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CAIR Tries $15,000 Bribe to Virginia Sheriff to Shut Down Briefing on Islamic Threat

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: GOOD NEWS: Bribery fails CAIR (Council , pressure tactics, influence peddling, ethics, Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins, Former FBI agent John Guandolo, Islamic-terrorism )

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, has made tremendous strides in the US through Lawfare and bribery. This good sheriff refused to cave to the pressure and bribery and held the officer training seminar.

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Beth S (330)
Monday March 17, 2014, 9:26 am
Despite pressure tactics, threats and even a $15,000 cash bribe from the Council on American-Islamic Relations to shut down a recent counter-terrorism training program for Virginia law enforcement, the training took place as scheduled, albeit with extra security.

It was one of the rare times government officials have not backed down under the group’s pressure tactics.

Washington-based CAIR, an Islamic lobbying group shunned by the FBI due to its ties to terrorist groups, launched a weeks-long campaign to intimidate Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins into canceling the three-day program, titled “Understanding and Investigating Jihadi Networks in America.”

But Jenkins was not deterred, even after agreeing to meet with CAIR officials.

The lead trainer, former special FBI agent John Guandolo, presented some 50 Virginia law enforcement officers with evidence of the radical Muslim Brotherhood’s operations in the U.S. and their jihadi support network, along with a large amount of evidence demonstrating CAIR was created and continues to be an entity of Hamas, a U.S.-designated terror group. Former U.S. prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, former Pentagon inspector general Joseph Schmitz and former CIA case officer Clare Lopez also spoke at the seminar.

Now a counter-terrorism and homeland security consultant, Guandolo detailed for officers who attended the Feb. 25-27 seminar how this dangerous Islamic network in America radicalizes, trains and logistically supports jihadi operations in the United States and those launched from the U.S. against overseas targets.

He says CAIR, which is part of that network, was so worried about the training that it sent officials to Culpepper to lobby the sheriff to cancel the program, even offering together with a local mosque to pay for the program’s fees and related expenses.

Get the book that takes you inside the secret world of CAIR, “Muslim Mafia.”

“They were so bent on making sure this training did not take place that they offered to pay Sheriff Jenkins the entire cost of the training – including travel (expenses) – to keep it from happening,” Guandolo said.

CAIR declined comment.

But CAIR official Corey Saylor told the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star that he was upset the event got the go-ahead. Saylor, a Muslim convert, said he was “disappointed with the sheriff’s refusal to cancel the training sessions.”

At the same time, CAIR sent letters to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice and the Rappahannock Regional Justice Academy requesting that officers attending the seminars not be granted the 24 hours of recertification credits the seminars now carry.

Before the event, CAIR put out an “action alert” calling on Muslim-Americans to contact the sheriff’s office to protest the training session. The group claimed Guandolo, whom it described as an “Islamophobe,” was trying to shut down mosques and prevent Muslims from exercising their right to practice their religion. CAIR did not support the claim with any documentation.

Guandolo says it’s a typical “smear tactic” of CAIR.

“Apparently Mr. Saylor is unaware the Department of Justice lists CAIR as a member of Hamas in America” and its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, he said.

In a December 2007 government filing in the U.S. vs. Sabri Benkhala terror case, the Justice Department stated: “From its founding by the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”

In fact, according to the veteran FBI agent, the Justice Department has enough incriminating evidence to file terrorism charges against CAIR and its founders.

“There is enough evidence to indict CAIR, but the government chose not to do so at this time,” said Guandolo, author of “Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America.”

He suggests the government balked at throwing the book at CAIR for political reasons.

CAIR has cultivated a number of political supporters, mainly among leading Democrats in Washington, including senior White House officials. Secret Service entry logs show CAIR officials have visited the White House several times during the Obama administration.

Despite its designation as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in 2007, the Muslim pressure group in recent years has successfully lobbied for changes in federal policies dealing with the war on terror. For example, CAIR took credit for helping persuade Attorney General Eric Holder to prohibit religious profiling in terror cases, a decision his department is expected to soon formally announce. It also played a key role in the Pentagon’s recent decision to change long-standing uniform rules to allow military personnel to wear Islamic beards and head coverings.

Moreover, a controversial new rule issued earlier this month by the departments of State and Homeland Security to relax U.S. immigration for Palestinian and other foreign “refugees” who have provided “limited” material support to terrorists is also an outgrowth of CAIR lobbying.

Under the Bush administration, Justice implicated CAIR in a criminal conspiracy to raise money for Hamas.

CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007-2008 Holy Land Foundation case. He and CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad remain under FBI investigation, senior FBI officials have confirmed in letters to Congress. Until their ties to Hamas are resolved, the FBI says it will not formally recognize CAIR as a Muslim outreach partner or meet with CAIR officials. The FBI has effectively banned CAIR pending the outcome of the probe.

Starting in the fall of 2008, Guandolo said the FBI “cut off all ties with CAIR because of their ties to Hamas.”

He explained that CAIR was created in 1994 by the U.S. branch of Hamas, known as the “Palestine Committee,” to function as the “political arm” of the Palestinian terrorist group. A year before founding the front group, Ahmad and Awad attended a secret meeting with “senior leaders of Hamas” at a Philadelphia hotel bugged by the FBI. An internal FBI memo written by the former head of the FBI’s counter-terrorism division describes “all attendees” of the meeting – including Ahmad and Awad – as “Hamas members.”

“CAIR was the fourth organization created by Hamas to recruit jihadis, raise money and gain media favor for Hamas in America,” Guandolo said, adding that phone books, organizational charts, secret manifestos written in Arabic and other documents the FBI seized after 9/11 indicate Awad and Ahmad were in leadership positions in the U.S. Palestine Committee prior to the creation of CAIR.

“CAIR is Hamas,” Guandolo flatly stated.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 17, 2014, 10:34 am
CAIR is a very dangerous terrorist organization, pretending to be something democratic, that is not.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Monday March 17, 2014, 3:23 pm

Thank goodness there is still somebody honest and concerned enough about the Muslim Brotherhood's inroads into the U.S. to not be bribed or cajoled. I read somewhere that CAIR made sure that the police officers attending would not get credit for the training, and they came anyway. Bravo to these people. We need a lot more people like this serving in our government.


ALLEN G (19)
Monday March 17, 2014, 4:02 pm
Get the rope .

. (0)
Monday March 17, 2014, 5:15 pm
Glad they didn't back down.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 17, 2014, 7:11 pm
Yes, Patricia.

Now CAIR will press to have that Sheriff fired for "lack of sensitivity" or similar cause, as many more military veterans were, under the pressure from that very CAIR.

Beth S (330)
Monday March 17, 2014, 7:44 pm
That certainly is their SOP.

I was talking to a friend today who said that just a few months ago comments sections in articles in Yahoo news, etc., seemed to be pretty much ignorantly siding with the Muslims as victims thing CAIR and the MB tries to manipulate people into believing. But he's now seeing a sea change in opinion. People are becoming more aware. Word is spreading. People are reading and catching on. All I can hope is that this keeps happening and more and more people become aware of the very dangerous things that CAIR and its cohorts are doing.

Because the highest echelons of the government are involved in facilitating much of this, this is going to have to be grass roots. It IS grass roots, and it needs to grow and we need to be the sentries and pass on all we find. It's the only thing that's going to save us, shy of a miracle.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 4:43 am
Noted, ty.

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 5:21 am

Maggie Kearns (7)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 6:56 am
Why isn't the Southern Poverty Law Center trying to shut down CAIR? They go after the KKK and other such hate groups. This is disgusting!

Dianne T (0)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 8:00 am
CAIR should be shut down - they are dangerous and inflammatory.

berny p (23)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 9:49 am
What is happening to the good old US of A??/

Very sad.

. (0)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 2:04 pm
The government (Obama) chose not to bring charges against CAIR?

Beth S (330)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 2:09 pm
Obama has had hundreds of meetings with CAIR officials in the White House. They are given preferential treatment by this administration, so I don't see it being very likely that the DOJ's Eric Holder, who seems to champion just about every case involving Muslims is going to bring charges against CAIR.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 4:06 pm

Dori Grasso (0)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 8:11 pm
Beth, I'm a strong supporter of Israel, and no fan of Islam by any means-- but respectfully, you can't trust a thing on the WND website. They are truly among the craziest of the right wing sites. You should also be aware that they strongly push the messianic Jew garbage, along with birther nonsense, fundamentalist junk, and "anything Obama says, I'm against it" obstructionism.

Granting the validity of the old adage that a broken clock is right twice a day, this article may or may not be accurate. Given the source, however, I would want more proof. At the very least I would expect WND to take a mild expression of verbal protest and blow it up into something verging on a staged takeover of the area.

I would be far more willing to accept this story from a different source. We do ourselves no favors by repeating tales from sources that are not accurate or credible.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 8:50 pm
We are already a Muslim's just that not everyone has been notified yet.

Beth S (330)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 10:35 pm

I can understand and appreciate your concern. I would be grateful if you would call the Sheriff himself and verify the story. I look forward to learning what you find out. It's Culpepper County, VA, so it should be easy to locate the man and ask him. Thanks so much.

Dori Grasso (0)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 2:22 pm
Beth, thank you for your comment and the green star. I do not have time to call him now but will try tomorrow. I really appreciate your willingness to keep an open mind!

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 2:35 pm
Thank you, Dori. I'm also racing against time today, so I'm really grateful that you are willing to do it. What I hope is of primary importance to all who come to Care2 is that what they read is the truth, and if it's questionable, it's important for people to look beyond any given article. If not, we all need to know. I see that there's going to be site maintenance tonight, so I'll look forward to whatever you find out about this sheriff/CAIR, etc. tomorrow. Thanks again!

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 2:37 pm
BTW, I just tried to friend you, but the prompt said there was no such number (?). Anyway, feel free to friend me if you'd like. -- Beth

Jae A (316)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 5:47 pm
Allan Yorkowitz said above: "The government (Obama) chose not to bring charges against CAIR?" Hummmm...well he didn't bring charges against Dubya and Cheney either Allan so I'd say that first things first should be the rule when it comes to 'charges' filed against terrorist and those who commit horrific 'acts against humanity' period.

That being said...I will only add that I give my ditto to Don Grasso's comment...above...'Tuesday March 18, 2014, 8:11 pm'.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 7:15 pm
It's interesting, because in a way it's difficult to predict for whom Obama will act and protect. But I think there is an underlying thread that becomes evident when enough points are there to be connected.

Take, for example, when a recently-outed gay Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles asked Obama for asylum as he fears being killed in Saudi Arabia, Obama did nothing on his behalf.

The Saudis, upon learning their diplomat is gay, have revoked his diplomatic passport and are demanding his return. The diplomat has been trying desperately to get asylum here because he likely will be flogged, tortured, or executed in his home country, where homosexuality is against the law. Where's Obama in this?

(really cute guy, too)
Legal Limbo for Gay Saudi Diplomat Seeking Asylum Amid Death Threats -- U.S. Violates its own Principles to Please Monarchy

Islam trumps in this (Mr. Gay Rights President) administration every time.

Beth S (330)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 4:56 pm
BTW, I picked this up from Google:

Culpeper County Sheriff, Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins, 132 West Davis ...‎
Culpeper County Sheriff's Office. Administrative Offices. Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins. 132 W. Davis Street. Culpeper, Virginia 22701. Phone: (540) 727-7520.

Anyone want to call and ask to confirm?

Beth S (330)
Friday March 21, 2014, 2:28 pm
I called today, but their business office hours end at 4:00 p.m. Will have to try again next week.

Marg Lemon (12)
Friday March 21, 2014, 6:02 pm
This is your ex-FBI agent...

FBI kept quiet about sexual relationship between agent, star witness in Jefferson trial

Bruce Alpert, | Times-Picayune By Bruce Alpert, | Times-Picayune
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on September 27, 2009 at 5:58 AM, updated September 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM

This story was reported by Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert

As the corruption case against former Rep. William Jefferson was about to go to trial in June, prosecutors learned from their star witness that she had had a sexual relationship with the undercover FBI agent who drove her to all the meetings where she secretly taped and delivered cash to the New Orleans Democrat.

On Monday, Judge T.S. Ellis III denied a request by Jefferson's lawyers for a new trial, a request based in part on defense claims that Ellis erred in not letting them bring up Lori Mody's relationship with an FBI agent at trial.

But according to court documents unsealed last week, the FBI and its Office of Professional Responsibility knew at least as far back as last December that the agent, John Guandolo, "had had an intimate relationship with a confidential source that he thought could damage an investigation." But they never passed that information to the U.S. attorney's office prosecuting Jefferson or the lead FBI agent in the investigation.

The failure to provide the court and the prosecutors with such explosive information raises questions about FBI conduct, even as the revelation about Guandolo's relationship with Lori Mody, the northern Virginia businesswoman at the center of the Jefferson probe, adds a new layer of intrigue to the case.

It also shows how the actions of a single agent could have wrecked the long and meticulous Justice Department pursuit of Jefferson. Mody did not testify at the trial, but the tapes she secretly recorded were allowed to be played for the jury and were a key to the conviction of the nine-term congressman on 11 of 16 corruption charges.

"This is just unbelievable, " said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who has followed the case closely. "If the FBI was aware that an agent had an improper relationship with a confidential source, it is information that should have been disclosed to the court."

"It's very disturbing, " said Harvey Silverglate, a Boston lawyer and author of a recent book critical of the federal law enforcement. "First of all, an agent shouldn't be having an affair with a government informant. And if it does happen, of course it must be disclosed because it could affect the credibility of the informant and the individual agent and investigation."

FBI agent resigns
Guandolo resigned from the FBI on or about Dec. 1, before the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility could question him about his sexual liaisons with Mody, as well as with women FBI agents, relationships detailed in a document Guandolo had prepared.

FBI spokesmen at the Washington, D.C., field office and at national headquarters said Friday that they could not comment on personnel matters. William Carter of the FBI National Press Office said he had brought the question of why the FBI did not pass along what they knew about Guandolo to the federal court, to the FBI's Office of General Counsel for their review.

On Friday, Guandolo declined to go beyond a statement he gave to the FBI on June 7, in which he expressed his "deep remorse" for his sexual relationship with Mody, and his hope that it wouldn't damage the case against Jefferson.

After Mody told prosecutors of her relationship with Guandolo, the government announced that they would not call her as a witness and scrambled to have the lead FBI agent in the case provide the testimony to establish the surveillance tapes.

On Monday, Judge T.S. Ellis III denied a request by Jefferson's lawyers for a new trial, a request based in part on defense claims that Ellis erred in not letting them bring up Mody's relationship with Guandolo at trial. After sentencing Oct. 30, fter sentencing Oct. 30, the defense is expected to appeal Ellis' decision to deny a new trial.

Chance of appeal
Turley and other expert observers said that defense chances of a successful appeal based on the new information are slim. But Turley said that Guandolo's brazen behavior in such a high-profile case raises questions about the "FBI culture, " especially in light of somewhat similar claims in the botched prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Stevens was convicted of corruption last October, but on Dec. 2 -- right when Guandolo was leaving the FBI -- one of two FBI agents assigned to the Stevens case filed a complaint suggesting, among other things, that there has been an "inappropriate relationship" between Mary Beth Kepner, the lead FBI agent in the case, and the key government witness, Bill Allen. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder dropped the charges against Stevens.

Ellis ruled that Guandolo's relationship with Mody was irrelevant, and telling the jurors would have had a "prejudicial" effect on their deliberations.

But, Turley said, "the judge was very forthcoming with the government in allowing highly damaging and personal facts about Jefferson to go before the jury, including the fact that he had slept over at the house of a female aide." The aide said they slept in separate rooms.

The relationship between Guandolo and Mody is all the more stunning because she was described as being a volatile and vulnerable figure, especially in her relationships with men.

'Mild intimacy'
According to a statement from Mody included in the unsealed document, she and Guandolo engaged in "mild intimacy" in New Orleans in April 2005, and that on subsequent occasions Guandolo made "inappropriate sexual advances" in a car, at her townhouse and at her parents' home. On one occasion, she said, he was "overly aggressive" but she fended him off. Then once or twice, between late April and the end of May 2005, they had consensual sex.

On May 12, 2005, Mody and Jefferson shared a four-hour dinner at which she talked to Jefferson about her problems with men while Guandolo, posing as her driver, waited in the car.

According to the law enforcement Web site "Tickle the Wire, " the FBI learned of Guandolo's misbehavior because he had, on the advice of his therapist, made a list of his sexual affairs so he could better see the damage he had done to his marriage.

Asked how the list came into the hands of FBI officials, Guandolo said Friday, "it's a lot simpler than you think." He did not elaborate.

At his last meeting with Mody, in early 2006, after the Jefferson investigation had ended, Guandolo, a counter-terrorism expert in the FBI, asked her to contribute $75,000 to one of several anti-terrorist organizations.

Since leaving the bureau, Guandolo has been writing and speaking about the Islamic terrorist threat in America, which he has said the leadership in the FBI is being inadequately aggressive in combating.

Asked how the news of his role in the Jefferson case might affect his future as a lecturer on the anti-terrorism circuit, Guandolo said, "I guess we'll see. I mean it's only been a few days."

Jonathan Tilove can be reached at or 202.383.7827. Bruce Alpert can be reached at or 202.383.7861.

Marg Lemon (12)
Friday March 21, 2014, 6:20 pm
Little more on this little tale but something a little more credible than World Net Daily and the Crazy Circus. From the Culpepper Star Exponent, their local little newspaper.

But Corey Saylor, director of Washington, D.C.-based CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, counters:

“Mr. Guandolo has a lengthy record of anti-Muslim extremism and unprofessional behavior. His views on Islam are the equivalent of historical anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic falsehoods. Guandolo offers only his own prejudiced and inaccurate conspiratorial views, not solid counterterrorism training.”

Glasstetter alleged that Guandolo “regularly attacks the U.S. government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims ‘do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.’”

Unlike sheriffs in other states, Virginia sheriffs’ offices are not tasked with front-line law-enforcement duties. Their responsibilities primarily involve civil work, including serving subpoenas and court summons.

So do you really think it is fiscally responsible for the Sheriff Jackass, I mean Jenkins from a state where "sheriffs’ offices are not tasked with front-line law-enforcement duties" for a Jihadi awareness seminar given by a disgraced, right wing nutbar? (see bottom in quotes from Star Exponent article)

Also, if you check the dates, this is old news. It was scheduled in February. Perhaps you could create an online post-seminar petition in support of Sheriff Jenkins.

"Sheriff Jenkins told that 20 staffers from his office will attend the seminar Feb. 25-27 at the Culpeper campus of Germanna Community College.

Tickets are $225 per person. Because his department is hosting the event, Jenkins said staffers would “receive a discounted rate.” He did not specify the savings."

Beth S (330)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 7:44 pm
So I would say that an article that refers to Sheriff Jenkins as Sheriff "Jackass", that this is far less objective and serious than WND.

Having an affair would not, in most cases imaginable, imperil ones slowly arrived at position on radical Islam.

In addition, this has nothing to do with CAIR offering a $15,000 bribe.

I have placed the phone number on in this comment column, no one has taken the opportunity to call to confirm or disprove that CAIR tried to bribe the Sheriff with $15,000.

This should be pretty simple to ascertain.

Marg Lemon (12)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 7:04 am
Beth, you never cease to amuse me.

" I was talking to a friend today who said that just a few months ago comments sections in articles in Yahoo news, etc., seemed to be pretty much ignorantly siding with the Muslims as victims thing CAIR and the MB tries to manipulate people into believing."

I agree Yahoo isn't the pinnacle of news journalism, but still would outrate WND. Aside from that though, your argument would be much more convincing if it was based on anything that actually can stand up to scrutiny. We have an FBI agent who slept with a witness in a fraud trial and then when he was caught decided to make money travelling around lecturing on the Islamic threat as a self described "Middle East" expert. In addition, since sherrif offices in the great state of Virginia do not partake in actual law enforcement, aside from furthering the "Muslim" hate-fest, what, aside from wasting money that comes from the public coffers, does it accomplish.

The problem with the ex-FBI agent, John Guandolo isn't about him having an affair. I am not his moral authority. The problem is that sleeping with a witness, actually his witness, as an FBI agent who actually takes an oath is

a) contrary to the professional standards of the FBI - a real no, no, and
b) speaks to character. In addition, he also attempted to solicit a $75,000 donation for a anti-terrorism program from same said witness. He also made the rounds through the FBI, sleeping with fellow agents (another no, no) and actually documented it by keeping a list.
c) was aggressive in his sexual advances to the witness

I think you completely miss the point. Mr. Guandolo's sleeping with a witness is akin to a psychiatrist sleeping with his/her patient.

The term "serious" applied to WND is as Sarah Palin is to the phrase intellectual giant. Rather than World Net Daily, a more appropriate term would have been Wingnut Daily. According to WND, Soyabeans cause homosexuality. Even Anne Coulter, the queen of the right wing nutbaggery, has disassociated herself with WND.

These are Farah's solutions to the world going to hell in a hand basket. "Find a good reliable source of news — like — and be informed.” Buy guns — “more than you think you need.” And above all, withdraw your children from “government schools,” those “indoctrination centers” and “brainwashing hubs” run by “statists who seek to steal our children and make a mockery of the family.”

Marg Lemon (12)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 7:27 am
I forgot the part of the "bribe". The problem with the allegation of the"bribe" is that it came from WND.

Beth S (330)
Monday March 24, 2014, 11:04 am

I'm glad I'm doing a service by amusing you. :)

I tried calling the Sheriff's office (too late in the day), but then I also realized that if *I* do it, perhaps people like you won't believe me if I get an answer in the affirmative.

I would be grateful if you could call his office and find out one way or another if the bribe claim is true.

Phone: (540) 727-7520

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