Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sochi Olympics Terrorist Threats—Boston Marathon Bombing Connection

Sochi Olympics Terrorist Threats—Boston Marathon Bombing Connection


Andre Traversa

Counter Terrorism Expert (Mr. Guandolo created and implemented
the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program)
Former FBI Agent (assigned to the Counterterrorism Division,
             Washington, DC)
Co-Author of Shariah – The Threat to America
Author of the newly released book:  Raising a Jihadi Generation

Sochi Olympics Terrorist Threats—Boston Marathon Bombing Connection

“The Sochi games are threatened by the same Jihadi terrorists, the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, that met with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Russia prior to the April 15, 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon which killed three and seriously maimed hundreds,” warns counter-terrorism expert and former FBI agent John Guandolo (author of Raising a Jihadi Generation). 

There are unprecedented threat streams indicating that theIslamic Emirate of the Caucasus  are planning to conduct mass attacks, targeted assassinations and other such operations at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympic games in Russia. 

In March 2011, the Russian security service sent a stark warning to the FBI reporting that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was “a follower of radical Islam” who had “changed drastically since 2010” and was preparing to travel to connect with underground militant groups. Six months later, Russia sent the same warning to the CIA.

FBI responded by continuing to conduct their outreach program to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB)—a Muslim Brotherhood jihadi front founded by Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi  who was convicted on terrorism-related charges in 2004 and has admitted to being a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative. The ISB Cultural Center is run by a group that federal prosecutors said in 2008 “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” These connections did not deter Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino from selling city owned land to the ISB to build a Mega-Mosque. The Boston Marathon terrorist was spotted at that mosque weeks before the bombing.

It should be noted that during open testimony before Congress, then FBI Director Robert Mueller III admitted he didn't know the ISB was founded by the Al Qaeda leader.

Guandolo notes  "As the world prepares to watch the Winter Olympics, the threat level is extremely high.  The positive side of this situation is that the Russians have a history of using a heavy hand with jihadis inside their nation, unlike the U.S. government which continues to demonstrate gross levels of weakness and cowardice in the face of major national security threat."

John Guandolo is the Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com(www.understandingthethreat.com), an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies.

Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm.  From 1991-1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer.  During this time, he also deployed to the Adriatic/Bosnia.  He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In-Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile.  Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, a military freefall parachutist, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

In 1996, Mr. Guandolo resigned his commission in the Marine Corps and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office.  From 1996-2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas.  In 2001, he served for one year as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice-President, Members of Congress and other high-level government officials.  Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others. 

In 2006Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement.  He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters.  This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff.  For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.   While in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence. 

Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years.  He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity.  Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI.  His career has included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere.  In his last year and a half in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo served on a Surveillance Unit.

Mr. Guandolo advises governments - U.S. and others - on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement.  He actively advises members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others.  He served as an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, and is one of the authors of Shariah – The Threat to America, the first comprehensive book on the threat from the Islamic Movement in the U.S.  He has appeared on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.  

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