August 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--If you're not sure how heated our current political climate is, just look at the top searches on Merriam-Webster: "Top lookups right now: fascism, bigot, racism, complicit, neo-Nazi, nationalism," it tweeted. But much of today's rhetoric uses words that aren't even in the dictionary. Alt-right. "Alt-left." Antifa. The list goes on. Here's a glossary of phrases infiltrating our political vocabulary. Daryl Johnson, a former counterterrorism expert for the Department of Homeland Security, said recent policies are aligning with the wishes of white supremacists. "The anti-immigration xenophobia is rising," said Johnson, owner of domestic terror monitoring group DT Analytics.  

August 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--The images out of Charlottesville over the weekend showed a shockingly large number of individuals sporting fascist insignia, using the Nazi salute, carrying torches reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan rallies and marching with swastika and Confederate flags side by side. On the other side, a contingent militant anti-fascists (Antifa) hurled bricks and made use of make-shift flame throwers. President Donald Trump pointed to the two sides of the violent clashes over the weekend telling reporters that both sides were to blame. "You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that," the president sai  

August 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Media Interviews

UNITED STATES--Americans were aghast at the display of anarchy in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, but the FBI and Department of Homeland Security had issued repeated warnings about the threats associated with newly energized right-wing extremists. As recently as May, the FBI and DHS issued a joint intelligence bulletin to state and local police, warning that the "white supremacist extremist movement … likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year." "This has been a slow and steady buildup and ratcheting up of heated rhetoric and violence," says Daryl Johnson, a counterterrorism expert formerly at the Department of Homeland Security. "The unificat