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Note: This is the second in an occasional series on the truth-tellers of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character” (St. Martin’s Press).  Part One on Maj. George Racey Jordan is here.

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This week's syndicated column

One point I always try to highlight when I talk about my new book, “American Betrayal,” is the inspiration of the truth-tellers.

These are the individuals who refused to stay silent and thus enable the “betrayal” the book lays out – the betrayal engineered by a de facto Communist occupation of Washington by American traitors loyal to Stalin and, even more heartbreaking, largely covered up by successive U.S. administrations and elites.

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Why is Uncle Sam awarding half a billion dollars to a Russian defense/export agency? Why is Uncle Sam buying three-quarters of a billion dollars' worth of aircraft for Afghans who can't fly? Congress, are you alive?

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Here is a letter from the office of the Special Inspector General, Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Before reading, be sure to stop operating all heavy machinery and place glassware out of reach.

Today, SIGAR released an audit of the Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW). The audit found that the Department of Defense is moving forward with a $771.8 million purchase of aircraft even though the Afghans lack the capacity to operate and maintain them.  SIGAR is recommending that DOD suspend all activity under the contracts awarded for the 48 new aircraft until capacity issues are properly addressed. Furthermore, DOD awarded $553 million to Rosoboronexport, a Russian government...

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Many times I am asked by readers exercised by the fallen state of our world:, What can we do?

Here is something easy. Please send a 30th birthday card to Sgt. Derrick Miller (above with his daughter), who has been unjustly condemned to life in prison with possibility of parole for "murder" in the Afghanistan war zone. Some of the appalling details are here and here.

Derrick's lovely mother Renee Myers writes:

Hello Friends and Family! I hope everyone is doing well and all that you love is safe and sound :o) I wanted to take a moment to ask an enormous favor for my son Derrick. As you may or may not know, he is still sitting in Ft. Leavenworth...

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This just in from Sgt. Hutchins' lawyer, Major Babu Kaza:

Good afternoon, The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) issued a decision today (2 hours ago) tossing out the conviction and sentence in US v. Hutchins.  Sgt Hutchins had been convicted of unpremeditated murder and various other offenses arising from the death of of an Iraqi man in April 2006 in the village of Hamdania, Iraq.  In 2007, Hutchins and his squad, dubbed the "Pendleton 8" were all convicted of various offenses related to the killing.  None of the other 7 members of the squad served more than 18 months, whereas Hutchins has been serving an 11 year sentence. In its decision, CAAF found that Sgt Hutchins' convictions were the product of an illegally obtained confession.  Specifically, when Sgt Hutchins was first interrogated at Camp Fallujah, he requested to speak to a lawyer.  But rather than honor that request, NCIS locked him in solitary confinement for 7 days without access to a phone or other communication (his meals...

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It is always a pleasure to sit down with my friend and colleague Erick Stakelbeck at CBN. Here we start discussing American Betrayal beginning at around 11:30.

Last July, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the Obama administration's decision to grant a visa and invite Hani Nour Eldin — a member Gammaa Islamiya, or Islamic Group -- to the White House. 

The Islamic Group, of course, is a US-designated terrorist group. John Rosenthal summed up the reasons at the time:

Not only is the historical leader of Gama’a al-Islamiya none other than Omar Abdel Rahman: the “blind sheikh” who was convicted in 1995 of plotting terrorist attacks on targets in New York City. Not only is Gama’a al-Islamiya formally designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Gama’a al-Islamiya is also, in the person of Abdel Rahman’s successor Refai Ahmed Taha,...

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The latest batch of reviews include a baddie at the Washington Times (fortunately, I'm not convinced the reviewer read the book), a favorable and interesting perspective from Poland (here in translation) and a perfectly splendid essay at Blue Ridge Forum by Susan Freis Falknor, published in full below.

My Skype interview with Newsmax is here, and a crackling interview by Helen Glover is here.

On "American Betrayal's" George Racey Jordan here.

Also, here is the "final cut" of my presentation at the Heritage Foundation.

More media and interviews here.

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"Agents of Red Influence, Fellow Travelers, and Today’s Dhimmis: How Accommodation to Stalin From the New Deal through WW II Blinds Us To Today’s Islamist Threat."...

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I will speaking and signing books tonight at the by-now extremely venerable and highly prized independent bookstore Politics and Prose in Chevy Chase, D.C. at 7pm.

From the bookstore's calendar:

In her bold refutation of recent history’s official stories, West, Dispatch International Washington correspondent and author of The Death of the Grown-Up, casts a skeptical eye over the Greatest Generation and asks if the West’s "victory" in the Cold War was in fact more of deal with the devil—one that led to today’s moral relativism and other social ills.

See you there!



Whatever happened to Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi?

In a first-ever audio interview with Alharbi, Amina Choudary of The Islamic Monthly brings us up to date: 

Since the marathon stories continue to be written about him ... speculating that he was put on a terrorist list and deported. We can confirm that neither is true. Instead we found him living discreetly in Boston. ...

Listener beware. Even Janet Napolitano confirmed that Alharbi was put on a watch list. But who ever imagined he was still in the USA? According to the segment, Alharbi, who says he is "doubly injured from the explosion and the media," currently lives...

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Sat down with Paul Scicchitano of Newsmax.com -- he in Boca, me in DC -- for a friendly chat about American Betrayal.

This week's syndicated column

The narrow boxes through which we find ourselves entering public debate over the rise of a totalitarian government surveillance infrastructure are driving me a little crazy.

“Edward Snowden: Hero or traitor?”

Pick one, now, the question demands, before we learn anything else, think anything more. In this way, our attention is focused onto Snowden, the man, not Uncle Sam, the secret megastate. We wade into a vortex of emotions whirling around loyalty to the republic: a republic with sovereign borders, or so we hope; that runs by rule of law, or so we think; where citizenship is precious, or so we imagine.

What Snowden’s revelations confirm, however, is that such a republic no longer exists – except as a mirage that powerful Surveillance State officials spin as reality.

Tap, tap – answer the question! “Hero or traitor?”

“Traitor!” some cry, never noticing that Snowden’s leak makes him a “traitor” to the Surveillance State, not the republic of memory. But such a gaffe is fine with our Big Brothers, from President Obama and FBI Director Robert Mueller to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Remember Iran's so-called Green Revolution in 2009? And, more to the point, the resulting Green Pundit Rush to Judgment?

This was, as noted here in June 2009, the widespread assumption that " `the Persian street' is filled with Our Kind of People: anti-Khomeini, anti-sharia, anti-Islamic Revolution, anti-regime, anti-nuke, pro-West, pro-Israel, pro-secular masses yearning to "free"--  in the specifically Western sense, which emphasizes the rights and will of the individual, and not the Islamic sense, which speaks to a "perfect enslavement" to Allah."

Andrew Bostom flags new Pew poll results that demonstrate the fallacy of this assumption, which has only ossified in the intervening years.

Bostom writes:

Pew polling data released June 11, 2013 (from face-to-face interviews with 1,522 adults, ages 18 years of age and older), reveal an entirely...

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A "processed" P-63 Kingcobra undergoes final inspection in June 1945 at Great Falls Army Air Base, a hub of the massive Lend-Lease supply program (photo courtesy of the Malmstrom Museum). Such processing, it can be seen, included application of the Soviet red star.

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If American Betrayal tells our lost history, reading and discussing the book is a means of restoring that lost history to the American people where it beongs.

I recently had the opportunity to go on the radio on "Voices of Montana" with Aaron Flint to discuss  Lend Lease, whose WWII supply pipeline to the USSR included a key base in Great Falls, Montana. As American Betrayal explains, Lend Lease-Soviet looks very much like a rogue operation run out of the White House by FDR's top advisor Harry Hopkins for shipping not just hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aircraft and war materiel but also uranium...

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An intriguing aspect of the Mainly Mexican Immigration Debate is the impact endless masses of "amnesty"-lured, unskilled and cheap labor has had on the mechanism and nature of the American family. Cheap child care -- whether via "imported labor," as the Washington Post has actually called it, or government -- "liberates" mothers to work. In some cases, little more is earned than the nanny wages.

The cultural, political, and probably evolutionary repercussions of this fact of very recent American life are many and many-faceted. There is the cultural and familial impact of child-raising by non-mothers; there is an impact on marriage/divorce; there is an impact on the economy where dual-income families drive prices up; there is an impact on certain particularly "feminized" professions where a surfeit of workers, male and female, drive wages down.

I'm sure there are more repercussions but none of them makes it into the debate over amnesty. Neither does the fact that if/when the Senate approves...

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I have been reading through five- and six-year-old columns on the Amnesty Wars of 2006-2007 that We, the People won. That means George W. Bush, Big Business, The Wall Street Journal, the illegal alien street protests ("Si, Se Puede," "Yes, We Can"), and La Raza lost.

This time around the set-up seems quite different. George W. Bush is gone and there are no Mexican flags in sight. In this period of high unemployment, I haven't heard the old mantra, "They do the work Americans won't do." Barack "Si, Se Puede" is in the White House. Today, the amnesty show is run by the sober-suited, gruesomely named "Gang of Eight" under intense, but low-profile oversight from the Obama White House.

Have the more incendiary aspects of pro-Amnesty forces gone quiet as a matter of political strategy? It would seem so. After all, they didn't work. Rather than alarm Americans...

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You think maybe Edward Snowden is a "traitor" for exposing the totalitarian structure and function of the thuggish mega-state? Me, I think any senator who votes for the dissolution of the USA should be in the dock.

From the Vaults: April 3, 2006, "Which Flag Do You Want?" 

As one of those American rarities -- a Los Angeles native -- I looked at recent, mainly Mexican protests against proposed restrictions on illegal immigration with more than just outrage over lost U.S. sovereignty. I was also reflexively examining aerial photos to pinpoint where in Los Angeles those hundreds of thousands of Mexican-flag-waving demonstrators were marching.

It was downtown Los Angeles, a section of the sprawling city I rarely visited growing up. Then it hit me: As a kid in the 1960s, my mother had taken me on an outing to Olvera Street, an old section of downtown ("old" for Los Angeles being mid-to-late-19th century) where visitors went to enjoy folkloric Mexican food and crafts as -- it sounds unbelievable...

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Lucianne.com has magnanimously given its prime real estate today, June 15, to American Betrayal, calling it: "Our Pick for an Absolute MUST READ."




This week's syndicated column

At what point does it become clear that we no longer inhabit America?

When we “Press 2,” not “1,” for English?

When a national Social Security Number syncs an electronic identity that the government hospital provided us at birth to track us till death?

When borders are no more, but the Surveillance State always knows where we are?

Ours is the age of dislocation before realization: The United States of America no longer exists. Why? How? The answer is simple, tragic and outrageous: Government officials, elected and unelected, with precious exceptions, no longer preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Instead, they do whatever it takes to beat it, flout it and ignore it. Worse, We, the People, let them.

This can’t go on. Otherwise our-country-’tis-of-thee becomes a melody to be forgotten, a mirage of a tradition more storybook than real every day. Nowhere is this more the case, of course, than in Washington, D.C., where absolute unaccountability corrupts absolutely, where echoing down the cool, white marble halls of power, hollow men and women trample sovereignty and citizenship in a pathway to American betrayal. And I haven’t even gotten to Congress, busy “reforming” the illegal-alien crisis they antiseptically refer to as “immigration,” while considering passage of a $940 billion “farm bill,” 80 percent of which will fund food stamps. These two laws alone can institutionalize the lawlessness of the land and make countless more Americans wards of the state.

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If anyone wants to know what American Betrayal is about, here are some recent conversations about the book, along with some new reviews. Earlier interviews also linked below.

On "The Tammy Bruce Show" with Debra Burlingame here.

On "The Monica Crowley Show": Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.

Q & A with David Stokes at Fair Oaks Church here

Edward Cline review for Family Security Matters here

Andrew Bostom review for PJMedia here.

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NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a national Rorshchach test. Reactions to his mega-leak about mega-data-mining, etc. -- Big Gov intrusions I cannot reject strongly enough -- have revealed divisions among allies, and bonds among adversaries. While the libertarian/Republican split is predictable, some of the results are suprising, and many have yet to come in. Many commentators are withholding judgement. My thoughts are here.

From what I can glean, some conservatives seem sympathetic to a point given their natural reflex against the federal government's flouting of the Fourth Amendment with these mass seizures of US citizens' electronic records. Among these it seems fair to include Rush Limbaugh, who points out the real danger is Obama, not Snowden. This is a theme Mark Levin is hitting, even as he disparages Snowden as "some little jerk."

As you notice additional notables...

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My new book, American Betrayal, presents evidence of stunning but little known parrallels between Communist infiltration/Soviet influence during World War II and today's Islamic infiltration/influence in the post-9/11 era.

Here is a one that struck me anew this week after going back to statements by former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden on jihad (discussed here).

In October 2010, Hayden said to me:

"People I trust say to be careful not to use the term `jihadist' because it does have a broader use across the Islamic world."

"People I trust"? What sort of "people" would want to stop a US intel chief from mentioning  "jihadist" issues or aims? Not "people" who are eager to stop jihad. Maybe the influence of such "trusted" people explains the fact that US intelligence, US military, US security agencies have now purged all analysts and analysis of jihad.

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On November 14, 2002, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire wrote a column called "You Are a Suspect." It is posted below, an early signpost to our current state of dislocation and upset.

It is dislocating and upsetting to be confronted with the Edward Snowden leaks: the leaked court order, the leaked logistical scope of what is being aptly labeled the Surveillance State. This what Safire predicted would be foisted on Us, the People. We are told it is The Only Means Possible to prevent "another 9/11."

The mendacity of this rationale is as appalling as the totalitarian structure of the hyper-state it supports.

Yesterday, I focused on the failures of former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden to comprehend the quite simple patterns of Islamic conquest that history is replete with, that our own era is undergoing, that Western civlization is being transformed by. Why would an intel chief draw such blanks? One reason might be hostile Islamic penetration of...

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Gen. Michael Hayden (USAF ret.) defended PRISM on Fox News Sunday and NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, perhaps elsewhere.

The message here is the distinguished official packaging: Gen. Hayden formerly led both the CIA and the NSA under Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama. He exemplifies both intelligence experience and bi-partisanship.

What more solid, soothing spokesman could there be for this highly controversial program conceived, they say, to prevent terrorist attacks from occurring?

That's the packaging.

The ex-intelligence chieftain, however, draws a blank on jihad -- the specific source of the vast majority of terrorism that threatens Americans. I know this from talking to him in October 2010; from asking him what he thought about the Muslim Brotherhood after a lecture he gave at a National Interest magazine luncheon in January 2012 (his reply: "The...

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Monica Crowley gave American Betrayal an extremely warm, generous and also provocative launch on The Monica Crowley Show this weekend.

She also called the book "pure dynamite"!

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat today predicts that Americans will react mainly with complacency over government Internet and telephone surveillance. He goes on to assure us "America isn't about to turn into East Germany with Facebook pages."

For us, the age of surveillance is more likely to drift toward what Alexis de Toqueville described as "soft despotism" or what the Forbes columnist James Poulos has dubbed "the pink police state."

He continues:

Our government will enjoy extraordinary, potentially tyrannical powers, but most citizens will be monitored without feeling persecuted or coerced.

What police state officer from East Germany eastward could express it better? 

So instead of a climate of pervasive fear, there will be a chilling effect at the margins of political discourse, mostly affecting groups and opinions considered disreputable already.

As a member of a "group" or two with an "opinion" or two "considered disreputable already," I feel pin-prick...

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I'm taking a short break today from promoting "American Betrayal" -- an Amazon History "Hot New Release" since publication day (thanks, everyone!) -- to write about the latest stages of tyrannical development in these United States for Dispatch International. The assignment is the burgeoning Obama scandals -- IRS, Prism, whatever breaks next.

This means two things: 

One, this assignment is really no break at all from promotion of American Betrayal, because American Betrayal is a history of tyrannical development in these United States, and why we can't see it.

Two, partly because of the newspaper's mainly Euopean readership, I will be taking an explanatory step back from the tight-focus coverage and anaylsis of events to date.

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Ex-Soviet spy Elizabeth Bentley came forward to identify 150 Communist agents and collaborators for the FBI. Read American Betrayal to learn why US history still remembers  her as a "neurotic spinster," not  a heroine.

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I have known Jeffrey Norwitz since shortly after I wrote the following column in mid-2007 about David Kilcullen, at that time riding high as a top strategist of the Petraeus Counterinsurgency.

The 2007 column opens:

"If I were a Muslim, I'd probably be a jihadist. The thing that drives these guys — a sense of adventure, wanting to be part of the moment, wanting to be in the big movement of history that's happening now — that's the same thing that drives me, you know?"

No. I don't know. And I sorely wish I could tell him so — "him" being David Kilcullen, senior counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, senior U.S. commander...

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This is a photo of Capt. York's B-25 the day after it landed in Russia in 1942. It comes from this amazing online collection of Doolittle Raid photos.

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The Daily Beast reports:

While employees of American NGOs sat in Egyptian prisons, Secretary of State John Kerry quietly waived the law that would prevent the U.S. from sending the Egyptian military $1.3 billion worth of weapons this year.

Let me flip on the Time Machine:

While crew members of Doolittle's 1942 raid on Tokyo remained "interned" by the Soviet Union, the U.S. continued without pause to supply $300 billon of "Lend Lease" weapons and other aid (including uranium) to our Communist "ally" in the Kremlin.

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US Army Pvt. Elliot West, 1944

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Today is the 69th anniversary of D-Day.

Sixty-nine years ago, my 20-year-old father was two days away from walking ashore onto the hard-won beaches of Normandy, a member of the 102nd Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron in Gen. Omar Bradley's 2nd Army. Pvt. Elliot West's shooting war would begin a little later at the Battle of St Lo.

It seems right to flag the day once again, to pay homage to the heroes of Normandy even as the ranks dwindle to a scattered few -- and even as my own doubts have arisen as to the motives and gullibility of some of their leaders in ordering these marvelous young men into an epic battle that, for reasons laid out and mulled and questioned in American Betrayal, may not have been necessary to defeat Nazi Germany.

All hail.



Harry Hopkins: Stalin's Man in the White House?

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Robert Stacy McCain has seized on the conclusion I draw in American Betrayal that Harry Hopkins, FDR's top aide and widely hailed  "Co-President" was a "conscious Soviet agent." He developed the argument I made based on an extensive dossier against Hopkins into a news story at ViralRead.com.

McCain writes:

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s most powerful assistant was a “conscious Soviet agent,” according to a new book that details how Harry Hopkins and others in FDR’s administration revealed U.S. secrets — and influenced American policy...

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If anyone ever asks you what American Betrayal is about, here are some of my most recent efforts to explain. 

Today's interview with Tim Sumner at Freedom Radio is here.

Went on TruNews with Rick Wiles yesterday. Listen here.

Q & A with Ruth King at Family Security Matters is here.

Interview with Allen West (13 minutes) at Next Generation TV is here. "Thriller" interview with Jerry Doyle (17 minutes) is here....

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I posted my three-hour interview with Brooks Agnew of X-Squared Radio at my Facebook page (yes, I have a Facebook page). I am now cross-posting them at this site (see links in letter below) after getting the following email from a listener.

The letter is now logged in with other reader reader reactions to the book at "Reader's Comments."

The letter-writer writes:

Hello Diana, I've admired your clear-eyed analysis and writing for several years now, but tonight, after listening to the full three hour interview on X-Squared Radio regarding the substance of American Betrayal...

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I am particularly happy to present a new interview with my great friend Allen West on Next Generation TV where we discuss American Betrayal.

Here is the link to the interview. 

Here is the backstory to our friendship.

Way back in the summer of 2007, I was heading out the door on vacation, having thought I was also on vacation from my weekly column. Apparently not, according to my editor, who helpfully suggested writing something "quickly."

OK. I obliged with a rare fantasy column: What if, during Vice President Cheney's 125-minutes of presidential powers while George W. Bush was in surgery, Cheney actually used those powers?

The column opened like this:

For precisely two hours and five minutes on the morning of July 21, 2007, there was something different about our world.

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Hackle-raising headline of the week: "Feds Suggest Anti-Muslim Speech Can Be Punished"

Politico ran the story on May 31, picking up on this May 21 story from the Tullahoma (TN) News: "Group sets meeting to increase tolerance of Muslims, culture."

The only way to accomplish such a goal in the USA where liberty -- freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, equal protection under the law -- is protected by our founding documents is to prevent Americans from learning that Islamic law specifically forbids and punishes the exercise of such freedoms.

Fact: there is no freedom of religion under Islamic law; there is only a capricious "tolerance" for the dhimmi (Christians and Jews in Islam) that controls and constrains religious identity to a punishing and humiliating degree, often leading to death. Fact: there is no freedom of speech, either, with critics and students of Islam subject to charges of apostasy and blasphemy, often leading to death. Fact: there is no equal...

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During my research for American Betrayal, it became clear to me that I had in effect stumbled across a historical crime scene, a realization I explain in detail in the book.

That's why I was so delighted when Jerry Doyle picked up on this theme in our radio interview earlier this week and declared the book "reads like a thriller..."

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for compiling images to go with the audio for this video.

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