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Nativists endorse Gaffney’s anti-Muslim infiltration conspiracy theories

Imagine 2050 Staff • Jul 02, 2014

Chuck GrassleyA primary talking point of the Islamophobia movement continues to be that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the Obama Administration. And no one seems to be more of an avid believer of this than anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney.

In his latest endeavor to expose this stealth infiltration, Gaffney has wrangled up a who’s who of prominent nativist figures to laud a senator’s efforts to investigate such matters. This letter serves as yet another vehicle for Gaffney to push his theory.

What the letter also reveals is a laundry list of individuals willing to support Gaffney, and the reputation associated with him. While it is expected that Gaffney’s anti-Muslim colleagues including David Yerushalmi and Nonie Darwish would sign onto such a document, it should be noted that anti-immigrant groups like NumbersUSA are increasingly willing align themselves with Gaffney and his rhetoric.

The letter applauds an investigation headed by Sen. Chuck Grassley that claims the Department of Homeland Security has been admitting individuals with ties to terrorism into the United States. In a letter to top DHS officials, Grassley presented internal emails between the DHS and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) allegedly discussing a “hands off” list used to grant such individuals admittance.

Grassley’s accusations, however, have been refuted by CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. According to Kerlikowske, no such list exists, but rather processes are in place to evaluate travelers with similar information to those on watch lists. For Gaffney, though, Grassley’s findings amount to additional evidence to bolster his case to show the Obama Administration is in cahoots with terrorist organizations.

Gaffney’s organization, Center for Security Policy (CSP), facilitated a letter dated June 24 commending Grassley for his efforts. Referring to the airport pre-check program, Gaffney claimed Grassley had uncovered a “’TSA Pre’ for terrorist sympathizers.” Also in the letter, Gaffney said DHS’ behavior is an “incipient…threat to the security and well-being of untold numbers of Americans.”

The letter was supported and signed by 30 additional individuals, many of whom are already prominent figures within the anti-immigrant, Islamophobia and far-Right movements. Signatories of note include:

  • Clare Lopez, Center for Security Policy
  • Brigitte Gabriel, ACT! for America
  • Lisa Pireneo, ACT! For America
  • Rosemary Jenks, NumbersUSA
  • Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum
  • David Yerushalmi, American Freedom Law Center
  • Robert Muise, American Freedom Law Center
  • Nonie Darwish, Former Muslims United
  • Ginni Thomas, Liberty Consulting
  • Catherine Trauernicht, Election Integrity Maryland
  • Sandy Rios, American Family Association

Other signatories also include activists from Gabriel’s organization and Tom Trento’s United West.

In addition, the letter outlines plans for these individuals to meet with Grassley in the future to discuss how this security threat could be “remedied.”

Gaffney already has a well-established track record of accusing Obama of doing the bidding of the Brotherhood. In one instance, he went on record claiming this administration is pursuing “the Sharia blasphemy agenda of our enemies” and “suppressing freedom of expression in this country.” Gaffney was also one of the most vocal advocates of the anti-Muslim witch hunt that accused Huma Abedin, the longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, of being a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative. He claimed Abedin’s mission was to “penetrate our government,” and that Obama is exhibiting “willful blindness” and even “support” for such an infiltration.

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