Archives for category: John Giduck Misleading Statements

John Giduck’s integrity issues continue to plague him. There is evidence that John Giduck had previously claimed to have been at Beslan as part of first hand commentary in an opinion article:

I was at Beslan, and know the horror of 334 dead innocent people, 186 of them children. I was called in to begin an assessment of the Bailey shooting after it was over.

Note the difference between the two statements.  He was at Beslan but called into to Bailey “after it was over”.  The problem is that we now know that John Giduck wasn’t anywhere near Beslan even in it’s aftermath.  John Giduck latest story (still without any supporting evidence) is that he arrived sometime on 5 September 2004.

Keep in mind that there is evidence that demonstrates that the one flight per day between Moscow and Beslan wasn’t available on 5 September 2004.  This evidence makes John Giduck of having arrived on 5 September 2004 even less likely.

On a side note, this blog has also demonstrated that the Afghanistan school attack data provided by John Giduck (a self proclaimed expert of school attacks) is completely false as well.

John Giduck tries to give readers the same impression that he was actually at Beslan while events were actually unfolding in another article which also contains a first hand interview by John Giduck. A reasonable person might assume that the information was provided by John Giduck as part of that interview,

John Giduck, a 1977 Sun Valley High School graduate, who now lives in Colorado, was at Beslan as the last mopping up operations were taking place.

Unfortunately for John Giduck, this also is a lie. Even if John Giduck did arrive as he now claims on 5 September 2004 after magically fixing a Russian visa issue within  24 hours in the US, this blog has demonstrated that the bodies and rubble were removed from the Beslan school on 4 September 2004.  There was no “mopping up” or horror of 334 dead innocent people. Again, John Giduck’s previously published statements don’t match the evidence.  He is lying.

Lastly, I’ve had to reconstruct an entire quote here using Google since the published work costs more than $200 to get a reprint.  I’ll write out the quote in full and then show the reconstruction – you can do the same in google by searching “JPCN” and the key words.

…teacher, historian, and author John Giduck. Explains the author, “I was there; I arrived when mopping up operations were taking place and then again three more times over the next months to gather more information.“

The above is a direct quote from John Giduck.

In short, the story is a lie to sell you John Giduck’s book, Terror At Beslan.  Apparently, such statements are key and critical enough to building John Giduck’s false legend that John Giduck also appears to have been making such false statements under a pen name. There is more support documentation in the links below.


John Giduck’s Terror At Beslan Errors: Key Beslan Mastermind Still Alive

John Giduck: Beslan Author, Speaker, Trainer, Liar

New Evidence Disputes John Giduck’s Beslan School Observations As Lies

John Giduck As Source Of Lies: Arrival In Beslan During “Mopping Up”

John Giduck Clings To Flawed & Improbable 5 September 2004 Beslan Arrival


This blog has been consistently saying that John Giduck’s M.O. is to have others lie to build up a false legend. These lies by multiple people to essentially sell you products and services based on lies isn’t based on a single event….it appears to be part of a strategy by John Giduck and Archangel Group.

Given the fictional nature of much of John Giduck’s operational background and credentials, it’s fitting then that John Giduck has a fiction writer lying for him as well.  Let’s start out with what fiction writer, Brad Thor, opines on how he should be judged:

As an author, I’m judged by the body of my work. As a man, I hope to be judged by the content of my character. I hope that judgment will include not only how I comport myself and how I treat others, but whom I choose to surround myself with.

Brad Thor in

Let’s judge Brad Thor using his own criteria then.

Here is what Brad Thor stated about John Giduck:

THOR: I know a little bit about it. John Giduck again is the expert.He’s former military, he’s a law enforcement trainer. John actually speaks Russian and he was there very early on with the siege at Beslan. He has trained some of the Russian special forces members. So he’s very intimate with this, and I think this is something again that’s part of this whole package of the things that Americans need to see and know. I’ve seen some, but I don’t know exactly what it is that John’s going to be sharing.

Very beautiful accolades except for the fact that most of Brad thor’s drivel is demonstrably untrue or overstatement.

John Giduck as former military: Overstated. What Brad Thor fails to mention is that John Giduck’s military service consisted of making it only 58 days in the U.S. Army.  Only Brad Thor can answer what John Giduck actually told him about his service.

John Giduck as law enforcement trainer: Overstated. In 2007, when this report aired, most of John Giduck’s training of law enforcement had been in martial arts.  One only needs to read John Giduck’s rather pedestrian 2001 biography to know this. The direct reference can be found here. Note that John Giduck’s bio doesn’t have the law enforcement training reference in the law enforcement section of the biography; he has it in the defensive skills section.

John Giduck as Russian speaker: Overstated. John Giduck claimed in a 2008 podcast that he doesn’t speak Russian very well.  One would think that after a University resident program in Russia that he would speak rather fluently.  That said, in true John Giduck fashion, the program that John Giduck claims to have completed also offers a completely voluntary, self paced Russian language program of whatever length the attendee chooses to attend.  This could be one day ( .  John Giduck has never produced evidence of attending the resident semester based language program.

John Giduck being in Beslan during the siege: Lie.  In 2007, John Giduck wanted people to think that he was actually in Beslan and had text in his book, Terror at Beslan, indicating that the siege was ongoing as he arrived in Russia (Original Story).  This is what this blog refers to as the “big lie”. Brad Thor appears to be a willing participant in building this lie and false legend.  Unfortunately, John Giduck mentioned in a 2008 podcast interview (11:32 into the interview) that he had a visa problem and after this new story (Change #1) started the normal chain of factual and continuity problems that most lies cause when changed.

Host: you’ve written about the incident at Beslan. Were you actually there?

John Giduck: we got…we attempted to get there while the siege was still going on. Due to some problems that we had getting my visa delivered in the time that I was promised. We ended up making it to Moscow on the last day, getting to Beslan the morning after the battle ended with the battle having ending at 11:20 the night before.

After further uncomfortable questions were raised about John Giduck’s timeline, John Giduck further clarified his story (Change #2).  The new story is as follows:

When John Giduck and Yuri Federov [sic] arrived in Russia late on Sept 4 they were immediately briefed by a couple of ex-spetsnaz people they knew as to what had happened. Vladikavkaz airport had been closed and John Giduck and Yuri Federov [sic] were on one of the first flights into the area once the battle was over and the area secured.

John Giduck and Yuri Federov [sic] were in the School at Beslan on Sept 5.

unfortunately this latest change invalidated the stories and first hand observations about the Beslan siege that John Giduck told in his original story and contradicts the 2008 change #1 to his story.  Further evidence shows that there wasn’t even a flight into Beslan on 5 Sept 2004 as John Giduck claims.  John Giduck has yet to produce any evidence that he was at the school within even two weeks of the Beslan siege.

John Giduck as trainer of Russian Special Forces: Other than the obvious question of “what could John Giduck possibly teach tier one units about tactics?”, there is also the not so small issue of the US Government requiring a license to train foreign military forces. There is already evidence that John Giduck and John “Andy” Anderson violated federal international arms control laws and ITAR statutes in the Sudan.  Apparently, Brad Thor has further information that John Giduck has done so on other occasions in Russia as well.  Why else would Brad Thor say this?

Another important factor in Brad Thor’s support of John Giduck is that he isn’t an impartial judge of John Giduck.

One of the greatest pleasures of my adulthood has been the friendships I have forged with some of this nation’s greatest patriots and bravest warriors. John Giduck is one of those outstanding men and it is an honor to call him my friend.

Of course, from everything that I have read, Brad Thor fails to mention this friendship during the Glenn Beck interview.  Interestingly, Brad Thor is also mutual friend with Chester PA’s Police Commissioner Joseph “Joe” Bail.

In short, Brad Thor asks us to judge him by the people that surround him.  In Brad Thor’s own words, John Giduck is proudly one of those people. John Giduck also happens to have lied about his arrival in Beslan, dated a cop killer while representing her as a defense attorney, had to flee to West Virginia at one point in his life, violated Federal ITAR statutes, sued veterans for telling the truth about him, lied about being a qualified member of the US Army Special Forces and Rangers, and engaged in highly questionable quid pro quo consulting arrangements and honorariums with mutual friend Joe Bail.

My opinion is that there is strong enough evidence to show that Brad Thor is either knowingly lying about his good friend, John Giduck, or has been duped. If duped, Brad Thor should say so. Otherwise, any lawsuit appeal that actually sees the inside of a court room brought should get Brad Thor on the stand and under oath so that he can explain his statements. I don’t believe that Brad Thor’s comments support John Giduck’s false narrative and legend so neatly by sheer coincidence.

In the meantime, you be the judge.


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How John Giduck Misleads You: Walter Chi Lies About John Giduck’s Legend

John Giduck: Beslan Author, Speaker, Trainer, Liar

How John Giduck Misleads You: Spreading Lies Through Others

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that John Giduck wants to impress you with a 10th Special Forces Certificate and a VITYAZ certification won after a grueling commercial one week military style adventure camp offered by his own company where activities were deemed “voluntary”.  John Giduck’s credentials simply don’t pass the sniff test.

John Giduck and his lone remaining cheerleader, Dave Grossman, like to say that Giduck only has a problem with a small number of special operations people.  Grossman also likes to demonstrate that he apparently learned nothing while serving in the mean combat zone of West Point rather that in, say, Iraq or Afghanistan by claiming that those that question John Giduck’s fake credentials are actually in the employ of groups such as CAIR.  Umm-kay.  What Grossman doesn’t realize between his huffing, puffing hooahs and talking about killing despite never having actually done so is that there are many voices that over the years have raised serious questions and concerns about John Giduck and Archangel Group.

David Cariens is one of those voices. Unlike military faker and discredited Beslan author John Giduck, noted analyst David Cariens is the real deal.

David served in the CIA for 31 years before retiring in 1997.  During his career he was a political analyst for 22 years in the Directorate of Intelligence, specializing in Balkan affairs.  In this capacity he produced finished intelligence for all levels of the U.S. government, from the President to working level counterparts throughout the Community.  He has designed intelligence analysis/writing courses and taught them throughout the Intelligence Community. 

He has given writing workshops at the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) in Alexandria in 2005, in Mexico City in 2006, in Vancouver, Canada in April, 2007, and in Boston in 2008.  David presented a similar writing workshop at the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit’s national meeting in Tempe, Arizona in June 2006.  He has conducted intelligence analysis training for the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada and for the Canadian police.

So let’s read what David Cariens thinks of John Giduck’s book, Shooter Down, about the VA Tech tragedy. John Giduck is the founder and owner of Archangel Group.

This is the second of several articles the author plans on doing related to the Archangel Group’s report on Virginia Tech. This article takes a critical look at the credentials of the members of the Archangel Group who took the lead in writing their report of the shootings. To sit by and say nothing when faced with Archangel’s biases, self-serving analysis, and intellectual dishonesty, would be unconscionable.


I was deeply disappointed when I read the Archangel Group’s report on the Virginia Tech shooting. The report is clearly fashioned in the form of a legal argument designed to make a point or win a case—not designed to get at the objective truth. The most positive thing I can say is that the approach taken by the report is intellectually shaky.

This sounds very similar to what this blog concluded about Archangel Group’s research into Mumbai.  Cariens continues:

I have forty-one years of experience as an intelligence analyst, inspector for the CIA’s Inspector General, and an instructor for intelligence analysis for all levels of the federal government (CIA, FBI, DIA, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center), the state police intelligence units, and for numerous foreign governments including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian intelligence. If the Archangel Group had submitted their report to me in one of my classes, I would have given them a failing grade.

Ouch.  Cariens then goes on to do what most people should have done after reading anything about John Giduck.

I was so thunder-struck by the poor quality of the report that I went back and took a closer look at the credentials and membership of the Archangel Group. Do their backgrounds give them the skills necessary to a thorough analysis of a problem? Have they been trained in an academic field that emphasizes objectivity—or does their training emphasize argumentation and winning at all costs, no matter what the truth is? That closer look helped explain a great deal.

You can read what Mr. Cariens notes about the Archangel Group set of authors of the VA tech report here:  Note that this report forms the basis of John Giduck’s Shooter Down book and that Mr. Cariens blog post was written in 2008…long before there was detailed research that provided clear evidence that demonstrate  John Giduck’s claimed background and experience to be false.  Archangel Group’s conclusions are lacking as a result.

The Archangel Group states: “The goal of the Report is to offer relevant facts, findings and conclusions, concerning the tactical response of law enforcement and first responders to the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech on 16 April 2007, and to offer recommendations for future preparedness and tactical response capability to all relevant agencies. Archangel Group, and the Archangel Team that conducted this investigation and assessment, hopes that this report can aid in planning for, and responding to future incidents like the tragedy at Virginia Tech.”

The stated goals of Archangel Group are highly commendable. Unfortunately, the report does not deliver on those goals. I would remind the reader that Archangel Group also states on page 7: “This Report has been prepared for distribution to U.S. law enforcement, security and first responder agencies, and is being made available at no cost to any such agency.” Again a very noble purpose, but clearly the unsaid, underlying purpose of the report is to drum-up business for Archangel. Archangel Group wants to sell its services, if their purpose was purely altruistic then they would offer all of their expertise and service to police forces at no cost.

Anyone else wondering why law enforcement continues to hire John Giduck or Archangel Group for anything?


More Voices: Annette Fuentes Book Blasts John Giduck

How John Giduck Misleads You: Walter Chi Lies About John Giduck’s Legend

John Giduck: Beslan Author, Speaker, Trainer, Liar

How John Giduck Misleads You: Spreading Lies Through Others


I’d normally say, “let’s push John Giduck over the top” for this, but given John Giduck’s ample girth, I’m not sure that we could even collectively do so.

Anyway, John Giduck is an entry in a military blog’s 2013 Stolen Valor tournament.  I think that we should reward John Giduck for his background and experience by helping him win this “honor”.  John is probably hoping that it includes an all you can eat buffet.

The competition looks tough.  They could have a show, “Professional Victims Unit”, with the entries.  Here is what one observer has already remarked in the comments section

LebbenB Says:
June 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

There’s some real heavy hitters in this bracket. Tina “Butt Kernel” Kerstain versus John “Giggity-Giggity” Gidduck? A fight for the ages!

I completely agree.  John Giduck needs our help. John Giduck was only voted “Most Tempramental” in high school.  he’s got a great shot at being REALLY famous as a result of this contest.

Smitty Says:
June 3rd, 2013 at 1:58 pm

the weeble has her match, hands down! but she is in for a fight when she matches up against Gidduck, i think he will take this bracket

Too bad Stolen Valor is the only category. John Giduck is not only a good bet for the Stolen Valor category but also likely the runaway winner in “Most Likely To Date a Cop Killer” and Most Likely To Commit An ITAR Violation”.

Edited to Add:  Bios of the contestants are posted here –

Voting starts on 9 June for John Giduck.  “Giduck, Giduck, he’s our man, if he can’t snow you, no one can!”


How John Giduck Misleads You: Spreading Lies Through Others

Same Giduck, Different Day: More Special Forces Narrative Examples

Giduck Flows Downhill: Grossman, Giduck, Foreign Intelligence, Real Crimes, And More

A Review of John Giduck’s False Special Forces Legend

People and organizations pay John Giduck (often with tax dollars) to talk about the Beslan school siege.  It turns out that John Giduck’s Terror At Beslan book, already shown to be rife with errors, apparently has erred in a key fact about a key player in the Beslan siege.  The person is one of the masterminds of the Beslan operation itself and the fact is that this person was not killed at Beslan as John Giduck claims.  That’s indicative of pretty poor research!


Marketing for John Giduck’s book, Terror at Beslan, generally focuses on the words, “complete” and “accurate”. Here is an example:

The complete and accurate story of the Beslan School Siege that occurred in Russia on September 1, 2004.

The book is anything but complete and accurate. My opinion is that it borders on fiction.  Even Russian Beslan experts have ripped the book’s factual detail (Russian Experts Claim Terror At Beslan Inaccuracies – Part 1). Now, we have evidence that the book is wrong about the death of one of the key planners of the Beslan siege itself.

Ali Musaevich Taziev

Let’s look at what John Giduck says happened to a one of the masterminds of the Beslan school siege. According to Wikipedia, and other sources,  Ali Musaevich Taziev goes by several AKAs (or “also known as”) Akhmed Yevloev, Magomet Yevloyev, and Emir Magas.  John Giduck references his under the name, Magomet Yevloyev, in Terror At Beslan.  Here is what John Giduck authoritatively states on page 197 of Terror At Beslan:


For clarity, the text says the following:

As it would turn out, the bodies of the three actual terrorist leaders would be identified in the aftermath.  Vladimir Hodov and Magomet Yevloyev were clearly recognized.

John Giduck also claims to have in Beslan on 5 September 2004 so he speaks with authority correct?

The problem is that Ali Musaevich Taziev AKA Magomet Yevloyev is still very much alive.  In fact, the same man is on trial in Russia as of the writing of this blog post in May 2013.

A former police officer who allegedly switched sides and joined North Caucasus militants to become one of their leaders went on trial in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Monday.

Ali Taziyev, also known by his alias Magas, is charged with setting up an armed militant group, illegal arms trafficking, terrorism, inciting a rebellion and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Charges against him also include 24 counts of terrorism. (dated 13 May 2013)

John Giduck who boasts about having a Ph.D. which gives one the impression that he is well versed in academic research. john Giduck also claims that months of research went into Terror At Beslan.  How could John Giduck miss this important detail?  It isn’t as if the detail hadn’t been covered by news outlets. Terror At Beslan didn’t even go to press until March 2005.  Here is a story from 12 September 2004 in the Telegraph for instance which was published a full week after the Beslan siege

His family believes that [Taziev] is dead, but the interior ministry claims that he joined the Chechen rebel movement and has taken part in several operations against Russian forces, under the codename Magas.

Officials now suspect that he was one of four commanders who masterminded the attack on School Number One in Beslan in which more than 330 people died, more than half of them children.

Musa Apiyev, Ingushetia’s deputy interior minister, told the Telegraph: “The fighter known as Magas, who is the former police officer Taziyev, is connected to a series of terrorist attacks and there is evidence that he participated in the Beslan incident.”

I’d bet that there are plenty of other articles in Russian between September 2004 and March 2005 surmising this guy was still alive but our “Chechyan Expert” and Kings College Ph.D. John Giduck didn’t seem to pursue any more leads or even provide a footnote as to his authoritative declaration of death.  That approach would not have met the bar for research at my local community college

The FSB arrested Taziev in 2010.  A 2010 article lists the following:

Ali Taziyev, known by his nom de guerre “Magas”, has been detained by special operations forces from the FSB, Russia’s security service. The FSB released video footage showing masked troops loading a bearded and dazed Taziyev into a helicopter. A website that acts as a mouthpiece for the rebels claimed he had been drugged. It said the arrest was a “serious loss to the mujahideen, but it would not alter the situation and stop the jihad”.

The list of errors in Terror At Beslan continues to grow. The FSB knew that this man wasn’t killed in Beslan and never shared that information with John Giduck no matter his boasts of being close with various FSB and Spetsnaz leaders.  These “contacts” were at the level of a military adventure camp attendee and not as a colleague as the FSB apparently provided no additional value to John Giduck’s research.  As far as I can tell, John Giduck never modified the false details in his book.  To me, this supports even more that this book has serious academic integrity issues that should be investigated.

Why do organizations pay John Giduck to speak about Beslan again?  Still think that this book is an accurate story of what occurred at Beslan? How could it be? John Giduck wasn’t there and his published facts were wrong even after months of so-called research on site.


John Giduck: Beslan Author, Speaker, Trainer, Liar

How John Giduck Misleads You: Spreading Lies Through Others

New Evidence Disputes John Giduck’s Beslan School Observations As Lies

Unmasked: Source Of John Giduck’s Beslan “Walking Among Bodies” Claim

The few people left to defend John Giduck (or actually, the one person left, LTC Dave Grossman) point to the evidence of other people’s statements as proof that John Giduck never HIMSELF lied about his military background or facts about Beslan.  In this post, we’ll look at John Giduck’s own statements to demonstrate that John Giduck routinely has changed his stories to suit his false legend.



John Giduck’s current story on his mouthpiece site, Socnetlies (this is the third revision of dates)

The following information has been confirmed by Dr John Giduck, Yuri Ferdigalov and John Anderson, Sergeant Major Special Forces (ret.), who was the Archangel board chairman.

When John Giduck and Yuri Ferdigalov arrived in Russia late on Sept 4 they were immediately briefed by a couple of ex-spetsnaz people they knew as to what had happened. Vladikavkaz airport had been closed and John Giduck and Yuri Federov were on one of the first flights into the area once the battle was over and the area secured.

John Giduck and Yuri Ferdigalov were in the School at Beslan on Sept 5.

Lies In John Giduck’s Terror At Beslan Book

On Page 211 of John Giduck’s Terror At Beslan, John Giduck provides the following first person narrative about what appears to be an ongoing siege at Beslan.

john giduck beslan lies

This reads as if upon John Giduck’s arrival, the Beslan school assault hadn’t yet occurred. The problem is that now John Giduck himself confirmed that he arrived in Moscow late on Sept 4th… a full day after the siege was over. How could john Giduck be on his way to the siege? Why would Spetsnaz insiders be talking about an assault occurring within a week when it had already occurred?  The only reason is that John Giduck wants you to believe that he was there as the assault was concluding.  He wasn’t.

John Giduck Lies In Print Interviews

In an interview with POLICE magazine, John Giduck continued to build his false legend of having witnessed parts of this great tradegy.  John Giduck stated this gem of a lie in his own words:

Police: Were you in Russia when the siege at Beslan occurred?

John Giduck: We got into Moscow as the siege was ending. We got down to Beslan the morning after. It was a bad scene. They were scraping bodies out of that gym for quite a long while, and I mean scraping.

John Giduck can’t seem to remember what day he arrived to Beslan or what he actually saw. We know that he now claims to be in Moscow late on 4 September and not Beslan as claimed in this interview. This is important because all of the bodies were removed on 4 Sept so there were no bodies to see on 5 September 2004 when John Giduck claims to finally have arrived in Beslan.  Photographs taken by others on 5 September confirm that all bodies had been removed by the time of John Giduck’s arrival in Beslan.

The problem with lying is that the little details will never support the lie. This blog is highly skeptical that John Giduck arrived in Beslan at all within two weeks of the tragic Beslan siege.  For instance, there was only one flight per day from Moscow to Beslan. John Giduck is very clear that he flew to Beslan. Evidence shows that there was no flight from Moscow to Beslan on 5 September. Additionally, John Giduck claims that he spent 10 days onsite during the first visit and yet neither John Giduck nor the US Congressional delegation that went to Beslan the week after the siege ended knew about each other,


John Giducks Own Words Supporting The Russian Military False Legend

The vast majority of time I ever spent in a military uniform in my life, I spent in Russia in Russian uniforms with Russian Special Forces and I did ultimately end up spending about 18 years there…good periods of time every single year up to 6 month a year going to school there, living there, doing a lot of training with their units.

This interview is from 2008. So, in the quote above John Giduck is claiming in his own words that he traveled to Russia “every single year” from 1990 through 2008.

John Giduck’s Russian Travel Contradictions In Press Interviews

When we wanted to know more about Giduck’s time with the Russian special forces, Giduck wrote back to say that he had done a “series of trainings with Vityaz [a unit of Spetsnaz, the Russian special forces] at their special forces compound and training school on the Balashikha Army Base about 30 miles east of Moscow from 1999 to 2004” and had had close access to a series of elite Russian units, including Rus, another Spetsnaz division. When we made inquiries at the Russian Interior Ministry, we were informed that Giduck had not trained with Vityaz. Instead, he took a commercial course in extreme survival skills, with no counterterrorism component. Representatives from Rus said they had never heard of Giduck.

In this interview, John Giduck has significantly trimmed the number of years that he claims to have traveled to Russia to train with the Spetsnaz from 18 years down to five years. Here, John Giduck clearly states that he traveled to Russia from 1999 to 2004.  These dates coincidentally span the same years that this blog has independently been able to document John Giduck’s trips to Russia.    Why wouldn’t John Giduck tell the interviewer that he’d been to Russia for 18 years?  because by 2011, John Giduck had forgotten the lie that he told in 2008.

Contradictions in John Giduck’s Own Marketing Materials

John Giduck has contradictions in his own marketing materials as well.  Look at this quote which supports the statement that spetsnaz training began in 1999 as part of a commercial military style adventure camp.

In 1999 John had been authorized to bring the first small group of Americans over to train, who underwent an arduous program, which included 18 hour days, much of it in hand-to-hand combat.  Several other programs expanded the skills being taught and required the groups to live on spetsnaz compounds. Through these programs Americans from both law enforcement and the military were provided great exposure to the assets, weapons, techniques and skills of their former Cold War adversary.  

John Giduck also posts several photos of himself in uniform ostensibly to convince readers of the authenticity of his Russian military training claims. The most ridiculous photo is this one (posted under the criticism clause of fair use)


The reality of this photo and likely every single other in which John Giduck is that the Russian military uniforms are actually souvenirs provided by the company that offered the training.  In at least three of the years between 1999 and 2004, these companies were owned and operated by John Giduck. Here is an example found in the deep archives of the internet:


25 MAY TO 2 JUNE 2001   

Program:    For the second year in a row, Russian Spetsnaz commander Mikhail Ryabko has secured the authorization of the army and Interior Ministry for a group of approved individuals to train with elite Spetsnaz units, including the Counter Terror and Rapid Reaction Forces, sponsored by the World Federation of Russian Martial Arts, Ltd.    Two days of training will be undergone at a secure special forces base outside of Moscow. This is authentic military training, with either open barracks or tents for accommodations. Toilet facilities will be outdoor, with no showers available. The group will have the opportunity to develop skills on the obstacle course; armored personnel carrier operation; tactical field combat techniques, including attacking and defending superior numbers; topographical orientation and combat engineering; firearms; knife and shovel fighting, weapons disarming, psychic energy in combat; and hand-to-hand combat in Russian Systema.

Each group member will receive a complete Spetsnaz uniform required for all persons on the base.

At the seminar, numerous items will be available for purchase, such as Russian Martial Arts T-shirts, Spetsnaz sweatshirts, authentic Russian Special Forces telnyahski (striped shirts), tank tops, baseball caps, various Spetsnaz patches, berets, beret pins, canteens, fighting shovels and training videos. In addition, time will be reserved for Ilya Shapiro’s Russian military camouflage uniforms, helmets, boots, flasks, and the like.

If you live in the USA, send this form to:

John Giduck
221 Corporate Circle, Suite E
Golden, Colorado 80401
United States 303-215-0779  (it takes few seconds for the page to load)

So, take a look at the above photo of John Giduck again.  He is basically boasting about having played “dress up” for a few days on a Russian military base and using the photo to convince people that he is some well qualified tactical trainer a result.

In short, I present you the real John Giduck in his own words….author, speaker, trainer, liar.


John Giduck And Paid Russian Adventure Camps – Part 4

John Giduck: The Only Russian Special Forces Consultant That Couldn’t Complete Basic Training

New Evidence Disputes John Giduck’s Beslan School Observations As Lies

The Facts

John Giduck has a Certificate of Appreciation from a US Army Special Forces unit.


What John Giduck Wants You To Believe

John Giduck proudly flaunts his certificate of appreciation from the US Army Special Forces. It’s on his website and referenced in his speaker bios. John Giduck wants you to believe that receiving such a certificate is some special kind of award for his tactical prowess or some such.

The Reality

Such certificates aren’t anything special. In fact, such certificates are routinely given to hotels and rental car agencies and apparently even wedding dress shops.  This lady below has one for her shop from the same battalion and SF group as John Giduck.  Obviously, they really must be given only to the most bleary eyed and barrel bellied steely eyed and barrel chested individuals around.

At her store’s other location on High Street Tuesday morning, Stanbro proudly showed her certificate of appreciation from the 2nd Battalion 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), framed in gold.

Apparently, you can also help with a Jingle-Bell Jog and get a Certificate of Appreciation from a Special Forces unit

A certificate of appreciation was received from 7th Special Forces Group for the C4 support of the Jingle-Bell Jog in December.

This hotel has apparently has a genuine certificate of appreciation from a real Special Forces unit as well:  as does this one…from the 10th Special Forces  Group (Airborne) unit as John Giduck has

[H]e also had a chain of hotels rented out to US special forces teams, who until last year, were training troops in Gao as part of a counter-terrorism strategy.

“All of my properties were burned down and I lost about £500,000,” said Mr Diallo, whose office wall in Bamako bears a “certificate of appreciation” from 1st Bn, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

here’s another hotel that apparently has at least one

At our hotel in Duhok, the Jiyan, a framed certificate of appreciation displayed in the lobby was given to the hotel for cooperation with various US armed forces groups

Apparently, selling lake resort properties is also enough to warrant such a certificate

A Certificate of Appreciation for Unwavering Support to the Soldiers of the Department of the Army, Task Force 31, Desert Eagles, 1st battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) was presented to The Lake Resort Properties, LLC.

So the next time that John Giduck boasts about his 10th SFG certificate, know that he stands in good company with his peers…a dress shop, resort sales company, and a dude who had his properties burned down.

John Giduck loves to try to convince you that his tangential contact with members of US Special Forces and Russian Spetsnaz are really something more than they are.  In this case, John Giduck achieved what a lady with a dress shop.  Big whoop.

Anyone who served in the US military for more than 58 days (that’d be almost everyone that has ever enlisted but you, John Giduck)  knows that such certificates have a value but only as a thank you for a wide range of routine services. Given his positioning of this certifcate as something noteworthy, John Giduck is always good for a laugh.

Unfortunately the laughs are directed at John Giduck and not with him.


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John Giduck, Chechnya, Bombings, Dead Cops, And Boston

New Evidence Disputes John Giduck’s Beslan School Observations As Lies

John Giduck’s Ties To A Group That May Have Bombed A US Embassy

We’ll make this post very simple. What we have here is a growing case for academic and journalistic dishonesty on the part of Dr. John Giduck. He’s the same guy that wants to consult for schools on school shootings like Sandy Hook.  Good luck to anyone that hires a guy like John Giduck.

The lesson here is that, like any lie, many other details stop falling into place when the lie changes. Conversations that supposedly where captured as the siege was ongoing no longer look real. Moreover, details about the school itself don’t take into account the changes in the story.

Let’s look at an example of how John Giduck’s story about Beslan no longer fits the facts.


John Giduck has changed his story several times as to his arrival date. John Giduck’s previous claims ranged from arrival “during the final assault” on 3 Sept to “the morning after the final assault” or 4 Sept 2004.  His original story had him arriving just as the siege was ending.  Here is an example from 2006. No correction was ever issued despite the story being part of a first person interview which John Giduck must have read.

“When Russian Special Forces units stormed the terrorist held school in Beslan on Sept. 3, 2004, John Giduck was landing in Moscow with his Archangel team of tactical consultants, including former Soviet Spetsnaz commandos. Giduck reached Beslan while the school was still smoking from the fires ignited by the Chechen terrorists; bombs and bodies of the more than 344 victims of the siege were still being removed. The experience changed Giduck’s life and led him to become one of the busiest law enforcement speakers and trainers in America.

From an intro for a 2006 interview with John Giduck  (

John Giduck now says that he arrived in Beslan on 5 Sept 2004. Why would John Giduck change his story? This was a change driven by uncomfortable questions about his arrival date after careful scrutiny of what can only be described as an impossible timeline to have arrived by the end of the Beslan siege on 3 September 2004.

Going to Beslan

In his own words, here is a quote given to us by Dr John Giduck about what prompted the trip:

When John Giduck and Yuri Ferdigalov arrived in Russia late on Sept 4 they were immediately briefed by a couple of ex-spetsnaz people they knew as to what had happened. Vladikavkaz airport had been closed and John Giduck and Yuri Federov were on one of the first flights into the area once the battle was over and the area secured.

John Giduck and Yuri Ferdigalov were in the School at Beslan on Sept 5.

– Taken from a SOCNETLies blog post dated 26 March 2012 with information provided by John Giduck

We don’t believe that the evidence supports that he ever was in Beslan in early September 2004.  John Giduck has never produced a shred of hard evidence demonstrating that he was in Beslan when he claims.

Read more: John Giduck’s Improbable Timeline For Travel To Beslan Russia


John Giduck has a number of “first hand” observations from the school that he published in an error filled book entitled, Terror At Beslan.  Here is an example of some of the first hand that John Giduck wrote about:


– Page 312, Terror At Beslan

So, John Giduck had the following observations

-He saw twisted metal and building material

– He could barely walk through many areas if the school

– There were possibly still booby traps in the rubble

But the first hand observations aren’t limited to just Terror At Beslan.  Here is what John Giduck “recalled” during a 2008 telephone interview captured for a magazine article:

“There’s no way you can walk into a situation like that and not be affected by it,” Giduck said recently in a phone interview from his home in Golden, Colorado…. “And to walk into a school, and you’ve got 384 dead people, mostly women and children, 186 kids, and many of those kids burned to death in that gym, when the ceiling collapsed in on them, and that gym was collapsed in flames. The smell of that alone, all those kids burned to death, is something that you are never going to get out of your head.”

Taken from Beslan’s Lessons For America, Inside Homeland Security Magazine – Fall 2008 (


Evidence has just been found that claims that bulldozers cleared all of the rubble from the Beslan school on 4 Sept 2004. This coincides with other evidence showing that all of the bodies had been removed by 4 Sept as well.   Each of these events would have occurred a full day before John Giduck arrived in Beslan.

Here is the new evidence:

The questions are hard to answer, in part because most hard evidence disappeared when bulldozers hauled away the rubble  and scraped the gymnasium floor clean the day after the siege ended.

BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 4 — The broken bodies of hundreds of children were pulled from the rubble of this bereaved town’s School No. 1 on Saturday…Workers cleared the rubble, using a bulldozer to scoop up the debris. Refrigerated trucks took the bodies away.

BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 5 — Amid all the charred rubble, it was the shoes that somehow stood out…The shoes were practically all that was left in the gymnasium of School No. 1. Shoes and a lone belt, a deflated purple balloon, a bottle of wine, a puffy elastic band for a little girl’s ponytail.

The article from 5 Sept 2004 also has a corroborating photograph from the AP (photo credit is in the image).  I’ve added the red arrow to show that no rubble, rebar, bodies, or twisted metal at the school as John Giduck claims.  They had all been taken away.


So, take a moment to read the “first hand observations” from John Giduck again in the context of the above photo. John Giduck is clearly lying. There was no rubble and no bodies in the Beslan school on 5 September 2004 about which John Giduck could have possibly made such first hand observations such as the ones that he published in his book, Terror At Beslan.  John Giduck also later recalls other first hand observations years later that appear to be equally fabricated.

So, the question remains, how could have John Giduck observed what he claims in his book and also not known that bulldozers had cleared up the wreckage the day before his arrival?  I suspect it is because John Giduck was not present at Beslan when he claims.  If there was no twisted wreckage (and there isn’t as evidenced above), then John Giduck is lying about his arrival date at the school.

The evidence supporting this continues to grow.


Are John Giduck And Archangel’s Yuri Ferdigalov Fooling Everyone Again?

More Evidence Supporting John Giduck Wasn’t In Beslan When He Claims

New Evidence Disproves John Giduck’s Claimed 5 September 2004 Arrival in Beslan

Terror At Beslan’s John Giduck Varies On First Day School Siege Details

Here are two more examples of the effects of John Giduck’s seemingly consistent false narrative about his background and experience.  Outside observers consistently hold the false beliefs that not only is John Giduck a qualified commissioned officer of the US Army Special Forces but also is specifically a member of the 10th Special Forces Group.

John Giduck As 10th Special Forces Group Member Present At Beslan

The first example is from 2008:


“Christophe” falsely believed three things that are consistently communicated:

– John Giduck was a qualified member of the US Army Special Forces.  He was not. He was in the Army for 58 days before washing out.

– John Giduck was in the 10th Special Forces Group. He was not.

– John Giduck was present during the siege of the Beslan school.  John Giduck’s own story has changed several times as to his arrival date in Beslan. Initial versions of John Giduck’s story had him there just after the final assault on 3 Sept 2004. Subsequent stories changed the date to 4 Sept and the current story is that John Giduck was not present for at least several days afterwards.  Strong evidence disputes each of these stories.

John Giduck As Former Special Forces Officer

In 2009, another forum reader posted the following:


“Lires1987” (ironic name, huh?) falsely propagates another common yet erroneous theme about John Giduck in his post.  John Giduck was never a Special Forces officer.

Why would these two distinct posters over different years share very common “misconceptions” about John Giduck if someone wasn’t telling them the details?


John Giduck’s Common Bio Errors All Benefit John Giduck

A Review of John Giduck’s False Special Forces Legend

John Giduck’s Early 2001 Bio: Low Speed, Uninspiring, and Pedestrian

John Giduck Lies About Being Present At Beslan Tragedy

Dear LTC Grossman

I’m sure that you have some sort of Google alert set up for your name online so I’m confident that you are reading this. I watched you on Fox News this morning as you commented on the Sandy Hook incident. If I recall correctly, the Fox News caption read, “Fmr. West Point Psychology Professor” or something along those lines.

The fact that you taught at West Point made me wonder about your continuing relationship with and support of John Giduck given his years of providing false credentials and making no effort to correct false claims of service as a Special Forces soldier.  Every professor at our nation’s service academies learns about the honor code at some service academies or “honor concept” at others.

Here are some relevant parts taken from the West Point cadet Honor Code that set the stage for the questions that I have for you:

LYING: Cadets violate the Honor Code by lying if they deliberately deceive another by stating an untruth or by any direct form of communication to include the telling of a partial truth and the vague or ambiguous use of information or language with the intent to deceive or mislead.

You may have heard the term, “quibbling” while at West Point.  Quibbling is essentially the part highlighted above in bold.  Can you honestly say that John Giduck has been truthful about his background and credentials?

West Point also has the very famous three rules of thumb which you must have applied in cases while a professor at West Point.  All readers of this post should apply them to the information uncovered about John Giduck.

Three rules of thumb

1. Does this action attempt to deceive anyone or allow anyone to be deceived?

2. Does this action gain or allow the gain of privilege or advantage to which I or someone else would not otherwise be entitled?

3. Would I be dissatisfied by the outcome if I were on the receiving end of this action?

So, my question to you, LTC Grossman, is why do you continue to support John Giduck when at best he’s quibbled and at worst, outright lied about his background and experience.  Worse yet, given that I’ll take you at face value that what you said on Fix is true and that you are indeed this nation’s #1 law enforcement trainer, there are only two options for your support of John Giduck

Option #1: John Giduck has lied to you about his background, experience, and credentials. You are an unwitting participant in his charade.  You also were unaware that John Giduck’s initial timeline for his arrival in Beslan has already been proven to be false and that his current timeline for arrival in Beslan on 5 Sept 2004 is equally improbable.  In this case, you simply to renounce your support of John Giduck, stop selling his books at your events, and move on.

Option #2: You’ve been aware of the truth for at least some parts of John Giduck’s charade as a counter terrorism trainer and that John Giduck had essentially no recognized terrorism credentials at all prior to his 2011 PhD. Perhaps you knew that he failed to complete basic training or that his claimed Russian counter terrorism credentials were actually gained during one week military style adventure camps in Russia. Perhaps you also knew that John Giduck was claiming to be a Ranger in his seminar bios.  If so, do the right thing and come clean and maintain some vestige of integrity if this this is the case.

I can’t think of any other case or option to consider

My point is that I want to believe that you’ve been fooled and that you feel as offended as EVERY OTHER qualified Ranger outside of John Giduck’s group of ball dusters that he’s claimed something that you worked hard to earn.  I also want to believe that you took something away from West Point beyond just a resume bullet to be shown on Fox News.  Your support of a charlatan like John Giduck reflects poorly on you and any continued support makes it appear that you are a party to the fakery.

Here is your chance to do the right thing…


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A Review of John Giduck’s False Special Forces Legend

John Giduck: The Only Russian Special Forces Consultant That Couldn’t Complete Basic Training

Why Did John Giduck Flee to West Virginia In 1993?