Recent Attacks Raise Questions About the Nature of Terror Threats

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Image: (UTT), headed by John Guandolo, offers anti-terrorism training and consulting. John Guandolo and the UTT team maintain a regularly updated blog that offers a background on links between sharia and terrorism and provides insight on world events.

A recent UTT article examined a pair of terror events in September 2016. One involved the coordinated setting-off of bombs in the New York City area, which Mayor de Blasio refused to call “terrorism.” A question raised by many in the wake of the attacks is why the mayor refuses to allow discussions of Muslim threats at the municipal level, while supporting local communities that are set on undermining democracy.

At the same time, another terrorist tragedy was unfolding at the shopping mall Crossroads Center in Minnesota, where a jihadist began shouting “Allah u akbar” and proceeded to stab nine people. The perpetrator was described as being non-religious and free from mental instability until three months before the attack, when he started reading the Koran. A key question posed is why so many people become radicalized after reading the words of the prophet Mohammad.


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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