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In light of Secretary Hagel’s announcement to enhance missile defense for the first time under the Obama administration in response to the North Korean threat, the chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, RIKI ELLISON joins Frank for a detailed assessment of our current missile defense capability.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman STEPHEN K. BANNON discusses his promotion of diverse viewpoints on national security among the Uninvited conservatives at CPAC 2013.

Dr. EMMANUELE OTTOLENGHI of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies outlines the issues and consequences of engaging Iran without calculating for strategic surprise.

GORDON CHANG of covers the power change in China and their role in arming North Korea.

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With Fred Fleitz, Reza Khalili, Riki Ellison, and Dan Goure.

FRED FLEITZ of, discusses the newly-surfaced Chuck Hagel speech in which he is said to have claimed that the "State Department is controlled by the Israelis."

REZA KHALILI, a former CIA agent in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, talks about the relationship between Iran and North Korea, and how they are working together on nuclear technology.

RIKI ELLISON, founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, explains the implications of the successful "launch on remote" targeting of a missile using Space Tracking Surveillance System-Demonstrators (STSS-D) satellites.

DAN GOURE, vice president of the Lexington Institute, discusses the way in which various government agencies are accepting the inevitable and finally beginning to prepare for sequestration.

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Is North Korea’s failed missile launch more devastating to regional stability than if the test had succeeded? According to Riki Eillison, North Korea will learn more about their systems because of that failure and will be able to not just fix the problems but also enhance the parts that did work. What will happen to the next missile that North Korea tests?

Is the government of North Sudan teetering on collapse? Andrew Natsios explains how the rebels in the Nuba Mountains are posing a real roadblock to the North’s Islamist government. How far will the North go to gain the upper hand?

Why is the Obama Administration courting the Muslim Brotherhood? Walid Phares sees this courtship as serving no purpose other than giving the Muslim Brotherhood legitimacy in Egypt and the Western world. The Muslim Brotherhood is slowly and methodically putting the pieces together in Egypt in order to solidify their power.

Who is more dangerous, North Korea or China? Gordon Chang explains the weakness in the Chinese economy, which could make them more dangerous than North Korea. Are North Korea’s actions detrimental to China or is the communist regime supporting these provocations?

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The DREAM Act was established to provide citizenship to people who came to the United States at a certain age, mostly younger ages, stayed a certain period of time and have either received a college education or provided military service. The problem today though, is that people are applying this act to a wide range of illegal immigrants not just the ones it was designed to benefit. Also, shouldn’t our armed forces be compromised of American citizens and not illegal immigrants who are just serving because they have a hidden agenda? Mark Krikorian also explains the E-Verify program, which is a database at employer’s disposal that allows them to screen out illegal immigrants who may have forged their application; problem is Congress is sitting on legislation that would make this voluntary program mandatory. Finally, has naming our naval ships become less of an honor and more politicized?

In order for the Senate to approve the new START Treaty, President Obama had to make certain promises about our nuclear deterrent; so far he has walked away from those promises. Rep. Mike Turner and his colleagues are working on legislation that would force Obama to stand by the promises he made to the Senate and the American people. America has not adequately taken care of its nuclear arsenal; we have not upgraded the technology or modernized the infrastructure that supports the weapons. In order to be a nuclear power we must have a creditable deterrent, not something that is based on decades old technology or hasn’t been tested in over 20 years. It is unbelievable that the president is even considering reducing our nuclear arsenal by 80%; we are the only country that is reducing its nuclear weapons program. Our missile defense shield is the only system that can protect America from an Iranian or North Korean attack and Obama has continually cut that capability.

Riki Eillison educates us on the Israeli “Iron Dome” system that protects civilians from incoming missile attacks. This past week, it withstood over 200 rocket launches with only two scratches and no heavy damage or civilian death. The system detects and intercepts rockets with its own rockets and only targets the ones heading for civilian regions. The US has a three-prong missile shield, first is the GBI (Ground Based Interceptors) that protects homeland America from North Korea or Iran. The second is comprised of 15 battalions of Patriot systems and 23 Aegis ships, which protect our armed forces worldwide.

Finally, there is the European shield, which protects our European allies from an Iranian attack. Obama has clearly stated that his priorities are to protect the homeland, our forces then our allies yet he gives more money to protect our allies than he does our homeland. Europe doesn’t even contribute o this shield, yet they benefit from it and the American people wont stand for it much longer. Obama has also cut the sea based X-Band radar system, which puts a huge hole in America’s missile defense shield. This system has cost the taxpayers $1.5 billion but it is now being used less and less. The president has tested fewer systems in the past three years than under the entire Bush administration.

Is America still a major player in Afghanistan? Are our enemies becoming emboldened by the idea of an American withdrawal? Al-Qaeda and the Taliban will use American withdrawal as a victory and a recruiting tool; Obama does not want to win in, he just wants to leave. Obama is ignoring the fact that America is facing real threats and therefore hollowing out the military is a good idea. Jim Hanson explains that Obama feels any future problems can be solved with the use of SpecOps yet they shouldn’t be used in place of a strong conventional military deterrent.

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Riki Ellison explains the recent successful test of an Israeli missile that will help them to defend themselves against Iranian aggression. America needs to make sure there is enough money in the defense budget to ensure defensive and offensive missile capabilities as well as funding for Israel to increase their missile capabilities that are needed to defend their homeland. Are our current and future missile defense systems being adequately funded? Are we providing our greatest ally in the Middle East with the proper funding needed to defend its own territory?
Venezuela’s political opposition overcame years of division on Sunday as 3 million voters turned out in an impressive show of strength to choose a single candidate to take on President Hugo Chávez, in what is shaping up to be a bruising and potentially tight election campaign.
Roger Noriega provides us with his analysis of the Venezuelan primary elections. Even with a unified opposition behind Mr. Capriles, the opposition faces the steepest of uphill climbs running. He still enjoys strong support from important constituencies including the poor and employees of the government and state-owned companies who may feel that their jobs depend on Mr. Chávez remaining president.
Adm. William H. McRaven, who is in charge of Special Operations Command, is pushing for a larger role for his elite units. The plan would give him more autonomy to position his forces and their war-fighting equipment where intelligence and global events indicate they are most needed. It would also allow the Special Operations forces to expand their presence in regions where they have not operated in large numbers for the past decade, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Will the Pentagon grant the authority that Admiral McRaven is requesting? Eric Schmitt joins us today and provides his analysis as a senior writer on terrorism and national security for The New York Times.
Is the international police agency INTERPOL now enforcing Sharia blasphemy laws? Will this lead to countries such as Saudi Arabia using INTERPOL to round up critics of Islam from around the world? Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy gives his take on the arrest of Hamza Kashgari in Malaysia and his expedited extradition to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Kashgari’s crime was his “inappropriate” tweets about the Prophet that caused the Saudi government to issue an arrest warrant under their blasphemy law. Could Americans be subjected to these types of warrants even though America does not practice blasphemy laws?
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As the United States turns increasingly to Special Operations forces to confront developing threats scattered around the world, the nation’s top Special Operations officer, a member of the Navy Seals who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is seeking new authority to move his forces faster and outside of normal Pentagon deployment channels.

Sharia's Police?

Over the weekend, a drama with potentially horrific consequences for freedom-loving Americans played out half-a-world away. A Saudi newspaper columnist named Hamza Kashgariwas detained in Malaysia, reportedly on the basis of an alert by Interpol. “This arrest was part of anInterpol operation which the Malaysian policewere a part of,” Reuters quotes a Malaysian police spokesman as saying. The alert apparently was mounted in response to a “red notice” (or request for help apprehending an individual) issued by Saudi ArabiaMr. Kashgari was then sent back to Saudi Arabia, where he faces almost certain death.

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In the encompassing debt crisis, will Republicans be able to avoid the impulse to cut defense? Bill Gertz, columnist for the Washington Times, comments on the changing of the guard at the Pentagon and CIA, in which he is unsure if Leon Panetta, who lacks defense background, will have the resolve to keep his promise that there will be “no hollow force on my watch.” Next, Congressman Trent Franks, of Arizona’s second district and member of the House Armed Services Committee, joins Frank to discuss the astonishing decision for the U.S. to resume contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, and explains why “this administration gets it so wrong.” Franks also informs on the Electromagnetic Pulse threat, and how he has introduced the Shield Act to prevent it. Then, Caroline Glick, of the Jerusalem Post, adds her perspective on the Muslim Brotherhood, and updates the situation with a second flotilla soon to be approaching Israel. Glick, also discusses Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton and wife of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner, and her little known but strong family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood organization. Finally, Riki Ellison, founder of Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, talks about Iran’s launching of ballistic missiles and the changes needed in the missile defense budget to deter Iran and defend the Eastern border of the U.S.

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There are many aspects to defense and today’s show covers a variety of defense related issues. The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance’s Riki Ellison looks at the effectiveness of the “Iron Dome” program in Israel which acts as a deterrent to incoming missile attacks. The policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is another issue plaguing the defense community and Elaine Donnelly from the Center for Military Readiness sheds light on the recent Congressional hearings.  How does China holding American debt impact our defense? Gordon Chang gives an economics lesson which fully explains the situation in Asia.

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On this special Presidents Day edition of Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney, Frank and Riki Ellison discuss missile defense. Then, former Congressman Pete Hoekstra discusses what is happening with the American intelligence community. Finally, Gordon Chang enlightens us on the fact that Chinese companies are trying to buy American technologies.

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