The decision by the Culpeper County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office to ask former FBI agent John Guandolo to attend a counterterrorism symposium has ruffled the feathers of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal activist organization that monitors so-called “hate groups.”

Guandolo, who authored the book “Raising a Jihadi Generation,” describes himself as a “counterterrorism expert.” He is scheduled to be a presenter at the Feb. 25-27 seminar at the Culpeper campus of Germanna Community College.

But CAIR sees Guandolo differently, branding him a ”notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist.” The group has urged Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins to disinvite Guandolo and distance his department from the “Jihadi Networks in America” program, which is billed as “Advanced Counterterrorism Training.”
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