Center for Security Policy

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Center for Security Policy
Center for Security Policy logo.png
Abbreviation CSP
Motto Peace through Strength
Formation 1988
Headquarters 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Founder and President
Frank Gaffney, Jr.

The Center for Security Policy (CSP) is a self-described national security think tank based in Washington, DC that has been widely accused of engaging in conspiracy theorizing by a range of individuals, media outlets and organizations. Its activities are focused on what it claims is a secret, global campaign to destroy western civilization.

History and programs[edit]

Frank Gaffney, Jr., founded Center for Security Policy in 1988. Gaffney wrote a tribute to Ronald Reagan on what would have been the former president's 104th birthday in April 2015.[1][2]

The Center has claimed the existence of a "Global Jihad Movement" which it alleges is a worldwide campaign at war with Western civilization to install Shariah Law as a parallel legal and political system in the United States, constituting a separate governance system for the Muslim community with respect to family law, civil society, media and political discourse, finance and homeland security.[3]

Salon has reported that in 2013, CSP received donations from "Boeing ($25,000); General Dynamics ($15,000); Lockheed Martin ($15,000); Northrup Grumman ($5,000); Raytheon ($20,000); and General Electric ($5,000)".[4]


The Center's views have caused it and Gaffney, the Center's founder and president, to be criticized for propagating conspiracy theories by Reason,[5] American Conservative Magazine,[6] the Washington Post,[7] Salon,[8] CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen,[9] Grover Norquist,[10] Philip Giraldi,[11] Jonathan Kay,[12] Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding,[13] Center for American Progress,[14] Media Matters for America,[15] The Nation,[16] the Southern Poverty Law Center,[17] The Intercept,[18] the Anti-Defamation League,[19] and the Institute for Southern Studies,[20] among others.

The Hill has characterized the group as "an extremist think tank" [21] while the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication has described the organization as "a far-right think tank whose president, Frank Gaffney, was banned from the CPAC [Conservative Political Action Conference] ... because its organizers believed him to be a 'crazy bigot.'"[22] The Center for Democratic Values at Queens College, City University of New York has said the Center is among the "key players in the Sharīʿah cottage industry," what it describes as a "conspiracy theory" that claims the existence of "secretive power elite groups that conspire to replace sovereign nation-states in order to eventually rule the world."[23]

The Southern Poverty Law Center has said the CSP's "alarming investigative reports" are designed "to reinforce [Frank] Gaffney's delusions."[17] In one of the group's "Occasional Papers," it alleged Huma Abedin, then Hillary Clinton's aide, was an undercover spy for the Muslim Brotherhood.[17] The CSP's accusation was denounced by John McCain, John Boehner, Scott Brown, and Marco Rubio.[24] In a separate report, the group declared that Susan Rice, Richard Haass, and Dennis Ross, were being secretly controlled by a covert "Iran lobby."[17]

Gaffney's leadership of the organization has also prompted criticism of the group in the context of specific accusations made by Gaffney, including that the logo of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency "appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo" and is part of a "worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam."[4]

In March 2015 Mediaite described what it characterized as a typical scene at a CSP hosted forum held in South Carolina:[25]

During a Q&A session with the conference’s attendees, a woman came up to the microphone and introduced herself as a "retired schoolteacher." Two minutes and twenty seconds later, she was dragged away while screaming about how the "communist dictator" Obama was trying to destroy the country by trying to nuke Charleston.


  1. ^ Gaffney, Frank. "Reagan: Relevant, revered on his 104th birthday - plus a 21-gun salute to celebrate" Washington Times (February 5, 2015)
  2. ^ "Center for Security Policy - Frank Gaffney". Center for Security Policy. 
  3. ^ "Understanding the Shariah Threat Doctrine" Center for Security Policy website. Accessed:September 22, 2015
  4. ^ a b Clifton, Eli (October 1, 2014). "Look who’s backing Islamophobe Frank Gaffney". Salon. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Frank Gaffney, Obama Truther". 
  6. ^ Giraldi, Philip (December 12, 2012). "Islamophobia Is Still a Republican Value". The American Conservative. 
  7. ^ Milbank, Dana (September 21, 2015). "It’s up to voters to reject Trump and Carson’s bigotry". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Maloy, Simon (August 28, 2015). "Cruz’s cynical Trump detente: They’re good buddies now, but wait until The Donald’s support drops". Salon. 
  9. ^ Bergen, Peter (September 21, 2015). "The Republicans' Muslim 'problem'". CNN. 
  10. ^ Norquist, Grover (March 16, 2015). "Bloomberg Politics". 
  11. ^ Giraldi, Philip (November 30, 2011). "Neocons Preoccupied With Islamic Conspiracy Theories". 
  12. ^ Kay, Jonathan (July 23, 2012). "Bachmann, Gaffney, and the GOP’s Anti-Muslim Culture of Conspiracy". The Daily Beast. 
  13. ^ The Bridge Initiative Team (July 20, 2015). "Presidential Candidates Set to Appear at Event Hosted By Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist". The Bridge Initiative. Georgetown University. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Wajahat Ali; et al. (August 26, 2015). "Fear, Inc.". Center for American Progress. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Timothy (April 9, 2015). "Media Matters". Media Matters for America. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ Green, Hannah (June 25, 2014). "What the Right Misses About Islamic Extremism: A Conversation With Saba Ahmed". The Nation. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c d Southern Poverty Law Center. "Frank Gaffney Jr.". Southern Poverty Law Center. 
  18. ^ Lee, Fang (September 18, 2015). "Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock Was "Half a Bomb," Says Anti-Muslim Group With Ties to Trump, Cruz". The Intercept. 
  19. ^ Anti-Defamation League (March 2011) "Stop Islamization of America (SIOA)"
  20. ^ Sturgis, Sue (July 20, 2012). "Meet the man behind the Muslim conspiracy uproar". The Institute for Southern Studies. 
  21. ^ Johnson, Terri A. and Cohen, J. Richard (September 3, 2015). "Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in politics". The Hill. 
  22. ^ Posner, Sarah (April 17, 2012). "Welcome to the Shari’ah Conspiracy Theory Industry". Religion Dispatches. 
  23. ^ The Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Action "Action Brief" (April 2011)
  24. ^ Bendery, Jennifer and Terkel, Amanda (July 19, 2012). "More Republicans Speak Out Against Bachmann Attacks". Huffington Post. 
  25. ^ Nguyen, Tina. "Watch Santorum Painfully React to Totally Batty Question About ‘Communist Dictator’ Obama". Mediaite (March 18, 2015). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 

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