(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/3/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today reported that notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo, who is scheduled to train law enforcement officers in Arizona later this month, now claims that American mosques and Muslim Student Association (MSA) chapters nationwide seek the “overthrow” of the U.S. government. (Source: John Guandolo Internet radio program, May 2, 2017)
CAIR says Guandolo’s hate group Understanding the Threat (UTT) is scheduled to hold the law enforcement training May 16-18 in Mesa, Ariz., at the invitation of the Arizona Police Association (APA). The training is reportedly “POST Certified,” meaning it fits curriculum standards set by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization urged the Mesa Police Department not to host Guandolo’s “training.” Media reports indicate that request was denied.
Among many other bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely stated U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches, that the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,” that 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,” that former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim, that Muslims are “obligated” to lie, and that it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).
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CAIR recently called on the APA to cancel the training because Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim recently that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”
In response to CAIR’s concerns, APA Executive Director Levi Bolton apparently attempted to intimidate a CAIR representative with a bizarre request that he “complete sworn deposition here in Arizona” and “voluntarily report to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.” Bolton reportedly has no relationship with that office.
Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:
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, claims 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.'”
According to the SPLC, “Guandolo works closely with ACT! for America, the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the country.” ACT for America’s anti-Muslim bigotry was highlighted recently in a Washington Post exposÃ©.
Last year, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.
In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.
Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its 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.