Erick Stakelbeck

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Watchman Show: ISIS on American Soil

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we examine the recent terror attack in Texas and how ISIS is planning to strike on American soil.

Plus, we sit down with Jonathan Feldstein, of Magen David Adom emergency services, to discuss how its Heart to Heart initiative is saving lives in Israel -- and how you can help.

Watch below:

posted @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:01 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Watchman Show: Israel and America: Where Is the Alliance Heading?

In this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with former Israeli Ambassador Yoram Ettinger and Sarah Stern of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET).

They'll discuss the future of the America/Israel relationship and what to do about Iran.

Watch below:

posted @ Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Watchman Show: World on Fire

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with terrorism experts Patrick Poole and Ryan Mauro.

They'll discuss Iran, ISIS, Yemen and Syria -- and why it matters for Americans.

Click below to watch.

posted @ Wednesday, May 06, 2015 11:52 AM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ISIS Looking to Attack on US Soil?

This piece was originally posted on www.erickstakelbeck.com

With Baltimore in chaos these past few days, you may have missed a very important piece of news that could directly affect your life.

Two pieces of news, actually, but both covering the same topic: the ISIS threat to the U.S. homeland.

This past weekend, CNN reported that the FBI was investigating “a possible ISIS-inspired terror threat in the United States.” According to CNN, “The investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works…It’s not clear whether the threat is real or aspirational…One official said it focused on parts of California…”

At the same time, The Intercept reported that the TSA had issued a classified warning that ISIS may be looking to attack targets inside the United States. The threats led to heightened security in parts of southern California, including at airports.

At this point, we don’t have a lot of specifics. But expect more alerts like this in the near future. ISIS is not just a terrorist group–it is a global phenomenon that, according to FBI Director James Comey, currently boasts supporters and sympathizers in all 50 U.S. states.

If this nationwide network of ISIS disciples decides to go operational (which could simply mean a steady flurry of smaller scale, low-tech attacks like this or this), we’ve got a serious problem on our hands.

I recently wrote about the troubling increase in U.S. citizens who have been arrested for either attempting to join ISIS or carry out ISIS-inspired attacks on American soil. I see the ISIS threat to America emanating mainly from three sources: 1) Homegrown “city wolves” 2) Returnees–U.S. citizens who have fought alongside ISIS and returned home 3) Our shamefully porous borders.

I realize this is heavy stuff and difficult for some to accept or even hear. After giving a talk recently about my latest book, “ISIS Exposed” before an audience that could be best described as mixed politically–some conservative and some liberal–I was approached by a woman who called me an “alarmist” and scoffed at the notion of a global jihadist movement. She was unable to refute any of the facts I laid out in my presentation, but man, she just knew I was trouble.

Interestingly enough, she was wearing a peace sign necklace.

I want peace, too–but not at any cost (see: Iran) and not at the expense of denying reality.

Look, warning about ISIS is not a pleasant message and as the father of two young children, I take no joy in delivering it.

But wishing away reality won’t make it go away.

So, would you rather know or not know?

I’m guessing that for the sake of our country and your loved ones, you’d rather know.

posted @ Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:29 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Watchman Show: Iran, ISIS and What Can Be Done

On this week's episode of The Watchman, we sit down with national security expert and former Pentagon spokesman J.D. Gordon.

He'll discuss the threats posed by Iran and ISIS and how America should counter them.

posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:52 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Watchman Show: Jihad Against the 'Sunday People'

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we examine ISIS's attempts to eliminate Christians from the Middle East.

Plus, we go on the ground in France to analyze the brewing culture clash with French Muslims in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Watch below:

posted @ Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:30 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stakelbeck Talking ISIS on C-Span 2's Book TV

I recently gave a presentation about my latest book, ISIS Exposed, that has aired on C-Span 2’s Book TV several times over the last few weeks.

I’ve received a lot of great feedback about the presentation, which was sponsored by my good friends at the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET).

I’ve also received some hate mail from angry leftists (is there any other kind?) who watched the program and resented my criticism of President Obama’s Middle East polices (or lack thereof).

Decide for yourself. Watch my presentation on “ISIS Exposed” on C-Span 2 here.

posted @ Friday, April 10, 2015 11:19 AM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Watchman Show: Iran on the March

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we analyze the fall of Yemen and the continued march of Iran across the Middle East.

We also get on the ground in Great Britain to examine the rise of the BDS Movement against Israel.

Watch below:

posted @ Wednesday, April 01, 2015 11:52 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Discussing 'ISIS Exposed' on the 700 Club

I recently discussed my latest book, ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam on The 700 Club with Pat Robertson.

Click play below to watch.

posted @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:03 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Watchman Show: ISIS Exposed

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we share details from my new book, ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam.

We show how ISIS is not just an imminent threat to the Middle East, but to the United States as well.


posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:30 PM | Feedback (0)