August 29, 2019


Enemies of liberty want to silence Understanding the Threat (UTT). Standing together, we can make sure they do not succeed!

Not only is UTT currently a defendant in a civil law suit brought against it by the former sheriff of Hennepin County Minnesota (Minneapolis) Richard Stanek – Ilhan Omar’s district – but UTT fundraising efforts via the online fundraising company GoFundMe were shut down today by GoFundMe.


GoFundMe contacted UTT President John Guandolo to inform him they shut down his GoFundMe account due to “due to a violation of (GoFundMe’s) Terms & Conditions.”

No specifics were provided by GoFundMe about which terms and/or conditions were violated. Several emails sent by John were ignored.

Donors will be reimbursed by GoFundMe for donations already made before GoFundMe shut John Guandolo/UTT’s account down.

UTT suspects it was because of efforts by Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). See UTT’s “CAIR is Hamas” document by clicking HERE.

On Tuesday August 27th, Hamas/CAIR published a press release announcing it was “monitoring” the case involving Guandolo. See the Hamas/CAIR press release HERE.

[It is worth noting that in the largest terrorism financing trial every successfully prosecuted in American history – US v Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), Northern District of Texas (Dallas) 2008 – the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was identified as a member of the US Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which is Hamas.

When CAIR attempted to have its organization removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list, the Department of Justice directly stated to the court that CAIR was created to support Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.

The federal judge overseeing the case stated in his ruling: “The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT…with Hamas.”]

Lawfare, a jihadi specialty, the use of litigation to suppress truth, has been deployed against UTT to bleed us financially and take us off mission.  Matters have now come to a head, and we urgently need funding to fight off this attack—and win our countersuit to teach them a lesson.

UTT has now set up a special place on its website to receive funds to defend itself against the efforts of Hamas/CAIR and those working with them like the plaintiff in this case, Richard Stanek.

Please click HERE to donate to UTT. UTT must raise $15,000 to secure legal representation immediately.


Background: The Stanek Setup

UTT has been engaged in a civil law suit for about a year and a half with Richard Stanek, the former sheriff of Hennepin County Minnesota (Minneapolis), which is in Ilhan Omar’s district.

Mr. Stanek is frivolously suing John Guandolo and UTT’s parent company for almost a million dollars, based on a minor incident that took place two years ago.

In the summer of 2017, UTT’s President John Guandolo, along with UTT’s Vice President at the time Chris Gaubatz, spoke at the National Sheriff’s Conference in Reno, Nevada.  As John and Chris entered the room in which they were going to give their class, they were met by Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek who just finished giving a presentation in the same room.  When John introduced himself to Sheriff Stanek, Mr. Stanek said, “I know who you are” and asked if they could meet afterwards.

Unbeknownst to the UTT team, Stanek had been working to get the National Sheriff’s Association Board to drop the UTT presentation because, according to Stanek, of an article written by John in October 2016 detailing the dangerous nature of the Islamic threat in Minneapolis/St. Paul in which Mr. Stanek was mentioned.

The article can be found at

After UTT’s successful presentation at the National Sheriff’s Association, three UTT team members did meet with Sheriff Stanek.

When the UTT team sat down, John asked Mr. Stanek if they could begin in prayer, and Mr. Stanek refused.  The sheriff turned his computer around to show John the above-referenced article.

The Sheriff’s Embarrassing History

The sheriff was irate the article (truthfully) mentioned him in what he believed is a negative light, and asked John to pull the article down from the UTT website.  John informed Mr. Stanek the article is factual and UTT would consider pulling it down if Mr. Stanek could show UTT where there are factual inconsistencies in the article about his relationship with jihadi organizations and jihadi leaders.

Sheriff Stanek is on video at the “Combatting Violent Extremism Conference” at the White House during the Obama administration thanking Imam Roble – a sharia adherent muslim Imam – for helping create successful outreach programs to the muslim community with the sheriff’s office in Hennepin County.  See video at from 13:39-16:22.  Sheriff Stanek also acknowledged changing the policy at the jail to allow female muslims wear hijabs.  UTT learned the sheriff worked with Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) on this matter, and UTT has a copy of the letter from CAIR thanking the Sheriff.

During his meeting with the UTT team in Reno at the National Sheriff’s Conference, Sheriff Stanek realized John Guandolo was not going to delete the article in question without a factual basis for doing so.  The sheriff began mocking John’s Marine Corps experience, FBI career, and him personally. When it became clear it was going nowhere, the Sheriff – who is about a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier than John – stood up.

As the rest of the folks at the table stood up, including two other UTT team members and the Major with the sheriff, the sheriff stepped into John, chest bumped him, grabbed his tie and began choking him.

In defense of himself and to stop the sheriff from continuing to choke him,  John swung at the sheriff and hit him once in his face.  Pretty quickly a number of deputies in the area got involved trying to separate the two men.

We believe the entire encounter was a setup designed to entrap UTT for negative publicity and/or legal jeopardy

In the end, when asked, John felt the entire incident was a dust up between two men and had no intention of pressing charges.  The sheriff, however, did press charges against John, falsely claiming John attacked him. 

The criminal charge, utterly lacking in merit, was quickly dropped by Nevada authorities. NO Criminal charges.

End of story?  No, the lawfare now continues in civil court.

Damages? What Damages, Sheriff?
Richard Stanek, who is no longer the sheriff in Hennepin County, sued John and UTT’s parent company for medical and psychological damages to the tune of nearly a million dollars. Never mind that anyone who was present in Reno that day would laughingly ask, “What damages? Come on.”

While it has been demonstrated to Stanek’s legal team that neither John nor UTT have any assets, Stanek is still coming after John and UTT.  If you are asking yourself “Why?” – the propagandistic slant of the original petition against John and UTT readily answers the question:

“3.2 Guandolo is the Founder and President of UTT, which he markets as a counterterrorism consulting firm to profit from instilling anti-Muslim bigotry in law enforcement agents.  3.3 UTT is an anti-Muslim hate group. 3.5 Guandolo and UTT regularly make false, outlandish, and controversial accusations against law enforcement officers (and others) to advance their cause of spreading anti-Muslim hate.”

Current Status of Court Case

Originally, UTT was represented by a law firm in Dallas who was of the opinion that this simple assault suit should never have gotten as far as it has but, they believe, this is about trying to destroy UTT and has nothing to do with the facts of the matter.

They filed a counter-suit on behalf of John and UTT, providing legal leverage toward a settlement.

In May 2019, however, UTT’s legal counsel withdrew because UTT could no longer pay the legal bills.

UTT has been without counsel since that time, and attempts to obtain pro bono counsel have been unsuccessful.

At this point, the current trial date is set for September 9, and we are without counsel. 


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On behalf of the entire UTT Team and our Advisory Board thank you so very much for whatever you can give.  For those of you unable to give right now, we ask for your prayers as we walk forward in this matter.

Please pray for Richard Stanek and his family, and the men and women who work with and for CAIR. They obviously need prayer.

Many thanks and God bless you.  No matter what the outcome, UTT will continue to take the fight to the enemy and put freedom back on the offensive where it belongs.

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  1. May God Bless you John Guandolo for the courage and conviction to do what you do. I just doubled the donation I was trying to give through GoFundMe because this shutting down your account infuriated me. I will pray for you daily from now on. Consider me a friend please. Again, may God Bless you for trying to save this country.

    Rene’ Mock
    Decaturville, Tennessee

  2. MerryLynn Gerstenschlager August 31, 2019 at 8:58 am Reply

    Thank you, Stephanie, for this outstanding explanation of the events surrounding GoFundMe’s and CAIR’s efforts to silence UTT. Well worth every second it takes to read.

  3. Curious if the Lawfare Project, out of NY., has been contacted, a law firm that I believe works to defend those sued in civil suits, that
    are an attempt to prevent free speech in support of Jewish people, and people everywhere, from the silencing of speech about Islam, which
    is preventing truth and freedom of speech. It appears to me that U.T.T. and John Guandolo who have an accurate understanding and identification of the Muslim Brotherhood and the slander laws of sharia to silence speech in America by using law suits to damage and bankrupt and stop UTT. The HLF trial was apparently credited with exposing the fibs and ties of organizations connected to jihad warfare and since ignored by the previous administration. The number on their wedsite is 212-339-6995….I have been a fan of Brook Goldstein and the fight against lawfare
    for her work in exposing the silencing of facts about Hamas and Sharia laws, but the organization is in New York. I have sent 100. The website has a request form… I can send another but not til later in month. I hope the supporters of UTT can send enough, your work is important.

  4. […] Enemies of liberty want to silence Understanding the Threat (UTT). Standing together, we can make sure they do not succeed! Not only is UTT currently a defendant in a civil lawsuit brought against it by the former sheriff of Hennepin County Minnesota (Minneapolis) Richard Stanek – Ilhan Omar’s district – but UTT fundraising efforts via the online fundraising company GoFundMe were shut down today by GoFundMe. […]

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