Defeat Lawfare Against UTT

UPDATE 9/2/19


VIDEO: John Bennett Offers Gratitude and a Call to Stay in the Battle



Posted by Understanding the Threat

Published on Aug 30, 2019


Understanding the Threat’s Vice President John Bennett thanks all of those who are supporting Understanding the Threat (UTT) in their efforts to raise money to defend themselves against a frivolous civil lawsuit brought against them by Richard Stanek, the former sheriff of Hennepin County Minnesota (Minneapolis) – Ilhan Omar’s district.



Go to to donate to this cause and support UTT as they take the fight to the enemy and put freedom back on the offensive where it belongs.


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An 8/30/19 UPDATE email in Comment section.


John R. Houk

© September 2, 2019


VIDEO: Appeal by Combat Veteran for UTT Support!



Posted by Understanding the Threat

Published on Aug 28, 2019


[GoFundMe entered Leftist Multiculturalism and removed the UTT page. SUPPORT UTT directly with this link:]

John Bennett is a retired Marine First Sergeant, combat veteran, former sheriff’s deputy, and a former State Representative from Oklahoma. He is currently the Vice President of Understanding the Threat (UTT). In this brief video, John is appealing for public support for UTT’s President John Guandolo and UTT to help them with the LAWFARE which has come against UTT from the former sheriff of Hennepin County Minnesota (Minneapolis) – Ilhan Omar’s district. Please watch this video and support UTT!!!


It is nutty that Leftist Multiculturalists throw support behind American/Western Culture-hating Islamofascists such as Rep. Ilhan Omar representing the 5th District in Minnesota. Now former Sheriff Richard Stanek physically attacked Understanding The Threat (UTT) President John Guandolo over an UTT article exposing the then Sheriff’s support for Islamofascist groups such as Hamas-supporting CAIR and Sharia proponent Imam Roble. While being choked by Stanek, Guandolo punched back in self-defense. YET Stanek is suing Guandolo and  UTT for attacking him.

Richard Stanek


Guandolo started a GoFundMe page to help with the legal fees for this obvious Lawfare (aka Legal Jihad) stunt to drain money in litigation from Guandolo and UTT.




Five days when I received the email update from UTT, Guandolo was ecstatically pleased the GoFundMe page raised $9600.00 bucks to combat lawfare.


Since I am no fan of American-hating Muslims and their Multiculturalist supporters, I’m perpetuating this GoFundMe plea for legal fee support to stand against the Lawfare tactic. The UTT email including the explanation and the Go Fund Me link is below in the cross post.


BUT in checking the GoFundMe link, I discovered “Campaign Not Found” message. Which means UTT or GoFundMe removed it. In these days of caving into the “Islamophobe accusation,” I suspect Go Fund Me removed the campaign.


So I went to the UTT Homepage and discovered the organization is still seeking Legal Fee aid. HERE IS THAT UTT DONATE LINK TO COMBAT LAWFARE!


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UTT Appeal for Help HUGE Success! Let’s Keep It Going!


Email From John Guandolo – UTT

Email sent 8/28/19 11:45 AM

Via Understanding The Threat


After yesterday’s call for help defending Understanding the Threat (UTT) against a crippling attack in the courts (LAWFARE) by our adversaries, Americans are answering the call!


At the time this email is going out, YOU have helped UTT raised over $9600!!!  Let’s keep it going!!!


PLEASE  SHARE  THE  GoFundMe  Campaign

[Blog Editor: Donate directly to UTT:]


Additionally, several attorneys are helping UTT have agreed to help UTT and we may have an attorney retained as early as today.


By sharing this need with all of you, this has also opened up many people’s eyes to the work of UTT and our unique and successful role in the war against the Marxists and jihadis.


Please direct folks to for more information on these threats.


Thank you for not allowing us to be silenced by the opponents of liberty.


Please watch this amazing video by retired Marine First Sergeant, combat veteran, former Oklahoma State Representative, and UTT Vice President John Bennett.


Background: The Stanek Setup


UTT has been engaged in a civil lawsuit for about a year and a half with Richard Stanek, the former sheriff of Hennepin County Minnesota (Minneapolis), which is in Ilhan Omar’s district.


Mr. Stanek is frivolously suing John Guandolo and UTT’s parent company for almost a million dollars, based on a minor incident that took place two years ago.


In the summer of 2017, UTT’s President John Guandolo, along with UTT’s Vice President at the time Chris Gaubatz, spoke at the National Sheriff’s Conference in Reno, Nevada.  As John and Chris entered the room in which they were going to give their class, they were met by Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek who just finished giving a presentation in the same room.  When John introduced himself to Sheriff Stanek, Mr. Stanek said, “I know who you are” and asked if they could meet afterwards.


Unbeknownst to the UTT team, Stanek had been working to get the National Sheriff’s Association Board to drop the UTT presentation because, according to Stanek, of an article written by John in October 2016 detailing the dangerous nature of the Islamic threat in Minneapolis/St. Paul in which Mr. Stanek was mentioned.


The article can be found at


After UTT’s successful presentation at the National Sheriff’s Association, three UTT team members did meet with Sheriff Stanek.


When the UTT team sat down, John asked Mr. Stanek if they could begin in prayer, and Mr. Stanek refused.  The sheriff turned his computer around to show John the above-referenced article.


The Sheriff’s Embarrassing History


The sheriff was irate the article (truthfully) mentioned him in what he believed is a negative light, and asked John to pull the article down from the UTT website.  John informed Mr. Stanek the article is factual and UTT would consider pulling it down if Mr. Stanek could show UTT where there are factual inconsistencies in the article about his relationship with jihadi organizations and jihadi leaders.


[Sheriff Stanek is on video at the “Combatting Violent Extremism Conference” at the White House during the Obama administration thanking Imam Roble – a sharia adherent muslim Imam – for helping create successful outreach programs to the muslim community with the sheriff’s office in Hennepin County.  See video at from 13:39-16:22.  Sheriff Stanek also acknowledged changing the policy at the jail to allow female muslims wear hijabs.  UTT learned the sheriff worked with Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) on this matter, and UTT has a copy of the letter from CAIR thanking the Sheriff.]


During his meeting with the UTT team in Reno at the National Sheriff’s Conference, Sheriff Stanek realized John Guandolo was not going to delete the article in question without a factual basis for doing so.  The sheriff began mocking John’s Marine Corps experience, FBI career, and him personally.  When it became clear it was going nowhere, the Sheriff – who is about a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier than John – stood up.


As the rest of the folks at the table stood up, including two other UTT team members and the Major with the sheriff, the sheriff stepped into John, chest bumped him, grabbed his tie and began choking him.


In defense of himself and to stop the sheriff from continuing to choke him,  John swung at the sheriff and hit him once in his face.  Pretty quickly a number of deputies in the area got involved trying to separate the two men.


We believe the entire encounter was a setup designed to entrap UTT for negative publicity and/or legal jeopardy.


In the end, when asked, John felt the entire incident was a dust up between two men and had no intention of pressing charges.  The sheriff, however, did press charges against John, falsely claiming John attacked him.


The criminal charge, utterly lacking in merit, was quickly dropped by Nevada authorities. End of story?  No, the lawfare now continues in civil court.


Damages? What Damages, Sheriff?

Richard Stanek, who is no longer the sheriff in Hennepin County, sued John and UTT’s parent company for medical and psychological damages to the tune of nearly a million dollars.


While it has been demonstrated to Stanek and his legal team that neither John nor UTT have any assets, Stanek is still coming after John and UTT.  If you are asking yourself “Why?” – the propagandistic slant of the original petition against John and UTT readily answers the question:


“3.2 Guandolo is the Founder and President of UTT, which he markets as a counterterrorism consulting firm to profit from instilling anti-Muslim bigotry in law enforcement agents.


3.3 UTT is an anti-Muslim hate group.


3.5 Guandolo and UTT regularly make false, outlandish, and controversial accusations against law enforcement officers (and others) to advance their cause of spreading anti-Muslim hate.”


Current Status of Court Case


Originally, UTT was represented by a law firm in Dallas who was of the opinion that this simple assault suit should never have gotten as far as it has but, they believe, this is about trying to destroy UTT and has nothing to do with the facts of the matter.


They filed a counter-suit on behalf of John and UTT, providing legal leverage toward a settlement.


In May 2019, however, UTT’s legal counsel withdrew because UTT could no longer pay the legal bills.


UTT has been without counsel since that time, and attempts to obtain pro bono counsel have been unsuccessful.


At this point, the current trial date is set for two weeks from now, September 9, and we are without counsel.


UTT needs to raise $20,000 immediately to retain him and his firm, and to make it through the trial.



Direct UTT Donation:


UTT has set up this GoFundMe page [GONE] and we ask that you give what you can as soon as you can to help us through this battle.


All money donated will only go to support this effort.


On behalf of the entire UTT Team and our Advisory Board thank you so very much for whatever you can give.  For those of you unable to give right now, we ask for your prayers as we walk forward in this matter.


Many thanks and God bless you.  No matter what the outcome, UTT will continue to take the fight to the enemy and put freedom back on the offensive where it belongs.


Blog Editor: UTT Reports GoFundMe removed the page:




By Stephanie Ameiss

August 29, 2019

Understanding The Threat


Enemies of liberty want to silence Understanding the Threat (UTT). Standing together, we can make sure they do not succeed!


Not only is UTT currently a defendant in a civil lawsuit brought against it by the former sheriff of Hennepin County Minnesota (Minneapolis) Richard Stanek – Ilhan Omar’s district – but UTT fundraising efforts via the online fundraising company GoFundMe were shut down today by GoFundMe.




GoFundMe contacted UTT President John Guandolo to inform him they shut down his GoFundMe account due to “due to a violation of (GoFundMe’s) Terms & Conditions.”


Screen Shot GoFundMe Revocation Excuse


No specifics were provided by GoFundMe about which terms and/or conditions were violated. Several emails sent by John were ignored.


Donors will be reimbursed by GoFundMe for donations already made before GoFundMe shut John Guandolo/UTT’s account down.


UTT suspects it was because of efforts by Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). See UTT’s “CAIR is Hamas” document by clicking HERE.


On Tuesday August 27th, Hamas/CAIR published a press release announcing it was “monitoring” the case involving Guandolo. See the Hamas/CAIR press release HERE.


[It is worth noting that in the largest terrorism financing trial every successfully prosecuted in American history – US v Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), Northern District of Texas (Dallas) 2008 – the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was identified as a member of the US Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which is Hamas.


When CAIR attempted to have its organization removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list, the Department of Justice directly stated to the court that CAIR was created to support Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.


The federal judge overseeing the case stated in his ruling: “The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT…with Hamas.”]


Lawfare, a jihadi specialty, the use of litigation to suppress truth, has been deployed against UTT to bleed us financially and take us off mission.  Matters have now come to a head, and we urgently need funding to fight off this attack—and win our countersuit to teach them a lesson.


UTT has now set up a special place on its website to receive funds to defend itself against the efforts of Hamas/CAIR and those working with them like the plaintiff in this case, Richard Stanek.


Please click HERE to donate to UTT. UTT must raise $15,000 to secure legal representation immediately.




… the rest of the post is repetitive of the email sent – less the GoFundMe link.


Defeat Lawfare Against UTT

John R. Houk

© September 2, 2019


UTT Appeal for Help HUGE Success! Let’s Keep It Going!




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UTT About Page


The Mission


Understanding the Threat provides threat-focused strategic and operational consultation, training, and education for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies in government, the private sector, and for private citizens. UTT is the only organization in America which is training leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, military personnel, and citizens, about the Global Islamic Movement and the jihadi networks in communities around the nation.  UTT is also the only organization showing security professionals and state leaders how to locate and map out jihadi organizations, locate jihadis, and dismantle the network at the local and state level. While UTT briefs and teaches about many of the threats external and internal to the United States, its primary concern is the threats to the Republic and the West in general from the Global Islamic Movement.


About John Guandolo


John Guandolo is the Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT), the only organization in America providing tools to leaders, police and citizens to identify and dismantle jihadi/terrorist networks in their local communities.


Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who 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, military free-fall parachutist, and 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 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 terrorist organizations including Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others.


In 2006, Mr. Guandolo was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters and READ THE REST


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3 thoughts on “Defeat Lawfare Against UTT”

  1. UTT UPDATE 9/2/19

    UTT Thanks YOU & Calls You to Stay Engaged in the Fight!

    Email sent by John Guandolo UTT
    Email Sent 8/30/19 6:57 AM
    Email sent via Understand The Threat

    UTT Raises Over $15,000 in 8 Hours!

    Thanks to all the Patriots who blessed me (John Guandolo) and Understanding the Threat (UTT) with the resources to retain an attorney for this morning’s hearing in Dallas in the civil suit against us by the former sheriff of Hennepin County (MN)/Minneapolis (Ilhan Omar’s district).

    After putting out the call at approximately 4 PM CST yesterday (Aug 29th) for our immediate need, you answered. We raised nearly $15,500 by midnight!

    That gets us on our way! Thank you for your generosity, your love and support and your Patriotism. We will share with you updates as we can before the long weekend.

    Here is a motivational video from retired Marine First Sergeant, combat veteran, former Oklahoma legislator and UTT Vice President John Bennett thanking all of you and calling you to stay engaged in this battle.

    But the work is not over…it is just beginning.

    UTT now needs to raise another $10,000 by September 6th in anticipation of the trial scheduled to begin September 9th.

    Please go to to DONATE

    If you have not given to this cause and are not sure, we want to remind you that Understanding the Threat (UTT) is the only organization in America giving tools to citizens, police, local/state/federal leaders to identify and dismantle jihadi networks in your local area.

    We have a long track record of success against our Marxist and jihadi foes and need your help to defeat these enemies and WIN this war! Let’s not let Hamas/CAIR nor GoFundMe slow us down!

    Thanks to all of you who continue to stand with us in this fight. The entire team is truly grateful.

    Thanks to ReadyOp for hosting us as our new communications platform. ReadyOp is run by a collection of Patriots dedicated to supporting liberty and doing the right thing. We are grateful they have stepped up in a time so many others are trying to shut us down.

    God bless you all and thank you again for helping UTT take the fight to the enemy and put freedom back on the offensive where it belongs!!!

    John Guandolo
    President, UTT


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