Get Your Free E-book on Disaster Preparedness from Heritage’s James Carafano (This Week Only)

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You have greater odds of being hit by a meteor than being killed in a terrorist attack, Heritage Foundation national security expert James Carafano said yesterday on MSNBC. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the threat seriously.

Carafano’s new e-book, Surviving the End, explains basic steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from threats ranging from muggings to natural disasters to major terrorist strikes.

For this week only, the book is free to download from the PJTV store.

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Standing with France

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Writing on The Daily Signal, Heritage’s Mike Gonzalez explains why Americans are standing with France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre:

On Sept. 13, 2001, two days after 9/11, the Parisian daily Le Monde published an editorial titled Nous sommes tous Américains, “We Are All Americans” in the language of Moliere. It shocked many, not least Le Monde’s legions of readers.

“How can we not feel, as we have in the gravest moments of our history, but profoundly in solidarity with this people and this country, the United States, with whom we are so close and to whom we owe our liberty, and therefore our solidarity,” wrote the long-time editor of Le Monde, Jean-Marie Colombani.

It was an extraordinary event, not least because Le Monde is a leftist publication not exactly known for pro-American affectations. Colombani’s mention of the U.S. role in liberating France from Hitler’s grip was stunning. There are many grateful Frenchmen who remember the GIs, but they are usually in places like Normandy and the Ardennes, just not in the Left Bank of Paris.

It is in this vein that many Americans are reacting today to the carnage in eastern Paris, where two gunmen invaded the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and wounding many others.

The crime has all the look of a terrorist Islamic attack, as Charlie Hebdo delights in ridiculing all religions, including Islam. But the reason many Americans today are feeling that Nous sommes tous Francais runs deeper than mere alliance in the war on terror. Republican fellow feelings and memories of LaFayette and Rochambeau are suddenly awakened even in the most recalcitrant New England Yankee.

The good feelings that followed 9/11 in Paris were quickly dissipated and France soon went back to being “a prickly ally”, in Henry Kissinger’s description. Colombani got a ton of letters from irate socialist readers who pretty much who pretty much said, “I am definitely not an American.”

Likewise, here we will soon go back to our uneasy relationship with France. Just not today. Today is the day to remember and honor Alexis de Toqueville, the Frenchman who understood us better than many Americans.

Video: ‘The Free World Is at War Against a Vicious Enemy’


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The free world needs “robust leadership” to counter terrorists like those who brutally attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, Heritage’s Nile Gardiner told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

“This is a war really for the survival of our civilization against vicious individuals who seek our destruction,” said Gardiner, who directs Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. “We simply cannot give into these individuals.”

This is a battle for our God-given rights of life and liberty. That’s why every leader in the West needs to join forces to fight against the usurpation of these rights.

“There is no doubt about it,” he explained. “We are at war against militant Islamists who seek our destruction and the destruction of everything that we stand for.

Do you think the Obama administration is offering the “robust leadership” we need to fight the radical Islamists?

The Terrorist Organization That Is More Dangerous Than ISIS Has Its Sights on the U.S.


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Al-Qaeda members in Syria. (Photo: Newscom)

Many Americans know very little about the terrorist group Khorasan, which U.S. intelligence leadership is portraying as a much more dangerous threat to our homeland than ISIS.

Heritage Foundation expert James Phillips tells us what we need to know about this group:

  • Khorasan is a group of the most trusted and battle-hardened Al-Qaeda operatives. They are numbered in the dozens and are under the direct command of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of Al-Qaeda.
  • They were sent from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria with the main goal of recruiting rebel fighters who hold Western passports.  Their purpose is not to attack Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime, but the American homeland and other western targets.
  • Khorasan fighters include some of the most sophisticated bomb-makers and terrorist masterminds wanted by the U.S. government.
  • Al-Qaeda is worried about ISIS stealing the spotlight and unseating them as the leader of the global Islamist insurgency.  A massive terrorist attack on American soil would go a long way in helping Al-Qaeda regain the popularity it has lost in the years since Osama bin Laden’s death.

To combat Khorasan, Phillips urges Washington to “stop treating the al-Qaeda threat as primarily a law enforcement problem, and adopt a comprehensive political, military, and ideological program for defeating al-Qaeda’s global insurgency.”

You can read more from James Phillips on Khorasan here and here.

What do you think should be done to curb this threat?

More Passengers Are Flying TSA-Free, and That’s a Good Thing

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TSA personnel are being replaced by private sector employees at airports across America. Photo: Getty Images

Orlando’s Sanford International Airport just became the 19th airport in America to employ a private company to run its day-to-day security operations, replacing Transportation Security Administration agents.

At these 19 airports, the TSA still oversees all screening operations and provides regulations that are standardized across the country. But more and more airports around the country are finding that they can improve security, lower costs, and provide better customer service by replacing unionized TSA personnel.

“The TSA should do more to get out of the personnel management game and return its focus to overseeing security at U.S. airports,” The Heritage Foundation’s David Inserra argues.

Do you think the TSA should get out of the screening business?

Defeating ISIS Requires a Strategy. Congressional Approval Would Help Too.


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The Obama administration needs to develop a comprehensive coordinated strategy for defeating ISIS terrorists. Congress must closely analyze whether ISIS, as a legal matter, falls under the 2001 AUMF (authorization for use of military force) given the historical ties between ISIS and al Qaeda.  And if ISIS does not fall under the 2001 AUMF then Congress and the administration must craft an ISIS-specific authorization for use of military force, Heritage Foundation expert Cully Stimson writes in a new report.

The administration “must develop a comprehensive, overarching strategy to confront and ultimately defeat this enemy,” Stimson argues. “Working with our partners and allies and the countries in the region that are most affected by ISIS, the United States must do what it traditionally has done: lead.”

He continues:

The vibrant debate among legal scholars regarding the domestic and international law basis for U.S. military action against ISIS is partly due to the fact that the Administration has yet to provide the public with a clear, comprehensive legal analysis of its power to use military force against ISIS. As a general principle, when a President puts our troops in harm’s way for a sustained period of time, it is advisable for him to propose, consult with, and obtain express authorization from Congress. That consultation and debate should be public, not buried in a continuing resolution or other must-pass legislation. Sending our troops into war requires a sober, deliberate debate that is not influenced by electoral politics.

Do you think the administration needs explicit authorization from Congress to fight ISIS?

How ISIS Makes $100 Million Every Month from Oil


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ISIS’s control of oil fields in Iraq and Syria is making it difficult for those countries to work with the United States to “degrade and ultimately destroy”  ISIS. Not only does their grip on oil production affect U.S. strategy, the brutal terrorist organization uses that oil wealth to help finance its terror operations.

And the profit margin isn’t small. The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness writes:

According to the Iraq Energy Institute, an independent, nonprofit policy organization focused on Iraq’s energy sector, the army of radical Islamists controls production of 30,000 barrels of oil a day in Iraq and 50,000 barrels in Syria.

By selling the oil on the black market at a discounted price of $40 per barrel (compared to about $93 per barrel in the free market), ISIS takes in $3.2 million a day.

This amounts to nearly $100 million each month allowing ISIS to, as Heritage expert James Phillips explains, have a “solid economic base that sustains its continued expansion.” In order to succeed in destroying ISIS, the U.S. and its allies need to work “intently on cutting the oil revenues that make up a large portion of that funding,” Phillips concludes.

Do you think the President Obama’s top priority in stopping ISIS should be to cut its cash flow from the oil production?

Remembering September 11 and our American Heritage

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Over the last couple weeks, millions of incoming freshmen students have stepped foot into university classrooms for the first time. It’s hard to imagine that just 13 years ago in the fall of 2001 these same young people were just beginning elementary school. For many of them, 9/11 is nothing more than a vague memory, yet it would be hard to overstate the impact this event had on their most formative years.

These children don’t remember a world without Osama Bin Laden or al-Qaeda – a world without the hateful threat of terrorism floating darkly over their heads. They grew up during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and said goodbye as their older siblings went off to war. They came of age in a time of severe economic recession and watched as their fathers and mothers struggled to find work.

But despite having every reason to doubt our capabilities, to be wary of our enemies and to throw up their hands and settle for less, the youth of today are determined to build a strong, rich, independent America. They know that the American capacity for hard-work will keep this land prosperous. They know that the fierce independence that burns in our hearts will keep it free. And most importantly, they know and can rest assured that at its core America was founded on an idea that this is a land of liberty where every man can make for himself and his family the life they desire. One of our experts, Matthew Spalding, wrote:

Every nation derives meaning and purpose from some unifying quality—an ethnic character, a common religion, a shared history. The United States is different. America was founded at a particular time, by a particular people, on the basis of particular principles about man, liberty, and constitutional government.

Today the aptly named Freedom Tower in New York City stands 1,776 feet tall – a visual monument to our ability to pick ourselves up and struggle for even greater heights. Americans have shown over and over again that we will never give up and never surrender and certainly never cease striving to preserve our heritage of liberty. We truly are an exceptional country.

May God always bless America.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum opened May 21 to the public in New York City.

No Easy Fixes in Iraq, But Action Is Necessary Nonetheless

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Iraq is a mess. Caught between sectarian friction and open conflict with ISIS, Iraq is in need of serious support. But how can the U.S. help? And how much of a threat is ISIS? What will be Iraq’s future?

At a recent Heritage Foundation event, these questions were specifically addressed. The event, moderated by Heritage fellow Peter Brookes, brought together some of the top experts on military affairs and the Middle East, including Heritage’s Steve Bucci, Stephen J. Hadley, and Mary Habeck. Continue Reading »

How Heritage Is Leading the Way on Ukraine, Israel, and Illegal Immigration

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President Obama’s misguided leadership on the world stage is taking a very real toll. And the Heritage Foundation is educating lawmakers and the American people on the facts.

Just yesterday, Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down by a missile over Eastern Ukraine. The White House suspects that Russian rebels–supplied by Vladimir Putin’s government despite the administration’s “reset”–shot down the plane. To help guide the debate over next steps, Heritage experts posted an analysis of the events and what may have caused them on The Daily Signal. Heritage’s Peter Brookes discussed the outrageous incident on CNBC, and other experts are scheduled to appear this weekend on other national TV outlets.

In Israel, Hamas militants have launched another series of indiscriminate missile attacks on Israeli civilians. Israel has responded with targeted attacks on Hamas militants. Heritage’s Steve Bucci explains the moral difference between Hamas and Israel. Michaela Dodge answers your questions about the Iron Dome program that defends Israel from Hamas rockets. And James Phillips warns that “the eruption of the third Gaza war since 2008 is yet another manifestation of the growing threat posed by Islamist militants within an increasingly unstable Middle East. “

Closer to home, our borders are being assaulted by illegal immigrants. The most recent wave of young people from Latin America appears directly inspired by President Obama’s unilateral promise of amnesty to minors. Immigration is one of The Heritage Foundation’s priority issues, and experts have been working to expose the flaws in the administration’s plans and to propose a conservative alternative that secures the border and upholds the rule of law.

Heritage Vice President James Carafano points out that only Heritage is able to provide this kind of in-depth analysis on so many issues at once. “No other think tank is handling all these issues at the depth we are on the Hill and the media all at the same time,” he said.

Do you think these policy events can be linked to the Obama administration’s policies?

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