Sharia Law Restricts Ability of Authorities to Prevent Attacks

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Understanding the Threat

A former FBI agent and officer with the U.S. Marine Corps, John Guandolo is author of the 2013 book Raising a Jihadi Generation, which can be found at Amazon or on his site At the latter site, John Guandolo focuses on emerging threats posed by Islamic groups within the United States.

A recent post explores why more Muslims have not contacted authorities in Europe and North America and alerted them about potential jihadists in their midst. The basic reason is that it would violate Sharia, or Islamic Sacred Law, to do so.

Sharia makes it a violation of basic precepts to leave Islam and, further, makes it a capital crime to deny the tenets of Islamic law in any way. Restrictions extend to strict edicts against talebearing and slander, which means that Muslims place themselves in grave danger by assisting police in actions against fellow Muslims. This has limited the information-gathering capacities of authorities trying to stop major terrorist attacks.


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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