December 29, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

CRANE, [TX]—Police say a man has been arrested after a fire burned most of a church complex of four connected buildings. Tuesday's fire at a predominantly African-American church was one of five within a period of about three hours in the small West Texas town of Crane.  Steven Scott Cantrell, 25, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with arson relating to the church fire. View More>>  

December 23, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

As many of you know, a Somali-born naturalized American citizen was arrested by the FBI on November 26, 2010, for plotting to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.  This story made national news and, a month later, is still in the national limelight. The arrest of Mohamed Osman Muhamud generated several law enforcement bulletins from various State Fusion Centers citing a rise in homegrown Islamic extremism.  The incident also created fear among Americans worried that a terrorist attack might occur in the U.S. during the holiday season. Few know about another bomb plot in Oregon.  This incident occurred during the attempted commission of a bank ro  

December 14, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Chronology of Extremist Attacks/Plots

PANAMA CITY, [FL]—An antigovernment extremist holds a school board at gunpoint, then began randomly firing around the room. Investigators would learn that the suspect had been planning the attack for some time and was upset about taxes as well as the recent firing of his wife from a county government position. View More>>  

December 13, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

TALLAHASEE, [FL]—Exactly one month has passed since the early morning fire on Veterans Day at the Islamic Center of Florida State's campus. There are still no leads to what caused the fire. The back of the center was engulfed in flames, a police officer saw smoke and alerted the fire department. Because the fire happened on Veterans Day, there is speculation that it could be a hate crime. View More>>  

December 12, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

While conducting Internet research over the weekend, I read an article featured on the ultra-conservative media site “Right Side News.” The article, dated December 6, 2010, was entitled “Taking Back Congress: An Interview with Congressman Steve King.” The story focused on the results of the 2010 mid-term elections from a Republican point of view and featured an interview with the Congressman. As expected, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) made several gloating comments concerning the mid-term election results. Some of his statements about other issues, however, were erroneous.  Right Side News’ aforementioned article portrays Congressman King as “a genuine ‘man of the p  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) describes domestic terrorism as “the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or its territories without foreign direction (emphasis added) committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (“Terrorism in the United States – 1999,” FBI/CTD, p. ii). Recent media coverage of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s remarks to the U.S. Senate in February and September 2010 make reference to the terms “domestic terrorist  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

From Puerto Rican separatists who planted a bomb at the U.S. Capitol during the 1970s, to the Unabomber's mail bomb campaign of the 1980s; from the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, to the fatal shootings of three police officers by a white supremacist in 2009, the United States is not immune to violent acts of domestic extremism. Despite hundreds of domestic terrorist attacks within the past 30 years, U.S. counterterrorism efforts have been overwhelmingly focused on the transnational terrorist threat. U.S. authorities, however, have not fully recognized that violent extremism in the Homeland also poses a formidable threat to the U.S. that should not be ignored. Unlike traditional acts of  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Oath Keepers

The Oath Keepers portrays itself as an innocent, civic-minded organization catering to current and former members of the military and law enforcement. Their name is taken from the "Oath of Office" that each of them took as public servants. They are not terrorists. And, contrary to popular belief, they are not a militia group. The Oath Keepers organization can be described, however, as an extremist group because they embrace antigovernment conspiracy theories, such as FEMA detention camps, the existence of a New World Order, and impending Obama gun raids. They are not a traditional threat such as organized crime, violent gangs or terrorist groups. Rather, they represent an internal operati  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Extremism,Extremism-General

During the early 1990s, soon after the Clinton Administration assumed power, far right talk radio "heated up." Gun shows and preparedness expos cropped up around the country. These events were manifestations of increasing agitation among Americans. This antigovernment fervor was instigated by misperceptions and mounting paranoia that Constitutional rights were withering away, that gun ownership was under attack, and that American values were being undermined. At the time, these events served as a barometer of the nation’s mood and temperament. They provided a glimpse into the future rise of extremism in the U.S. and the eventual plotting of domestic terrorist attacks. These same events   

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Extremism,Extremism-General

The Tea Party Movement is overwhelmingly comprised of concerned, law abiding citizens energized with "American Spirit." It embraces many noble principles as well as sincere goals and objectives. Its members are not "terrorists" as some have claimed. It is not an extremist movement. Nevertheless, it presents a radical climate for extremists to recruit and network. It serves as a breeding ground for extremism and provides a gateway for those in pursuit of more radical or potentially criminal and violent actions. The Tea Party Movement embraces, and thus legitimizes, antigovernment conspiracy theories such as the 9/11 Truth Seekers (those who endorse unsubstantiated conspiracy theories relat