Security

FBI: Center For Security Policy Sharia Report Made ‘Unsubstantiated Assertions’

Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney finds himself increasingly isolated from the mainstream Republican party. Last year, Gaffney was barred from CPAC after accusing Suhail Kahn, who directed Muslim outreach efforts for the Bush White House, and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist of being moles for the Muslim Brotherhood. And last month, Edward Meese, a former Reagan administration Attorney General and Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, slammed Gaffney and his allies for disparaging Muslim Americans “solely because of their religion or their background when there’s no basis for it.”

But Gaffney, who has said “it is now public knowledge that nearly every major Muslim organization in the United States is actually controlled by the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] or a derivative organization,” doesn’t hold much credibility with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of a September 2010 Senate Homeland Security committee hearing, “Nine Years After 9/11: Confronting The Terrorist Threat To The Homeland,” the FBI issued written responses to questions posed by committee members. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) issued the following question to the FBI (see page 123-123 in the PDF):

LIEBERMAN: What is your perspective on the Center for Security Policy’s recent report entitled “Shariah: The Threat To America”?

FBI: The FBI believes the report underestimates the United States Government’s (USG) level of knowledge and understanding of the activities taking place in the United States and overstates the threat posed by those activities. The report also fails to note that some of the threats were disrupted by the USG and are no longer viable, and it makes unsubstantiated assertions regarding limitations on our ability to respond to ongoing threats. Among other reasons, this may be because the report relies on outdated information.

David Yerushalmi, a coauthor of the report and CSP’s general counsel, is the author of the model “anti-Sharia” legislation introduced in over twenty states. As the “anti-Sharia” movement spreads across the country, members of communities facing the Islamophobia campaigns led by Yerushalmi and Gaffney — both of whom are discussed in the Center for American Progress’s report, “Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network” — should note that the FBI largely disregarded their report as making “unsubstantiated assertions” and relying “on outdated information.”