Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

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Rep. Rob Bishop, Diana West, Daniel Horowitz and Fred Fleitz

May 4th, 2016

Rep. ROB BISHOP (UT-1), Member of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee:

  • House Armed Service Committee passing National Defense Authorization Act
  • Sparing the military from interference from Sage Grouse populations
  • Revisiting women in combat roles

DIANA WEST, author of “The Death of the Grown Up”:

  • Donald Trump’s big win
  • President Obama’s continued lack of a foreign policy strategy
  • Former NATO speechwriter’s revelations about green on blue attacks

DANIEL HOROWITZ, Senior editor at “Conservative Review,” author of the upcoming book “Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America”:

  • Problems with the criminal justice reform bill
  • Mandatory draft for women in combat roles

FRED FLEITZ, former CIA analyst, Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at the Center for Security Policy:

  • State of play in Iraq at the moment
  • Iran’s involvement in Iran and Syria
  • Upcoming book “Warning Order: China Prepares for Conflict and Why We Must Do the Same”

Rep. Lou Barletta, Jim Hanson, Sandy Rios and Michael Cutler

May 3rd, 2016

Rep. LOU BARLETTA (11-PA), Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:

  • Recent hearing on how prepared the U.S. is for a cyber-attack on the electrical grid
  • Preparedness at the local and federal levels for power outages 

JIM HANSON, Executive Vice President of the Center for Security Policy:

  • The latest developments in Iraq
  • Nature of the Sunni and Shiite rivalry
  • Should the Muslim Brotherhood be designated a terror group?

SANDY RIOS, President of the Culture Campaign, talk radio host:

  • How Americans can protect themselves from civilization jihad
  • Petition in response to Target’s transgender bathroom laws

MICHAEL CUTLER, Retired Senior Special Agent of the former Immigration and Naturalization Services:

  • Both political parties have designed the immigration system to fail
  • President Obama’s enabling of unprecedented illegal immigration


  • Human and drug trafficking effects on crime rates
  • How will criminal justice reform affect recidivism rates? 

Riki Ellison, Claudia Rosett, Gordon Chang and Amb. Francis Rooney

May 2nd, 2016

RIKI ELLISON, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance:

  • How serious a threat is North Korea to the U.S.?
  • Kim Jong Un’s increased aggression possibly the result of U.S. negotiations with Iran?
  • Dire situation of American missile defense
  • Vulnerability of missile defense to hypersonic warheads 

CLAUDIA ROSETT, Contributing columnist at, blogs at the PJ Media Rosett Report:

  • Failure of North Korean sanctions
  • Signing of the Paris Accord at the UN on Earth day

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

  • Asymmetric capabilities North Korea and China can use against the U.S.
  • U.S. diplomacy trying to prevent Chinese from reclaiming Scarborough Shoal
  • Three Chinese economic bubbles: investment, credit and real estate

Amb. FRANCIS ROONEY, former US Ambassador to the Holy See, author of “The Global Vatican”:

  • The Pope’s message about the Christian genocide in the Middle East drowned out by other social justice goals
  • Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States
  • Pope Francis’ involvement in Cuba

Dr. Kim R. Holmes

April 29th, 2016

Dr. KIM R. HOLMES, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, author of the new book, “The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left”:

  • Defining ‘liberalism’ and ‘groupthink’


  • Radical multiculturalism’s legal roots
  • Never before has Progressivism been so extreme
  • Conservatives in dissent within the academic community


  • Assault against climate deniers
  • Issues regarding freedom of speech and subversion of religious liberties


  • Redefined norms on sexual identity


  • Using international organizations to break down cultural structures in the US
  • Conservatives learning from self-critiquing liberals

Bing West, Tom Nichols, Neal Bascomb, Michael Anderson

April 28th, 2016

BING WEST, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs:

  • Special operations by itself not enough to defeat ISIS in Syria
  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias slaughtering their way through Iraq
  • Russia’s permanent position in the Middle East

TOM NICHOLS, Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College:

  • Donald Trump’s recent foreign policy speech
  • ‘America First’ and isolationism
  • Odd dynamic between Trump and Putin

NEAL BASCOMB, New York Times Bestselling Author:

  • The secret mission to sabotage Hitler’s atomic bomb
  • Upcoming book on WW1 pilots escaping from German prison

MICHAEL ANDERSON, Retired USMC Intelligence Officer:

  • Hillary Clinton’s views on the 2nd Amendment
  • Border security and ‘Sanctuary Cities’
  • US still can’t properly vet Syrian refugees

Rep. Steve Russell, Diana West, Seth Cropsey, Rowan Scarborough, Dr. Luis Fleischman

April 27th, 2016

Rep. STEVE RUSSELL (OK-5), HASC member, Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s National Security Subcommittee:

  • US troop deployments to Syria
  • Implementing war trials at Guantanamo Bay
  • Wise council needed on defense reform

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

  • Obama praising Angela Merkel’s policy of open German borders
  • The left’s stifling of free speech
  • Administration effectively blackmailing the UK into staying in the EU
  • Losing sovereignty through international trade agreements

SETH CROPSEY, Served as Deputy Undersecretary of the US Navy:

  • Time for a new ‘American Grand Strategy’
  • Stronger US naval presence needed to deter Russia, China, and Iran
  • Depleted US Navy hampered by continued cuts

ROWAN SCARBOROUGH, National Security Reporter at The Washington Times:

  • War of culture on the US Armed Forces
  • Pentagon dictate prioritizing climate change
  • Political correctness more important to administration than combat-trained troops

Dr. LUIS FLEISCHMAN, Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University:

  • Drastic measures in Venezuela amid nation-wide electricity shortages
  • Finding responsible leadership in Caracas to carry the country forward
  • Impeachment on tap for Brazil?
  • Addressing corruption, not poor economic performance, the main priority for Latin American policy makers

Doug Feith, Dr. Ted Bromund, Dr. Peter Navarro, Andy McCarthy

April 26th, 2016

DOUG FEITH, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy:

  • More US special forces headed to Syria
  • Syrian Civil War a lose-lose scenario of Assad-Iran vs. ISIS-al Qaeda
  • Indonesia to conduct maritime patrols to combat Islamic terrorism in the wake of a Canadian tourist’s beheading

Dr. TED BROMUND, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation:

  • Obama pressuring Britain to stay in the EU
  • Freedom in retreat under current administration
  • Revisiting the 2012 Arms Trade Treaty

Dr. PETER NAVARRO, Author of “Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World”:

  • ‘Chussia’: the China-Russia axis
  • Chinese encroachments on the Siberian Peninsula
  • ‘Wag the Dog’ policy in international relations

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor:

  • Saudi-Iran 9/11 connection
  • History of US alliances with ‘frenemies’


  • Jihad thriving in Europe
  • Combating radicalization in American prisons

Rep. Rob Wittman, Gordon Chang, Stella Morabito, Patrick Dunleavy

April 25th, 2016

Rep. ROB WITTMAN (VA-1) Chairman of the House Armed Services Committees’ Readiness Subcommittee:

  • Readiness of the four military services below what is expected
  • Possible issues arising from implementing female soldiers into direct ground combat
  • Chinese aggression in the Pacific giving way to armed conflict?

GORDON CHANG, and The Daily Beast Contributor:

  • Current happenings in the Scarborough Shoal
  • Comparing significance of 1938 Sudetenland to 2016 in the South China Sea
  • Poor economic performance catalyst for President Xi’s aggressive militaristic maneuvers?
  • Partial success of a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile test

STELLA MORABITO, Senior Contributor at The Federalist:

  • Problem of ‘groupthink’ in academia
  • Flaws in education reform causing an attack on a student’s independent thought
  • ‘Social Justice Warriors’ and the grand theft operation taking place on American campuses

PATRICK DUNLEAVY, author of “The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection”:

  • Terror attacks in Europe underwent by former inmates in both the Belgian and French prison systems
  • Operation Hades exposing high-level ignorance in US correctional facilities
  • Saudi Arabia promoting radicalization inside US prisons


  • Radical jihadists subverting top prison officials
  • Recidivism rates
  • Lack of monitoring or re-acclimation programs for those charged with terror-related crimes

Fred Fleitz, Michael Pregent, Dr. Ilan Berman, Myron Ebell, Bill Gertz

April 22nd, 2016

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

  • King Salman refusing to greet Obama upon his arrival in Riyadh
  • Grading the US-Saudi relationship
  • President Obama’s comments in The Atlantic
  • Would the US be better off with Britain out of the EU?

MICHAEL PREGENT, Adjunct Fellow at The Hudson Institute, served in the Middle East as an Army Advisor and Intelligence Officer:

  • Saudi Arabia as the lesser evil to Iran
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s deep ties to the Royal Kingdom

Dr. ILAN BERMAN, VP of the American Foreign Policy Council, editor at the Journal of International Security Affairs:

  • Reorganization of Kremlin ministries to consolidate Putin’s power
  • Tough to gauge Putin’s popularity in Russia because of the population’s fear of him and skewed, state-administered polling
  • Poor economy slowing down Russia’s military modernization
  • Four level of sanctions relief to Iran

MYRON EBELL, Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute:

  • US signing onto the UN’s Paris Climate Treaty
  • Global warming science continuing to be presented in a skewed manner

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at The Washington Free Beacon:

  • US, China, and Russia engaging in a Cold War-like arms race
  • Future war fighting involving high-speed hypersonic weapons?
  • Excessive START violations by US adversaries
  • General Vincent Brooks on the immediate threat of Kim Jong-un

Dr. Sebastian Gorka

April 20th, 2016

Dr. SEBASTIAN GORKA, author of the recently-released “Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War”, Maj. Gen. Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University, Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics:

  • Changing concept of ‘Jihad’
  • Ideological underpinnings behind the war against radical, totalitarian Islam


  • Sayyid Qutb and the Muslim Brotherhood’s global influence on the faith
  • Some using the ‘hijra’ to undermine European society
  • Muslim Brotherhood practicing civilization jihad


  • Soviet model of state security exported to the Middle East in the 1950s
  • Extensive jihadist networks in European cities due to the political elite’s obsessions with ‘multiculturalism’


  • Forces of subversion already present inside the US
  • CAIR giving Obama advice concerning law enforcement training
  • Need to disband the terms, ‘counter violent extremism’ and ‘lone-wolf terrorist’


  • Using Cold War methodology to defeat today’s Global Jihad Movement
  • Institutional changes needed to effectively wage information operations
  • What should US policy towards Saudi Arabia consist of?
  • Declassifying the 9/11 papers