Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

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Clare Lopez, Jim Hanson, Diana West, Fred Fleitz

August 27th, 2014

CLARE LOPEZ, former CIA operations officer:

  • The importance of emphasizing the threat posed by Islamic jihad and shariah, and not simply individual terrorist groups
  • Risks from the ease with which Westerners waging jihad overseas can reenter their countries of origin
  • Saudi King Abdullah's warning against “Inter-Islamic Civil Strife,” which failed to address radical Islam

JIM HANSON, Former U.S. Special Operations Technical Weapons Sergeant:

  • Should Task Force Black be turned loose against ISIS?
  • A call for the U.S. to declare war on all practitioners of violent jihad and extremism
  • Official government statements about a botched special-ops mission to rescue American journalist, James Foley

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

  • What is the core issue in addressing the proliferation of radical Islam?
  • Evidence that there is an erosion of Western values and institutions taking place
  • A look back at Soviet-Nazi collaboration and aggression in WWII

FRED FLEITZ, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • The capture of several Russian soldiers within Ukraine
  • Prospects for peace after the latest Gaza-Israel ceasefire
  • Presidential circumvention of congressional oversight to push a climate change agenda
  • Appropriate measures for effectively containing the Islamic State
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Lt Gen. Jerry Boykin, Erick Stakelbeck, Andy McCarthy, David Satter

August 26th, 2014

Lt. Gen JERRY BOYKIN (retired), former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence:

  • How threatening is the Islamic State to the United States?
  • Appropriate ways to intervene in Iraq
  • Evidence that the border crisis is enabling jihadist infiltration of the U.S.

ERICK STAKELBECK, Terrorism Analyst for CBN News

  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s connection to global jihad
  • Strained relations between the United States and Israel
  • An intervention against Islamist targets in Libya launched by an Arab coalition

ANDY MCCARTHY, author of “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment”:

  • Problems with the media imagining ideological differences between groups such as Al Qaeda, the Al-Nusra Front, and ISIS
  • Does President Obama’s approach to counterterrorism resemble the U.S.’s pre-9/11 strategy?
  • Eric Holder and the Justice Department’s showcase of domestic policy in Ferguson, Missouri

DAVID SATTER, former Moscow correspondent and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute:

  • Purported Russian humanitarian aid bound for Eastern Ukraine
  • Is Putin’s potential land grab in Ukraine to be used as a pretense for domestic repression?
  • A summit meeting between Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and Kazak and Belorussian leaders
  • Likelihood that Russia would dare use force against a NATO-member state
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Gordon Chang, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, Amb. Eric Edelman, and Roger Noriega

August 25th, 2014

GORDON CHANG, author of "The Coming Collapse of China":

  • Erratic behavior from Chinese pilots leading to close encounters with U.S. military aircraft
  • President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream"
  • Evidence that North Korea is developing a long-range nuclear missile

RALPH PETERS, Army Lt. Col (retired) and Fox News Analyst:

  • The scope and intensity of the U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State
  • Ways to address conflict hotspots that serve as strategic vacuums for jihadist campaigns
  • Understanding the wider dimension of malfeasance in the Middle East giving rise to extremists

Amb. ERIC EDELMAN, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Finland:

  • The nature of the Turkish relationship with the Islamic State
  • Uncertainty about Turkey's future standing as a NATO member and a trusted U.S. ally
  • Recent findings of the National Defense Panel's review of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, in regards to U.S. military preparedness

ROGER NORIEGA, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs:

  • Political abuse of the national security crisis at the U.S.'s southern border
  • President Obama's rhetoric and the "pull-factor" bringing illegal migrants into the country
  • Sale of petroleum company Citgo by a financially desperate Venezuelan government
  • Brazil's upcoming presidential elections
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Michael Widlanski

August 22nd, 2014

MICHAEL WIDLANSKI, author of “Battle For Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat”

Segment One:

  • American foreign policy’s history of disbelieving the promises of enemies because they seem so outlandish—Nazism, Communism, and now Islamism
  • Dangers from the competing brands of radical Islam that have no regard for other religions or people they deem “less Muslim” or the “wrong type” of Muslim

Segment Two:

  • Israel’s history of success when ignoring advice to leave Islamist terror groups alone
  • What is Hezbollah?
  • Information campaigns promoting the watered-down teaching of Arabic and Islamist history in many of the top US universities

Segment Three:

  • Trouble for the Saudi state as it confronts jihad closer to home
  • Dangers of the Obama Administration believing that the Muslim Brotherhood is the key to stopping Al Qaeda
  • Attempts by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to focus the Muslim Brotherhood’s jihad aspirations away from those countries by bankrolling it

Segment Four:

  • Obama’s historical severe treatment of Israel, and close relationship with Turkish Prime Minister (and now President-elect) Erdogan
  • Israeli perspectives on where the US-Israel relationship stands
  • Israeli and Jewish-American thoughts on Israel’s security and right to self-defense
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Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

August 21st, 2014

PETER PRY, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security:

Segment One:

  • Details of the EMP threat: what it is, where it could come from, and why recovering from a widespread blackout would be devastatingly slow

Segment Two:

  • Lessons learned from a highly organized and well-equipped assault on a California electric transformer last year
  • How cyber hacking can cause the physical destruction of power grid components
  • Natural occurring threats to the grid

Segment Three

  • Looking at the societal and infrastructural breakdown after Hurricane Katrina as a microcosm of what would happen if the grid went down long-term

Segment Four

  • North Korea’s EMP dry-run over the DC-NYC air corridor
  • US Military’s success in protecting its grid infrastructure
  • Problems with Congress and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation holding up efforts to protect America’s grid
  • Success stories in enacting legislative change
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Bill Roggio

August 20th, 2014

BILL ROGGIO, managing editor of the Long War Journal:

Segment One:

  • Why the divide between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State?
  • Policy reasons behind the Obama Administration’s hesitancy to see ISIS in the role it sees itself in

Segment Two:

  • A battle of strength between the Islamic State, the Iraqi Army, and the Peshmerga
  • Where is the Islamic State most likely to spread to next?

Segment Three:

  • Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s roles in the global jihadist movement
  • Iranian support for and cooperation with both Shia and Sunni jihadist terror groups
  • Jihadist connections in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria

Segment Four:

  • Hezbollah and Hamas’ reach into the Western Hemisphere
  • Civilization jihad in the US
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Ryan Mauro, Michael Auslin, John Schindler, Paul Roderick Gregory

August 19th, 2014

RYAN MAURO, National Security Analyst at the Clarion Project:

  • Discrepancies in public perception of Hamas and the Islamic State, despite their similar goal
  • Declining public approval of Hamas in Palestine

MICHAEL AUSLIN, Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute:

  • China's continued assertion of its hard power, making it the dominant player in East Asia
  • The inherent need for the U.S. to provide support to and ally with smaller Asian nations
  • The U.S. stance towards China: a difficult balance of security and economics

JOHN SCHINDLER, Former NSA Intelligence Analyst:

  • Revelations that Germany has been spying on allied nations
  • Edward Snowden and Julian Assange's questionable use to their host countries

PAUL RODERICK GREGORY, Fellow at the Hoover Institution:

  • Russia's purported humanitarian aid convoy to Eastern Ukraine
  • Putin’s miscalculating and dangerous Ukrainian policy
  • Did Russia intend to shoot down an Aeroflot as a pretext for invading Ukraine?
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Claudia Rosett, Maria Werlau, Gordon Chang, Bing West

August 18th, 2014

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

  • Is the UNWRA program encouraging malicious Hamas behavior?
  • The enormous U.N. relief effort essentially being transformed into an overly-generous entitlement program
  • Concerns that Hamas is using the cover of UNWRA facilities to launch rockets

MARIA WERLAU, Director of Cuba Archive:

  • The rekindling of the strategic relationship between Cuba and Russia
  • The future of the Castro totalitarian regime after the deaths of Fidel and Raul
  • Can Cuba still be accurately described as a communist country?
  • Thoughts on the reports of a recent USAID covert operation in Cuba

GORDON CHANG, author of "The Coming Collapse of China":

  • Pope Francis' attempts to have an open dialogue with the Chinese communist government
  • Is the Chinese regime creating its own state-based sect of Christianity?
  • Security concerns over Apple's move of its cloud-based data to servers in China

BING WEST, author of the upcoming book, "One Million Steps":

  • In Iraq, the war won by boots on the ground and the peace lost by politicians
  • America's fatal mistake of enabling Nouri al-Maliki's rise to power
  • Chances that CIA operators and U.S. Special Forces Advisors are covertly re-inserted into the Anbar Province
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Roger Zakheim, Dr. Jarno Limnell, Daniel McGroarty, and Bill Gertz

August 15th, 2014

ROGER ZAKHEIM, Former General Counsel of the House Armed Services Committee:

  • Unprecedented changes made in the most recent Quadrennial Defense Review
  • Findings of the National Defense Panel's critical review of the QDR
  • Ways to minimize the gap between the U.S. military's mission and resources
  • Bringing back the "peace through strength" doctrine to American foreign policy

Dr. JARNO LIMNELL, Director of Cybersecurity at McAfee, a product of Intel:

  • Understanding cyber threats as the biggest indicator of worldwide security
  • The international community's responsibility for the creation of proactive measures of cyber defense
  • Top three cyber threats facing the West today
  • Implications of the expected addition of cyber attacks to NATO's Article V

DANIEL McGROARTY, Founder and Executive Director of the American Resources Policy Network:

  • Globalization's impact on access to strategic metals
  • Titanium's critical use in civilian and military aircraft, and problems with the U.S.'s heavy reliance on Russia and other foreign sources for it
  • Ways to move the U.S. away from depending on China for 90% of its supply of rare earth metals

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • Yesterday's acknowledgment of Russian INF Treaty violations by a State Department official
  • Continuing efforts by the Obama Administration to move towards nuclear disarmament
  • Recent Chinese anti-satellite weapon development and ballistic missile testing
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Rep. (Lt. Col.) Allen West, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Paula DeSutter, and Yossi Hollander

August 14th, 2014

Rep. (Lt. Col.) ALLEN WEST, former US Congressman from Florida's 22nd Congressional District:

  • President Obama's working relationship with radical Islamist groups and organizations
  • The "Hillary Clinton Influence" on President Obama's first term
  • Recent Russian military incursions in close proximity to U.S. air space
  • Appointment of a German General as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Command in Europe

Rep. PETE HOEKSTRA, former US Congressman and Chair of the House Intelligence Committee:

  • Recent revelations about the CIA's spying on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers
  • CIA Director John Brennan's history of discounting the threat posed by radical Islam
  • Unification of terror organizations across the Middle East and Africa based on their common jihadist ideology
  • Controversial decision to allow Libyan nationals into the U.S. to study nuclear engineering and flight training

PAULA DeSUTTER, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation:

  • Details of Russia's violation of the INF treaty
  • Lengthy time lapse between when the Obama Administration found out about the violation and when NATO learned about it
  • Inherent risks of eroding America's nuclear deterrence

YOSSI HOLLANDER, Founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation:

  • The basis of America's oil dependence
  • Why the US needs true competition in the oil market
  • Alternative fuel sources and the impediments to their implementation
  • PUMP, an upcoming documentary on oil and alternative energy sources
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