At Homeland Security, Anti-Muslim Activist Katharine Gorka Maintained Ties With Islamophobes - 2020-09-14
In October 2018, Clare Lopez, a far-right activist and longtime top figure at the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy, wrote to a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security expecting a receptive audience. After all, the recipient of the email was Katharine Gorka, a former senior adviser in the Department's Office of Policy, whose tenure in President Donald Trump's DHS was itself controversial, in light of her past comments about Islam.
Lopez's email echoed a widespread far-right conspiracy theory about Muslim Americans: that national Muslim advocacy organizations, like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, are secretly fronts for overseeing terrorist organizations. Lopez was writing to urge the largest federal law enforcement organization in the country to act on the unfounded theory.
"HAMAS is a designated FTO" — Foreign Terrorist Organization — "& CAIR is its US branch … but members of Congress openly support it, even are featured as keynote speakers at its events," Lopez wrote. She warned about CAIR and another American-Muslim group: "We need to understand that this is a domestic insurgency aimed at destruction & replacement of the US Constitution – please let me know how I can help."