A senior national security official in the White House has said he believes Muslims are dedicated to establishing Sharia law in Western countries, where he apparently thinks they want to “subjugate and humiliate” non-Muslims.
Frank Wuco ― a former radio host and veteran Naval Intelligence officer ― was hired on Jan. 20 as President Donald Trump’s senior White House adviser for the Department of Homeland Security, according to a recent report from ProPublica.
Now the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters has compiled a report documenting Wuco’s history of deeply concerning rhetoric regarding Muslims and Islam, a religion he views as an inherent threat to Western civilization.
“Prior to his time in the White House, Frank Wuco spewed anti-Muslim attacks as a pundit on Fox News and host of his own radio show,” Media Matters spokeswoman Laura Keiter told The Huffington Post, adding that it “is incredibly dangerous for someone like Wuco who espouses extremist views to have a hand in policymaking ― and the ear of the president.”
In June 2016, Wuco was asked by Breitbart News about Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“There’s nothing radical about him at all,” Wuco said. “He is a Muslim who is following the strictures of Islam and its guidance and prescriptions for violence and warfare against unbelievers. … If you’re a Muslim, you believe it’s being prescribed by God and it’s being ordained by the wisdom of Muhammad.”
In 2013, during an episode of “Liberty NewsCast with Willie Lawson,” a radio show, Wuco said, “If you’re a right-thinking Muslim, the inspiration, the motivation, to engage in jihad doesn’t come from al-Qaida, or doesn’t come from Inspire magazine. It comes from God himself.”
Wuco has also taken a conspiratorial view of Muslims in Europe and North America.
In 2010, on a now-defunct radio show called “Need To Know,” Wuco painted a portrait of Muslims working insidiously to establish Islamic law and “subjugate” non-Muslims:
Every place we find friends, stalwarts, allies, we find the menace of jihad, which will necessarily result in violence to counter the position of a large Muslim population living under “other-than-Muslim” rule. Muslim enclaves in the UK and Canada, ahead of themselves on laboring to establish Sharia law for themselves, are only now beginning to experience what successive Philippine governments have faced for over a century.
While perfectly happy to subjugate and humiliate non-Muslim members of their societies (just ask Christians in Egypt or Indonesia how easy life is), Muslim populations by-and-large will become enclave societies that, first, resist assimilation and then, will make every effort to establish independent rule for their enclaves under Sharia law, using violence to secure what they believe to be their divinely revealed right; the eventual subsuming of all that lies outside the dar al-Islam (House of Islam), until all is within it; until all is consumed by Islam in preparation for God’s final judgement of man.
Sharia law, a favorite bogeyman of anti-Muslim extremists, is the deeply misunderstood legal or philosophical code of Islam, interpreted differently by Muslims across the world. One of Sharia’s most consistent tenets is that Muslims living in non-Muslim countries comply with that country’s laws.
In 2016, on “The Dougherty Report” radio show, Wuco again portrayed Muslims as hellbent on taking over Western countries. And like Trump did last month, he wrongly asserted that Sweden is being overrun with violent Muslims.
“The assertiveness of Muslim communities in Western nations is becoming so pronounced. … you don’t even need ISIS in Sweden,” he said.
“You’ve got every day run-of-the-mill Muslims in massive communities protesting and becoming violent with the Swedish government, saying that they’re going to take over the country,” he continued. “This isn’t even ISIS. These are just peace-loving Muslims who have been allowed to immigrate into these countries.”
Wuco’s dim portrayal of Muslims has also veered into the bizarre.
During his work as a security consultant and radio host, Wuco often gave presentations as a fictional character he created named Fuad Wasul ― a “committed jihadist” escaped from an American military prison to help westerners understand what motivates Muslim fighters.
Wuco, who is from Florida, would role-play as Wasul, delivering the presentations with a “heavy Arabic accent,” according to a 2008 Florida news report.
“If you think you’re winning this war, if you think that you’re defeating jihad, you’re wrong, dead wrong,” Wasul (Wuco) once told a room full of civilian analysts working for military intelligence at MacDill Air Force Base.
A video of Wuco acting as Wasul appears to have been recently removed from YouTube.
Wuco’s anti-Muslim worldview has led him to make alarming policy proposals ― proposals he’s now in a position to help implement.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in November 2015, Wuco said that a “mosque surveillance” program is key to finding “out what’s going on behind the walls” of “mosques and Islamic reading centers.”
He also decried New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to end the likely unconstitutional Muslim surveillance program carried out by the city’s police department.
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A protest against police surveillance of Muslims.
“It makes my blood run cold when I think about Mayor de Blasio’s sort of cancellation or nullification of the mosque surveillance program in and around New York City,” he said.
The NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program, uncovered by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press investigation, sowed deep distrust between police and Muslim communities. It was also deeply ineffective, yielding exactly zero leads into criminal or terrorist activity.
During a 2014 “Fox and Friends” appearance, over a year before Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., Wuco signaled his support for such a measure, although acknowledged it likely wasn’t possible.
“It’s one of these sort of great ideas that can never happen…” Wuco said of a Muslim ban at the time. “You’re just not going to stop the visa application process into this country from Muslim nations in a blanket type of policy.”
And in 2016, Wuco suggested that dropping nuclear bombs on Afghanistan after 9/11 might have been a good idea.
Wuco was asked on “The Dougherty Report” radio show why the U.S. hadn’t already turned Iran and Syria “into glass already.”
“I don’t think it’s been our policy really to just start nuking countries,” he said. “I think if we were going to have done that, my preference would have been to have dropped a couple of low-yield tactical nuclear weapons over Afghanistan the day after 9/11 to send a definite message to the world that they had screwed up in a big way.”
Wuco’s anti-Muslim views are shared by many in a White House that views the West as at war with Islam.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Sebastian Gorka, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and White House counsel Kellyanne Conway all have ties to anti-Muslim hate groups. These groups earnestly believe in paranoid ― and debunked ― conspiracy theories wherein American Muslims are plotting to take over the country and implement a brutal interpretation of Sharia law.
Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told HuffPost that Wuco is part of an “ever-growing group of Islamophobes that have migrated from the fringes of society to the halls of power in the White House.”
“It’s extremely disturbing that you have individuals [like Wuco] ― and he’s not alone ― that hold such extremist, bigoted, and conspiratorial views,” Hooper said. “Our concern is that his conspiracy theories will be translated into policies that impact the lives of ordinary Americans and American Muslims.”
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