June 30, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Is the federal government ignoring the danger of right wing violence? Our first guest today says yes. In the wake of the killing of nine people in a church in Charleston South Carolina by a 21 year old named Dylan Storm Roof-, a young man who had, according to new reports, been influenced by white supremacist ideology…. Our next guest says there has been more terrorism from right wing individuals in the US than by Islamic influenced terrorists. Daryl Johnson was the senior domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis from August 2004 to April 2010. In 2009, his report "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and  

June 29, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Dylan Roof, the white man who killed nine black people in a Charleston church, said he was moved to action after researching race-based crime. The number of hate groups in the US has increased by 30 per cent since 2000, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The groups range from the CofCC to the Ku Klux Klan and far right anti-government organisations. The surge has been fueled by fear over "the nation’s ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nation’s first African-American president." View More>>  

June 29, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

UNITED STATES, [US]--The FBI confirms the agency is investigating several fires at predominately black churches across the South in the past week. Some of the fires have been ruled arson, including the fire at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in east Charlotte last week. The FBI, ATF, and local authorities are sharing information in the investigations to determine motive and cause, and whether any of the fires could be classified as a hate crime. This comes after an alleged white supremacist is accused of shooting and killing nine worshippers at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, earlier this month. A civil rights organization compiled a list of six fires at predominant  

June 29, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

ECHO PARK, [CA]--A 100-year-old building in Echo Park that served as a home for mostly ethnic religious groups was nearly destroyed in an early-morning fire that was intentionally set, officials said. Forerunners for Christ church had been hosting church services and religious groups at the building in the 1600 block of North Morton Avenue for seven years and had cemented itself as part of the community. So it came as a shock to some early Monday that the church had been targeted. Officials said the fire was reported about 2:26 a.m. Flames first were seen on the church’s porch before sweeping into the attic, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters were able to p  

June 29, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Antigovernment Extremism-General

COOKEVILLE, [TN]--A 56-year-old Cookeville man who was found with a stolen handgun and an active explosive device was charged Friday with attempting to commit an act of terrorism. William David Cope, of Sliger Road in Cookeville, was charged in the incident after law enforcement authorities were dispatched to his residence in reference to a disturbance. According to an investigator at the Cookeville Police Department, officers were dispatched to Cope’s address around 10 a.m. on Friday after receiving a call from the Veterans Affairs Crisis Hotline reporting active threats being made by Cope. As the investigation progressed, officers discovered that Cope had also made active threats to do d  

June 28, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

WHITTIER, [CA]--Residents in a Whittier neighborhood awoke Sunday to find fliers advertising the Klu Klux Klan on their front lawns, authorities said. Those living in the 5400 block of Adele Avenue received plastic bags containing the fliers with KKK propaganda, a rock and a lollipop, the Whittier Police Department said. Commentary on African Americans contained in the fliers also included a phone number and mailing address for the Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. According to Whittier police, the pamphlets contained no specific threats, so investigators did not find any crime occurred. The distribution of white supremacist propaganda in Whittier follows similar incidents in Orang  

June 27, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The most lethal terrorists in the United States over the last decade have looked more like Charleston church shooter Dylann Storm Roof than Osama bin Laden. Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, nearly twice as many Americans have been killed by non-Muslim extremists than by jihadists, according to a new count compiled by New America, a Washington-based research center. The study examined violence by white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and Christian fundamentalists in the past 14 years, finding that individuals identifying with those groups carried out 19 attacks, killing 48 Americans, while self-proclaimed jihadists carried out 7, killing 26. A 2009 repo  

June 26, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--The horrific mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., is raising questions about whether President Barack Obama is prepared to launch the kind of effort against extremist groups that the government launched against the Ku Klux Klan in an earlier era. Tracking homegrown extremist groups was an emphasis after the 1993 Waco siege and the Oklahoma City bombing two years later. But after Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI has shifted its focus to international terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security issued a report in 2009 warning of a growing threat from right-wing extremism. But the report drew criticism from conservatives and veterans groups who said it unfairly singled out returning m  

June 26, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

AIKEN, [SC]--Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in Langley. It broke out at about 3:30 AM Friday morning at the Glovers Grove Baptist Church. The church is located on Project Road near Keith Drive. We are being told that there are no injuries and still no word on exactly how this blaze started. Fire fighters are still putting out hot spots and fire investigators are expected to begin looking into the cause of the fire in the next few hours. View More>>  

June 26, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

TALLAHASSEE, [FL]--An early morning fire has destroyed a church on Tallahassee's south side. Firefighters responded to the blaze around 5:15 a.m. at Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church on the 2200 block of St. Marks Street. Tallahassee Fire Department officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation but early indications lead officials to believe that it may have been an electrical fire. A large tree limb fell on the property and power lines causing an electrical short, according to firefighters. The fire resulted in a total loss for the church estimated at $700,000. No injuries were reported. The State Fire Marshal is assisting with the investigation. View More>>