Conspiracy theorist John Guandolo claims CIA director is 'secret Muslim'
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/2/2014) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Colorado Christian University (CCU) to cancel an eventÂ featuring anti-Islam conspiracy theorist John Guandolo scheduled for September 8.
CAIR also called on the university's Centennial Institute to end its relationship with Guandolo.Â
In his letter to CCU, Corey Saylor, the director of CAIR's department to monitor and combat Islamophobia, wrote in part:
“While we support academic institutions exposing students to a broad spectrum of ideas, Mr. Guandolo's anti-Muslim background places him in the same category as anti-Semites and white supremacists.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that tracks hate groups in America, describes Guandolo as “a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S. government,Â claimsÂ that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims 'do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.'”
“John Guandolo's conspiracy theories deserve only contempt from credible academic institutions,” said Saylor. “Partnering with him is a disservice to the students, reputation and mission of Colorado Christian University.”
Saylor added: “Mr. Guandolo's agenda-driven misinformation represents another facet of the prejudice that underlies many hate movements in the United States.”
In February of this year, Virginia's Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its earlier approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
In May, a sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories.Â When a journalist at Kansas'Â Wichita EagleÂ covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress.
Earlier this year, Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org