America At Risk - In The News
All Americans are rejoicing this week upon the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed in a daring mission by a United States Special Forces team. It has been nearly ten years since the September 11th terrorist attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people on American soil, and justice has been served to its main architect. With Osama bin Laden in the throes of hell, the focus now turns to the next chapter of the War on Terror and our involvement in the Middle East.
Unfortunately, some may call for the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan and the scaling back of our footprint in the Middle East. America must remain vigilant and not lapse into a pre-September 11th mindset. We are at war with radical Islam, and though the killing of Osama bin Laden is a major victory in our ongoing War on Terror, it will not be the final battle. America and our allies must identify and fight radical Islam wherever it crops up. If we ever lose our focus and resolve, we risk repeating the same mistakes that led to September 11th.
Radical Islamists' main objective is to impose worldwide Sharia law, and they will not relent until that goal is met. Essentially, Sharia law is an ancient set of Islamic rules that commingles government and religion to the effect that government becomes the religion. Sharia is an extreme philosophy that is the antithesis of our cherished freedom of religion set forth in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Big Peace - A Day That Will Live In Infamy: 69 Years Ago and Today by David N. Bossie - 12/07/10
Today is the 69th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that led us into the Second World War. As we remember the day, there is much we can reflect on and learn from as it relates to the Global War on Terror. September 11th was our modern-day Pearl Harbor. Like the Japanese, Osama bin Laden thought the US was a paper tiger that would be easily crippled by a devastating sneak attack on our homeland. Both soon learned that they merely woke up a sleeping giant.
But now almost 10 years later, we seem to have lost our focus in the war with Islamic extremists. The film America at Risk hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, lays out the dangers still facing our country and brings to the forefront the poor execution of the War on Terror by the Obama Administration. Newt Gingrich observes in America at Risk, "During World War II, the American people understood the war, understood the enemy, and understood why victory was our goal."
Today, the Obama Administration won't tell the truth about the war we are fighting, they refuse to identify our enemy, and it is not clear that victory is their goal. Homeland Security Chief, Janet Napolitano, likes to categorize terrorist strikes as "man-caused disasters." President Obama has changed the name of the "War on Terror" to "Overseas Contingency Operations."
GINGRICH: That was actually cited in an article the other day. I wasn't making it up. But you know when we released "America at Risk" and we talked openly about the fact that there are radical Islamists you should have heard people screaming about it. Yet who was the young man in Portland who was trying to kill a lot of people last week? He happened to be a radical Islamist. Who are the people we've been arresting all over the country for the last two years? They're young males who happened to be oh, radical Islamists. You think you're going to get this attorney general or this president to be honest about the threat we face? And so they would rather harass all of us --
GINGRICH: -- so they can maintain liberal dignity than tell the truth and have the courage to act on the truth.
Daily Caller - WikiLeaks must be oversight priority number one for Congress by David N. Bossie - 12/01/10
Because of the recent media frenzy over the WikiLeaks debacle, Americans may have assumed that one of the  websites Mr. Holder had seized was Wikileaks.org. Sadly, this wasn't the case. As of this moment, WikiLeaks is still alive and well and wreaking havoc on U.S. national security and our credibility around the world. The attorney general instead was focused on intellectual property crimes. The ongoing WikiLeaks disaster has not been a priority for the Obama administration.
In July, the Justice Department announced it was assisting the Defense Department in their WikiLeaks investigation. At the same time, President Obama made his first comments about WikiLeaks and didn't appear overly worried about the danger we were facing: "While I'm concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations, the fact is, these documents don't reveal any issues that haven't already informed our public debate on Afghanistan. Indeed, they point to the same challenges that led me to conduct an extensive review of our policy last fall..." Unfortunately, the president was missing the point. Did he even consider the possibility of future and far more damaging document leaks?
Big Peace - Dangerous Denial - 10/23/10
Today the Obama Administration refuses to tell the truth about the war we are fighting with Radical Islamism. Sadly, NPR is doing the same thing. National Public Radio recently fired Juan Williams for his comments on the O'Reilly Factor regarding his fear of radical Muslims.
Juan Williams spoke truthfully about a fear that millions of Americans share: "Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality. I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
This honesty does not deserve censure. Almost one year ago, on November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 American soldiers and wounded 32 others in a terrorist attack at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas. Eyewitnesses reported hearing Hasan shout "Allahu Akbar!" while on his rampage.
Newt Gingrich on O'Reilly Factor - 10/05/10
O'REILLY: Now, for the top story tonight analysis from both republicans and democrats on the upcoming election. First, joining us from Washington Newt Gingrich, who has a brand new DVD for sale called "America At Risk: The War With No Name." His wife Callista is the co-host on that. So, am I making any mistakes here, Mr. Speaker? Are you seeing it the same way I am?
O'REILLY: You have a new Dvd out "Americans At Risk: War With No Name." what's the headline on the DVD"
Virtue Online - "America At Risk: The War With No Name" by Mike McManus - 09/16/10
I attended two events on 9/11/10 to commemorate the attack nine years ago. One was comforting - prayers by leading pastors at the Pentagon where 184 died. The other event was very disturbing, a film by Citizens United called "America At Risk: The War with No Name," a searing indictment of what President Bush called a "Global War on Terror," which the Obama Administration calls the "Overseas Contingency Operation." It is a war without a name.
"The elites of this country are determined to avoid the truth," said Newt Gingrich, co-host of the film, speaking before it began. "It starts an argument as profound as the argument over Communism between 1945 and 1950 on whether there is a coherent enemy and whether there is a coherent strategy to deal with it." "We are at war with Radical Islamists, and it is a war we are losing" asserts this powerful film. The Obama Administration has removed the words "Islamic extremism" and "jihad" from its national security documents.
One of the film's most unforgettable moments is an exchange between Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Attorney General Eric Holder. Smith asked Holder what motivated the "Detroit Christmas Day Bomber." Holder said he did not know. "Was it Radical Islam?" asked Smith. Holder said he may have had "a variety of motivations."
"But was Radical Islam one of them?" Holder refused to answer.
Right Wing News - Movie Review: Newt Gingrich's America At Risk by Warner Todd Huston - 09/16/10
In Washington D.C. on Sept. 12 I attended the star studded premiere of the new film America at Risk: The War With No Name, featuring Newt and Callista Gingrich and a dozen well respected experts on the subject of the War on Terror. The event was held at the Newseum, a block or so from the National Mall.
America At Risk clearly reveals the dangers that radical Islam still presents to American security and safety. We are still at war with radical Islam and it is a war we are at best treading water on and at worst actually losing. The biggest problem, according to the film, is our current president. Obama refuses even to recognize that we are at war and is constantly undermining our past efforts and leaving us open for future attack.
In fact, the movie makes a strong case that the U.S.A. doesn't even have a serious global strategy to fight radical Islam and that the only reason we haven't had a new major attack is because we've been lucky more than we've been good at preventing them. The film says that it isn't a matter of "if" we get hit again, but when.
Gateway Pundit - My Review of "America At Risk: The War with No Name" (New Documentary) by John Schulenburg - 09/12/10
My first thought after the film concluded was that I had a strong feeling of satisfaction seeing much of the information I've dedicated the last 5 years of my life blogging about being produced into a documentary that's able to be digested by the masses. They did a great job at putting A LOT of information into a short amount of time.
I, and I know many others, are grateful for a film like this because it's not exactly the easiest message to get out. In fact, it's a very difficult message to get out given the complexities of issues with regards to Islam. This film is one that everyone should see. American or not. The threats we face don't stop at the US border. In fact, I hope they add foreign subtitles, put out different versions and get it out to countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It's THAT important.
I was also VERY pleased to see Zuhdi Jasser in the film who made several appearances. Dr. Jasser's pro-American, pro-Constitution, pro-freedom , separation of mosque and state views need to be amplified to combat that overwhelmingly dominate voices of the Muslim Brotherhood groups in America. All in all, it is a film that I HIGHLY recommend you see.
Citing a recent Forbes article by Dinesh D'Souza, former House speaker Newt Gingrich tells NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE that President Obama may follow a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview. Gingrich says that D'Souza has made a "stunning insight" into Obama's behavior — the "most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama." "What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich asks. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."
"I think Obama gets up every morning with a worldview that is fundamentally wrong about reality," Gingrich says. "If you look at the continuous denial of reality, there has got to be a point where someone stands up and says that this is just factually insane." Gingrich spoke with NRO after the premiere of his new film, America at Risk.
Big Hollywood - 'America at Risk' Premiers in DC Sept. 11th by David N. Bossie - 09/10/10
The Obama Administration is retreating in the Global War on Terror. It uses euphemistic phrases like "Overseas Contingency Operation" and "man-caused disasters" and tries to attribute "a variety of reasons" to attacks by Islamic radicals. But the truth is that America is still very much at war – a war many believe we are losing.
President Obama thinks that apologies, bows, and capitulation will disarm our enemies, but this kind of posture only encourages those who see such displays as weakness. With the Iranian regime on the path to developing nuclear weapons, the United States must show a position of strength. We are dealing with people for whom not even mutually assured destruction is a deterrent, "it's an inducement because that is what they're hoping for," as America At Risk cast member Bernard Lewis says.
Human Events - America At Risk: The War With No Name by Newt and Callista Gingrich - 09/08/10
Our new movie, America at Risk: The War With No Name, premieres on Saturday, September 11th at the Newseum in Washington, DC. America at Risk vividly demonstrates the dangers facing America, nine years after the attacks on 9/11. Together with Dave Bossie, Kevin Knoblock and the team at Citizens United, we made this movie because we believe America IS at risk. We believe the dangers facing our country ARE real and growing.
In fact, we believe that if our enemies acquire nuclear, chemical or biological weapons from Iran or North Korea, they will attempt to kill millions of Americans and destroy entire cities. Our movie, America at Risk, is designed to inform the American people about the real dangers we face and to begin to outline a strategy for victory. Today, Washington refuses to tell the truth about the war we are fighting. According to experts, we are at war with Radical Islamists -- and it is a war we are losing.
The Global War on Terror has been renamed the "Overseas Contingency Operation" by the Obama Administration. They have removed ‘Islamic extremism' and ‘jihad' from national security strategy documents. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has suggested we replace the word "terrorism" with "man-caused disasters." But how do we win a war with an enemy the Obama Administration refuses to identify and doesn't even understand?
One of the most stunning and unforgettable moments in America at Risk is an exchange between Congressman Lamar Smith and Attorney General Eric Holder in which Holder refuses to use the term "Radical Islam," despite repeated questioning and prodding by Congressman Smith.
When you see that exchange you will understand why our movie's subtitle is The War With No Name.
If we can't understand and accurately describe our enemies, how can we develop a strategy to defeat them? Furthermore, how can we mobilize the American people and our allies around the world to implement a strategy of victory? Yet the facts are amazingly clear. In America at Risk we interview several experts including Bernard Lewis, Michael Chertoff, John Bolton, Frank Gaffney, and Michael Ledeen to outline the facts about Radical Islamist ideology that threaten America.
Radical Islamists are people who want to impose Sharia (or Islamic law) on the entire world. In America at Risk, expert after expert describes the Radical Islamists' determination to impose an extraordinarily different system on us. These Radical Islamists are profoundly different from moderate Muslims who want to live under the rule of Constitutional Law and have the same freedoms the rest of us cherish. In America at Risk, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a courageous moderate Muslim, draws a sharp distinction between Muslims who want to live in America as a free country, and Radical Islamists who seek to destroy America. Radical Islamists view their struggle as a religiously inspired and approved jihad. Radical Islamists practice jihad in two forms -- violent jihad and stealth jihad. They both have the same goal, which is to replace American freedom with Sharia.
In addition to the violent Radical Islamists who would use force to destroy America, there are stealth, Radical Islamists who use our political system and our commitment to free speech and liberty to undermine our democracy through infiltration, intimidation, and propaganda. Both the violent Radical Islamists and the stealth Radical Islamists represent a mortal threat to the American system of Constitutional Law and political freedom.
The dangers start here at home:
The evidence of violent Radical Islamist activity is in the news media on a regular basis – recall the Detroit Christmas Day bomber, the Fort Hood massacre, and the Times Square car bomber.
In Detroit the national security system, including Homeland Security, failed totally, even though the would be bomber's father had gone to the American Embassy in Nigeria and briefed Obama Administration officials on his son's conversion to radicalism. The first anyone knew of a bomb, was when the bomb failed to go off on the airplane and the Radical Islamist's pants began to smoke.
At Fort Hood, the Army failed to recognize the warning signs from an Army psychiatrist who carried a card identifying himself as a "Soldier of Allah," who attended a mosque that preached violence, and who routinely corresponded with a violent American religious leader in Yemen who preached the killing of Americans. The first we knew he was a violent Radical Islamist was when he yelled "Allahu Akbar" and killed 13 American soldiers and wounded many more.
In Times Square the first notice of a car bomb came when a street vendor reported to the police that there was smoke coming out of a car. In this case, a Pakistani had acquired American citizenship, moved his family back to Pakistan and had gone to a terrorist training camp for two weeks before moving back to New York to build a car bomb. No one in the Obama Administration knew anything about it until a street vendor alerted the New York City Police.
The desire to hide from reality among our leftwing elites is so great that Mayor Bloomberg's first reaction to the report of a car bomb was that it might be the work of someone opposed to President Obama's health reform bill. Given the unwillingness to face the truth about who wants to kill us, is it any wonder our national security systems find it difficult to develop a strategy for victory? These three examples of attempts by violent Radical Islamists should alarm all Americans and force a national debate about what we need to do to defend America and defeat our enemies. Yet the Obama Administration consistently refuses to face the facts and tell the truth. If we can't use the right words to describe who oppose us and openly analyze what they are saying, how can we possibly design a strategy to defeat them?
This is not a new problem. The Iranian dictatorship has seen itself at war with the United States since October 1979 when it illegally seized the American Embassy and kept 52 American hostages for 444 days. Iranians have financed and at times led efforts to kill Americans. The Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983 and the Khobar Towers attack in Saudi Arabia in 1996 were two clear examples of Iranian funded and directed attacks that killed many Americans. Today, Iranian leaders openly express their desire to destroy Israel and defeat America. We have to take them seriously and implement a strategy to defeat them before they develop and use nuclear weapons.
Our second great threat comes from the petro dollars invested by Saudis to finance the spread of Radical Islamism through mosques and madrassas (Muslim schools) around the world. Most al Qaeda and other terrorist activities can be traced to Radical Islamist teaching, preaching and propaganda. America at Risk: The War With No Name is designed to start a national dialogue about the threats we face today and the strategy for victory.
We are long overdue for a serious global strategy in fighting terrorism and the ideology behind it. We must have the courage to tell the truth and to act on that truth. It's time to be honest about what we know.
Gingrich Productions Press Release - "America at Risk" to Premiere on September 11th - 09/7/10
CONTACT: Michelle Selesky - firstname.lastname@example.org - 202-587-5710
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gingrich Productions, in partnership with Citizens United Productions and Peace River Company, will premiere their new documentary, America At Risk: The War With No Name, on Saturday, September 11 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
America At Risk, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, vividly demonstrates the dangers facing America one decade after the attacks on 9/11. According to experts, we are at war with radical Islamists - and it is a war we are losing.
Today, Washington refuses to tell the truth about the war we are fighting. The Global War on Terror has been renamed the "Overseas Contingency Operation" by the Obama Administration. They have removed "Islamic extremism" and "jihad" from national security strategy documents, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has suggested we replace the word "terrorism" with "man-caused disasters."
America At Risk asks: How do we win a war with an enemy the Obama Administration refuses to identify?
This bold documentary reminds America that we are long overdue for a serious global strategy in fighting terrorism and the ideology behind it. We must have the courage to tell the truth and to act on that truth. America At Risk reminds us it's time to be honest about what we know.
Featuring exclusive interviews with terrorism, national security, and Middle East experts, including Bernard Lewis, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Debra Burlingame, Walid Phares, Andrew McCarthy, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Tony Blankley, Steven Emerson, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Michael Ledeen, Frank Gaffney, Michael Scheuer, and Reihan Salam.
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Writer/Director, Kevin Knoblock (Peace River Company), Executive Producer, David Bossie (Citizens United Productions), Executive Producers/Hosts, Newt and Callista Gingrich (Gingrich Productions)
Everyone remembers where they were when they found out about the attacks on 9/11. I was sitting in my office when I received an IM from my brother telling me of the first crash and urging me to turn on the TV (I worked for Nickelodeon at the time and had a TV in my office). Turning on the set I saw what I thought was an replay of the crash, but it wasn't a replay it was the second plane. My entire team crammed into my offices and stared in disbelief as we heard about the attack on the Pentagon, and then each of the twin towers crash to the ground. Just thinking about it brings back memories of fear and confusion.
As soon as it was announced the bridges and tunnels were re-opened crowds rushed out of the city, it was a surreal picture, like the horror movies from my youth. Almost like Godzilla attacking Tokyo, but this was the 59th Street bridge shocked people who were crowding the streets, struggling to get off that tiny island as soon as possible. Halfway between the bridge and what was soon to be known as ground zero, here was an impenetrable curtain of black over the East River. Even breathing was different, the air had a "smokey" taste and a texture like sand paper.
Citizens United, a non-government organization has made a film titled 'America At Risk', which will be launched on September 11, 2010 in Washington DC. Commenting on this movie, Lauren Fleming of Citizens United told Weekly Blitz "In America at Risk, Newt and Callista Gingrich explore our current national security concerns and what is necessary to safeguard our country and our future. From Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the Christmas Day airline bomber to the Ft. Hood massacre, we know that surprise is certain. It is a given that we will experience more attacks on our country.
"And in our dangerous world, fantasy and wishful thinking put our nation at risk. From Iran, North Korea, and from radical Islam we face an existential threat. Nuclear weapons and being developed, and loose nuclear materials are at risk. We also face a domestic terror threat. Most alarmingly, there are people in our homeland helping the enemy. Instances of homegrown jihad are increasing. America at Risk will look at the problems we have experienced, current and future areas of concern, and potential solutions.
American Thinker - The New Generation of Security Threats by Elise Cooper - 08/25/10
In Newt Gingrich's latest book, To Save America, he reflects on the five potentially catastrophic threats to the United States. Gingrich lists the threats as "Terrorists with nuclear weapons, Electromagnetic pulse attack, Cyber warfare, Biological warfare, and the potential gap between Chinese and American capabilities." Gingrich stated to American Thinker that "there is a definite need to understand your opponent. We cannot greatly under estimate the enemy, who can be very smart and very dangerous."
Newt Gingrich commented that "Henry Kissinger once said to me that when he was Secretary of State, he got up in the morning and worried about Beijing and Moscow and occasionally worried about the Middle East. Now we live in a multi-polar world where there are different issues happening simultaneously." Former CIA Director Michael Hayden noted that "[m]y priorities as director were counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation (nuclear, biological, and chemical), and the rest of the world, which would be China."
The experts agree with Gingrich that the five threats he explores are a serious danger to America's national security. Gingrich told American Thinker that "on the issue of our nation's security, our elites have clearly retreated to a pre-9/11 mindset." To communicate this point, he and others are planning on making the documentary America at Risk. Gingrich is correct in emphasizing that "[w]e do not get to pick and choose which threat we will meet and which we will ignore. Any threat we ignore will potentially destroy us, so we must develop a national and homeland security system that meets all the dangers."