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Elise Cooper

Elise Cooper is a freelance author focusing on the conservative point of view on issues involving national and homeland security. Her articles have been published by various conservative blogs, magazines and Republican newsletters.


Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism

2010 October 23

Steward Baker was the first Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security and the former General Counsel of the National Security Agency. His book, Skating on Stilts, delves into some of the causes of why 9/11 happened. It also examines how homeland security, after 9/11, tried to build a strategy for better border security; yet, were still thwarted by civil libertarians. NewsRealBlog had the pleasure of interviewing him about his book and the issues discussed in it.

NewsRealBlog: Why did you write it?

Stewart Baker: I wanted to share the lessons I learned while in government. I wanted to write it to inform the public about my experiences. read more…

NewsReal Interview: Carly Fiorina on the Issues

2010 October 16

Because of California’s economic and budgetary problems, 77 percent (89 percent among Republicans) polled believe the state is headed in the wrong direction. Reuters latest poll shows that “Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer’s lead over Republican Carly Fiorina among likely voters in California is only one point, 46 percent to 45 percent.” Fiorina, the former head of HP, who is the Republican nominee for Senator, discussed some key issues with NewsRealBlog.

NewsRealBlog: The War on Terror is called an Intelligence War. How should we combat this war and defeat terrorism?

Carly Fiorina: Terrorism threatens our families, our communities and our country. It threatens our way of life and the foundations of what makes this country great. Operating from bases in failing states and countries ruled by dangerous dictatorships, terrorists have been able to use globalization, modern technology and our very freedoms against us to establish deadly networks of global reach. In order to defeat these networks, the U.S. must break down the silos of our government and use all available tools to keep us safe. Terrorists want to attack us again, and they are actively seeking the means to carry out their objectives. Our intelligence officers are on the front lines of stopping these terrorists before they can attack by getting better information, foiling plots and providing us with the vital information we need to stay safe. read more…

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Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin” Part II

2010 October 13

American Assassin is a vintage Vince Flynn novel, a prequel to his Rapp-Kennedy series. All of his books deal with the issue of terrorism and the methods needed to keep America safe. If you are looking for political correctness this is not the book to read. Mr. Flynn intertwines his fictional plots with real life political situations. Although there is much less political commentary in this novel than in the last two, this book is not completely devoid of politics. Flynn discusses the issue of torture, targeted assassinations, and the need for America to take an aggressive stance in fighting its enemies. NewsRealBlog had the pleasure of interviewing him about American Assassin. This is part 2 of that interview. Part 1 was published yesterday.

NewsRealBlog: The Rapp-Kennedy series consists of eleven books including American Assassin. Should people that have not read any books start with Transfer of Power after reading American Assassin?

Vince Flynn: Yes, definitely. I am thinking of numbering the books on the website. This series has gotten so big it would help track the order. read more…

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Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin” Part I

2010 October 12

American Assassin is a vintage Vince Flynn novel, a prequel to his Rapp-Kennedy series. All of his books deal with terrorism and the methods needed to keep America safe. If you are looking for political correctness this is not the book for you. Mr. Flynn intertwines his fictional plots with real life political situations. Although there is much less political commentary in this novel than in the last two, this book is not completely devoid of politics. Flynn discusses the issue of torture, targeted assassinations, and the need for America to take an aggressive stance in fighting its enemies. NewsRealBlog had the pleasure of interviewing him about American Assassin.

NewsRealBlog: Why did you choose to write the prequel now?

Vince Flynn: I have wanted to write it since 1998 when I finished Transfer of Power, the first Mitch Rapp book. The longer I went on writing more novels the farther I became removed from the beginning. I was drawn to tell the story of how it all got started. read more…

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Michael Connelly’s “The Reversal”

2010 October 2

Michael Connelly is a New York Times number one bestselling author. His latest book, The Reversal, confronts the disparities in America’s legal system. This novel brings back defense attorney Mickey Haller, who now wears a different suit. He will be the prosecutor in a high profile case about a brutal child murder. The convicted killer gets a re-trial based on new DNA evidence which would overturn his 24-year conviction. Through Connelly’s descriptive scenes the reader feels that they are part of the jury, being able to examine the evidence presented. A central theme throughout many of Connelly’s books is having his protagonists speak for the victims of horrific crimes, which is also the case in this book. Through the character’s eyes the reader is able to sympathize with the victims and their families. NewsReal Blog interviewed him about his new novel.

NewsRealBlog: Did you want to convey to the reader how our legal system works?

Michael Connelly: To me these stories start with the character and how you want to use him or her. I use Mickey to show a look at the justice system from down in the crevices. But I don’t presume this is the whole picture. read more…

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Puncturing the Left’s Righteous Attitude Regarding the War on Terror

2010 September 25

On Sept 14th David Frakt, law professor and former military defense attorney for two Guantanamo detainees, and Stephen Jones, a defense attorney who defended Timothy McVeigh, debated Former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former Bush speech writer, Marc Thiessen on the War on Terror. Frakt continued the argument with an article he wrote for the Huffington Post, entitled “My debate with Marc Thiessen.” NewsRealBlog asked the following individuals to offer their opinions on this debate: Kyndra Rotunda, a professor at Chapman School of Law in Orange, California and author of Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials, Andrew C. McCarthy, who prosecution the terrorists of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a contributing editor for National Review Online, and author of The Grand Jihad, and Thomas Joscelyn, a terrorism analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a writer for the Weekly Standard. read more…

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A Survival Story in Afghanistan

2010 September 18


Thomas W. Young has flown a number of combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo, as a flight engineer for the Air National Guard. He has written a debut novel, The Mullah’s Storm. The book is about a transport plane, carrying a high-value Taliban detainee, which is shot down in Afghanistan during a ferocious snow storm. It depicts how the navigator, Major Michael Parson, and army interpreter, Sergeant Gold, must battle the elements as well as the enemy for their survival. NewsReal Blog interviewed Young about his book.

NewsRealBlog: Is the story based on an actual event?

Thomas W. Young: It is not based on any particular event; however, the plot and setting mirrors real-life conditions in Afghanistan. It is based on my worst fears, being shot down and killed. I wrote it to give the reader an insight into people who are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, the motivations and mindset of the people who serve there. read more…

America’s Shield After 9/11: The War on Terror’s Unknown Heroes

2010 September 11

They are called the Shadow Warriors. Like the military they go willingly into harm’s way. However, unlike their military brethren, they serve without public recognition. Their names will never be known and they will never get the public gratitude so many others who fight the War on Terror receive. The essence of heroism is to put the interests of America ahead of your own and that is precisely what these brave men and women did who served in the intelligence agency. Some have sacrificed their lives. On Wednesday December 30th, 2009, CIA officials were murdered and others were critically wounded at the Camp Chapman base in the eastern Khost province of Afghanistan on the Pakistan border. Retired CIA officer Rob Richer and his wife Kim decided to ride across America on their bikes to honor the fallen, beginning on September 11th. To raise money and awareness he came up with the idea of Pedaling for Patriots where they will bike from Jacksonville Beach, Florida to San Diego, California. NewsRealBlog interviewed him about the project and his feelings about September 11th. read more…

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Logical Answers Americans Should Demand from the Supporters of the Ground Zero Mosque

2010 September 4

NewsReal Blog has tried unsuccessfully to talk to the organizers and supporters of the Ground Zero mosque. Here are the questions that should be asked and the answers we would like to receive.

NewsReal Blog: Does location matter: what if the mosque was built right at Ground Zero-would that be ok? What about across the street from Ground Zero-would that be ok? What about one block from Ground Zero would that be ok?

Logical Answer: The location for the mosque should be based on a boundary. If a building was even partially damaged the mosque should not be built there. If any debris from the WTC or the plane was found in the building then the mosque should not be built there. If any body parts or ashes were found in the vicinity the mosque should not be built there. read more…

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Brian Haig’s The Capitol Game: “A week without sweat or explosions is more than you can imagine.”

2010 August 28

Brian Haig is a New York Times Bestselling author. He has written eight books including his latest, The Capitol Game. He previously served in the military as Special Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command in Korea, and then for four years as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. NewsReal Blog had the pleasure of interviewing him.

NewsRealBlog: What is the plot of The Capitol Game? read more…

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CIA Sets Sail on Spy Cruise

2010 August 21

Michael Hayden, the former CIA Director, has always asserted that “the war on terrorism is inherently an intelligence war.” This November, the “SPY CRUISE” will be sailing. On the cruise everything you wanted to know about intelligence but could not ask will be discussed, that is except classified information. NewsReal Blog interviewed four of the speakers to get their take on what will be discussed. read more…

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Woolsey on Iran Part II

2010 August 16


R. James Woolsey served in the US Government under two Republican and two Democratic administrations. His accomplishments include serving as the Director of the CIA, Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty in Vienna, and Under Secretary of the Navy. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards.

Currently he speaks publicly and contributes articles to newspapers and other periodicals on such issues as national security, energy, foreign affairs and intelligence.

NewsRealBlog interviewed him for his opinions on these issues.

NewsRealBlog: Do you think we should have the same policy against Iran as we did during the Cold War?

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