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Virginia county sheriff hosting anti-Muslim training by disgraced conspiracy theorist

Virginia county sheriff hosting anti-Muslim training by disgraced conspiracy theorist

, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia is planning to host a three-day training by John Guandolo, a notorious Muslim-basher and conspiracy theorist who resigned from the FBI before he could be investigated for misconduct, according to promotional materials.

It’s hard to believe that the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office would knowingly associate itself with such a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S. government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.”

Guandolo joined the bureau’s Counterterrorism Division in the wake of 9/11, but by 2005 he was posing as a driver for a “star witness” in the corruption case of former Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA). He made “inappropriate sexual advances” to that witness and soon was having an “intimate relationship…that he thought could damage an investigation.” He also unsuccessfully solicited the witness for a $75,000 donation to an organization he supported and carried on extramarital affairs with female FBI agents.

Guandolo’s actions risked tanking the government’s prosecution of Jefferson, and he faced an investigation by the bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Though he later expressed “deep remorse” for his actions, he resigned from the bureau in December, 2008, ahead of an investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility. Later that month, he became a full-time anti-Muslim activist and conspiracy theorist –– all under the guise of being a counterterrorism expert.

According to his resume, Guandolo became Vice President of the Strategic Engagement Group in December, 2008. He describes the tiny consultancy as the “only company in the United States aimed at identifying potential threats to homeland security.” This would come as a shock to the many U.S.-based consultancies and contractors who actually do this work, often for many millions of dollars – e.g. Booz Allen HamiltonSAICStratforAshcroft Group. But that’s the thing about Guandolo, he actually believes that only he and a small cadre of allies – including the anti-Muslim ACT! For America, whose Thin Blue Line project he helped launch – understand geopolitics, terrorism and Islam.

In Guandolo’s mind, the U.S. government has already been infiltrated by the enemy –– Muslims. He raised eyebrows –– and was widely mocked –– a year ago with wild claimsabout John Brennan, who was later confirmed as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Speaking on a far-right online radio show, heclaimed that Brennan had “interwoven his life professionally and personally with individuals that we know are terrorist” and given them access to top government officials. What’s more, he claimed Brennan “brought known Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leaders into the government and into advisory positions.”

Why would Brennan do such things? Guandolo knows. It’s because Brennan was the target of a successful “counterintelligence operation against him” in Saudi Arabia and converted to “Islam when he served in an official capacity” there. And the conspiracy doesn’t stop there. Guandolo claimed a couple weeks later that President Obama had “made a significant effort to protect known members of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood inside this government.”

Back in the real world, the Senate voted in March, 2013, to confirm Brennan. He faced tremendous scrutiny, mostly focused on his aggressive posture on using drones to kill terrorists overseas. But Guandolo wasn’t fooled!

He continues to offer so-called trainings that reveal “the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration of the US Federal Bureaucracy and its coverup by our own government.” He claims that the “Obama and Bush II administrations, along with state and local governments, have been blind to critical facts about the true nature of the enemy we face.” He also tells his trainees that American Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.”

At a 2010 training in Columbus, Ohio, Guandolo falsely accused Omar al-Omari, a college professor, of having ties to terrorism. The training was suspended by the Columbus Police Department after the first day, with Columbus Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell expressing shock that Omari’s “reputation was impugned incredibly” by Guandolo. The following day, the “head of the local Joint Terrorism Task Force and one of the FBI’s top agents in Ohio both arrived at the academy and assured the class that Omari wasn’t a terrorism suspect.”

When questioned later by National Public Radio (NPR), Guandolo claimed “that there were things he knew about Omari that the FBI didn’t,” saying “We know we have our facts right, because we have to.” NPR reached out to a dozen contacts at the FBI, Homeland Security, et al. and was told that Omari “has no links to terrorists or terrorism” and Guondolo’s “accusations against him are unfounded.”

This is standard operating procedure for Guandolo, who sees conspiracies at every turn and believes that only he can see through them. But there are consequences when misguided and paranoid material is passed along as fact to law enforcement.

The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office should do itself –– and the citizens of Culpeper County –– a favor by pulling its sponsorship of Guandolo’s upcoming training. But they don’t need to take my word for it.

They should do their own due diligence on Guandolo and check with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies and associations to get their assessment of him as well as recommendations for qualified trainers. In the words of Deputy Police Chief Blackwell, the “last thing you want in your community, in any community, is for training that is supposed to help agencies to become better equipped to deal with people, actually inflame people and create fences.”

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  • Talking_fish_head

    I think my ears are bleeding right now, i’ve listened to bad dubs in my time (eg: Megaman 8) but this Thing takes the cake and eats it

  • golden izanagi

    my favorite episode is when he reviews the last air bender and seeing him tear that abomination to shreds was most satisfying considering how painful that film was when I first watched it.

  • golden izanagi

    actually since he has a ps2 they should have him play the crossover game chaos wars a game with voice acting that is just painful to listen to, then there is the very crap tactical rpg gameplay and no he will not be allowed to mute the volume nor will he be allowed to switch the voice acting to Japanese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pD83hmKjr0

  • Tanveer Khan

    Just watched them. They are brilliant. Everyone must watch them

  • Talking_fish_head

    Nah, its too good for him

    Give him an Atari 2600 and let him play E.T and pac-man

  • Rights

    That much negative stuff said, any decent, proud, conscientious person would call it quits. But not John Guandolo. Something keeps him going, something makes his conscience immune to any effects from all that negative stuff about him. Thus, he must teach falsehood of one kind or another about Muslims and Islam. Islamophobia it is, think I.

    As for the sheriff, I say if he really wants his men and women to learn about Muslims and Islam, then he must enlist some people who really know Muslims and Islam. There is no paucity of such experts in the United States. A cardinal principle of teacher and student relationship is that the teacher must ensure the accuracy and authenticity of what he teaches. On that account Guandolo fails miserably. But it is also the responsibility of those who arrange for teachers and classes to ensure accuracy and authenticity. On that account the sheriff fails miserably. Thus, they are both miserable failures in this endeavor. My sympathies for those who would be on the receiving end of the falsehoods that Guandolo would confer on them.

  • Solid Snake

    Oh wow I loved that Episode.
    Doug Walker = Funniest movie critic on Youtube. Actually, Golden Izanagi, you got me hooked on him a while back when you posted a video.

    I urge everyone to check his Twilight critique videos, I think there are two of them. Hilarious.

  • golden izanagi

    if they want to use video games to torture the guy they should probably have given him a virtual boy or the Phillips cdi with only the cdi legend of Zelda games to play. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKOzqw83RVo

  • The greenmantle

    oooo ! do you think we can get him interested in a game of ” catch this bullet ” or sit in this chair while we plug it in ?
    Sir David

  • golden izanagi

    speaking of morons “counter jihad” fan boy anders brevik wants better games in his cell http://kotaku.com/norway-mass-murderer-goes-on-hunger-strike-for-better-1522910916

  • Talking_fish_head

    My god that was hilarious

  • golden izanagi

    I’m pretty sure he will try to prove the infiltration by doing the “jelly side down” thing from the movie devil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iJ_G9cRGdE

  • Talking_fish_head

    You know, If people spend that amount of money helping the homeless or improving the education system we could be colonizing the moon right about now

  • Talking_fish_head

    I would like to see the look on his face if someone ask him to provide hard evidence that the US government has been infiltrated by the Muslim brotherhood

  • JD

    Skeletor Geller and Spencer cant spread the good word for free about them moslems now can they

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    People have to pay for this crap??

    http://www.loonwatch.com/tag/john-guandolo/

  • JD

    He is a professional 24/7 it was discovered that he had been sleeping with a
    key witness in the corruption case against former Congressman William
    Jefferson.

    He said American Muslims o not have a First Amendment right to do
    anything, Bet now it’s ok he talking only about them dirty terrorist
    Moslems.

    U.S. government has already been infiltrated by the enemy –– Muslims. He
    wild claims about John Brennan, who was later confirmed as director of
    the Central Intelligence Agency. Speaking on a far-right online radio
    show, heclaimed that Brennan had “interwoven his life professionally and
    personally with individuals that we know are terrorist” and given them
    access to top government officials. What’s more, he claimed Brennan
    “brought known Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leaders into the government
    and into advisory positions.”
    —–
    Everything the right wingers are looking for in a trainer on Islam

  • JD

    CAIR urged Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins to disinvite
    Guandolo and distance his department from the “Jihadi Networks in
    America” program, which is billed as “Advanced Counterterrorism
    Training.” Sheriff Jenkins told Watchdog.org that 20 staffers from his
    office will attend the seminar Feb. 25-27 at the Culpeper campus of Germanna Community College.
    ————————————

    Counterterrorism conference threatens to blow up on VA sheriff
    http://watchdog.org/129024/counterterrorism-muslim-fbi/

    By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

    CULPEPER, Va. – The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a counterterrorism program conducted by a controversial former FBI agent – and catching flak for it.

    John Guandolo, the presenter, was branded a ”notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist” by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

    CAIR urged Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins to disinvite Guandolo and distance his department from the “Jihadi Networks in America” program, which is billed as “Advanced Counterterrorism Training.”

    Sheriff Jenkins told Watchdog.org that 20 staffers from his office will attend the seminar Feb. 25-27 at the Culpeper campus of Germanna Community College.

    Tickets are $225 per person. Because his department is hosting the
    event, Jenkins said staffers would “receive a discounted rate.” He did
    not specify the savings.

    As for Guandolo, Jenkins said “his expenses are his responsibility.”

    Gearing his Culpeper program to “law enforcement, U.S. military and
    national security pros,” Guandolo told Watchdog that the conference is
    closed to the press and general public. He said he will conduct a public
    program in Fairfax in March.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal activist organization that monitors so-called “hate groups,” has its sights on Guandolo.

    “It’s hard to believe that the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office would
    knowingly associate itself with such a disreputable character,” said
    the SPLC’s Josh Glasstetter.

    Guandolo, who authored the book, “Raising a Jihadi Generation,” describes himself as a “counterterrorism expert.”

    But Corey Saylor, director of Washington, D.C.-based CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, counters:

    “Mr. Guandolo has a lengthy record of anti-Muslim extremism and
    unprofessional behavior. His views on Islam are the equivalent of
    historical anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic falsehoods. Guandolo offers
    only his own prejudiced and inaccurate conspiratorial views, not solid
    counterterrorism training.”

    Glasstetter alleged that Guandolo “regularly attacks the U.S.
    government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency
    is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American
    Muslims ‘do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.’”

    Unlike sheriffs in other states, Virginia sheriffs’ offices are not
    tasked with front-line law-enforcement duties. Their responsibilities
    primarily involve civil work, including serving subpoenas and court
    summons.

  • mindy1

    And his qualifications for training anyone are….

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