John Guandolo

The Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) named as a Hamas front group by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has shut down a 2-day “Understanding the Threat” (UTT) training program that had been scheduled for law enforcement in Kansas.

UTT trainer John Guandolo notes the obvious when he speculates that a contributing factor in efforts by CAIR to shut his training seminars down is because he doesn’t shy away from the fact that CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in U.S. history. (US v Holy Land Foundation (“HLF”) Dallas, 2008) Guandolo notes that CAIR was created by the Muslim Brotherhood to support Hamas and is hostile to the United States. The Department of Justice lists CAIR as a member of the U.S. Palestine Committee in America which is Hamas. CAIR was dropped by the FBI in January 2009 after the Holy Land Foundation conviction. Several HLF leaders received lengthy jail sentences.

CAIR asked the Court to remove it from the Unindicted Co-Conspirator List. Federal judge, Jorge Solis, responded in an unsealed ruling: “The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”) and with Hamas.” The appellate court unanimously upheld the ruling.

Yet in spite of its unsavory associations CAIR claims to be the voice of moderate Muslims in America. Tim Potter of the Wichita Eagle wrote a propaganda piece for CAIR regurgitating talking points sent to him by CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. This no doubt played a key role in CAIR’s success as suppressing the UTT seminar.

CAIR tried and failed to shut down UTT training in Culpeper, VA where the local Sheriff refused to cooperate.

Potter began his incompetent article by describing CAIR as a “major national Muslim organization” and then quoted extensively from CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper who denounced next weeks’ two day training by “Understanding the Threat.”

Tim Potter omitted the fact that the FBI cut off all ties with CAIR because of the HLF evidence linking them to Hamas.

Why, then, is the Wichita Eagle and Tim Potter offering CAIR a platform to attack UTT and the upcoming training program?

Did the Wichita Eagle know that CAIR is Hamas? Did they do any research whatsoever?

It appears to come down to two choices: the Wichita Eagle is a grossly negligent media outlet, or it is knowingly supporting a Hamas entity. Who will pose the question to them? It deserves an answer.

I encourage readers to do a few things:

1. Contact the reporter Tim Potter at tpotter@wichitaeagle.com or 316-268-6684 and pose the above questions to him.
2. Contact FBI Headquarters and ask them why a Hamas entity (CAIR) with whom they have broken all ties remains unindicted. 202-324-3000.
3. Contact the Attorney General’s Public Comment Line and ask why Hamas front CAIR remains unindicted. 202-353-1515.

It is time to purge terrorist organizations like CAIR and their leaders from our society. It can begin by holding people and organizations in our communities – like the Wichita Eagle – accountable so, at a minimum, they will stop supporting Jihadis.
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Counter Terrorism Expert (Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program)

Former FBI Agent (assigned to the Counterterrorism Division,
Washington, DC)
Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com
Co-Author of Shariah – The Threat to America
Author of the newly released book: Raising a Jihadi Generation
World Wide Who’s Who List of 2014

John Guandolo is the Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com; www.understandingthethreat.com, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operation
al threat-focused consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies.

Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991-1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer. During this time, he also deployed to the Adriatic/Bosnia. He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In-Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile. Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, a military freefall parachutist, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

In 1996, Mr. Guandolo resigned his commission in the Marine Corps and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office. From 1996-2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas. In 2001, he served for one year as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice-President, Members of Congress and other high-level government officials. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others.

In 2006, Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters. This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff. For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. While in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence.

Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity. Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI. His career has included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere. In his last year and a half in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo served on a Surveillance Unit.

Mr. Guandolo advises governments – U.S. and others – on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively advises members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others. He served as an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, and is one of the authors of Shariah – The Threat to America, the first comprehensive book on the threat from the Islamic Movement in the U.S. He has appeared on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.

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