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Center for Security Policy: Founder, President and CEO (1988 - current)

Secure Freedom Radio: Host of radio show broadcast on over 200 channels

Breitbart: Featured contributing writer to the website and radio network

Family Security Matters (Anti-Muslim Propaganda Outlet. Arm of CSP.): Former board member. Current contributor.

Christians United for Israel (CUFL): Associated with this group. Spoke at two of their events.

Clarion Project: Former Advisory Board Member

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American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Nina Rosenwald/Gatestone Institute


Frank Gaffney is an influential writer, radio host and political figure who has impacted US policy since the Reagan administration. A graduate of Georgetown University (BA) and John Hopkins University (MA), Gaffney worked as an aide for Senator Henry M. Jackson in the 1970s.

In the 1980s, under Ronald Reagan, Gaffney was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. Today, Gaffney runs the Center for Security Policy (CSP). Founded in 1988, this non-profit claims to provide information on foreign policy, specifically security issues.

According to many political analysts, Gaffney is an anti-Muslim ideologue who spreads outlandish theories about the Muslim plot to takeover the west and establish Sharia law in America. Indeed, outlets like Vanity Fair have referred to him as a “bigoted conspiracy theorist.”

Recent Activity

Though once considered by Slate to be a “fringe figure,” recently, Gaffney has made a comeback of sorts, with Senator Ted Cruz naming him a national security advisor on his 2016 presidential campaign and President Donald Trump appointing him to his presidential transition team. Furthermore, news outlets have reported that Gaffney’s work with the CSP inspired Trump’s “Muslim Ban,” which limited travel to the US from several Muslim-majority countries and was upheld by the Supreme Court in June. Given his history, Gaffney is a powerful political figure who continues to shape US policy and foment anti-Muslim sentiment.


Gaffney wants to screen Muslims entering the U.S.

“Gaffney: “Specifically we need to institute a measure akin to what we did with Nazism and communism in the past, namely to screen for Sharia supremacism. And if people have that as their operating code, shall we say, we’ve actually got enough of those folks in this country as it is. We don’t really need or want any more. So, thank you, but no thank you.”

SOURCE:Tina Ngueyn (Vanity Fair) (November 2016)

Gaffney characterizes Islam as a nefarious global force trying to take over the world.

“We know for a fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has as its mission the worldwide imposition of Islam’s toxic, brutally repressive and anti-constitutional supremacist doctrine known as Shariah. And yes, it means here, too.”

SOURCE:Frank Gaffney (Family Security Matters) (via SPLC) (August 2013)

Gaffney spreads the bigoted conspiracy theory called “creeping Shariah.”

"Creeping Shariah’ — the idea, spread by Gaffney, that Islamic religious law would make its way into American courts and threaten democracy.”

SOURCE: Libby Nelson (Vox) (May 2013)

Gaffney tried to get Trump to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization

Haaretz reported in March 2017 that Gaffney pushed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization while serving as an adviser on President Donald Trump’s transition team.

“Earlier this year, Gaffney hosted a white supremacist on his radio show to discuss Muslim immigration and later said he didn't know about his guest's full views. (He did, however, welcome Jared Taylor as "the author of six books, including 'White Identity.’)”

SOURCE: Dana Milbank (Washington Post) (December 2015)

Gaffney claimed that Obama changed the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) logo to include an Islamic crescent.

“...the new MDA shield appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo.”

SOURCE: Frank Gaffney (Breitbart) (February 2010)

According to Gaffney, there is evidence that President Obama was born in Kenya, not America.

"There is evidence Mr. Obama was born in Kenya rather than, as he claims, Hawaii"

SOURCE: Frank Gaffney (Washington Times) (October 2008)

In Gaffney’s opinion, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2011 was being infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood

“[Gaffney] told WND that Islamism has infiltrated the American Conservative Union, the host of CPAC, in the person of Washington attorney and political activist Suhail Khan and a group called Muslims for America.

SOURCE: Andrew Sullivan (The Atlantic) (January 2011)

According to Gaffney, Grover Norquist (who has a Muslim wife) is an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Norquist and Khan have for years been running influence operations against conservatives on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes.”

SOURCE: Center for Security Policy (March 2014)

According to Gaffney, Hillary Clinton’s longtime adviser Huma Abedin is an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood

“Gaffney believes that Abedin is a secret agent for the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming in 2013 that ‘Ms. Abedin was brilliantly placed to run Islamist influence operations for sixteen years under the recently departed Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton.”

SOURCE: Brian Tashman (Right Wing Watch) (March 2015)

Gaffney’s group, the CSP, published results from a shoddy poll that Trump used to justify Muslim Ban.

“Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing ‘25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad."

SOURCE: From Trump (via The Washington Post) (December 2015)