(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/27/2019) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is monitoring former Minnesota Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s $1 million civil lawsuit against anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo and his anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat (UTT).
[NOTE: A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday, August 30 at 9:00 A.M.in the 162nd Civil District Court of Dallas, Texas.]
Guandolo is a disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist who has long peddled conspiracy theories about Islam and Muslims. Stanek claims Guandolo assaulted him during a 2017 National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) conference.
SEE: RICHARD STANEK, Plaintiff. V. JOHN GUANDOLO and SAINT GEORGE’S ALLIES INC. d/b/a UNDERSTANDING THE THREAT Defendants
Stanek’s civil suit seeks claims against Guandolo for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress that have reportedly resulted in significant medical expenses and injuries that he has not fully recovered from. Guandolo and UTT have counterclaims against Stanek for assault, battery, interference with prospective business relationships, and interference with business relationships.
Timeline of Events:
- On October 24, 2016: UTT under Guandolo’s leadership publishes on its website an entry titled, “In This War Minnesota’s Twin Cities Are Lost,” that in part attacks Sheriff Stanek for working with Islamic centers and mosques in Hennepin County and working with CAIR.
- On June 28, 2017: Sheriff Stanek alleges that while at the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) conference, Guandolo initially pokes him in the and said, “I know you” and requested a meeting with the sheriff. While concluding their meeting later that day, Sheriff Stanek’s lawsuit claims when he “got up to leave, Guandolo assaulted him by violently shoving him and punching him in the face. Sheriff Stanek was unable to escape from Guandolo until others intervened on his behalf.”
- In October 2017, 10/30/2017: Sheriff Stanek filed his original civil complaint in Dallas County, Texas. UTT is based in Texas.
- September 9, 2019: Sheriff Stanek’s case against Guandolo is set for trial on a two week trial docket. A pre-trial is scheduled for Friday, August 30 at 9:00 A.M.in the 162nd Civil District Court of Dallas, Texas.
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
Guandolo is an infamous Islamophobe who claims a former CIA director was a "secret Muslim" and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America.
He recently stated that the US Justice Department should have prevented two Muslim women from being elected to Congress and has also claimed that former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim.
Guandolo has stated that if he was "anointed king," he would execute those, including Democratic and Republican leaders who he claims are "advancing a radical Marxist Islamic agenda in the United States."
Among his many other bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:
- mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
- the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by "enemies of the United States,"
- when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of "civilizational jihad,"
- Muslims are "obligated" to lie.”
Last year, CAIR welcomed a decision by Tennessee's Trevecca Nazarene University to cancel an anti-Muslim event that would have featured three Islamophobic speakers, including Guandolo.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Tennessee University's Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim 'Summit'
CAIR similarly welcomed a decision by Virginia's Amherst County Sheriff's Office to drop an event featuring Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Chris Gaubatz. Gaubatz is a former employee of Guandolo's anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat. Gaubatz is now the President of another anti-Muslim hate group, RAIR (Resistance Against Islamic Radicals).
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Sheriff's Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim Event
WATCH: Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by 'Enemies' of U.S.
The FBI is currently investigating an image tweeted by Guandolo's hate group that purported to show the bombing of "CAIR HQ" in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that "CAIR needs to be obliterated," re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Earlier this month, Guandolo tweeted that "Islam is evil & barbaric."
SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Tweet by Anti-Muslim Group Showing Bombing of 'CAIR HQ'
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.