Air Date: August 8, 2013
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: John Guandolo
John Guandolo is the founder of understandingthethreat.com, an organization dedicated to provided strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies. He is a former FBI agent who was assigned to the Counter-Terrorism Division and as a counter-terrorism expert he created and implemented the FBI’s first counter-terrorism training and education program. He is the co-author of the book, “Shariah: The Threat to America” and the soon to be released book, “Raising a Jihadi Generation: MB Handbook for Law Enforcement, Military and Intelligence Professionals.”
Today there are 2,100 Islamic centers in the U.S. Is this merely a sign of increasing religious tolerance or is there more to this than the average American realizes?
According to John, the global Islamic movement came to the U.S. in the late 50’s and early 60’s after terrorists were forced out of the Middle East and Egypt during the reign of Abdel Nasser. They organized into small student groups, creating the Muslim Students Association (a Muslim brotherhood organization) as the first national Islamic organization in America. The settled in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and eventually nationwide as they established political, social and other organizations designed to exert their influence.
Everywhere the Muslim Brotherhood exists you find 3 primary components: (1)-A social component such as charities and human rights organizations. (2)-Legal components such as CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), as well as political components the latter of which may include media entities for dispersing propaganda. (3)-A military component. These are the people that assassinate, kidnap and kill people.
How does John know this to be true? In 2004 the FBI’s Washington field office raided the home of a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in Annandale, Virginia. In the basement they discovered a sub-basement and it’s there that they found the archives of the Muslim Brotherhood-North America. Investigators found items including strategic documents, lists of their organizations, leaders, financial documents, photos, along with audio and video tapes. The information included details on their objectives, how they planned on meeting them, the organizations that would help them, along with how they intend to overthrow the U.S. government.