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Herman Pirchner, Katherine Zimmerman, Qanta Ahmed, Bill Gertz

April 18th, 2014

HERMAN PIRCHNER, founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council

  • Putin claims the right to use force in "New Russia," even as a deal to remove occupying forces from Eastern Ukraine is being brokered
  • Echoes of World War II—Putin purportedly protecting ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine
  • How long would ordinary Ukrainian and Russian troops be willing to fight each other?

KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN, senior analyst at AEI and Al Qaeda Team Lead at AEI's Critical Threats Project:

  • The significance of the video posted by Al Qaeda depicting a large public gathering of Al Qaeda leaders and fighters in Yemen
  • Did American intelligence know about the gathering? Why were there no drone strikes?
  • Al Qaeda is spreading, despite President Obama's rhetoric on the terrorist group

QANTA AHMED, author of "In the Land of Invisible Women," and featured interviewee in the film "Honor Diaries"

  • Debate over religious or cultural justification for female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Increasing rates of FGM in the Muslim diaspora communities in the West
  • FGM, honor killings, child marriage, and gender inequality among particular Muslim cultures

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • Multiple low altitude flyovers of a U.S. Navy warship in the Black sea by a Russian fighter jet—referred to by the US only as "unprofessional"
  • Russia's military build-up along Ukraine's Eastern border
  • Russia's denial of the "Open Skies" treaty which allows approved U.S. military over-flights throughout Russian airspace. Gertz has evidence that the US's reason for the cancellation of a flight was untrue.
  • The Obama Administration's refusal to provide Ukraine with lethal, non-lethal or force multiplying aid
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Rep. Doug Lamborn, Mark Schneider, Diana West, Bill Roggio

April 17th, 2014

Congressman DOUG LAMBORN, of the 5th district of Colorado:
  • The unanimous passage, in both the House and Senate, of legislation that bars terrorists from acquiring visas into the U.S. as ambassadors
  • What Iran's appointment of a former terrorist says about its new "moderate" president, and what Obama's refusal to yet sign the bill says about his policy towards Iran
  • The continuing assault on religious freedom in the military
  • The importance of mitigating the security vulnerabilities of the nation's electric grid

Dr. MARK SCHNEIDER, Senior Analyst for the National Institute for Public Policy:

  • Modernization of the Russian military by Putin's government
  • The treaties Russia is currently violating
  • Concerns about what the massive "Underground Great Wall" implies about China's nuclear capabilities, and China's aggressive weapons modernization program
DIANA WEST, author of "American Betrayal":
  • Brandeis University's "silencing" of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and the crimes she speaks out against
  • America's disregard of the ties between the Tsarnaev brothers, jihad, and a mosque in Cambridge, MA
  • Is Islam being given special treatment with the new "safe spaces" initiative, or will all houses of worship now be declared surveillance free zones?
BILL ROGGIO, Editor of the Long War Journal:
  •  Russian military activities in Eastern Ukraine
  •  Problems in Syria complicating the mission to find and destroy its chemical weapons
  • Tough policy choices for the US because of a dearth of moderate rebel groups in Syria—what are America's options?
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Daniel Gallington, Charles Brooks, Clare Lopez, Roger Noriega

April 16th, 2014

DANIEL GALLINGTON, former bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

  • Putin's KGB tactics and Russia's violation of weapons treaties
  • Why arms treaties historically favored Russia/USSR
  • Chinese pursuit of a "space control capacity"
  • Increasingly political nature of the Congressional intelligence committees, and the Senate Intel Democratic Staff's report on enhanced interrogation techniques
  • Concerns about the legal closeness of enhanced interrogation to torture

CHARLES BROOKS, Vice President and Client Executive for the Department of Homeland Security at Xerox:

  • Cyber-security's status as one of the most pressing concerns for the federal government, and DHS especially
  • An overview of the newly discovered Heartbleed bug and various other forms of vulnerabilities that exist within cyberspace
  • The soft target nature of social network sites and the steps that one can take to harden their personal information against cyber-attacks

CLARE LOPEZ, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Brandeis University's rescinding of an honorary doctorate invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent critic of Islam, after protests
  • NYPD's decision to disband its covert unit tasked with "human terrain mapping" in local mosques
  • The Islamic Society of North America's "Safe Spaces Initiative," and understanding the historical use of mosques as centers of command and control for jihad
  • Problem with little to no mention of the Tsarnaev brothers or jihad on Boston Bombings anniversary

RORGER NORIEGA, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States:

  • U.N. report labeling Latin America as the most dangerous region in the world
  • Recent negotations in Colombia between the government and a regional narco-trafficking organization known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
  • The tie between widespread criminality and narco-trafficking to a regional increase in immigration to the United States
  • The latest dialogue in Venezuela between government offices and opposition representatives
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Andrew McCarthy, Mark Krikorian, Monica Crowley, Kevin Freeman

April 15th, 2014

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor and author of "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy"

  • 1-year anniversary of the Boston Bombing, and the intentional lack of references to the Tsarnaev brothers and jihad in the remembrance dialogue
  • Use of mosques and community centers as recruitment tools for Islamic supremacist ideology in the US 
  • New "safe spaces" initiative of Muslim American groups to confront surveillance in mosques
MARK KRIKORIAN, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies

  • Remarks on illegal immigration made by Jeb Bush, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate
  • The federal government's selective deportation policy enforcement 
  • The overall insecurity of the U.S.'s southern border

MONICA CROWLEY, author of "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?"

  • A reflection on the political landscape that led to the events in Ukraine 
  • Hilary Clinton's service as Secretary of State and the political repercussions of her foreign policy efforts with the Russian government 
  • The recent Russian MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) ICBM test launch 
KEVIN FREEMAN, author of "Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself Against the Coming Cyber-Econonmic Attack": 

  • Russian capabilities for crashing the US economy in retaliation for sanctions
  • Vulnerabilities created by America's reliance on the internet 
  • Vladimir Putin's intentions to get rid of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency
  • The means the US has to fight an economic war--fracking, hardening the grid, repatriating overseas corporate earnings
  • Heartbleed virus—who knew about it the last two years? 
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Jack Keane, Mario Loyola, Tom Popik, Gordon Chang

April 14th, 2014

With Jack Keane, Mario Loyola, Tom Popik, Gordon Chang

General JACK KEANE (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army:

*Implications of US action vs. inaction in Syria
* Possibility for safely training and arming the Syrian moderate rebel forces
*Proposed limited strikes against Syrian government infrastructure, as Assad keeps secret chemical weapons
*First stage of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine

MARIO LOYOLA, former Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the Gorge W. Bush Administration

*The USSR-era formation of Ukraine's present-day boundaries
*Geo-politcal and strategic implications of further Russian expansion
*Recommendations to forward-deploy American and NATO troops in eastern Ukraine and countries bordering Russia
*US's refusal to grant Iranian UN Ambassador a visa because of his involvement in terror activities.

TOM POPIK, founder of the Foundation for Resilient Societies

* Recent congressional hearing, "Keeping the Lights On: Are We Doing Enough to Ensure the Reliability and Security of the Electric Grid?"
* Merits of publicizing level of grid vulnerability
* FERC, NERC, and self-regulation of the electric utilities

GORDON CHANG, columnist at

*Recent visit by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to China, and the Chinese's disdain for his "kowtowing"
*US's diminishing focus on human rights in China
*The possible benefits of President Obama's upcoming Asia trip

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Bill Gertz, Tim Wilson, Roger Noriega, Cliff May

April 11th, 2014

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon, scrutinizes the Administration's Pivot to Asia policy. Gertz details that this policy has been largely reduced to rhetorical measures and exercises with regional allies, while neglecting any real signs of military force projection.

TIM WILSON, visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains how Iranian shipping patterns indicate that the easing of sanctions has allowed for a significant boost to its economy. Wilson contends that the level of economic prosperity in post-sanction relief Iran is far greater than what the State Department intended.

ROGER NORIEGA, former Ambassador to the Organization of American States, questions the validity of the talks between Venezuelan dissidents and the Maduro regime. Noriega also expresses support for the "Cuban Twitter" funded by USAID, which recently came under fire at a Congressional hearing.

President of Foundation for Defense of Democracies CLIFF MAY contends that Vladimir Putin is content with being a "19th century man," as Secretary John Kerry referred to him. May also establishes that Kerry's declaration that the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over will welcome hostile forces to the Western Hemisphere. Finally, May lays out why PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas does not necessarily have the authority to make a deal with Israel.

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Rep. Mike Kelly, Henry Nau, Bill Roggio, Fred Fleitz

April 10th, 2014

Congressman, MIKE KELLY (PA-3) contends that the U.N Arms Treaty threatens United States' sovereignty and dilutes American leverage on the international stage.

HENRY NAU, author of "Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman and Reagan," defines the term "conservative internationalism." Nau goes on to outline specific cases, notably Syria, in which the term can be usefully applied.

BILL ROGGIO, managing editor of the Long War Journal, reports on the Syrian civil war. He argues that the lack of moderate groups fighting in the country means U.S. support could have devastating consequences for the region.

Fred Fleitz, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, critiques a report regarding Bush-era enhanced interrogation programs conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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John Shimkus, Sam Page, Lou Barletta, Kris Kobach

April 9th, 2014

Former Army Lieutenant Colonel and, now, Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois details the implications of the relinquishment of U.S. administration of internet domains. Rep. Shimkus describes action taken by the House of Representatives to try to ensure due diligence and analysis of the risks involved in sharing such Net administrative responsibilities with unpredictable totalitarian state actors.

Secure Freedom Radio recorded at FAIR's "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" event today. Host Frank Gaffney spoke with guests about the efforts to combat illegal immigration at the local, state, and federal level:

Sheriff SAM PAGE of Rockingham County, NC speaks about the problems that law enforcement faces in confronting violent drug cartels.

Congressman LOU BARLETTA (PA-11) recounts the Congressional efforts to oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Kansas Secretary of State KRIS KOBACH reports on the status of a legal battle over how much identification state governments can require potential voters to provide to protect the integrity of elections.

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Claudia Rosett, Diana West, Andy McCarthy, Ted Bromund

April 8th, 2014

Journalist in Residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies CLAUDIA ROSETT runs through the international responses to Vladimir Putin's invasion of the Crimea. She highlights particularly the UN General Assembly's resolution condemning the invasion, which directly named Russia only once. Rosett also describes the effect the differences between US rhetoric and actions are having on China's military buildup.

DIANA WEST, author of "American Betrayal", examines Marxist sentiments found throughout the US. She argues that these feelings are a legacy of the US's failure to completely win the ideological battle of the Cold War.

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor, offers his insight into the possible ramifications of further U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict. He contends that this issue, in addition to the Russian-Ukraine conflict and the Israeli peace talks, comprise the top diplomatic failures of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

TED BROMUND, senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, details the fundamental vagueness of the United Nations when addressing human rights standards in its Arms Trade Treaty. He further explains how this language may preclude future U.S. policies towards Israel and Taiwan.
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Pete Hoekstra, Joseph Humire, Catherine Herridge, Gordon Chang

April 7th, 2014

Former Congressman PETE HOEKSTRA addresses the Administration's policies for relinquishing US leadership in the areas of space, weapons and technology.

JOSEPH HUMIRE, author of the upcoming book "Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America," describes foreign influence in Venezuela. In particular, he looks at the benefits Iran and Cuba get from supporting the Maduro regime, and the increasing militarization of Venezuelan "colectivo" groups. 

CATHERINE HERRIDGE, Chief Intelligence Correspondent for Fox News, critiques Mike Morell's "Benghazi talking points" testimony from last week's hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.

Contending that U.S. China policies are rooted in misapprehensions, GORDON CHANG, of and World Affairs Journal, outlines the unprecedented U.S. disclosure of sensitive information to the Chinese.

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