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Muslim-Bashing Former FBI Agent John Guandolo Goes One Further

By Ryan Lenz on February 12, 2013 - 4:08 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Propaganda

John Guandolo, the former FBI agent who has made a living calling out high-ranking government officials as secret plants working for the Muslim Brotherhood, may have finally crossed the Rubicon into total outrageousness.

Oh sure, he’s already gone after college professors who weren’t sufficiently anti-Muslim. He’s identified mosques that he says are bases of operation for militant Islam. He’s asserted that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in America and aim only to “subjugate” the nation. But it was just last week that he made what may be his most remarkable claim yet, insisting that John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is secretly a Muslim convert working to undermine the Constitution.

Speaking with noted Islamophobic radio personality Tom Trento, Guandolo claimed that Brennan had “interwoven his life professionally and personally with individuals that we know are terrorist and he has given them access” to top officials in the federal government and “brought known Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leaders into the government and into advisory positions,” according to Salon. It was an eyebrow-raising description of Brennan, given that the former national security advisor is under fairly harsh criticism from the political left for his role in the drone killings of radical Muslim jihadists.

In a sense, this latest claim was different only as a matter of degree, not kind. As head of the Virginia-based Strategic Engagement Group, Guandolo has spent years on the lecture circuit, publicizing his fear that radical Islam has infiltrated the government. In 2011, for instance, a National Public Radio report focused on Guandolo’s false claim that a Jordanian-American professor had links to terrorists and his allegation that many American mosques were complicit in a seditious Muslim Brotherhood plot to dismantle the Constitution. Last summer, he and his organization came under fire again after holding training sessions for law enforcement officials in which he claimed that Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything,” according to several news reports.

Guandolo also has worked with many of the most vociferous Muslim-bashing ideologues, including ACT! for America’s Brigitte Gabriel, who in 2011 sounded very similar to Guandolo in an interview with The New York Times: “America has been infiltrated on all levels by radicals who wish to harm America. They have infiltrated us at the C.I.A., at the F.B.I., at the Pentagon, at the State Department.”

Guandolo’s new claim regarding Brennan doesn’t seem to be backed by a shred of evidence, beyond repeating a widespread rumor — which was briefly part of Brennan’s Wikipedia profile before being taken down — that Brennan converted to Islam while he was stationed in Saudi Arabia. But that didn’t stop a number of right-wing blogs and websites from joining in, including WorldNet Daily (WND), which featured the “news” under the tabloid headline “Shock Claim.”

“[Brennan’s] conversion to Islam was the culmination of a counterintelligence operation against him to recruit him,” WND quoted Guandolo saying. “The fact that foreign intelligence service operatives recruited Mr. Brennan when he was in a very sensitive and senior U.S. government position in a foreign country means that he either a traitor, which I am not saying but that’s one of the options … Or, he did it unwillingly and unwittingly, which means he is naïve.”

Of course, there’s also a third option — that Guandolo is so hostile to Muslims that he’s basically willing to say anything that seems to tar them. While Hatewatch doesn’t have access to the secret recesses of either Guandolo’s or John Brennan’s brain, we’re willing to bet that that’s the one that history will record.

  • Sam Molloy

    Rey, I sincerely appreciate your concern. Know that I believe in freedom of religion, including freedom to be wrong. I’m sure most Muslims are moderate and feel that way too. However there is a branch that is more fanatical than any Christian group since the Spanish Inquisition, whose aim is world domination by the killing of all non Muslim people. The door for them to sieze control of most of the Middle East has been flung wide open by the ongoing Arab Spring. You may not care about their killing of Christians around the world, but for the SPLC and other liberal organizations to turn a blind eye to their killing of Gays and virtual slavery of women seems rather inconsistent, don’t you agree?

  • Sam Molloy

    Aron, that’s true, a lot of the people are Pro-American. I never said I am scared, it’s just an interesting collection of circumstances.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, I hate to say this to you in a public forum, but there is noplace else that I can. We are fond of you. You are even charming. But your recent posts are increasingly disturbed. Get, for Godsakes, a check on your mental health, before you run right into the arms of those who would mean to murder you.

  • Aron


    I suggest you look at the Iranian people’s opinions of Ahmadinejad before you get so scared. The man stole his election, and the people know it.

  • Sam Molloy

    Well thought out interpretations of end times stories being satires on current events of the time can be explained by history and human nature repeatedly doing similar things. I recommend you research the Iranian President’s overtures to China offering to “replace the failed Western system of Capitalism and Colonialism with an alliance to create a ‘New World Order’ (his words).

  • Sam Molloy

    Erika, the numbers are a hint that he was a part of the progression. Macauley Culkin is the Antichrist.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Magog never referred to Moscow. Men “from the North” already had a climactic battle at Megiddo- they were British, German, and Turkish and they fought there in 1918.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, when Revelations was written, the ancestors of the Slavs had neither separated into Lech, Czech, Rus, and whoever the eponymous ancestor of the South Slavs was supposed to be, they were not even remotely to the north of whacked–out John. You might as well believe in Nostradamus.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I’m mildly surprised a full-blooded Jew-hater like “Chodorov” would take a Slavic handle…doesn’t seem “Aryan” enough. I’d think such a rabid wolf would call himself something like “Adolf” or “Valkyrie,” or at least “Brunnhilde.”

    But he hasn’t got anything new to suggest, so I guess he fell back on Tsarist pogrom days for his handle.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, those dreaded Chinese Muslims are mostly Uyghurs, and far from influencing policy, they are an oppressed minority.

  • Aron


    You’re going to have to give us a source just a tad bit more reputable than Glenn’s Blazing Underdrawers.

    Perhaps WorldNetDaily?

  • Erika

    Woody, nobody sane is going to be convinced from a link to The Blaze – especially when unlike say the Mormon Church there is no prohibition against Moslems marrying outside of their religion.

  • Woody

    There is a shred of truth in every story. If you took the time to read the entire article this was based upon – you would understand that Brennan married a muslim woman and thus HAD to convert to marry her. Problem was – he was CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia at the time. Read the story again instead of trying to do a hatchet job on the guy accused of improprieties. Brennan stands to be Obama’s pick for CIA director – it’s a big deal.

  • Erika

    Sam if you really want, you can prove that the book of Revelation is about almost anything you want. Like the Book of Daniel, it is largely symbolic talking about current leaders according to Biblical scholars. and you probably should avoid getting history or Blblical interpretation lessions from Jack T. Chick.

    And besides, we all know that the evidence is overwhelming that Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6) was the Anti-Christ ;)

    (but still watch out for Tim Tebow!)

  • CM


    Really, you’re buying into the Hal Lindsey interpretation of Revelation? Well, you can kiss your intellectual credibility good-bye.

    Never mind that Moscow didn’t exist until several centuries after Revelation was written, or that Josephus clearly identifies Magog with the Scythians. Never mind that Russia is due north of half the planet, and that there are lots of other places due north of Jerusalem that would have been a lot more front-of-mind to a first-century writer than the then-nonexistent Russia. But “kings of the East” clearly would have referred in first-century Judea to the Parthian (Persian) Empire, not China.

    Revelation is about conditions in the late first century. Any other interpretations rest on magical thinking.

  • Aron


    You have finally jumped off the deep end. St John the Divine may be your homeboy, but he was one whacked out sonofagun.

  • Sam Molloy

    There are references to Magog (Moscow), the Kingdom of the North (Moscow is due North of Jerusalem) and the Kings of the East (China). Not mentioned is what is due South of the USA waiting for the lights to go out.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    It might be added that Israel’s marriage laws are, to the best of my knowledge, based on the old millet system of the Ottoman Empire. Not exactly Sharia, but still a former Muslim empire led by a Caliph.

  • Gregory

    Sam, yet again you are presenting warmed over John Birch Society paranoia and ignorance as a “theory”. We’ve been down this road before.

    First, using the Book of Revelation as a template for understanding current world events may be considered mainstream reasoning where you come from, but the rest of the world generally considers this to be in the crackpot fringe.

    Muslims have been in China for at least 1400 years and comprise less than 2% of the population. Yet, somehow this is seen as evidence of a plan for global Muslim domination?

    Your implication that the legal system in the UK is sharia compliant is factually incorrect. You are referring to the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal. Here is a link should you choose to read about it (

    However, since you seem to concerned about creeping Sharia, you have yet to get hysterical that in Israel, Islamic law is binding on personal law issues for Muslim citizens.

    In quick summary, your “theory” is little more than classic JBS xenophobic paranoia bolstered by poorly informed speculation.

  • Aron


    If you believe the Blood Libel, it’s the ONLY way to make matzoh!

    And Sam, there are 1.3 BILLION Muslims in the world. Get used to it, dear.

  • Erika

    Aron, now you have done it. You just know that Chodorov and his buddies on Stormfront will take your joke as “proof” that every Jew in the world admits that The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, The International Jew, and Herr Shicklegruber the Austrian Housepainter were right about the Jews.

    Of course, within the small circle of neo-Nazis and Klansmen that will no doubt result in lots of cries of “HELL HITTLER” but once they venture outside of their little racist bubble it will no doubt result in utter hilarity as people rip their proof based upon an obvious joke apart (kind of like when some concerned Christians used The Onion as proof that the Harry Potter books are Satanic).

    And then being the angry little impotent Nazis they are they will probably vent their frustration by piling into their orange Ford Pinto with the Nazi flags flying from the front, and traditional neo-nazi slogans such as “HELL HITTLER” and “WITE POWUR” painted on the back and sides, and run out and smash the windows of the nearest Krystal as a love offering to Herr Shicklegruber the Austrian Housepainter thinking that is the closest they can get to committing their very own Krystalnatch :P

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Sam, the book of Revelation says nothing about Russia or China. The passages which supposedly talk about this are from Daniel and Ezekiel. It’s nonsense really.

  • concernedcitizen

    @aron; on your recipe for Matzoh: is using Christian meat considered kosher?

    Just kidding!

    I never met a Gefilte fish I didn’t like.

    People knee deep in ignorance harbor fear that leads to overreaction and violent reaction to threats that simply don’t exist. There are plenty of peace loving Muslims in this country.

    Look at what happened in Wisconsin, the Sikhs are not Muslims and I wonder if the idiot that shot them even knew that.

    Too much television viewing, beer drinking and hanging out with the (I’m glad to be illiterate crowd) is part of the root problem to hate.

    The blame does not lie upon any one group of people based on religious belief.

  • Sam Molloy

    Gregory, according to the Council on Foreign Relations web site, there are Muslims in China, although they tend to be of the more tolerant, liberal Sunni wing. England instituted Sharia Compliant measures into their legal system in 2008, and major Western financial institutions are instituting policies to be more Muslim friendly. These are facts. China’s colonialism into the Third World guarantees their following at least some of these steps. The theory starts when speculating about the Book of Revelation. The existence of such a theory that has Russia, China, and all the Muslim countries ganging up on the good ol’ USA so they will be free to attack Israel is all I am pointing out. The only fairy tale I can see says that these countries are all our friends, and we can continue to print money willy nilly, and nothing bad at all is going to happen.

  • Gregory

    Sam, you continue to use the word “theory” where “fariytale” would be more appropriate.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Chodorov, why would the Jooz support radical Islam, which unlike traditional Islam, does not preach any kind of tolerance toward Jews.

  • Aron

    I’m glad to know my repulsively evil faith is the root of all the world’s problems.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to find another Christian child to murder so I can make my matzoh.

  • Chodorov

    Fear of Islam is the direct result of the Jew-dominated shadow government sponsoring Islamic radicalism. Ultimately the problem is not the war footing of the prophet of Islam. The problem is the repulsive evil of Judaism.

  • Michael Miller

    Before you take Guandolo at face value, research why he left the FBI rather than using his self-proclaimed “expertise” in counterterrorism to battle the bad guys. See what those who worked with him as an FBI agent and knew him to get a better picture of what this guy is all about. He puts himself out to his audience that he retired from the FBI. Also, if he was such a valuable asset to the FBI’s war on terrorism, why did he spend his last year and a half on a surveillance team? Is this a place agents go who lose their ability to be trusted? More to this guy than what he claims.

  • mary

    Sam Molloy’s comment (once I was able to make sense o it) is a nice piece of Islamophobia by itself. China looking into sharia law? I wish I knew what you’re smoking, babes.

  • Reynardine

    Nobody has looked in on us goldfish for ages. And, Ruslan, at the first opportunity, please reassure us you’re not wearing bits of meteor for earrings.

  • Michael Parker

    I wonder if we have any more psychos in the FBI?

  • Tobias A. Weissman

    Well, well, isn’t this a fine example of history repeating itself? During WW11, remember boys and girls, this country rounded up all Asian like people and put them into concentration camps until the end of the war, and then apologized for it. It’s all over again, now it’s Muslims. HUMANS NEVER LEARN, BUT DOGS DO!

  • Joshua Kricker

    Basically this moron is trying to revive the McCarthy red scare of the 1950s by using the same tactics and substituting Muslim for Communist. Are we really sure he’s not Pamela Gellar in drag?

  • Stephen D. Calhoun

    I have encountered a problem receiving E-mails from liberal and Democratic senders. A group or individual inserted something into my computer mail program. I am no longer able to click on links in SPLC E-mails to go to websites. I navigated here by a workaround.

    The E-mails I receive sometimes have links for me to sign a petition. Clearly, a group or individual is inhibiting my constitutional right to redress the government by petition. I hope the SPLC will take action.

    In a sense, it is good what has happened to me. It makes me more resolved to fight for the rights that the SPLC has been fighting for a long time.

    I suspect that right wing extremists are behind the hacking into and vandalism of my computer.

    I look forward to the arrest of the perp(s) so they will receive justice.

  • SAS

    Is this why this character is no longer on the FBI’s payroll ?

  • M. Omar Chaudhry

    Guandolo is a threat to all Americans, because his fears are no longer based in reality. He may have PTSD or some other mental disorder. He may harm innocent people at any moment. It is so obvious that he needs a therapist.
    May God help his soul.

  • Sam Molloy

    Yes, it is as I said a theory, one you may not have heard if you strictly limit the things you read or watch. If you keep up with current events, it could explain Russia’s alliance with Iran, and Iran’s president’s visit to Venezuela. There is no reporting of China’s current colonialism in search for raw materials, but I would bet they would choose a strictly controlled Muslim nation over one that is unstable. Even if you consider this theory malarky, it could help explain extreme anti Muslim views like the ones reported here by the SPLC.

  • JCF

    Somebody (Guandolo) has been watching too many episodes of Homeland! [Fiction. It’s *fiction*.]

  • Mykie Vincent

    Since my niece came over with her head all filled with “Christians being killed in Missouri” 46 or more, for their faith – cause it’s now a “No Go” place for Christians and Jews (under sharia law, just like England) … been trying to find recent articles & this was the closest I got. This man: Michael Paul, is teaching them that at a Christian Church here in Coeur d’ Alene, Id.
    Anybody point me in the right direction for info?
    Thank you all. MMV

  • Sam Molloy

    Read it again. Watch the nightly news. Repeat as necessary.

  • concernedcitizen

    @Reynardine: to your statement about fair skinned blue eyed terror babies ( I find this description colorful). This description sounds familiar of the hate groups that I have encountered. However, it is not the Muslims that have been doing this in my part of America it’s the “wannabe” Nazi’s.

    I have no idea where Sam was trying to go with that very weak conjured imagining. It appears that fear mongering is a big past time of those who believe that the world is coming to an end because America has a Black President.

    The other flight to fancy I’ve noticed is how now those who buy into the rhetoric and beliefs of hate and fear are now toting bibles to prove that despite teaching hate and living lives of ill repute they are magically transformed into perfect Christian Soldiers. Soldiers with a bible in one hand and a manual of how to destroy your fellow man in the other.

    This becomes a further insult when they themselves are the ones who are perpetrating the hate and degradation of our communities all the while pointing fingers at everyone else who isn’t like them.

    Just when I thought people like this couldn’t get anymore stupid they go and surprise me. Now I must reserve myself to the belief that racist stupidity is an abyss.

  • Gregory

    “mainstream Christian theory”?

    Sam, you still don’t seem to understand what the word “theory” means.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, I can’t make sense out of a word you said. Dammit, did yeast get into your formula again?

  • Sam Molloy

    For years, mainstream Christian theory abour the Book of Revelation included a one world government which outlawed religion as the cause of most of the trouble in the world. There are new theories about Russia and China sucking up to the emerging Fundamentalist Muslim governments to further their secular aims, and embracing Sharia Law as an ideal set of strict controls on an uneducated populace that enforce themselves through a fervent belief system. All this, coupled with the Western debt problems. places the pieces of the puzzle a lot nearer to our current situation.

  • concernedcitizen

    Well I believe the operative word here is ex-FBI agent. And I don’t see how our current administration could possibly be pushing Islamic Law when gays and lesbians are reaping more and more benefits underneath it’s current rule. However, we must remember that there are bad apples everywhere and I am sure the FBI has had their share of them just like the rest of us in America.

    We need more peaceful talks and understanding with our Muslim communities in America, it is fear that breeds so much misunderstanding and hate.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aron, I reserve judgement until I see the witness and decide how schtuppable he or she is.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I wonder what J. Edgar Hoover would think of this guy?

  • Reynardine

    People like this will insist that all the Muslims that you are living or working or studying side-by-side with who are being nice to you and not trying to kill you are simply practicing “taqqiya”, so they can get you later, and that if they fall in love with “Chrisian” girls, it’s so they can breed fair-skinned, blue-eyed “terror babies” who can slip in anywhere unnoticed and either blow up “ril uhMericuhns” or get elected to high offices so they can impose Shariah law on us. Does this monomania remind you of anything?

  • Aron

    Don’t forget: this is the same John Guandolo who blames the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ for his ouster from the FBI. It certainly had NOTHING to do with the fact that he was schtupping the main witness in a political corruption case*. Nope. Definitely not that.