Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
WND, by GARTH KANT, March 12, 2015:
WASHINGTON – Some of the top minds and leaders in the nation are asking for the help of ordinary citizens to protect America.
Conservative stars such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., want to spread word among the grassroots about the greatest dangers America faces and what people can do to effect solutions on a local level.
The South Carolina National Security Action Summit is open to the public and will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center at 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, South Carolina.
Those who can’t attend in person may watch a livestream broadcast of the event on the website of High Frontier, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Center for Security Policy and Breitbart.
The four topics to be discussed will be:
- The threat from Shariah and the global jihad movement
- America’s electrical power grid and threats to critical infrastructure
- Border insecurity and illegal immigration
- The hollowing out of America’s military
The impressive list of speakers will include:
- Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican senator from Texas
- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Republican governor of Louisiana
- Ambassador John Bolton, U.S. representative to the United Nations from 2005-to-2006
- Sen. Rick Santorum, former Republican senator from Pennsylvania and presidential candidate
- Phyllis Schlafly, best-selling author, attorney and conservative icon who has testified before more than 50 congressional and state legislative committees on constitutional, national defense and family issues
- Ambassador Henry (Hank) Cooper, chairman of High Frontier, former director of the Strategic Defense Initiative under President George H. W. Bush, President Ronald Reagan’s chief negotiator at the Geneva Defense and Space Talks with the Soviet Union
- Retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, former deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence, former commander of the Army’s Green Berets and Special Warfare Center and School
- Adm. James “Ace” Lyons, former commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
- Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, assistant secretary of defense for international security policy and deputy assistant secretary of defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy, both under President Reagan
- Clare Lopez, vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy, Middle East expert, former CIA operations officer
- Ann Corcoran, editor of Refugee Resettlement Watch blog
Scott Cooper, executive director of High Frontier, told WND this will be a “solutions-based event, but we need the help” of ordinary Americans.
“Just like in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was ridiculed for his ambition to defeat the evil empire, the reality is, the ideology of radical Islam and those who want to kill us in this generation isn’t much different than the ideology that threatened out parents’ generation.”
“We stood up and defeated them then, and we can do it again,” Cooper emphasized.
He explained that High Frontier was originally started in 1981 by Daniel Graham, who is considered the father of the Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, sometimes referred to as Star Wars.
Graham was a scientific and military adviser to Ronald Reagan in the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns.
Cooper said the foundation of High Frontier concepts was the abandonment of the suicidal and immoral strategy of Mutual Assured Destruction, or MAD, for the concept of Assured Survival through the creation of effective defenses against ballistic missiles carrying nuclear payloads.
“Reagan was able to take the advice of this group of scientists and sell it to the American people, and High Frontier was instrumental in that as a grassroots organization at that time,” said Cooper.
Many Cold War analysts believe SDI helped bankrupt the Soviet Union by baiting it into a futile arms race and convincing Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that the communist way was doomed.
Those analysts also credit Reagan for abandoning the Kissinger-Nixon policy of détente, or coexistence, with the Soviet Union, in favor of actively working to create the demise of the communist state.
Reagan famously quipped, “Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.”
Cooper sees the need for the current American president to adopt the same approach toward global jihad.
But he also sees the need for support at the grassroots level that Reagan enjoyed.
“We want to help inform and educate people at the state level with solutions that the state can implement on these four issues even though the federal government isn’t leading.”
The summit will focus on four issues, what Cooper called “the insecurity of America’s borders; the insecurity of the nation’s electric grid; the decline and hollowing-out of the military; and how Islamic law is in direct opposition to constitutional law, and the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
“We believe states can do things to protect themselves, but we also need to educate grassroots activists. If activists and ordinary citizens stand up and lead, it will encourage our elected leadership to address these issues.
“We hope to impact the dialogue in all elections in 2016, not just the presidential election. All elected officials should be concerned because these are not left or right issues; they are American issues.”
What can be done on the state level about the threat from Shariah and global jihad?
Cooper said people should tell their elected representatives to support a piece of legislation called American Laws for American Courts.
“It doesn’t mention the word Shariah,” he said. “It just mentions the fact that, in a constitutional republic, the rule of law applies equally to all people. Any type of foreign law or international law, or U.N.-backed law, really isn’t what our founders intended, and we need to protect our rule of law in the U.S.”
How did High Frontier attract such a stellar lineup of big names to attend the summit?
“The folks who are coming are concerned about these issues,” he said. “For instance, Rick Santorum was speaking about these issues directly to the George W. Bush administration when it wanted to call it a war on terror. He said to President Bush, you know, terrorism is a tactic. It’s not an ideology, which is what we are fighting.
“Again, it’s not a right or left issue; it’s an American issue, and both sides are struggling with defining our enemies. The speakers are individuals who understand the problems, and they want to be involved in the solutions.”
Would you say a threat to the grid is the greatest threat America likely faces? The most probable way jihadists might cripple the nation?
“It’s an excellent question,” Cooper said. “I think our system is being overwhelmed, and they’re hitting us on multiple avenues. It’s almost like we don’t know which direction to look at any given moment. But it is a key area and, if it happens, it effectively could kill 90 percent of our country within the first year of it happening, unless we start taking steps and talk about building resiliency, such as supporting local agriculture.
“I do think there are resiliency solutions that can be built at the local level in the event the federal government does not solve it in time.”
When asked if he meant fortifying the grid against attacks or solar flares, Cooper instead spoke about agriculture as a national security issue.
“I’m actually talking about supporting local food chains,” he said. “One of the problems in our country is just-in-time delivery systems for food. If there’s an ice storm in my county in South Carolina, Walmart will be out of goods within 24 hours. If there’s a major snowstorm in the D.C. area, the same thing happens to all the big box retailers there.
“We are getting our food supply from big, industrial agriculture – not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, we’ve done great things with that – but if we can start thinking locally and support local agriculture, that helps stimulate local economies, which builds up resiliency at the local level. So, if there is a problem, there is a food supply.”
Does Obama have America on the brink of mortal danger?
“I just take him at his word. When he said, five days before he was elected in 2008, that we were five days away from fundamentally transforming America, I took him at his word. Looking at his background, who raised him, who his mentors were, I do believe he wants to fundamentally transform America,” Cooper said.
“Yes we have situations we need to repair and make better. But, the question I would ask is, if you love something, why do you want to fundamentally transform it?”
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