updated 2/11/2013 7:48:36 PM ET 2013-02-12T00:48:36

Ex-FBI agent and anti-Islam activist John Guandolo has a theory about the nominee for CIA director.

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.

Video: Sideshow: Another conspiracy rises from the right

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    >>> back to "hardball." now to the "sideshow." move over michele bachmann . remember her witch hunt against hillary clinton 's close aide? bachmann back then accused her of helping members of the muslim brotherhood infiltrate the u.s. government . enter former fbi agent turned anti- islam activists john gordolo. his reason for why john brennan should not be cia director , of course, he's a secret muslim.

    >> he has interwoven his life, profaftionally and personally, with individuals that we know are terrorists and he has given them access to not only senior leaders inside the government, but has given them access to the national security council , the national security staff. he has brought known hamas and muslim brotherhood operatives into those positions of government. plt brennan did convert to islam when he served in an official capacity on behalf of the united states in saudi arabia . his conversion to islam was the culmination of a counterintelligence operation against him, to recruit him.

    >> there you have it. john brennan secretly converted to islam while on the job in saudi arabia . he's been helping terrorists, of course, that guy says, get federal jobs ever since. wow. what's wrong with this picture? here is a snapshot of the mississippi supreme court on friday. yes, you are looking at the confederate flag right there. so what was that civil war flashback doing atop mississippi's supreme court ? here is the story. it's normally a state flag which bears some resem blns. it was time to break out a fresh one. the new shament came in a box labeled mississippi state flag and workers didn't realize it contained confederate flags inste instead. it took about two hours for someone, anyone, to notice and have it removed. a professor at southern university -- university of southern mississippi scored a punch line. have we is he seeded already? the execution is faster than i thought.

    >>> now to texas republican steve stockman and the state of the union guest list. a refresher on steve stockman . this was his reaction. i will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary but not limited to eliminating funding for imple medication, defunding the white house and even filing articles of impeachment. his guest at the state of the union , ted nugent .

    >> i'll tell you this right now, if barack obama becomes the president in november again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. if you can't galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for mitt romney , we're done. we'll be a suburb of indonesia next year. we need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in november.

    >> god. those comments predictably drew the attention of the secret service , thank god, but steve stockman , a member of congress, went ahead and invited nugent to the state of the union address .

    >>> up next, how did the republican party become the party of conservative white people ? well, that's ahead. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. ike


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