A Brief Overview of the Muslim Brotherhood

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An award-winning counterterrorism expert, John Guandolo is a published author and vice president of a national security firm in Arlington, Virginia. John Guandolo is particularly knowledgeable in the workings of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood follows teachings in the Quran, which addresses how people should carry out their family lives. The Quran also discusses duties related to communities and states. While individuals who identify with the religious and political group express disdain for acts of violence, the organization has been linked to numerous attacks in the Middle East, according to CNN.

Violent acts tied to the Brotherhood date as far back as the 1940s, when the Egyptian prime minister was assassinated. Though the group attempted to instill peace among its members in the 1980s, it has not been successful. The Brotherhood remains determined to support resistance and fight against the United States and Israel. Specifically, the Palestinian branch advocates Hamas, a terrorist sect that follows Jihad rules to bring themselves closer to Allah.

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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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