(DALLAS, TEXAS, 6/01/16) – The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today asked officials of Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas, to cancel a June 3 “training” event for law enforcement officers being offered by notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo. An announcement about the event claims law enforcement attendees “will be eligible for continuing education credit.”
SEE: Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo to Host Anti-Muslim Training at Texas College
In an email sent today to college officials, CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem wrote in part:
“CAIR formally requests that your college reconsider hosting the upcoming event with Mr. Guandolo because we believe the so-called training being offered is biased and based solely on his well-documented anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. We would be happy to help provide alternate training relying on accurate and balanced information, and upholding American values of justice and equality.”
Last year, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.
SEE: FBI Withdraws from Texas Event Initially Sponsored by Hate Group and Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist
Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:
The SPLC, an organization that tracks hate groups in America, describes Guandolo as "a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S. government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims 'do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.'"
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
Video: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret Muslim
Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
SEE: Virginia Agency Pulls Accreditation for Anti-Muslim Training
A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
SEE: Kansas Sheriff Won't Partner on Training by John Guandolo
A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.
CAIR: Arizona Police Departments Drop Out of Islamophobic Training
Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.
Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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