From The Sub-Universe of “Conservative” Jingoists in the Blogosphere: The Center for Security Policy & a Front, The Family Security Foundation

Right-wing pundit Bob Parks of the Family Security Foundation sounds off on the scourge of liberalism that - according to the orchestrated conservative noise campaign - supposedly led to the "outrageous" conviction of Scooter Libby:

Only The Insane Go To Washington

Author: Bob Parks
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: June 11, 2007

According to the liberal mindset, Richard Armitage didn’t mean to ”out” Valerie Plame, so he shouldn’t have been pursued, but Scooter Libby, who experienced a memory lapse, should rot in jail. FSM Contributing Editor Bob Parks dissects this outrageous miscarriage of justice.

Only The Insane Go To Washington
By Bob Parks

During the last few months, many people have jokingly, and not so jokingly, suggested I run for President of the United States. I’ve politely blown them off. As I believe I am a sane person, I see very little upside to the atmosphere that is Washington D.C.

I was going to write extensively about the miscarriage of justice that was the Scooter Libby “trial”. But it’s really a simple case. This is how I saw things after the verdict was made public….

Liberals: Are ya happy now? ...
The Family Security Foundation and the Family Security Matters (a Center for Security Policy front) website:

Family Security Matters is a conservative front group that claims to represent "security moms" and supports President George W. Bush.

Following an appearance on Fox News, Media Matters for America noted that "Family Security Matters (FSM) is a front group for the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a conservative Washington think tank "committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength." (The phone number listed on the FSM website is answered by the CSP.) [1]


FSM states on its website that its mission: "Our mission is to inform all Americans, men and women, about the issues surrounding national security; to address their fears about safety and security on a personal, family, community, national and international level; to highlight the connection between individual safety and a strong national defense; to increase civic participation and political responsibility; and to empower all Americans to become proactive defenders of our national security and community safety.


• Carol A. Taber, President, Founder
• Linda G. Cohen, Executive Vice President
• Nancy Kennon, Director of Operations
• Molly McCarroll, Editorial Director
• Tracy Lawler, General Manager

Board of Directors

As of June 2006, the website listed the board of directors as:

• Carol A. Taber, President, Family Security Foundation, Inc., publisher of; former Executive Vice President, Group Publisher, Lang Communications, Inc.

• Amanda C. Bowman, President of the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License; New York Director of Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy.

• Linda Cohen, Member of the Leadership Santa Fe program, appointed to the Santa Fe Planning Commission, serves as trustee on the New Mexico Board of the Anti-Defamation League, member of the International Women's Forum and the Santa Fe Community College Foundation Board.

• Dale W. Lang, Former Chairman of Lang Communications, Inc., senior executive at the 3M Corporation; owner and manager of national magazines, local television stations and major outdoor advertising enterprises.

• Edward A. Taber, III, Executive Vice President, Legg Mason/Institutional Asset Management; former President, Prime Reserve Fund, T. Rowe Price.

Contributing Editors

• Molly McCarroll, Editorial Director
• Alex Alexiev
• Walter Anderson
Jed Babbin
• Colonel Jeff Bearor(Ret)
• Phyllis Chesler
• Ian M. Cuthbertson
• Katharine DeBrecht
• John Dendahl
• Brigitte Gabriel
• Christopher Holton
• Susan Konig
• Harvey Kushner
• Joan Harrold Messner
• Charles Mitchell
• Joel Mowbray
• Walid Phares
• Ben Shapiro
• W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
• Cinnamon Stillwell
• Tim Wilson
• Contributing Editors

Former staff

• Gay Bryant, Editor, Founder

Contact details
Family Security Matters
1920 L Street, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20036 

External links
• "FOX's 'security mom' expert spouted Bush-Cheney talking points," Media Matters for America, September 29, 2004.

Center for Security Policy was founded in 1988 and states that it operates as a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength. [1]" According to their web site, "The Center specializes in the rapid preparation and real-time dissemination of information, analyses and policy recommendations via e-mail distribution; computerized fax; its exciting, redesigned Web site; published articles; and the electronic media. The principal audience for such materials is the U.S. security policy-making community (the executive and legislative branches, the armed forces and appropriate independent agencies), corresponding organizations in key foreign governments, the press (domestic and international), the global business and financial community and interested individuals in the public at large."

A very influential organization with the Center for Security Policy is the Center's National Security Advisory Council, whose members hold senior positions with the Bush administration.

Center for Security Policy has strong ties with the Republican Party with many members serving senior posts in the Reagan administration and George W. Bush administration. Donald Rumsfeld, currect Secretary of Defense under Bush, is a receipient of the the Center's Keeper of the Flame Award. The Center is not shy in touting its strong ties with the U.S. Government. [2][3]

Elliott Abrams, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs for Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations
• Devon Gaffney Cross, member, Defense Policy Board
• Jack D. Crouch II, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy; nominated January 31, 2005, to be Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
• Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., former Director of the Office of Management and Budget
• Kenneth deGraffenreid, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Support
• Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
• Douglas J. Feith, former Chairman of the Center's Board of Directors, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
• Evan Galbraith, Secretary of Defense's Representative to Europe
• Robert Joseph, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation and Homeland Defense
• Sven Kraemer, Policy Advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
• Keith Payne, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy
Richard Perle, Chairman of the Defense Policy Board
• Roger W. Robinson, Jr., Commissioner, U.S.-China Security Review Commission
• James G. Roche, Secretary of the Air Force
• William Schneider, Jr., Chairman of the Defense Science Board
• Wayne Schroeder, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Resource Planning and Management
• Michelle Van Cleave, Assistant Secretary of Defense-designate for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict
• Jose Sorzano, member, Board of Visitors, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the School of the Americas)
• Arthur Waldron, Commissioner, U.S.-China Security Review Commission
• Gov. Pete Wilson, member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
• Dov Zakheim, Under Secretary of Defense; Comptroller
• Caroline B. Glick the senior Middle East fellow and the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post


• 1 Board of Directors
• 2 Board of Regents
• 3 Staff
• 4 Personnel
• 5 Donors
• 6 Related SourceWatch Resources
• 7 External References
• 8 Contact Information
Board of Directors
• James T. de Graffenreid, President, EEI Communications
• Terry Elkes, Principal & Co-Owner, Apollo Partners, LLC
• Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President, Center for Security Policy
• Lt. Col. Marlin L. Hefti, USMC (Ret.), Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
• Dr. Charles M. Kupperman, Vice President, Strategic Intergration & Operations, Missile Defense Systems, The Boeing Company
• Hon. Dominic J. Monetta, President, Resource Alternatives, Inc.
• David P. Steinmann, Managing Director, American Securities, L.P.
Board of Regents
Responsible for Center's financial development.
• Terry Elkes, Chairman Apollo Partners, NewYork
• Martin Cohen Cohen & Steers, NewYork
• Blair Fenster stock Fensterstock & Partners, New York
• Bruce Gelb Former Director, US Information Agency and U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, New York
• Eugene Grant Eugene M. Grant & Company, New York
• Lawrence Kadish New York
• David Luke III Former Chairman, Westvaco Corporation, NewYork
Richard Mack, Chairman of the Regents Council Apollo Realestate LP, New York
• Abby Moffatt Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, Washington, DC
• Ebby Moussazadeh Matrix Corporation, New York
• Shirley Lord Rosenthal New York
• Nina Rosenwald American Securities LP, New York
• Michael Sall Dunvegan Holding Corporation, Philadelphia
• Stephen Siegel CB Richard Ellis, New York
• Barbara Winston


• Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President.
• Michael Reilly, Chief Operating Officer
• Alex Alexiev, Vice President for Research.
• J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Operations.
• Christopher Holton, Vice President for Administration, Marketing & Development.
• David McCormack, Senior Research Associate.
• Lisa Firestone, Executive Assistant to the President.
• Robert T. McLean, Research Associate.
• Jenna Stocker, Research Associate.
• Eric Sayers, Editorial Assistant.


Dick Cheney, Vice President of the U.S. under George W. Bush, was an early member of Center's Board of Advisors (which is now called the National Security Advisory Council).
• "twenty-two CSP advisers -- including additional Reagan-era remnants like Elliott Abrams, Ken deGraffenreid, Paula Dobriansky, Sven Kraemer, Robert Joseph, Robert Andrews and J.D. Crouch -- have reoccupied key positions in the national security establishment, as have other true believers of more recent vintage."
..."While CSP boasts an impressive advisory list of hawkish luminaries, its star is Frank Gaffney, its founder, president and CEO."
..."Gaffney and CSP's prescriptions for national security have been fairly simple: Gut all arms control treaties, push ahead with weapons systems virtually everyone agrees should be killed, give no quarter to the Palestinians and, most important, go full steam ahead on just about every national missile defense program."
..."Looking at the center's affiliates, it's not hard to see why: Not only are makers of the Osprey (Boeing) well represented on the CSP's board of advisers but so too is Lockheed Martin (by vice president for space and strategic missiles Charles Kupperman and director of defense systems Douglas Graham). Former TRW executive Amoretta Hoeber is also a CSP adviser, as is former Congressman and Raytheon lobbyist Robert Livingston. Ball Aerospace & Technologies -- a major manufacturer of NASA and Pentagon satellites -- is represented by former Navy Secretary John Lehman, while missile-defense computer systems maker Hewlett-Packard is represented by George Keyworth, who is on its board of directors. And the Congressional Missile Defense Caucus and Osprey (or "tilt rotor") caucus are represented by Representative Curt Weldon and Senator Jon Kyl." [4]


Donations to the Center have come from a variety of conservative foundations such as: The Smith Richardson Foundation, The Sarah Scaife Foundation, The Carthage Foundation, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the John M. Olin Foundation. [5]

Related SourceWatch Resources
• National Institute for Public Policy
• National Security Advisory Council
• Neo-conservative
• Project for the New American Century
• Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000

External References

• Coming Soon: Total War On the Middle East, Jason Vest, The Nation, August 29, 2002.

Contact Information

The Center For Security Policy
Suite 210
1920 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 835-9077
Fax: (202) 835-9066
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