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   Dr. Rich Swier, Investigator/Researcher/Writer

Dr. Richard M. Swier, Ed. D., LTC, US Army (Ret.), a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. Was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of service. Additionally, was awarded two Bronze Stars with “V” for Heroism in ground combat operations, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  Commanded two nuclear capable field artillery units in Europe, served as Adjutant of the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., and was responsible for anti-terrorism and terrorism counter action doctrine while assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA.   He culminated his career as the Deputy Inspector General for U.S. Army Pacific Command, the Army Component Command for U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Forces Korea and Alaskan Command.

Richard holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Richard is the Publisher of DrRichSwier.com an online e-Magazine dedicated to contesting the uncontested absurdities.  Is a “conservative with a conscience” and believes that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice is not a virtue.”


   Clare Lopez, former CIA Operations Officer

Since 2014, Clare M. Lopez has served as the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Canadian Mackenzie Institute. In 2016, she was named to Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign national security advisory team. Lopez provides her expertise as an instructor on Iran, Hizballah and the Red-Green Axis for Understanding the Threat, the only program of its kind in the country that provides threat-focused strategic and operational consultation, education, and training, for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies in government, the private sector, and for private citizens about the Global Islamic Movement and the jihadi networks in communities around the nation.

Since 2013, Lopez has served as a member of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi. Formerly Vice President of the Intelligence Summit, she was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006, and has served as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

Already an advisor to EMP Act America, in February 2012 Ms. Lopez was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat to the nation. She serves as a member of the Boards of Advisors/Directors for the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, the United West, and the Voice of the Copts. She has been a Visiting Researcher and guest lecturer on counterterrorism, national defense, and international relations at Georgetown University. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and the co-author of two published books on Iran. She is the author of an acclaimed paper for the Center, The Rise of the Iran Lobby and co-author/editor of the Center’s Team B II study, “Shariah: The Threat to America” as well as The Tiger Team’s “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.” She co-authored “Gulen and the Gulenist Movement” with CSP’s Vice President for Outreach, Christopher Holton, and “See No Shariah: ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ and the Disarming of America’s First Line of Defense” with Frank Gaffney, CSP President.

Lopez received a B.A. in Communications and French from Notre Dame College of Ohio and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a military commission to join the CIA.


J Mark Campbell, Communications Dir.

Audio/Video Engineer, Sound Technician and Activist


   Ann L,  Investigator/Researcher/Writer

Experience includes over ten years of counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism experience, studied Homeland Security and Emergency Management with a focus on counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence through Central Texas College, American Military University and several other training programs.  Her educational and operational mentors are former CIA, FBI Special Agents, military leaders, and law enforcement.  Ann L specializes in investigative research and has been responsible for preventing individuals with ties to terrorism from entering the United States.   Moreover, she was inside the Garland Texas Terrorist Attack with The United West team in support of Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer’s Free Speech event, May 3, 2015. Through the years Ann L participated in covert/overt research and investigation within some of America’s top mosques tied to terrorism for the purpose of gathering information and evidence as well as attended many Islamic events to gather intelligence. Ann L is a serious Christian who serves as the Team Leader for the Safety Team at church, serves on the boards of Words of Hope-Africa and Radical Truth.   Ann L is married to a former US Army Ranger and currently home schools their three youngest children.


 Alan Kornman, Regional Coordinator & Videographer

Contributing Editor Family Security Matters, Lecturer on national security matters and the Global Jihad Movement


 Mary Wierbicki, Regional Coordinator & Social Media Manager

Background and experience includes over 10 years of activism and educational awareness in the community and across the U.S.  Working with former military, FBI, CIA, intelligence officers, and other community leaders to bring awareness of threats that are infringing on freedom and liberties provided us by our God given Rights, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Founding Fathers.

Additional areas that are supported: Researcher and Speaking Engagement Organizer, dedicated to educating of the Islamic Jihad threats to communities, Former Global Patriot Radio Co-Host, Conservative National Security Activist & Coordinator of Special Events and engaged in community awareness.  


Roger Gangitano, Regional Coordinator

Also is ACT for America Space Coast Chapter Lead