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

The Center for Security Policy (CSP) is a pro-Israel[1] activist group and self-described think tank that has been accused of propagating conspiracy theories.[2][3][4][5] CSP was founded in 1988 by noted conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, Jr. and advocates policies based on what it describes as a philosophy of "Peace through Strength." [6]

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.


CSP is a 501(c)(3) organization. It gets funding from private individuals and an assortment of philanthropic foundations.[7]

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)".[8]


The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused the CSP's "alarming investigative reports" as designed "to reinforce [Frank] Gaffney's delusions."[9] 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.[9] The CSP's accusation was denounced by John McCain, John Boehner, Scott Brown, and Marco Rubio.[10]

In a separate report, it declared Susan Rice, Richard Haass, and Dennis Ross, were being secretly controlled by a covert "Iran lobby."[9]

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.”[11]

The Huffington Post has described the CSP as "an organization with a history of producing dubious claims and "studies" about the threat of shariah."[12]

In March 2015 Mediaite described what it characterized as a typical scene at a CSP hosted forum held in South Carolina:[13]

Global warming[edit]

The Center does not take an official position on global warming – it focuses its work on domestic and international politics.


In recognition of various achievements, the Center hosts 4 awards for varying accomplishments.

Keeper of the Flame Award[edit]

"Since 1990, the Center for Security Policy has recognized individuals for devoting their public careers to the defense of the United States and American values around the world. Those extraordinary individuals are the Keepers of the Flame."[14] The majority of awards have gone to senior military figures and Republican politicians. A notable exception to this pattern is world chess champion, Garry Kasparov.

Freedom Flame Award[edit]

"The Freedom Flame Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified the ideals of freedom, democracy, economic opportunity and international strength to which the Center for Security Policy is committed."[15]

Mightier Pen Award[edit]

"The ‘Mightier Pen’ Award was launched in 2001 in recognition of individuals who have, through their published writings, contributed to the public’s appreciation of the need for robust U.S. national security policies and military strength as an indispensable ingredient in promoting international peace."

The Sacred Honor Award[edit]

"The Sacred Honor Award is named after the solemn vow made by the signers of the Declaration of Independence when they wrote, “We mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”" There are no recipients of this award as of yet.

Prominent members[edit]

Recent publications[edit]


  1. ^ Cockburn, Alexander (2003). The Politics of Anti-Semitism. AK. p. 132. ISBN 1902593774. 
  2. ^ "Media Matters". Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fear, Inc.". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Green, Hannah (25 June 2014). "What the Right Misses About Islamic Extremism: A Conversation With Saba Ahmed". The Nation. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Presidential Candidates Set to Appear at Event Hosted By Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist". The Bridge Initiative. Georgetown University. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  6. ^ About Us,",
  7. ^[dead link] Center for Security Policy grant listing, Media
  8. ^ Clifton, Eli (1 October 2014). "Look who’s backing Islamophobe Frank Gaffney". (Salon Media Group, Inc.). Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Frank Gaffney Jr.". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Far-right birther’s secret funders: Look who’s backing Islamophobe Frank Gaffney". Salon. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Here's Why You Shouldn't Trust the Latest Poll on American Muslims". Huffington Post. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Nguyen, Tina. "Watch Santorum Painfully React to Totally Batty Question About ‘Communist Dictator’ Obama". Mediaite (18 March 2015). Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  14. ^[dead link] Center for Security Policy, Annual Report 2001
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