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 forSenator Henry M. Jacksonin 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 Fairhave referred to him as a “bigoted conspiracy theorist.”
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 outletshave 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.”
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.”
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.’)”
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.
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.”
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."