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Intercept: Leading GOP Candidates to Appear at Event Hosted by Anti-Muslim Conspiracist


by Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

This Saturday in New Hampshire, several leading Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to appear at a “National Security Action Summit,” hosted by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a think tank led by notorious anti-Muslim conspiracist Frank Gaffney. Among the topics slated for discussion at the event are “shariah and the Global Jihad movement,” as well as border security and the “hollowing-out” of the U.S. military.

Among those listed on the event website as confirmed: Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina and George Pataki.

Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are currently listed as “yet to confirm.”

Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy have a long and well-documented history of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. In recent years, Gaffney has alleged that Muslims serving in the U.S. government are waging a “civilizational jihad” to undermine the country from within, famously accusing Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin of being a covert operative of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2004, Gaffney leveled similar accusations of sedition against former DHS official and Republican political operative Faisal Gill, an individual later revealed to have been subsequently targeted for intensive government surveillance, as per documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and reported by The Intercept.

Following Gaffney’s participation in controversial hearings on Muslim-American radicalization in 2011, Linda Sarsour of the National Network for Arab American Communities observed that “Inviting such pseudo-experts to articulate views about Muslim communities in New York is akin to inviting David Duke, or head of the KKK to discuss African-American affairs.”

Gaffney’s Muslim conspiracies have ventured into even more paranoid territory in recent years, with claims that the U.S. Missile Defence agency logo had been altered by the Obama administration, and now “appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo.” Such unhinged allegations have now earned him a listing as anti-Muslim extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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    • Yausari

      Well it wouldn’t be a movie unless we exaggerated it a little. Let’s make it a horror movie. Crazy obsessed faceless stalker, she he doesn’t take no for an opinion.

    • Reynardine

      What do you have in mind?…

    • Yausari

      They should make a movie out of this.

    • JS

      The GOP (and Republican by extension) leaders have become a joke. Over a dozen candidates blasting each other… honestly the Democrats are setting up for a third term easily. And while I dislike both parties, at least Democrats don’t (usually) listen to loonies like Gafney.

    • mindy1


    • Reynardine

      Fox and the pulpit.

    • mindy1

      Argh I wish politicians would stop with that crap

    • mindy1

      Eh, unless it was politically motivated I don’t call it terrorism. Waiting see what comes out

    • mindy1

      FFS where do these people come from?

    • sasboy

      Frank Gaffney is an excellent example of a far right conspiracy theorist we should all be taking turns to laugh at.

    • Jekyll

      Feminist tactic #124 : Modern Art (next exhibit would have armpit hair)

    • Reynardine

      Get back to business.

    • Jekyll

      Do we need real feminism ?

    • Reynardine

      I had an ugly barney with a vicious little Islamophobe on Facebook today. She posted a clip of a truly savage beating a man gave his wife in an American department store under one of those “what would you do?” rubrics, but then went on a rant about how this man was a Muslim and that when creeping Shariah had crept up on us, all women would be mandated to be treated like this. I had strong objections to both the man’s conduct and stronger ones to both the gloss she put on it and her motives for posting it at all. I thought that was the end of it, but then she began pursuing me illiterately through Messenger service (I don’t remember friending her), finally accusing me of being sex- obsessed. Evidently, the little Falkland Road cage trollop didn’t realize I was a woman. She blocked me, so that her little yellow-livered self would never have to hear my response; but the level of malice this analphabetic bore to over a million people she knew nothing about and her witless determination to spread it to others were a quite frightening testimony to the level of indoctrination among the populace. It’s chance, maybe, as to who might be the first target of the building genocidal rage: blacks, “Mexicans” (a rubric for all Hispanics), Muslims, Jews, “liberal” Christians; but it’s all but inevitably going to break out, and, once ignited, a fire like that is ever hungry for more fuel.

    • JD

      I am Looking for the T word ……Terror. Terroris….Terrorism… Nope nothing guess He’s got the complexion for the protection Mental illness all we hear but his does count this time unlike the Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez mental illness

      —— 3 dead, including gunman, in Louisiana theater shooting

      Last Updated Jul 24, 2015 3:12 AM EDT

      LAFAYETTE, La. — Police said three people, including the shooter, were killed Thursday night in a movie theater in Lafayette, La.

      Two died at the scene, including the gunman, and the third in a hospital, Police Chief Jim Kraft said.

      Authorities said nine other people were wounded. Craft told reporters the victims’ conditions ranged from non-life-threatening to critical.

      The bodies of the deceased were still in the theater, Craft told reporters in an overnight briefing. He said the first officers arrived at the scene as soon as 30 seconds after getting the call around 7:30 p.m., because they happened to be very nearby.

      Craft said they encountered patrons racing out, then spotted the gunman and heard one shot. He said it’s believed the gunman was sitting by himself, and that the first people he shot were sitting directly in front of him. Eye witnesses told police he stood up early during the showing of the movie Trainwreck” and began shooting.

      It all happened in the Grand Theater, which is a multiplex. About 100 people were viewing “Trainwreck” when the gunfire broke out.

      “It was a typical Thursday night in our community until this happened,” Lafayette Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley told CBSN.

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