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Right-wing runs with “John Brennan-is-a-Muslim” theory


Islamophobes run with the theory that John Brennan is unfit-for-duty because he’s a “secret Muslim.” The real reason Brennan is unfit for duty is because of his track record in support of torture and drone warfare.

Right-wing runs with “John Brennan-is-a-Muslim” theory

by Jillian Rayfield (

A disgraced former FBI agent and anti-Islam activist claims that John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the CIA, is “unfit for duty” because he just might be a secret Muslim.

As Salon reported, John Guandolo claimed last weekend that “Brennan did convert to Islam when he served in an official capacity on behalf of the United States when he served in Saudi Arabia” and it “was the culmination of a counterintelligence operation against him to recruit him” by foreign operatives.

The theory, which was picked up by conspiracy-theorist central World Net Daily, has an eager audience on the right. Here’s a rundown:

Glenn Beck: ”I don’t know if this is true or not, I will tell you that there is so much in John Brennan background that should be questioned, that this is plausible. He added: ”If somebody makes a charge like that, shouldn’t we at least explore it?” Watch:

Former Rep. Fred Grandy, R-Iowa, also of Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy: “The influence of Islam as a religion among top intelligence authorities in this country is not limited to John Brennan. Whether or not that influenced his political determinations probably has more to do not so much with Islam but to what degree has been co-opted by Saudi authorities.”

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association: “Well I think the proof is in the pudding. When he redefines jihad to mean something that it doesn’t mean, to water it down; when he rewrites the training manuals for our law enforcement, for those that would protect the United States; it’s all very, very frightening and suspicious to me.”

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association: “[Obama] wants a guy to be the director of the CIA who may be a Muslim covert. There’s a highly-placed source, I can’t verify this because it’s only come from one source but John Brennan who President Obama wants to be his CIA director, there’s a well-placed source that says everybody understands in the intelligence community that he converted to Islam when he was on an overseas assignment. He’s allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate his administration.”

Guandolo left the FBI after the corruption case for former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson, amid revelations that Guandolo had sexual relationships with agents and a government informant on the case. He has since been traveling the anti-Islam speech-making circuit, occasionally arguing that Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.”


Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    I was thinking more like the Lord of the Rings .too

    Do you think he was thinking of the word Trinity ?

    Sir David

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Don’t forget the Matrix

  • golden izanagi

    actually makes it sound awesome and it should be trilogies are always awesome ones such as dead space, xenosaga, halo, god of war, mass effect (despite the lame ending) onimusha (why no hd collection just baffles me), and kingdom hearts (hopefully) often makes going through a lame cliffhanger ending worth it.

  • Solid Snake

    LOL “The Trilogy” Thats the first time I have ever heard the Quran, Hadith, and Sirah called that,

  • golden izanagi

    “the trilogy” I’m pretty sure plenty of muslims have read all three lord of the rings books after all if they wish to take over the world they would need to know where the ring of power is so they can take it from from frodo then give it to sauron so they can establish sharia law from middle earth to the united states.

  • “Wrong. Islamic law forbids any depictions of Mohammed.”

    …Wrong what? It’s well known that Muhammad is among the figures in the Supreme Court’s building. It doesn’t matter in this instance if the portrayal of Muhammad is haram or not – Weinman put him in and that’s that, unless you’re attempting to argue it’s somehow not really him.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    The whole idea does not make sense . Thats my point .
    You could call anyone a secret muslim , They dont need any evidence. I thought if I threw out name some loons might investigate him and learn something
    Maybe we are all secret muslims 😉 ( an idea I have to think about )
    One of the Islamic ideas I like very much is that we are born free of guilt in a perfect state of grace , unlike the catholic christian Idea we need to be baptised to cast out the Devil. I know of very old churches in the UK that have very little doors near the font so the devil can get out of church quickly after being cast out of a baby by the Holy water .
    Sir David

  • JD

    American Muslims Don’t Want Shariah, According To Study By University Of Windsor


    That argument is same thing as Catholics try follow the 10 commandments but true Catholics follow
    Canon Law or we can put in halakha (Jewish law) and so cant be good americans .Heck long time ago we were told Catholics cant be good Americans also
    because they follow the pope by religious “experts” of Catholicism just
    like you. Funny how history repeats it self Tell us the difference between Sharia and canon law Halakha . No sex before marriage No eating pork blah blah blah There is none because they are rules of _____ religion not a master plan to take over the world .

  • “And if you are a Sharia-adherent Muslim yourself, then you are an enemy Western civilization and our U.S. Constitution.”

    So then the logical question is: ‘What do you intend to do about that?’ You’ve just stated that they’re enemies of the dcoument that governs the United States. Will you arrest them? Deport them? ‘Reeducate’ them? And if you’re feeling particularly bloodthirsty, kill them? Nuke their holy sites? Surely, continuing to allow these people actively committing treason against the United States shouldn’t stand.

    This is why no one will ever accept the ‘defender of Western civilization’ bullshit that you, Geller, Spencer, etc. put on. Any of the above is authoritarian at best and totalitarian at worst (because let’s face, humans are bastards to one another and will do all sorts of horrible things if they’re given no reason not to). You’re supposed to be better than that, or so you say. Above the base instincts of the mewling hordes that turn towards Mecca five times a day. But the utter contempt and hatred for your fellow human beings is borderline caricature from your so-called ‘counter-jihad movement.’

    But it’s irrelevant. No one will remember you, me, Jihad Watch, Atlas Shrugs or even Loon Watch, in the end. Islam will continue to live on just as it has for over a thousand years. That, above all else, must be what really frustrates you. You struggle online against us, the civilized man getting down from on high to *suppose* he can spare us a moment to enlighten the natives with his wisdom, in vain. So I say to you: may your children and descendants find peace with the religion. Let them take neighbors, friends, lovers, husbands, wives who know that there’s no god but God and Muhammad is His prophet.

    Good day, sir.

  • JD

    Yes and muslim are also constructing a Death Star as we speak in space with the help of new convert Vader and our secret member Obama . There are sleeper agents planted in org like

    Islamic Relief USA

    Muslims Without Borders

    That go around helping people. You can tell who they are because they have white armor and suck as guards . They usually tell you “these aren’t the droids we looking for” and let you pass

    Please adjust your tin foil hat Muslims cant even agree on day of Ramadan how will t hey take over anything and CAIR ISNA the MSA are terrorist org why they are still open. Ohh wait if that true then the Fbi is allowing terrorist org to run in the open. That then must mean FBI is full of terrorist. wait if the FBI is still open then Federal government letting terrorist org run in the open then that must mean Federal government is is full of terrorists. If the Federal Gov is still open that must mean …..EVERYONE IS A MUSLIM

    / Yeah that how stupid you guys look when you talk

  • Hey, speaking of research, from your own comments…

    “Could Muslims even build a ship without the help of Dhimmis?”

    …You do realize that the very ships that allowed Europeans to come to the Americas, which you presumably live in or have lived in right now, their sail designs (which allowed more flexibility in changing direction) were taken from the Islamic world?

    “It’s best to do some research before offering an opinion…”

    Yup, sure is, isn’t it?

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