Nativism Watch

Louisiana Sheriff’s office hosts training from anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist


Imagine2050 Staff • Sep 13, 2016
Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Anti-Muslim conspiracist John Guandolo will be in the New Orleans area this week to train law enforcement officers based on misinformation and bias.

Since resigning in disgrace from the FBI, Guandolo has turned to a full-time career peddling anti-Muslim tropes and conspiracy theories. He now provides trainings to civilians and law enforcement alike where he seeks to frame Muslims as a threat to the nation.

During a 2011 training, Guandolo claimed Muslims in America “don’t have a First Amendment right to anything.”

Guandolo’s training in Louisiana is scheduled for September 13-15, and is titled “Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Network.”

According to Guandolo, the event is being “hosted by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).” In June, the Phoenix New Times reported that a similar training Guandolo held in Maricopa County, Arizona cost the county about $40,000.

Screengrab from Understanding the Threat correspondence, September 6, 2016

Screengrab from Understanding the Threat correspondence, September 6, 2016

John Guandolo has recruited to the training “law enforcement, prosecutors, analysts, national guard, military, and intelligence professionals in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.” He is conducting the session via his consulting firm, Understanding the Threat.

Guandolo is expected to center his aggressive anti-Muslim agenda during the training.

During a 2011 training, Guandolo claimed Muslims in America “don’t have a First Amendment right to do anything.”

Screengrab from Understanding the Threat correspondence, August 29, 2016

Screengrab from Understanding the Threat correspondence, August 29, 2016

Guandolo has said Muslim migration is a form of “jihad” and is supposedly the “5th of 6 stages in conquering non-Muslim nations.” He has also purported that Muslims are “funding terrorism” through Zakat charitable giving.

Frighteningly, John Guandolo previously published online the home addresses of Muslim leaders and civil rights advocates. He released these addresses in a so-called radicalization map that Guandolo published in partnership with ACT for America, a recognized hate group and the nation’s largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization in the country.

A Baton Rouge affiliate of ACT for America has also been promoting the upcoming New Orleans training.

Muslims, however, are not Guandolo’s only target. He recently claimed the Black Lives Matter movement is working “in conjunction” with “jihadis” and “Marxist” groups in order to “impose Sharia Islamic law” on America.

And in a social media post, he called Black Lives Matter activists “Pawns of Hamas.” Guandolo has also incorporated this Black Lives Matter fearmongering into his presentations.

With this record, New Orleans shouldn’t hesitate to follow examples set by Arizona, Virginia, and Texas, and reject John Guandolo’s anti-Muslim bigotry.

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