Nativism Watch

Gaffney’s Tiger Team launches plan to save U.S. from Shariah

Imagine2050 Staff • Feb 04, 2015



Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy and a handful of other anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists have come together to author a new “strategy” guide to combat the alleged Shariah takeover of America.

Calling themselves the “The Tiger Team” (is it just us, or does this sound like a bad sequel to “The Dirty Dozen”?), they published a document titled: A Plan for Victory Over the Jihad Movement. Among the report’s co-authors are anti-Muslim characters John Guandolo and Tom Trento, as well as David Yerushalmi, author of anti-Shariah legislation and who serves as general counsel to Gaffney and others in the Islamophobia movement.

Ultimately, the strategy guide proves to be a retrofitting of Cold War rhetoric and culmination of conspiracy theories framing the Islamic doctrine of Shariah (and ostensibly Muslims) as being the greatest threat facing the nation.

The Tiger Team’s strategy guide is reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 75. However, instead of framing Communism as the boogie man, the document aims to provide readers with the knowledge of Muslims’  dubious plans to use both “violent jihad” and “stealthy, subversive” means to undermine the U.S. government and usher in an Islamic state.

“The rising tide of shariah and its manifestations here and abroad make abundantly clear that Western civilization, indeed America, cannot coexist with the Global Jihad Movement,” the document reads.

In order to counter this, the report advocates reintroducing Reagan-era strategies such as “Peace through Strength” and engaging in “Counter-Ideological Warfare.”

The document also provides readers with ways to defeat “civilization jihad on the home front,” a common theory perpetrated by Gaffney and Guandolo. As such, these strategies prove to be an extension of Gaffney and company’s absurd fearmongering and continued attacks on a group of people’s First Amendment rights.

One of their suggested method is calling for anti-Muslim and McCarthy-esque congressional witch hunts like the one Reps. Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert led against Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s former aide. However, these legislators were, as the author’s acknowledge, “subsequently excoriated” by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

The strategy guide, unsurprisingly, also called for now former Rep. Bachmann’s bill designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. As previously highlighted by Imagine 2050, Tiger Team member Guandolo helped draft this legislation.

“This legislation should be reintroduced, enacted and used as a basis for rolling up and shutting down its front groups in the United States,” the document states. Of course, this appears to be more of a slight against Muslim civil rights groups, who Gaffney and his ilk continually try to smear as terrorist front groups.

Another stated goal in Tiger Team’s document is to “revoke the citizenship of naturalized Americans” who supposedly seek to “insinuate shariah-compliant norms into civil society.” It also calls for the closures of all American mosques that advocate for “shariah adherence” and “violence against non-believers.” To support these aims, the report cites a 2011 study conducted by David Yerushalmi, a co-author of the strategy guide, which claims out of 100 American mosques randomly surveyed, 80 percent allegedly preached the aforementioned rhetoric.

The new strategy guide concludes with providing sample drafts of Congressional declarations of war “Against the Global Jihad Movement” as well as congressional authorization to use “military force and other means against the global jihad movement.” Of course, such vague language is problematic and advocates for ongoing, perpetual war.

Although, to credit Gaffney and his Tiger Team, revisiting the Cold War and Red Scare-era is important. However, the significance is in reminding ourselves how dangerous mass paranoia can be and that trampling others rights while accusing them of being un-American is, actually, pretty un-American.

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