iran nuclear talks
  • Concerns Vladimir Putin is bringing about a new Iron Curtain with his own unique political and economic systems
  • The atrophy of the U.S. nuclear deterrent

Amb. ROGER NORIEGA, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States:

  • The Venezuelan regime’s increasingly brutal tactics amid economic woes and government-sponsored narco-trafficking
  • Have the Cuban people actually benefitted from the normalization of relations between the Castro regime and United States?
  • Potential Russian, Chinese, and North Korean responses should the U.S. vacate Guantanamo Bay
  • The supposed Iranian/Argentinian “truth squad’ following the Alberto Nisman death
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Paul Kengor, Peter Brookes, Rep. Mike Pompeo, Fred Fleitz

February 26th, 2015

Dr. PAUL KENGOR, Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College:

  • Reactions to Rudy Giuliani's destruction of the taboo against questioning President Obama's love for America
  • Obama's relationships as an adult with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn
  • Links between anti-American influences on Obama and the policies he presently pursues
  • What made up President Reagan's counter-Communism strategy, and can it be adapted to the present era?

Dr. PETER BROOKES, Former Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs:

  • Questions regarding the leak of a proposed Mosul offensive this spring
  • The imperative for Iraqi security forces to gain victories in Anbar Province before taking Mosul
  • Is the proposed AUMF a political cover for the President?

Rep. MIKE POMPEO (KS-4), Member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and Select Committee on Benghazi:

  • Secretary of State Kerry’s recent comments about Americans being safer than ever before
  • Is the President submitting to the enemies of the United States?
  • The strategic importance of Guantanamo Bay to U.S. counterterrorism policy
  • Civilization jihad “destroying us from within, with our own hands"

FRED FLEITZ, former CIA Analyst, currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • A loophole in the Iran talks that lets the regime keep the Arak facility and increase uranium enrichment prior to a ten year deal
  • An Iranian dissident group's discovery of Lavisan-3, a secret subterranean nuclear plant in suburban Tehran
  • Continued controversy over Bibi Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress
  • Criticism of newly appointed House Select Intelligence Committee member André Carson (IN-7) for purported ties to Muslim Brotherhood front groups
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Christian Whiton

February 25th, 2015

CHRISTIAN WHITON, former senior State Department advisor, currently of D.C. International Advisory:

PART ONE:

  • Would "jobs for jihadists" eradicate radical Islamism?
  • Ideological ties between different jihadist groups, despite a lack of common leadership
  • Similarities between the fights against the ideologies of Soviet Communism and radical Islamism
  • What is behind the U.S.'s reluctance to ally with Egyptian President el-Sisi, who is speaking out against radical Islam?

PART TWO:

  • Comparing U.S. diplomacy towards the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs
  • Why Cold War tactics and strategic talking points are failing to deter the millennial Iranian regime
  • Responding to criticism that Bibi Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress is partisan

PART THREE:

  • Putin’s disregard for Obama as evidenced by his Ukrainian land grabs and posture toward the Baltics and Central Asia
  • Chances of the U.S. actually engaging in a full-scale conflict with China or Russia
  • The urgent need for U.S. leadership on the global stage to prevent allies from cutting deals with hostile actors
  • Using a strong military as an anchor for effective diplomacy

PART FOUR:

  • Does Chinese aggression in the S. and E. China Seas and along the Indian border stem from a perceived weakness of U.S. foreign policy?
  • Japan's potential to go fully nuclear to deter its Chinese neighbors
  • An insecure U.S. southern border inviting malice from foreign adversaries
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Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Diana West, L. Michael Maloof, Van Hipp

February 24th, 2015

Dr. TAWFIK HAMID, Senior Fellow and Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies:

  • How Muhammad Morsi's record evidences the Muslim Brotherhood's jihadist ideology
  • Egypt's view: the Obama Administration seems more interested in supporting radical Islam than defeating it
  • The challenge Egyptian President el-Sisi posed to al-Azhar and the broader Muslim world

DIANA WEST, author of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:

  • President Obama’s statements regarding Islamist grievances at his CVE Summit
  • Rep. André Carson’s (IN-7) appointment to the House Intelligence Committee
  • Influence of nefarious actors in institutions responsible for homeland security

F. MICHAEL MALOOF, author of “A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe”:

  • The surprisingly public U.S. government announcement of its strategy to take back the ISIS-held Iraqi city of Mosul
  • Threats facing the U.S. electric grid from all directions

VAN HIPP, Chairman of American Defense International, Inc., and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army:

  • Threats to the U.S. from cyber terrorists, radical Islam, porous borders, EMP attacks, and biological warfare
  • Benefits of partnering with moderate Muslim reformers, such as King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • How political correctness emboldens enemies of the United States
  • Wide-reaching implications of an attack on a major U.S. port or harbor
  • Is the U.S. Navy adequately resourced to conduct international power-projection missions AND provide homeland security?
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Clare Lopez, Adam Kredo, Jamie Dettmer, Gordon Chang

February 23rd, 2015

CLARE LOPEZ, former CIA Operations Officer and Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Does the new draft AUMF limit President Obama’s power to combat the Islamic State?
  • Sectarian warfare that has embroiled the Middle East for hundreds of years
  • Addressing, confronting, and ultimately defeating the entirety of the global jihad threat as outlined in the Center for Security Policy’s “Secure Freedom Strategy”

ADAM KREDO, Senior Writer for the Washington Free Beacon:

  • The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s controversial founder's invitation to President Obama’s CVE Summit
  • A new DHS report claiming “right-wing radicals” pose more of a threat to the public than Islamic extremism
  • The menace civilians face from “lone and known wolf” jihadists
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's impending stateside visit in two weeks

JAMIE DETTMER, Middle East reporter at The Daily Beast and Voice of America correspondent:

  • Qatar's double game with America and the Global Jihad Movement
  • Jordan and Egypt in the fight against the Islamic State across the MENA region
  • Why a lack of coordination and leadership is the biggest problem in the Middle East

GORDON CHANG, author of “The Coming Collapse of China”:

  • Chinese internet conglomerate Alibaba under multiple state investigations regarding fraudulent products
  • A new Japanese foreign policy posture amid pushback to global security issues
  • Japan as a key factor in the U.S. policy to contain China
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Robert McDowell, Bill Gertz, Jerry Boykin, Claudia Rosett

February 20th, 2015

ROBERT McDOWELL, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow:

  • A historical overview of the bipartisan consensus on the greatest deregulatory success
  • Politicizing the independent FCC ultimately endangers freedom of expression
  • The diffuse nature of the Internet enables innovation and defies top-down control
  • How the World Wide Web could be transformed by tyrants from a bastion of freedom into a tool of censorship and control

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • North Korea’s new SLBM
  • Known “unknowns” regarding the Chinese nuclear program
  • Continued Russian influence in the Western Hemisphere

Gen. JERRY BOYKIN, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence:

  • The mystery behind Obama's denial of the truth about the Global Jihad Movement
  • How the Administration misses the genuine silent majority of moderate Muslims for wolves in sheep's clothing
  • Why Western apologists for Islamic terrorism are the real factor increasing recruitment among Jihadists
  • The humiliation of America and how to turn the tables on the Islamic State

CLAUDIA ROSETT, Journalist-in-Residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:

  • North Korea’s final “nuclear doom” threat
  • Pyongyang’s dismissal of ICC claims of human rights abuses
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Steve Coughlin, Tom Rogan, Sidney Powell, Fred Fleitz

February 19th, 2015

STEVE COUGHLIN, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • The double standard over comments regarding Islam
    U.S. allies in the Middle East
  • Recognizing Islam's role in the current war
  • Exposing the Muslim Brotherhood's influence on the President's statements

TOM ROGAN, National Review Online and Daily Telegraph columnist:

  • Countering homegrown jihadism in the United Kingdom
  • Vladimir Putin’s manipulation of the West through Europe’s weak military readiness and reliance on Russian energy

SIDNEY POWELL, author of “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice”:

  • Why Americans can expect "more of the same" if Loretta Lynch is appointed Attorney General
  • Rampant over-criminalization in the Justice Department
  • The absence of prosecutorial discretion in amnesty cases

FRED FLEITZ, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and former CIA analyst:

  • Contrasting Newt Gingrich at the Defeat Jihad Summit with President Obama's remarks on Countering Violent Extremism
  • Do "legitimate economic, political, or historical grievances" ever justify beheadings and immolation?
  • The Administration's responsibility for the chaos in Libya and Yemen
  • How Iran's advancing nuclear program and the ineffectual talks undermine alliances and destabilize the Middle East
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Larry Wortzel, J. Christian Adams, Rosemary Jenks, Diana West

February 18th, 2015

Dr. LARRY WORTZEL, former Commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission of the United States Congress:

  • China enters a new phase of expeditionary warfare
  • The PLA's problem of personnel quality and corruption
  • Going forward, a need to restrict military cooperation with China

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS, former DoJ official and author of “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department”:

  • Is a Hawaiian separatist movement being supported by Communist China?
  • Did Eric Holder show racial bias when dealing with the Ferguson case?
  • The legislative--not judicial--process needed to enforce amnesty laws
  • Concessions the Senate should ask for in return for confirming Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

ROSEMARY JENKS, Director of Government Relations at NumbersUSA:

  • The potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown over funding of the President’s executive amnesty
  • Why the Senate has no options in the fight over DHS spending
  • How the refugee resettlement industry could serve as a trojan horse for the Islamic State

DIANA WEST, author of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:

  • Confronting the issue of rhetoric and use of the term "Islamism"
  • Appeasement as a policy means to avoid giving offense today and during the Cold War
  • Administration outreach in the lead up to the White House's Countering Violent Extremism Summit
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Charles Jacobs, Katharine Gorka, Andy McCarthy, Rep. Scott Perry

February 17th, 2015

Dr. CHARLES JACOBS, Founder of Americans for Peace and Tolerance:

  • President Obama’s “Countering Violent Extremism” summit to kick off tomorrow at the White House and State Department
  • Boston, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles touted as models of proper cooperation between the government and Muslim-American communities
  • Is Boston an example of Obama's foreign policy on American soil?
  • Combating acts of jihad inside the U.S. by community-police cooperation

KATHARINE GORKA, Co-Founder of the Council on Global Security,

  • President Obama’s comments regarding the murder of twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians
  • The U.S. information warfare campaign against ISIS and the broader global jihad
  • Does "countering violent extremism" take into account pre-violent and non-violent jihad?
  • Female genital mutilation in the United States

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal persecutor:

  • Countering Islamic extremism and the dangers of submission to it
  • U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution concerning Islamic blasphemy
  • The President’s AUMF and the limits of using ground forces
  • A Texas federal judge raising the issue of federal courts and executive amnesty

Rep. SCOTT PERRY (PA-4), Member of the House Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees:

  • Administration rhetoric towards those who distort Islam and Pres. Obama’s overall strategy in dealing with non-rational actors
  • Does the new AUMF actually give the President less power to combat ISIS?
  • Consequences of an attack on the U.S. electrical grid or other critical infrastructure
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Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Jim Hanson, Bill Gertz, Cliff Kincaid

February 13th, 2015

Dr. SEBASTIAN GORKA, Breitbart's National Security and Foreign Affairs editor:

  • Where counterterrorism efforts are best focused
  • Putting the Global Jihad Movement in its proper context
  • The Saudi connection to 9/11 and the Siege of Mecca
  • Putin's information warfare against Obama and the EU

JIM HANSON, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and former US Army Special Operations:

  • The Center for Security Policy’s Defeat Global Jihad event and its “Secure Freedom Strategy”
  • Why a broader declaration of war is more appropriate than President Obama’s AUMF
  • The integral role of the Guantanamo Bay holding facility for national security

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • RAND's report on Chinese military weaknesses
  • Tracing the Anthem cyber attack against sensitive U.S. healthcare information to a Chinese state-sponsored group
  • Administration bias towards the NSA as evidenced by the newly-created Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center
  • U.S. Senate confirmation of to-be Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter

CLIFF KINCAID, President of America's Survival and the Director for Accuracy in Media's Center for Investigative Journalism:

  • The political power of the papacy turns Leftist
  • America's enemies in Hollywood, then and now
  • President Reagan's example of courage and conservatism
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