Archive for the 'National Security / Intelligence' Category

Senator Daniel Inouye – Did They Break the Mold?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought”

The late Senator Daniel Inouye (D), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and President Pro Tempore (third in the line of succession to the presidency) was the most effective architect-ever of mutually-beneficial US-Israel strategic cooperation. He was a tenacious defender of the US Constitution and the role of the legislature as a co-determining, co-equal branch of government; a humble American patriot and a realist who rejected wishful-thinking in the interest of advancing US national security.


Accusations Fly in Continued Benghazi-Gate Scandal

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

As facts about the September 11th attack on the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya continue to unravel at a furious pace, scathing accusations of culpability are being hurled by both prominent Republican leaders and Democrats regarding exactly who is at fault for the heinous murders of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American personnel.

On Sunday morning, October 14th, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) leveled conspiracy charges against the White House for attempting to cover up the attack. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Senator Graham said he knows for a fact the administration was told within 24 hours of the incident it was carried out by al-Qaeda operatives.


Iran – the Greatest Threat to Western Civilization

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

From the ClarionFund and Middle East Forum:

Ahmadinejad has been perfectly clear about his intentions for the West. Now, on the verge of attaining nuclear capacity, Iran will only need one small nuclear bomb to wipe out the entire power grid of the United States of America.

How much do you know about the greatest threat to Western civilization, today?

Watch now:


U.S. Security Commitments – Intentional Ambiguity

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

by Yoram Ettinger, “Israel Hayom”

US commitments to the security of Israel should enhance — not constrain — Israel’s independence of action. US commitments to the security of Israel should upgrade Israel’s role as a national security producer for the US — a major strategic ally. They should not relegate Israel to a national security-consumer — a client state.


A Disturbing Event: The American Conservative Union Embraces an Islamist

Monday, August 27th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

The conservative movement appears to be at a crossroads in its approach to the threat of Islamic supremacism—not only abroad but at home. Does the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as the dominant force of the “Arab Spring” bode ill for America? Or is the Brotherhood merely another “political actor” as the Obama administration would have us believe? Is Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, a potential security risk worth investigating, as Representative Michele Bachmann and four conservative congressmen have suggested? Or is the mere raising of this question a witch-hunt, as Senator John McCain and Speaker John Boehner and numerous Democrats maintain?


Iran Courts Latin America

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

by Ilan Berman*

In October 2011, U.S. attorney general Eric Holder and FBI director Robert Mueller revealed the thwarting of an elaborate plot by elements in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington at a posh D.C. eatery, utilizing members of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel.[1]

The foiled terrorist plot, with its Latin American connections, focused new attention on what had until then been a largely overlooked political phenomenon: the intrusion of the Islamic Republic of Iran into the Western Hemisphere. An examination of Tehran’s behavioral pattern in the region over the past several years reveals four distinct strategic objectives: loosening the U.S.-led international noose to prevent it from building nuclear weapons; obtaining vital resources for its nuclear project; creating informal networks for influence projection and sanctions evasion; and establishing a terror infrastructure that could target the U.S. homeland.


Spy vs. Spy, America vs. Israel

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

Israelis spying on Americans is in the news again: leaders of the Jewish state just petitioned for Jonathan Pollard’s release and the Associated Press reported with alarm that U.S. national security officials at times consider Israel to be “a genuine counterintelligence threat.” Its tone of breathless outrage suggests: How dare they! Who do they think they are?

Antonio Prohias drew the wordless “Spy vs. Spy” cartoon, a cold-war phenomenon, from 1961 to 1987.


Watch Israel Zotz Terrorists Without Harm to Civilians [VIDEO]

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Read about and watch below how efficiently the Israel Defense Forces coordinated and prevented a savage, murderous attack by terrorists against the Jewish State:

The terrorists who smashed into Israel at the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Sunday night managed to drive about a mile into Israel, and were traveling at 70 kilometers an hour along the road toward Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, before the Israeli Air Force was able to get a clear shot and blow up their armored vehicle without risk to civilian traffic on the road or nearby. …

Initial army investigations of the incident described a coordinated defensive response to the attempted terrorist attack involving the IDF’s ground, armored, and air forces. …


The Migrant’s Prerogative

Monday, August 6th, 2012

By John Wahala,

Peter Sutherland, the UN’s Special Representative for Migration and Development, recently argued that “at the most basic level individuals should have a freedom of choice” as to where they wish to live. To this end, he wants the European Union to “do its best to undermine” the sense of homogeneity held by the citizens of its member states so that a global approach will be adopted on immigration.


Anarchy Surrounds Israel

Friday, July 20th, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

Of Israel’s neighbors, Lebanon always stood out by virtue of its weak central government, but for the first twenty years, 1948-68, this did not present difficulties to Israel; only when the Palestinians created a state-within-a-state there did its anarchy became a major challenge to the Jewish state, as symbolized by the Beirut airport raid of December 1968. Many skirmishes followed as well as two wars (those of 1982 and 2006). Lebanon remains anarchic and the home base for Hezbollah; it could well be a future Arab-Israeli battlefield.


Philadelphia and the Burqa Bandits

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

by David J. Rusin*

Some scoff at the idea that face-covering Islamic veils endanger public safety in any Western nation, let alone the United States, but Philadelphians do not have the luxury of blissful ignorance. As recent events highlight, their city has become the American epicenter of robberies and murders carried out by criminals disguised as fundamentalist Muslim women. Several factors help explain Philadelphia’s place at the forefront of this trend. Will other U.S. cities be next?


Voices lifted in prayer for Jonathan Pollard

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

On Monday evening June 4th, over 500 people gathered for an inspiring evening of “prayer and chizuk” at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates near New York City as their collective voices were lifted to G-d for the redemption of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the US Navy intelligence analyst who has been imprisoned for 27 years on charges stemming from the passage of classified information to Israel.

Sponsored by Young Israel of Jamaica Estates members Jacques Rothschild and Dr. Joseph Frager, the evening served as precursor for the upcoming presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israeli President Shimon Peres by President Barack Obama. The publicity flyer for the event stated, “Let us seize the moment to join in prayer to beseech the Almighty to strengthen the hands of President Peres in pursuing justice for Jonathan Pollard.”


Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps: Terrorist Organization

Friday, February 17th, 2012

By John Thompson and Sara Akrami*

Canada has a fairly tough and effective set of anti-terrorism laws, provided that a terrorist belongs to an entity listed by the Canadian government to which these laws are deliberately applied. Canada has listed al Qaeda and Hezbollah, among other Islamic groups. Putting the Tamil Tigers on the list in 2006 helped bring an end to that group by making it impossible for them to continue to raise funds in Canada. When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979, its leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, formed an organization called the “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps” (IRGC). Its major goal is the protection of the Islamic system of Iran from uprisings and internal dissident, not the protection of the Iranian people. The IRGC also causes instability outside Iran. Given what is known about the IRGC, why aren’t they on the Canadian list of terrorist entities? The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps consist of:


Denying Islamists Federal Security Clearances

Monday, January 30th, 2012

by David J. Rusin*

Federal departments and agencies tasked with safeguarding the U.S. must first safeguard themselves against Islamist infiltration. Recent news items about Muslims having security clearances rejected or revoked suggest that at least some government entities are forgoing political correctness and taking this problem seriously. More need to follow suit, but the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is determined to make life difficult for them.


The Arab Uprisings’ Impact – Israeli Defense

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

by Efraim Inbar*

Although the wave of mass protests spreading through the Arabic-speaking countries may have begun to recede, it has left a wide-ranging impact on the region. Three authoritarian regimes have collapsed, and the rest are experiencing varying degrees of duress.

This emerging political and strategic landscape has major implications for Israeli national security. Regional turmoil has effectively ruled out a major advance in Arab-Israeli diplomacy, enabled Ankara and Tehran to expand their influence, continued the decline of U.S. influence, and emboldened extremists.