Conspiracy Theorist Trains Police on 'Counterterrorism'


Culpeper County, Va. deputies and staff members recently received a three-day “counterterrorism” training course from John Guandolo, a former FBI agent.

The training took place last week at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Va.

“Everything went smoothly,” Sheriff Scott Jenkins told

However, Guandolo is a conspiracy theorist who has made a number of extraordinary claims, such as the head of the CIA, John Brennan, being a secret Muslim who brought “known Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leaders into the government and into advisory positions” and American Muslims not having “a First Amendment right to do anything,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Guandolo also claims that an advisor to President Clinton was a senior al-Qaeda supporter, noted the Star Exponent.

Sheriff Jenkins claimed he was flooded with emails in support of Guandolo's training.

“It’s hard to believe that the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office would knowingly associate itself with such a disreputable character,” Josh Glasstetter, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, told

Sources:, Southern Poverty Law Center,, Star Exponent


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