SHAUN WATERMAN, of the Washington Times, talks about NSA data collection and its legality. He also looks at Edward Snowden’s escape to Hong Kong as well as talks about the former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his choice to leak government documents.
GORDON CHANG of Forbes.com, shows what can be learned about the recent US-China summit in California based on what was and was not said regarding it. Namely, that the South China Sea and cyberwarfare were not topics of conversation.
DEAN CHENG, of the Heritage Foundation, discusses the recent “shirtsleeves” US-China summit and looks at the recent Chinese assertion over the South China Sea, Chinese hacking, and the Chinese government’s relationship with its' military.
TULIN DALOGLU, of Turkish Al-Monitor.com, joins Frank for a candid discussion on events that have unfolded in Turkey and what direction these protests are moving the country in.
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CONGRESSMAN ROB WITTMAN, Representative of 1st Congressional District of Virgina, uncovers some of the problems the United States Military and National Security faces at the present time and in the future with looming defense cuts.
RICHARD FISHER of International Assessment and Strategy Center explains why China’s military buildup is contradicting it’s traditional claim that it has a “nuclear doctrine of no first use.”
ANDY MCCARTHY, author of Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, gives an overview of some of the today’s most talked about topics including; The Boston Bombers, Guantanamo Bay, and Sharia Law.
SHAUN WATERMAN of the Washington Times brings detailed clarity to what we know about the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi in the run-up to tomorrow’s hearings on the Hill.
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The courts are being used to insinuate Sharia into American courts. A Muslim judge in an American court of law dismissed a case that involved a Muslim citizen choking a non-Muslim citizen in Pennsylvania for wearing a Muhammad costume. The judge said “the First Amendment does not allow a person to piss off another person or culture.” Doesn’t the First Amendment allow citizens to wear whatever clothing they want? Assault is assault no matter what the reasoning is and the American Constitution gives us the right to piss off whoever we want because we have freedom of speech. Our own society is under attack from Sharia law and Fred Grandy explains what needs to be done to protect our citizens and our Constitution from this un-American law.
Are our chemical plants as secure as they ought to be? Americans would like to think so because we know that chemical plants are a high-value-target for terrorists. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security has not been doing their part in helping to secure these facilities. In 2005, Congress ordered DHS to increase security of these facilities, and since then DHS has not approved any security measure provided to them by a chemical plant. DHS has claimed that preparations are under way but yet no actual step towards implementation has been taken. There are 4,000 high risk plants in the US, are any of them safe from a terrorist attack? Washington Times reporter, Shaun Waterman, has dug into this disgraceful lapse in protocol.
Which is worse, the devil you know or the one you don’t? This is the problem we are facing in Syria. Should America support the rebels or stay out of the righting and possibly allow Assad to remain in power? Walid Phares explains that the rebels are a mix of other groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and once Assad is out those groups will start trying to vie for power and as of right now the Muslim Brotherhood is the strongest and best organized of these groups therefore it is most likely that they will come to power just like they did in Egypt.
Why would North Korea even think of dismantling their nuclear weapons? Their military is small and not well trained or equipped; the only thing keeping this Communist regime in power is their control over a nuclear arsenal. Iran is definitely taking notice of this and it is this very reason that they are working so hard to develop their nuclear technology. If all else fails, a nuclear weapon is a strong deterrent and the North Koreans know this and that is why these talks about their nuclear weapons is nothing more than a waste of time and is just for show. How is the Taliban reacting to President Obama’s repeated apologies to the Afghan government? It is American troops that are being killed, yet he apologizes for honest mistakes that our troops make, Bill Gertz tells us what’s wrong with that picture.
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What does the death of Osama bin Laden mean for politics here in the United States and for our relations abroad? Author John Weisman begins today’s show by discussing his new novel, “Kill Bin Laden: A Novel Based on True Events”. Weisman combines fiction and hard evidence to create a story that delves into the process which resulted in bin Laden’s death while providing an emotional account that will win the hearts of readers. Weisman made sure he was cleared to use the information from the operation’s official manuscript. This ensures no one who was involved will be endangered and avoids adding more spin to the story than the White House has already contributed.
Today’s show concludes with Bill Roggio, managing editor of The Long War Journal, who addresses how the bin Laden raid and subsequent discussions have affected our relationship with Pakistan and our overall ability to operate in the AfPak theater. Roggio believes this event has further eroded our relations with Pakistan and particularly our ability to gain valuable intelligence from the Pakistanis. The resulting Obama administration policies have been counterproductive, resulting in more collateral damage and negative Pakistani public opinion of the United States. We must reevaluate our relationship with Pakistan if we hope to continue successful operation in this theater.
Jim and Shaun Waterman of the Washington Times investigate the possibility of the Mexican drug cartels obtaining heavy weaponry in order to launch attacks on American buildings in Mexico City. Shaun explains that a federal informant in Chicago was approached by members of the Sinaloa Cartel in order to procure heavy weapons from American servicemen returning from Afghanistan which would be used to attack embassies, consulates and American businesses in Mexico City. Although this tactic is far-fetched because servicemen do not bring those types of weapons home, just the thought that this is something the cartels want to pursue is disturbing enough. Has the War on Drugs taken a new and more deadly turn? What are the prospects of the cartels teaming up with terrorists to form an “unholy alliance?”
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Could the U.S. be a victim of a cyber attack like that of Stuxnet? Should the U.S. pull support for the U.N. in light of recent developments within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization? Shaun Waterman of the Washington Times brings to light an ongoing development within the realm of cyber threats. Duqu, a variant of the Stuxnet worm that attacked the Iranian nuclear plant has already started to infect some computers in the Middle East and Asia and may even have inflected a system in the U.S. This worm embeds itself in a computer system and steals password and username information as well as copying all the data files. What would this mean for American security if such a virus infected American computers? Do we have a cure?
Next, Hannah Stuart from the Henry Jackson Society provides listeners with a strategic briefing on Turkey and the Arab Spring. What is the connection between the Syrian regime and the Turkish government? It seems that Turkey is protecting an opposition military, Free Syrian Army, and allowing them to run operations against the Assad regime from refugee camps on the border.
In segment three, Ambassador Yoram Ettinger educates listeners on the developments at the United Nations over the weekend in which UNESCO granted Palestine full membership in the organization. As a result, will the U.S. pull funding from the U.N. as it claimed it will?
Finally, regular guest Gordon Chang enlightens us on recent events in China. With growing unrest throughout the country, it seems that Communist leadership will have their hands full in the coming months. People are upset over economic, political and legal restrictions which are causing these protests to turn violent. On another note, the EU is looking at China to help with their financial woes and in turn China wants military hardware which ultimately comes from the U.S. Therefore America would indirectly be giving military technology to a country with growing military ambitions.
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Has traditional warfare that countries have been waging for thousands of years become obsolete in the face of the internet revolution? Instead of machine guns, combat vehicles, and enemy troops, our greatest threat now comes from malicious software designed to infiltrate our economic and defense networks. Shaun Waterman, an award-winning reporter for the Washington Times, joins Frank to discuss how these advance persistent threats, or malware, are being implemented by foreign intelligence services to steal valuable weapons systems from the US Department of Defense. Then, Secure Freedom Radio’s regular guest, Andy McCarthy shares with Frank his misgivings about the impact that Sharia apologists will have on the security of the United States. He also educates us on the severe consequences of the early release of top Muslim Brotherhood operative, Abdurahman Alamoudi. Although the military is considered one of the most respected institutions in today’s War on Terror, many troops are facing low moral due to the current budget cuts initiative forcing the best of the best out of our military. Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado’s 6th district, a former combatant in Operation Desert Storm, examines these issues and the other challenges the troops are facing due to the economic downturn. In the last segment, Gordon Chang talks to Frank about the recent visit by the Dalia Lama to the White House and the lack of true religious freedom in Communist China. Additionally, he discusses his fears of what an “All Weather Friendship” between China and Pakistan will mean for the United States.
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