Center for Security Policy

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Center for Security Policy was founded in 1988 and states that it operates as a "non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength." [1] The Center for American Progress calls CSP part of the "Islamophobia network," particularly under its founder and director Frank Gaffney.[2]


Opposition to "Ground Zero Mosque"

CSP has been at the forefront of opposition to the planned Park51 Muslim Community Center two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks. CSP head Gaffney insists the community center, deemed the "Ground Zero mosque," is "designed to be a permanent, in-our-face beachhead for Shariah, a platform for inspiring the triumphalist ambitions of the faithful.” [3]

According to the Center for American Progress, "Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, one of the project’s lead organizers, has worked with New York City, the FBI, and the State Department to combat Islamist extremism. His new center is modeled on New York’s 92nd Street Y, a Jewish community center that serves diverse groups across the city. “We want to push back against the extremists,” said Rauf, explaining his intentions behind constructing the center. The project plans detail a cultural center to house a swimming pool, a basketball court, a library, as well as a prayer space." </ref>[2]

In December 2010, Gaffney said on Fox News' the O'Reilly Factor that the Park51 community center is a "mosque that is used to promote a seditious program, which is what Sharia is . . . that is not a protected religious practice, that is in fact sedition." He accused the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of being a "stealth practioner of stealth jihad."

CSP founded and funded the website, to oppose the proposed Park51 Community Center. The partner organizations include "a who's who of radical right-wing leaders, organizations, and notable anti-Muslim advocates." [4][2]

According to the website, coalition members "are aware that a number of mosques have been revealed as veritable “Trojan Horses,” masquerading as places of worship when they in fact have proved to be sources of extremist activities and terror plots against America. . . In modern times, a “Trojan Horse” has come to mean a trick in which a supposed gift or peaceable action is presented with the purpose of enticing a target into allowing a mortal enemy into an otherwise secure location. The mosque and Islamic Center planned for the Ground Zero site is a prominent example of this kind of “Trojan Horse.”"

Andres Breivik

Anders Breivik, the confessed Norway right-wing terrorist who planted a bomb in Oslo that killed eight people and shot and killed 68 people (mostly teenagers) at a youth camp in July 2011, cited Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy seven times in his 1,500 page anti-Islam manifesto. [5]


"Shariah: The Threat to America"

In 2010, CSP released the report "Shariah: The Threat to America," which called the Islamic religious law followed by any practicing Muslim a "totalitarian ideology" and a "legal-political-military-doctrine." [6] It asserts that every practicing Muslim engages in "taqiyya," which CSP incorrectly defines as religiously mandated lying -- in reality, taqiyya means concealing one's faith out of fear of death, defined by Oxford as a "precautionary denial of religious belief in the face of potential persecution" and is practiced by only a minority of Muslims. [7]

CSP Funded Authors of "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America"

CSP has funded research by David Gaubatz, a former federal agent in charge of special investigations for the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. State Department trained Arabic linguist who referred to President Obama as “our Muslim leader” and said he personally found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and writer Paul Sperry, the author of the 2005 book Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington. The two wrote Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America (published by right-wing conspiracy outlet World Net Daily), where they allege that Muslim spies have posed as interns and infiltrated Capitol Hill with a nefarious Islamist agenda. Rep. Sue Nernick (R- N.C.) wrote the foreward for the book, and in response, Reps. John Shadegg (AZ), Paul Broun (GA), Trent Franks (AZ) and Sue Myrick (NC) called for an investigation into whether any interns associated with the Council on American-Islamic relations were on the Hill. Gaffney writes approvingly of the book on the CSP website.


According to the Center for American Progress:

"In 2009, CSP’s annual revenue was nearly $4 million, and Frank Gaffney’s annual salary was nearly $300,000 as president of the organization. Over the past decade, the Scaife foundations gave CSP nearly $3 million, the Bradley Foundation more than $800,000, the Becker foundations about $375,000, and the Anchorage and William Rosenwald funds about $437,000, with the Fairbrook Foundation contributing smaller amounts. All told, CSP received about $20 million in revenue between 2002 and 2009."[2]

Self Description

According to their web site, "The Center specializes in the rapid preparation and real-time dissemination of information, analyses and policy recommendations via e-mail distribution; computerized fax; its exciting, redesigned Web site; published articles; and the electronic media. The principal audience for such materials is the U.S. security policy-making community (the executive and legislative branches, the armed forces and appropriate independent agencies), corresponding organizations in key foreign governments, the press (domestic and international), the global business and financial community and interested individuals in the public at large." [1]

Republican Ties

A very influential organization with the Center for Security Policy is the Center's National Security Advisory Council, whose members hold senior positions with the Bush administration.

Center for Security Policy has strong ties with the Republican Party with many members serving senior posts in the Reagan administration and George W. Bush administration. Donald Rumsfeld, currect Secretary of Defense under Bush, is a receipient of the the Center's Keeper of the Flame Award. The Center is not shy in touting its strong ties with the U.S. Government. [1][2]

Board of Directors

Board of Regents

Responsible for Center's financial development.



..."While CSP boasts an impressive advisory list of hawkish luminaries, its star is Frank Gaffney, its founder, president and CEO."
..."Gaffney and CSP's prescriptions for national security have been fairly simple: Gut all arms control treaties, push ahead with weapons systems virtually everyone agrees should be killed, give no quarter to the Palestinians and, most important, go full steam ahead on just about every national missile defense program."
..."Looking at the center's affiliates, it's not hard to see why: Not only are makers of the Osprey (Boeing) well represented on the CSP's board of advisers but so too is Lockheed Martin (by vice president for space and strategic missiles Charles Kupperman and director of defense systems Douglas Graham). Former TRW executive Amoretta Hoeber is also a CSP adviser, as is former Congressman and Raytheon lobbyist Robert Livingston. Ball Aerospace & Technologies -- a major manufacturer of NASA and Pentagon satellites -- is represented by former Navy Secretary John Lehman, while missile-defense computer systems maker Hewlett-Packard is represented by George Keyworth, who is on its board of directors. And the Congressional Missile Defense Caucus and Osprey (or "tilt rotor") caucus are represented by Representative Curt Weldon and Senator Jon Kyl." [3]


Donations to the Center have come from a variety of conservative foundations such as: The Smith Richardson Foundation, The Sarah Scaife Foundation, The Carthage Foundation, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation. [4]

Contact Information

1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 201
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 835-9077
Fax: (202) 835-9066
Email: info AT



  1. 1.0 1.1 Center for Security Policy, "About Us", accessed December 2006. (This page is archived in the Internet Archive.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and Faiz Shakir, "Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, Center for American Progress, August 2011.
  3. Frank Gaffney Jr. [“Ground Zero: a Shrine to Shariah,”], Family security matters, June 30, 2010.
  4. Other Organizations,, accessed August 31, 2011.
  5. Eli Clifton, “chart: oslo terrorist’s manifesto cited many islamophobic Bloggers and pundits,” Think Progress, July 25, 2011.
  6. Andrew C. Mccarthy and others, “Sharia: the Threat to America,” (Washington: The Center for Security Policy 2010).
  7. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, “taqiyah” definition, available at

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