This isn’t a snarky post. It’s a post that questions just on whose side John Giduck might be on. It also provides evidence of why Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Military organizations might not want to continue placing themselves in a situation where they may have inadvertently become “friends of friends” through John Giduck with an organization that appears to have been involved with a US Embassy bombing.
Would those same organizations train with a person with such ties to a Jihadist organization? Likely not. So, let’s look at the evidence that links John Giduck and Archangel Group’s claimed ties to a very small and exclusive group that some reputable sources believe bombed a US Embassy.
We’ve talked at length about John Giduck’s relationships with high level Russian intelligence officers backed by his own claims and photos. We’ve also talked about people like SGM John “Andy” Anderson and John Mason who are in John Giduck’s close inner circle who have held high level US Government security clearances. What I haven’t covered is John Giduck’s close ties to the Russian GRU – a group that the Georgian government and US intelligence believe bombed a US Embassy.
What Is The Russian GRU?
It’s important to understand what the GRU is. Let’s use John Giduck’s own words. John Giduck explains the GRU on page 89 of his book, Terror At Beslan as follows:
The GRU, or Glavnoye Rasvedivatelnoe Upravleniye, is a military version of the KGB
Wikipedia goes on to add:
Unlike other special forces units, Spetsnaz GRU is known for blending in with regular army units by wearing standard paratrooper uniforms to help disguise their movements and prevent identification even from within the ranks of the Russian military.
In my opinion, this sounds like exactly what John Giduck is doing with law enforcement and Homeland security…blending in.
Now, before linking John Giduck and the GRU, let’s look at the evidence about the US Embassy bombing and the GRU
The Russian GRU and a US Embassy Bombing
In a classified report reported in the Washington Times late last year, US intelligence believes that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov.
“It is written without hedges, and it confirms the Georgian account,” said one U.S. official familiar with the U.S. intelligence report.
This official added that it specifically says the Russian military intelligence, or GRU, coordinated the bombings.
John Giduck’s Ties To The Russian GRU
Why is this all important? John Giduck trains law enforcement officers, homeland security officials, and military units. John Giduck also has deep and extensive ties to the Russian GRU. John Giduck has claimed in podcast interviews to have 18 years of training with Russian Spetsnaz units (“many of which were in Russian uniform”). As part of that time, John Giduck have trained with members past and present of the GRU, maintains friendships with GRU members, and has visited their facilities.
Here is what John Giduck claims on Page 204 of his book, Terror At Beslan:
John Giduck’s Archangel Group even claims to have a former GRU member on staff.
“Terror at Beslan School: A Russian Tragedy with Lessons for America
Presented by: John Giduck, MA, JD, former Army Ranger, and president of the Archangel Anti-Terror
Group, is a recognized international terrorism expert and author of Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy with Lessons for America & Yuri Ferdigalov, a decorated war veteran of the elite Soviet GRU Spetsnaz.
Need more proof? Here is a photo from John Giduck’s own website and claims of a GRU member on staff at Archangel Group.
Could this link with the GRU be the reason why John Giduck has been changing Yuri Ferdigalov’s name lately in his blog posts? Another reasonable question would be why would John Giduck as an American citizen need to hang out with foreign officials that require blurring of their faces in photos? If these were jihadists that had bombed a US Embassy with their faces blurred, would you be so forgiving?
Another Archangel Group co-founder, retired Special Forces SGM John “Andy” Anderson, apparently also has developed such relationships through John Giduck.
Anderson readily admits that through John he has also become friends with everyone from Alpha commandos to commanders from other spetsnaz units.
John Giduck goes so far as to describe members of the GRU as “colleagues” on page 195 of his book, Terror At Beslan.
It is interesting that John Giduck would describe a group that US intelligence believes to have been involved in a US Embassy bombing as “colleagues”. Is belonging to a group that would be involved in such things be what you would expect from someone claiming to be a “loyal and patriotic American”? My opinion is that loyal and patriotic Americans have no such voluntary and enduring connections. You decide.
While no one is claiming that John Giduck’s friends were involved, the group to which they belonged apparently was. It’s like being friends with a former member of Al Queda even if they weren’t involved in certain AQ direct activities.
Ask yourself if John Giduck and Archangel Group are really who you want to have training you. At what point will you stop believing John Giduck’s talking points and look at the facts of his background. Can you be 100% sure of what side he’s on?
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