John Guandolo, a former FBI agent who retired in 2008, said on Saturday there was a clear indication CIA Chief nominee John Brennan secretly converted to Islam between 1996 and 1999 while he was CIA station Chief in Riyadh.
Guandolo, a well-known 'expert' in Islam, has long warned that members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood are slowly infiltrating the federal government. He now says that by appointing Brennan as CIA Director, President Obama has not only chosen a man who is blind to these kinds of infiltrations, but has picked a Director who is himself a Muslim.
“Mr. Brennan did convert to Islam when he served in an official capacity on the behalf of the United States in Saudi Arabia,” Guandolo told interviewer and radio host Tom Trento.
Guandolo, who retired from the FBI in 2008, told the United States Trento Radio Show Brennan without a doubt converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia and visited Mecca and Medina during the hajj season along with Saudi officials. He went on to say that these Saudi officials may have been that catalyst to Brennan’s conversion.
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“That fact alone is not what is most disturbing,” Guandolo continued. “His conversion to Islam was the culmination of a counterintelligence operation against him to recruit him. The fact that foreign intelligence service operatives recruited Mr. Brennan when he was in a very sensitive and senior U.S. government position in a foreign country means that he either a traitor … [or] he has the inability to discern and understand how to walk in those kinds of environments, which makes him completely unfit to the be the director of Central Intelligence.”
For what it's worth, Brennan did serve as CIA Station Chief in Riyadh in the 1990s. Today Brennan holds the official title of Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism. On Jan. 7, Obama nominated Brennan as the next director of the CIA, though he has yet to be confirmed. Brennan would take over the position from retired General David Petraeus, who resigned after a public scandal over an extramarital affair.
Earlier in 2010, Brennan spoke about his six-year residency in the Middle East in front of a group of New York University students and acknowledged visiting Mecca and Medina during the hajj season. Brennan spoke for several minutes in fluent Arabic, discussing his experiences with the Islam faith and his visits to Muslim and Arab countries.
According to Guandolo, this point of view shows that Brennan “is clueless and grossly ignorant of Al-Qaida’s strategy” and he “has interwoven his life professionally and personally with individuals that we know are terrorists.”