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Understanding the Threat

John Guandolo is an expert in counterterrorism, security operations, and international security consulting with over two decades of experience in the public and private sectors. A retired marine and special agent for the FBI, John Guandolo also developed a training program for the FBI that focuses on threats from the Muslim Brotherhood and sharia law, which was the first of its kind at the bureau.

Sharia law is an Islamic moral code and set of religious laws. An Arabic word meaning “path to be followed,” sharia stems from the Islamic holy book the Quran and the teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Sharia includes components on beliefs, character, and actions, which include legal injunctions.

Classical sharia systems are practiced in countries such as Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where sharia law has an official status and covers most components of the legal system. Mixed systems have less sharia influence on the broad legal system and primarily cover family law. Countries that practice mixed sharia include Morocco, Lebanon, and Syria. Other Muslim countries such as Albania and Turkey have secular systems in which sharia yields no influence over the legal system.


Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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