Protest targets ‘anti-Muslim’ Naval Academy speaker

SAN DIEGO — A local Muslim group protested on Wednesday after they said the keynote speaker at a Naval Academy Alumni Association luncheon was an “anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist.”

John Guandolo was the keynote speaker at the local U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association chapter luncheon at Dave and Busters in Mission Valley. Guandolo founded the security company Understanding the Threat, which describes itself as an organization that trains law enforcement and military personnel about what it calls the “Global Islamic Movement” and jihadi networks inside the U.S.

The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations protested outside the event due to what it says are Guandolo’s Islamophobic positions.

During a 2009 speech in Tennessee, Guandolo alleged that every major Muslim organization is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and those groups are working together to implement Islamic religious law in all areas of life.

“They’re having great success of implementing Shariah law. I could give you a thousand examples,” Guandolo said, according to a Shelbyville Times- Gazette article.

During that speech, he also said that the group planning the San Diego protest is actually a front for the terror organization Hamas, according to the newspaper.

Ahead of today’s speech, the San Diego chapter of the alumni association described Guandolo as “credible.”

“John is a powerful, dynamic and highly credible speaker,” the group wrote on its website. “His presentation is timely and engaging.”

The event page says that the association invites speakers with “different messages” and who do not reflect the opinions of the local chapter.

Guandolo resigned from the FBI in 2009 about a year before information surfaced that he had a sexual relationship with a star witness in a case against former Congressman William Jefferson. He also unsuccessfully solicited a $75,000 donation for an anti-terrorism group from the woman, according to reports.

Guandolo or representatives from the alumni associations could not be reached for comment.