By John Andrews
UTT National Board Chairman
Several weeks ago, I alerted friends of Understanding the Threat about an attempt to discredit our organization and its president, John Guandolo, on the part of sharia-friendly elements in the Twin Cities, where civilization jihad is further advanced than anywhere else in the country. Gratefully, that thrust has proved self-defeating.
We wanted you to know the latest developments.
The back-story begins in the fall of 2016, when UTT’s team swept across Minnesota and spent five days meeting with local leaders and presenting information to hundreds of citizens about the Islamic threat and the Muslim Brotherhood’s operations in that state, specifically in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
After that trip and prior to the election of Donald Trump, UTT published an article entitled “In This War Minnesota’s Twin Cities Are Lost.” Detailing the number of elected/civic leaders in the Twin Cities who are pro-jihadi as well as the number of Somali muslims and their influence, UTT made its assessment based on its deep understanding of the Islamic Movement in the United States, the facts and evidence detailing the jihadi network in that area of Minnesota, the complete compliance and submission to the muslim community’s demands, and the overt support given to known jihadi (“terrorist”) organizations by leaders in Minnesota.
One of the people factually criticized in the article was Sheriff Rich Stanek of Hennepin County.
When UTT’s team gave a formal presentation at the National Sheriff’s Conference at the end of June (2017) in Reno, Nevada, Sheriff Stanek engaged UTT’s President John Guandolo and requested the two meet and speak. Mr. Guandolo agreed.
After the presentation, the two men met with two other members of the UTT team present. While Mr. Guandolo offered to begin the meeting in prayer, Sheriff Stanek rebuffed that, only wanting to discuss the UTT article from October 2016. Mr. Stanek attempted to convince Mr. Guandolo to retract the article and the information he deemed unfavorable towards him. Mr. Guandolo refused, insisting the facts in the article accurately reflect the ground truth in Minneapolis, and Sheriff Stanek’s failure to address the massive jihadi network in his county.
At this point, Sheriff Stanek turned to attacking Mr. Guandolo’s FBI record and mocked Mr. Guandolo’s combat experience as a Marine Infantry Officer. When it was clear to all present the discussion would bear no fruit, it ended.
As everyone stood up, Sheriff Stanek , who is significantly taller and heavier than Guandolo, chest-bumped Mr. Guandolo and asked him “Who the #$@# do you think you are.” Mr. Guandolo defended himself and the engagement was broken up by local sheriff deputies in the area.
Mr. Guandolo did not press charges, but Sheriff Stanek filed a complaint for battery against Mr. Guandolo who struck the Sheriff in the face while defending himself. Mr. Guandolo was cited for battery, a misdemeanor punishable by jail time, by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Following the incident, the National Sheriff’s Association Conference Chairman sent a defamatory email to Mr. Guandolo and Mr. Gaubatz — and its affiliates in 50 states — claiming both men assaulted the Sheriff. An attorney’s letter was sent refuting these false allegations and the erroneous national email was retracted.
Meanwhile — and oddly for a senior law enforcement official, but indicative of the weakness of his case — Sheriff Rich Stanek obtained a restraining order from the Hennepin County courts directing John Guandolo to stay away from him.
That order was never served on Mr. Guandolo, who learned of it only via news leaks to the Minneapolis media. He is complying with it anyway.
We are now glad to report that on September 18, 2017, after evaluation by prosecutors, the battery case against Mr. Guandolo was dismissed.
So to sum up: The Nevada authorities conceded a Minnesota official’s charges against John Guandolo can’t be proven. The National Sheriffs’ Association leadership conceded its ban on UTT can’t be justified. The apparent restraining order obtained by Rich Stanek remains unverified.
Why is this brief shoving match in a Reno hotel significant in the ongoing war against the Islamic Movement? Because Sheriff Stanek – like so many other leaders in America – is on record as saying he got all of his knowledge of Islam from an Imam who is a known jihadi. While Sheriff Stanek denies his ties to Hamas (doing business as CAIR), UTT has obtained a letter from CAIR indicating the Sheriff’s Office has worked with them. CAIR has also rooted for Stanek on social media.
When faced with the embarrassing reality of where their relationships have brought them, whether they know it or not, leaders at all levels of our society will lash out at anyone who says the emperor has no clothes. But they will never view their Muslim “allies” as being part of the problem.
This is what “Civilization Jihad” is all about. The Islamic Movement getting our leaders to do the Muslim Brotherhood’s bidding for them.
Understanding the Threat will continue sounding the alarm and pushing back against this, regardless of the cost to us.
America’s very survival is at stake.