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Politically Opportunistic Attempts to Gut U.S. Shipping Laws Jeopardize National Security and the Economy (12/23/2017) - Americans should be alarmed by recent calls for repeal of the Jones Act, a 1920 law requiring that merchant vessels navigating between U.S. ports must be manufactured and flagged in the U.S., owned and operated by American companies, and crewed by American citizens. Passed in the wake of World War I to ensure that the United States maintained a vital sea transport capacity in the event of future conflict, the law has been vital to U.S. national security and economic strength for almost 100 years.
The Jones Act and National Security (12/23/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI and the Heartland Institute discusses how repeal of the Jones Act would jeopardize national security with Cheryl Fritz on The Steve Gruber Show, 1240 WJIM, Lansing, MI on December 22, 2017.  The Jones Act is a 1920 law restricting shipping between U.S. ports to vessels manufactured and flagged in the U.S., owned and operated by American companies, and crewed by American citizens.  Murphy argues that repealing the Jones Act would jeopardize national security by increasing threats from weaponized shipping containers, terrorism, and illegal immigration.
The Chrysanthemum Throne abdicates & Pearl Harbor Day, 2017 (12/23/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the implications of Emperor Akihito’s abdication for Japanese domestic politics, Prime Minister Abe’s regional security policies, and the regional security dialogue with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY on December 6, 2017.
Confident Japan smiles with Revanchist PRC (12/23/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses Prime Minister Abe’s approach to China and Chinese proposals for regional cooperation at the recent APEC and ASEAN summits with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY on November 15, 2017.
Abe Takes Command of Japan (12/23/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the implications of the Japanese election for the Prime Minister Abe’s domestic political position, foreign policy, and campaign to revise the Japanese Constitution to recognize the role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in securing the nation with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY on October 26, 2017.
Open Letter to Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary (11/30/2017) - This piece by Miklos K. Radvanyi, Executive Vice-President of Frontiers of Freedom titled "Open Letter to Orban Viktor, the Prime Minister of Hungary.” In the letter, Mr. Radvanyi, a Hungarian by birth, criticizes the autocratic approach that Hungarian Prime Minister Orban Viktor has taken during his last few years in office, as well as his attempts to sow discord in the European Union and move the country closer to Vladimir Putin and a Russian sphere of influence. Given the fact that we just marked the 61st Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, readers will find this piece timely and relevant.
Is it Good for the U.S. that Japan is Remilitarizing? (9/2/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the changing strategic landscape in Northeast Asia, Japanese responses to the gathering North Korean threat, pressures on Japan to acquire offensive capabilities for neutralizing the Pyongyang’s growing nuclear and missile capabilities, the evolving strategic dialogue about these matters in Tokyo, and the implications for American national interests with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show.
Tokyo’s Unready Missile Defense (9/2/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the threat to Japan from North Korea’s latest missile test, the inadequacies in Japan’s missile defense system it has revealed, and  how Japan is likely to respond to these challenges with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show.
Is it Good for the U.S. that Japan is Remilitarizing? (9/2/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the changing strategic landscape in Northeast Asia, Japanese responses to the gathering North Korean threat, pressures on Japan to acquire offensive capabilities for neutralizing the Pyongyang’s growing nuclear and missile capabilities, the evolving strategic dialogue about these matters in Tokyo, and the implications for American national interests with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show.
Ben Carson Can Start Fixing HUD Today. Will He? (6/15/2017) -

Yet another deadline in a congressional investigation into wrongdoing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has passed without movement.  HUD’s failure to provide all documents requested by Congress is disappointing because it stalls an ongoing investigation of improper salary payments to HUD officials who obstructed an inquiry into improprieties in HUD’s handling of housing fraud lawsuits against the city of St. Paul, Minn.  Action on the part of Secretary Carson on this front is a key test of President Trump’s promise to restore good government. Fortunately, HUD’s scheduling of a long overdue briefing to Congress today may represent progress on this score.

Ben Carson Can Start Fixing HUD Today. Will He? (6/15/2017) - Yet another deadline in a congressional investigation into wrongdoing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has passed without movement.  HUD’s failure to provide all documents requested by Congress is disappointing because it stalls an ongoing investigation of improper salary payments to HUD officials who obstructed an inquiry into improprieties in HUD’s handling of housing fraud lawsuits against the city of St. Paul, Minn.  Action on the part of Secretary Carson on this front is a key test of President Trump’s promise to restore good government. Fortunately, HUD’s scheduling of a long overdue briefing to Congress today may represent progress on this score.
North Korea threatens Japan & What is to be done? (4/28/2017) -

Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the evolving North Korean nuclear threat, the dramatic increase in strategic danger to Japan it represents, and Japanese responses to these heightened risks with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY. Click here to listen to the podcast.

North Korea threatens Japan & What is to be done? (4/28/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the evolving North Korean nuclear threat, the dramatic increase in strategic danger to Japan it represents, and Japanese responses to these heightened risks with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Dr. William J. Murphy Discusses Need for Stronger Civil Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas with House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton – VIDEO (3/31/2017) -

Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology discusses the need for legislation establishing a strong civil procedure for enforcing congressional subpoenas of federal officials with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT3) and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton at the Judicial Watch Panel on Government Oversight Challenges on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Dr. William J. Murphy Discusses Need for Stronger Civil Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas with House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton – VIDEO (3/31/2017) - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology discusses the need for legislation establishing a strong civil procedure for enforcing congressional subpoenas of federal officials with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT3) and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton at the Judicial Watch Panel on Government Oversight Challenges on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Can Japan depend upon the Trump Administration? (3/25/2017) - March 22, 2017 - Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses Japanese perceptions of American foreign policy under the Trump Administration with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY.
Politicized Response to Russian Cyberattacks Undermines Long-Term Security, Leaves Electric Grid Threat Forgotten (3/25/2017) -

Dr. William J. Murphy Discusses Politicization of U.S. Response to Russian Cyberattacks and Threats to Electric Grid on The Fred Holland Show. WTKI/WEKI Radio. Huntsville, AL. January 17, 2017.

How to fix the U.S. Refugee Policy? (3/25/2017) -

Dr. William J. Murphy discusses recommendations for improving U.S. Refugee policies and reducing terrorism risks with Dr. Drew Pinsky on Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood, TalkRadio 790 KABC, Los Angeles, CA. January 31, 2017.

To Fix U.S. Refugee Policy, Trump Must Be Both Bold And Cautious – (2/1/2017) -

President Trump’s plans to sign an executive order halting admissions of refugees from high terrorism threat countries offers the first hope in decades of correcting an ill-conceived policy that has long end angered American national security and ineffectively served humanitarian needs.

Politicized Mishandling of Russian Cyberattacks Undermines Long-Term Security – (2/1/2017) -

The Obama Administration’s politicized mishandling of the Russian-orchestrated email hack of U.S. political organizations has distracted from even larger Kremlin cyber threats to American interests. Mr. Obama’s partisan clumsiness has fomented mistrust and confusion among Americans, undermining the ability of the U.S. to formulate an effective response to these dangers.

It is regrettable that the President and his associates have demonstrated more interest in using Moscow’s electoral cyber-activities to undermine the legitimacy of President-elect Trump, than in laying the foundation for an effective, long-term response to this significant, national security threat.