The Center for Security Policy (CSP) is a Washington, D.C. right-wing think tank that focuses on national security issues. The Center was founded in 1988 by Frank Gaffney, Jr.. The CSP advocates neoconservative and policies based on a philosophy of “Peace through Strength,” which “is not a slogan for military might but a belief that America’s national power must be preserved and properly used for it holds a unique global role in maintaining peace and stability.”
In 2010, Gaffney, along with co-authors such as former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Jr., released a book entitled “Shariah: The Threat to America,” published by the Center for Security Policy. The book “describes what its authors call a ‘stealth jihad‘ that must be thwarted before it’s too late” and argues that “most mosques in the United States already have been radicalized, that most Muslim social organizations are fronts for violent jihadists, and that Muslims who practice Sharia law seek to impose it in this country.” According to the Washington Post, “Government terrorism experts call the views expressed in the center’s book inaccurate and counterproductive.” In other articles, Gaffney claims that stealth jihad to advance Sharia constitute sedition.
In early 2011, Gaffney charged that the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) had “come under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is working to bring America under Saudi-style Shariah law.”Gaffney told the conservative website WorldNetDaily 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.
In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Gaffney testified to support a lawsuit against a planned mosque. The lawsuit alleged that the county zoning board did not give proper notice of a hearing, but during the eight days of the hearing, the judge allowed mosque opponents to introduce unverified claims or inflammatory statements such as that Islam is not a religion and asking a county commissioner if he supported keeping a whip over his bed to beat his wife with. Although Gaffney was currently not a member of any police or intelligence agency and admitted under oath he is not an expert in sharia law or Islam, he testified Islam is a threat to the United States and by extension the mosque was a threat.