The former FBI agent made the outlandish claims on a radio show hosted by Tom Trento, President of The United West, a Florida based group that states on its website
that they are "defending Western Civilization against Shariah Islam." John Guandolo, founder of Guandolo Associates LLC claims that CIA nominee John O. Brennan, who served until last month as President Obama's Homeland Security Adviser, converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Brennan was born to Irish immigrant parents in North Bergen, New Jersey. Married and the father of a son and twin daughters, Brennan joined the CIA after seeing an advertisement in the New York Times that the agency was recruiting. John Brennan received a B.A. from Fordham University in 1977, in that same year while studying abroad he learned to speak Arabic fluently.
John Brennan would go on to serve as one of President Bill Clinton's daily intelligence briefer's, and later in 1996 as CIA Station Chief in Saudi Arabia.
Its here that Guandolo's 'sources' claim that Brennan made his alleged conversion to Islam, and also began cooperating with elements of the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamic group founded by Hassan Al-Banna in 1928.
John Guandolo isn't the first to accuse Brennan of unseemly ties to radical Islamists. John Brennan has been criticized for a 2010 speech
at New York University of Law, in which he stated it was necessary to draw a line between terrorist and the religion they claim to practice.
“They are not jihadists,” Brennan said, “for jihad is a holy struggle, an effort to purify for a legitimate purpose, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing holy or pure or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children. We're trying to be very careful and precise in our use of language, because I think the language we use and the images we project really do have resonance. It's the reason why I don't use the term jihadist to refer to terrorists. It gives them the religious legitimacy they so desperately seek, but I ain't gonna give it to them.”
The speech has been criticized for being sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which is accused
of links to terrorists groups.
On his company's website, John Guandolo states
he "actively advises members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others." After leaving the Marines, Guandolo states he joined the FBI where he primarily conducted narcotics investigations. Going on to serve as a liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police, investigating threats against government leaders, including the President, Vice President, and members of Congress. After the September 11th attacks, Guandolo was assigned to the Counter terrorism Division. Senators Kyle and Lieberman awarded Special Agent Guandolo the Defender of the Homeland award in 2007.
However the former special agent suffered a devastating fall from grace in 2009, which could possibly spell trouble for his claims, which are already making there way around the conservative blogosphere.
purport that Lori Moody, a cooperating witness in a case against Congressman William Jefferson, claimed to have had sexual relations with John Guandolo. At the time Guandolo was serving in an undercover capacity, according to the documents, as Lori Moody's driver. After the allegations came out Guandolo resigned, the court papers filed in 2009 go on to allege that Guandolo admitted to the improper sexual relationship.
William Jefferson is currently serving 13-years in prison, in connection to a bribery case which yielded $90,000 stuffed inside a freezer.
The allegations against John Brennan are similar to allegations that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. President Barack Obama professes
to be a born again Christian, and John Brennan's parents were devout
If true other operatives with the CIA have gone on to convert to Islam. According to
the Washington Post
, "Roger" the current head of the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center (CTC) is a convert to the Islamic faith.
The full video interview with John Guandolo is below.