A while back, my friend John Guandolo, a marine combat veteran and former FBI counterterrorism agent, had an important idea.
The Obama administration had recently purged the instructional materials used to train our government’s national security agents – law-enforcement, intelligence and military – about the threat posed by Muslim jihadists. Under the new training, the threat would no longer be recognizable. Obama theory, you see, holds that the threat is not jihadist terror and the Islamic supremacist ideology that catalyzes it. Instead, it is “violent extremism,” disconnected from any identifiable belief system – and, the administration cannot emphasize enough, having absolutely nothing to do with Islam … something a young agent better understand if he or she harbors any hope of being promoted up the ranks.
Of course, our enemies have no hesitation about announcing their intention to conquer America and the West, or about their conviction that seeking this conquest is an Islamic obligation imposed by very clear scripture. What’s more, this interpretation of scripture – Islamic supremacism – is the dynamic, preponderant Islam of the Middle East. True, only a small percentage of Muslims make the final, logical leap into terrorist aggression; but a majority of Middle Eastern Muslims – a substantial majority in several Islamic countries – construe Islam to require imposition of the repressive sharia societal system and all it entails. That means institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims; rampant anti-Semitism; hostility to individual liberty; disdain for Western culture; cruel punishments; and endorsement of violence against perceived enemies under the guise of advancing Islam’s dominions.
The administration’s willful blindness to this reality, its dereliction of the duty to protect Americans at home and abroad, is how atrocities like the murders of American officials in Benghazi happen. It is how those atrocities are shamefully covered up by stonewalling and trumped up prosecutions designed to perpetuate the fraud that constitutional free speech rights, rather than Islamic-supremacist aggression, is the problem.
It is one thing for the White House and our post-American State Department to prattle about “violent extremism” and “religion of peace” while our enemies cry “Allahu Akbar” and “death to America.” It is quite something else for the government to force a fantasy version of the threat on the agents sworn to protect us from the threat – and to create an ethos that warns those agents to toe the line … or else.
Because he was one of them, John Guandolo understands that most of our agents want to do the job of protecting the country no matter how hard the government’s Big Thinkers make it. He wanted to come up with a practical way to help them. And so he has, by writing Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America.
Raising a Jihadi Generation is a handbook that is specifically designed for law-enforcement, intelligence and military officers. At less than a hundred pages, it is a succinct, well-organized primer on Islamic-supremacist ideology. Because the Muslim Brotherhood is the most significant and effective global proponent of that ideology, it is the focus.
The handbook lays out the Brothers’ history, its principles and goals, its interpretation of sharia, and its infrastructure in the United States – the key organizations and players. It provides insight into how radicals think, what motivates them, and how they recruit young people to the cause. It explains how the Brotherhood conducts influence operations under the guise of “outreach,” targeting major Western institutions, very much including law enforcement, pressuring them to accept sharia standards and the Brotherhood’s blame-America-first worldview.
While Raising a Jihadi Generation is geared toward government agents, it will prove useful to any American who wants to learn about the threat. An agent who spent an hour reading it would learn more pertinent information than can be gleaned in a hundred of Washington’s preferred sensitivity-training courses.
I was delighted to provide a brief foreword to the handbook. John has done the country another great service, providing essential information to the people we most need to have it, at a time when government is of a self-destructive mind to purge it.
Schedule John Guandolo to discuss his new book, detailing the severe espionage, counterintelligence and terrorism threat to America.
Counter Terrorism Expert (Mr. Guandolo created and implemented
the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program)
Former FBI Agent (assigned to Counterterrorism Division, Washington, DC)
Author of the newly released book: Raising a Jihadi Generation
Co-Author of Shariah – The Threat to America
Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com
John Guandolo is the Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com (www.understandingthethreat.com), an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational 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.