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Beyond the fringe: John Brennan is a secret Muslim

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By Maryalice Aymong

This one comes to us from far out on the fringe…  John Guandolo is an ex-FBI agent and anti-Islam activist. He resigned from the FBI in 2009, after having an affair with the prosecution’s star witness in the case against former Congressman William Jefferson.

These days, Guandolo has a key position with the Strategic Engagement Group. The firm says it specializes in “unconstrained analysis in defense of America.”  The group offers multi-day training courses for law enforcement officials interested in protecting America from infiltration by Islamic extremists.

Guandolo’s opinion of President Obama’s selection of John Brennan to head up the C.I.A. might sound vaguely familiar to any Homeland fans out there. According to Guandolo, Brennan is a secret Muslim, and has gone so far as to dish out high-profile government jobs to members of the Muslim Brotherhood. “Mr. Brennan did convert to Islam when he served in an official capacity on the behalf of the United States in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “His conversion to Islam was the culmination of a counterintelligence operation against him to recruit him.”

The remarks were made on the radio show of Tom Trento, himself no stranger to fear-mongering about radical Islam in the United States.

Check out the Hardball Sideshow for more of Guandolo’s comments (for the entertainment value, if nothing else).

Once you’ve digested that one, guess who Texas Congressman Steve Stockman invited to accompany him to the State of the Union? Spoiler alert: the Secret Service saw fit to interview him after some anti-Obama comments he made in anticipation of the 2012 election.

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Beyond the fringe: John Brennan is a secret Muslim

Updated