September 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was criminally convicted for defying a federal court order, amounted to a presidential endorsement of Arpaio's longstanding unconstitutional practices of racial profiling and prisoner abuse. It also sent a less recognized message to a growing subset of the anti-government extremist movement: the self-proclaimed "constitutional sheriffs," among whom Arpaio is a prominent figure. Arpaio helped found the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, a group of county-level law enforcement officers who believe that, because they are elected, the authority they hold in their counties exceeds that of b  

September 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PHOENIX, [AZ]--When President Donald Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling him a “patriot,” he didn’t just absolve him from the consequences of defying a federal judge. He didn’t merely excuse Arpaio’s racial profiling and illegal immigration sweeps. Trump’s pardon did do all of that. But it also did something more: It boosted a radical theory of law and American history that Arpaio supports, and which is gaining steam across the United States. It’s called the “constitutional sheriff” movement, and as it grows, it’s increasing the risk of conflict between local law enforcement and federal authorities. Its animating idea is that a sheriff holds ultimate law-enforcemen  

August 31, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PORTLAND, [OR]--Portland resident and far-right preacher Allen Pucket has penned an inflammatory Facebook post promising violence at future protests, possibly including the upcoming "Freedom March" and counter-protests slated to envelop downtown Portland on Sept. 10. "Any movement forward in the future will inevitably have bloodshed," he wrote on Facebook Monday afternoon. "Those not willing need to stop organizing and attending rallies." He also posted a video where he says he believes "God's going to wipe them out one day anyway." He goes on to say far-right organizers shouldn't cancel rallies because of violence and that "patriots" should come out into the streets and "fight" for their fr  

August 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

OKLAHOMA CITY, [OK]--An Oklahoma man was arrested Saturday after allegedly attempting to detonate a car bomb in downtown Oklahoma City because “he was upset with the government,” a statement from the Department of Justice said. The suspect, Jerry Varnell, 23, of Sayre, Okla., initially planned on blowing up the Federal Reserve Building in Washington D.C., using a device that mirrored the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the report from the Western District of Oklahoma’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In 1995, a car bomb killed 168 people in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead of heading to Washington, Varnell decided to target BancFirst, Oklahoma’s la  

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

BURNS, [OR]--An FBI agent has been indicted on federal accusations that he lied about firing at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum last year as police arrested the leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation. The agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice, according to sources familiar with the case. The indictment stems from a more than yearlong investigation by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice. The agent will be identified when he's summoned to appear in U.S. District Court in Portland at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team fired at Finicum as his 2015 Dodge pickup tru  

May 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

MISSOULA, [MT]--First, I want to express my sincere condolences for the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Mason Moore. I deployed to Iraq; I know that law enforcement officers face dangerous situations every day while serving their communities; this loss his family has suffered was horrible and unnecessary. I wanted to speak out, but not to make excuses for my father and brother. I want to warn others about the larger threat of domestic violence and the danger of anti-government militia, and racist ideals held by Lloyd, which led to this horrific incident. I also want to communicate to other children of those who believe in hateful ideals: we do not have to follow in our parent’s fo  

May 18, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

MISSOULA, [MT]--The man who authorities said gunned down a Montana deputy, leading officers on a high speed chase across the state, was also involved in a similar showdown 17 years ago. 61-year-old Lloyd Barrus is now facing 14 counts of attempted deliberate homicide for the chase, and two additional charges of accountability for attempted deliberate homicide for firing at pursing officers across five counties. Authorities said Barrus and his son Marshall were responsible for shooting Broadwater County Sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore during an attempted traffic stop near Three Forks before they were arrested east of Missoula. Marshall died Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the head sustained   

May 17, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

MISSOULA, [MT]--The Southern Poverty Law Center is looking into Lloyd Barrus, one of the suspects in the killing of Broadwater Deputy Mason Moore. In their release, SPLC described that Barrus posted anti-government, anti-police and pro-gun views across his social media. A look into the background of Lloyd Barrus and his son Marshall uncovered that both men have a criminal history. Marshall Barrus, 38, was charged with a felony in 2016. Lloyd Barrus, 61, has had multiple arrests. Research corroborated some of the SPLC's findings on Barrus' views as well. Lloyd Barrus posted messages such as "URGENT - IMMINENT - MILITARY COUP ABOUT to TAKE PLACE" on his Twitter account May 5. On April 29 he s  

April 30, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--Federal prosecutors throughout the West have struggled recently to win conspiracy convictions against groups of loosely organized individual rights activists who identify with an anti-government movement best known for staging armed protests on federally managed land. The first blow for the federal government came in the fall, when Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of notorious anti-federalist rancher Cliven Bundy, were acquitted along with several others of charges that they conspired to intimidate employees out of doing their jobs at an Oregon national wildlife refuge. Then, last week, in the first test of how a Nevada jury would view the armed standoff in Bunkerville three years  

April 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

MILFORD, [PA]--Eric Frein was sentenced earlier this week to death for murdering Cpl. Bryon Dickson. The Dickson children, Bryon III, 10, and Adam, 8, sat down next to their mother, surrounded by troopers. There were high spirits in the gallery over the jury's decision. In the back of the courtroom some jury members hugged and shook hands with Trooper Alex Douglass, who was permanently disabled in Frein's shooting ambush. The prospect of Frein's death brought solace to the victims, their families, and the troopers of the Blooming Grove barracks, who lived through the horror of Sept. 12, 2014, when shots blasted out of the dark woods. Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker thank