Andrew C. McCarthy III is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. Our legal architecture for fighting the infiltration of radical Islam is stuck in a pre-1993 Cold War framework that prohibits the exclusion of aliens on the grounds of ideological animus against the U.S. as opposed to terrorist activities. We face an ideology that promotes acts of mass terror.
Sunni and Shiia religious extremists in the Middle East have succeeded in weaponizing memory. They wield historical precedence to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. Nibras Kazimi, an Iraqi citizen, will discuss how they do this and how to undermine their legitimacy by de-weaponizing precedence. His blog Talisman Gate was one of the most riveting Baghdad blogs, written in the midst of its drama and turmoil, providing acute political insight.
Obama Leading From Behind: Consequences For National Security
Richard Miniter is the CEO of American Media Institute, a New York Times bestselling author, and a national security columnist for Forbes. His seventh book, Leading From Behind, examines the consequences of Obama's foreign policies. Miniter will discuss key decisions of the past eight years and the damage inflicted by America's departure from leadership on the world stage. He also authored Mastermind: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
Clare M. Lopez, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, is the co-author of the recently published book “Gülen and the Gülenist Movement: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Cult and its Contributions to the Civilization Jihad.” Fethullah Gülen is the head of a vast political network in Turkey that promotes theocracy and has infiltrated the Turkish state. Gülen lives in the U.S. where he has established a significant number of charter schools.
Andrew Doran is co-founder of In Defense of Christians (IDC), a nonprofit organization that advocates for the protection and preservation of Christians in the Middle East. Doran presented IDC's new, nearly-300 page report on the ongoing genocide in the Middle East, which was presented to Secretary of State John Kerry, and the next steps necessary to preserve at-risk Christian communities in Iraq.