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Islamophobe who advocated nuking Afghanistan and spying on mosques appointed senior State adviser

27th Dec 2019
Islamophobe who advocated nuking Afghanistan and spying on mosques appointed senior State adviser

Screenshot of Frank Wuco dressed as Fasal Wasul in ‘Ask the Jihadist’ presentations to military intelligence analysts (Credit: ExCITEable/WikiCommons)

Nadine Osman

An infamous Islamophobe who gave military training presentations as a fictional Muslim terrorist, called for the nuking of Afghanistan and wide-scale surveillance of US mosques, has been appointed senior adviser at the US State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

Frank Wuco, a retired naval intelligence officer, previously worked as a right-wing radio host before joining the Department of Homeland Security in January 2017, claimed that Muslims “by-and-large” will “subjugate and humiliate non-Muslim members of their societies” and that their core faith purportedly instructs them that they can’t “coexist peacefully with other religions.”

As a Homeland Security senior adviser, Wuco helped implement President Donald Trump’s orders to the agency, including his ban on travellers from some Muslim-majority countries.
In 2014, he told Fox News that banning visas from “Muslim nations” is “one of these sort of great ideas that can never happen.”

According to Politico, John Kelly and his staff were often in conflict with Wuco, with one person close to Kelly commenting that Wuco “knows nothing about the mission” of the Homeland Department and “serves little purpose or value.”

When a CNN investigation unearthed the remarks last year, a spokesman for Homeland Security defended him at the time, saying the comments had “no bearing on his ability to perform his job for the American people.”

In February 2013, Wuco alleged that John Brennan, then the nominee to be the director of the CIA, had converted to Islam when he was stationed in Saudi Arabia.
Wuco praised the surveillance of mosques as key to finding “out what’s going on” in the Muslim community.

During a November 2015 Fox News appearance, Wuco said that a “mosque surveillance” program is key to finding “out what’s going on behind the walls” of “mosques and Islamic reading centres.” He added that after the cancellation of a mosque surveillance program in New York City, he “can only hope that some of these programs continue with other agencies.”

During his work as a security consultant and radio host, Wuco frequently and bizarrely delivered presentations as a fictional character he created named Fuad Wasul.
He would record the presentations with a heavy Arabic accent, donning an Afghan pakol hat and a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf.

Speaking as Wasul he once told a room full of military intelligence analysts at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida, that, “This is a message for the American devils…The enemies of Islam always ask the mujahedeen, like me, ‘Why is that we’re make jihad?’…We’re make jihad to prepare the final earth judgment day of Allah! If you think you’re winning this war, if you think that you’re defeating jihad, you’re wrong, dead wrong.”

In a statement to The Muslim News, the Council on American-Islamic Relations branded Wuco’s latest appointment “absurd.” CAIR Government Affairs Director, Robert McCaw, said, “Hiring someone with such a long history of bigoted anti-Muslim views and who once advocated for dropping nuclear bombs on Afghanistan to an important position on arms control is truly absurd, It would be like nominating a drug addict to head the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration].”

 

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