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

LOS ANGELES, [CA]--Volunteer firefighter Johnny Phommathep could hear the trouble next door loud and clear. The screaming. The threats. The gunfire. It was all too clear what could happen. And then it did happen -- a deadly rampage in his small, remote California community of Rancho Tehama. Four or five days before Tuesday's shootings that left five people dead and 12 others injured, Phommathep remembers a heated conversation between a husband and wife who lived next door. A couple of days after that incident, Phommathep says, he heard the same next-door neighbor, Kevin Neal, screaming threats at another neighbor, Danny Elliot. Phommathep said he is certain Kevin Neal drove to Rancho Teham  

November 11, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

MOHAVE COUNTY, [AZ]--Robert "LaVoy" Finicum told police they would have to shoot him. The Arizona rancher and anti-government protester died on the side of a remote Oregon road in 2016. He was shot after he ran a police roadblock, plowed into a snowbank, got out of his truck and advanced on authorities. The Mohave County Board of Supervisors this week voted to rename another remote stretch of road after Finicum, calling him a patriot who died defending his beliefs. Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius said she was honored to bring forward a vote to rename a two-mile section of Yellowstone Road near the community of Cane Beds and call it LaVoy Finicum Road. Residents in the area overwhelmin  

November 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

BUTTE COUNTY, [CA]--A Butte County sheriff’s deputy acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a man who had threatened county code enforcement officers and brandished a gun at a motorist, according to a report issued by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office. The report on the investigation into the Aug. 22 shooting of 56-year-old Mark Aaron Jensen outside his home in the 1900 block of Durham-Dayton Highway was released Monday. According to the report, Jensen had made numerous threatening phone calls to a code enforcement officer as well as a member of the Butte County Board of Supervisors after he was issued a notice that the outdoor marijuana garden on his property violated count  

November 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--Trial could take four months for Nevada rancher and states rights figure Cliven Bundy, his two sons and one other co-defendant accused of leading a self-styled militia to prevent federal agents from removing Bundy cattle from public rangeland, a federal judge told prospective jurors on Monday. Jury selection alone could take several days, Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro told 49 people during a first day of questioning about their backgrounds, opinions and ability to impartially decide whether Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne of Montana conspired to lead an armed uprising against the government. Similar-sized groups of prospective jurors   

November 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

BURNS, [OR]--In two heavily armed, militia-backed confrontations with the federal government in 2014 and 2016, Nevada scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy and his family successfully created a self-serving narrative of a God-fearing, hard-working, true-blooded American family fearlessly battling an overreaching, oppressive and unconstitutional federal bureaucracy. Bundy, 71, became a national figure in April 2014 when he forced federal land managers to release cattle seized for trespassing on public lands in southeast Nevada. Nineteen months later two of Bundy’s sons, Ammon and Ryan, led an armed group that seized Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, about 32 miles south of this remote ranching comm  

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

BURNS, [OR]--Duane Ehmer and Jake Ryan, convicted of digging trenches on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the 2016 armed occupation of the federal property, each have agreed to pay $10,000 in restitution. The money will go to the Burns Paiute Tribe "for cultural resource restoration, repair and monitoring activities,'' according to newly filed court documents. Ehmer of Irrigon and Ryan of Plains, Montana, each were convicted by a jury in March of depredation of government property, a felony that could bring up to six years in prison. A judge later convicted Ehmer and Ryan of trespass and tampering with vehicles and equipment, both misdemeanors. At trial, prosecutors played videos  

October 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

ASHVILLE, [NC]--The man authorities say left an explosive device at Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning that contained ammonium nitrate and fuel oil said he was preparing to "fight a war on U.S. soil," according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. The suspect, Michael Christopher Estes, had his first appearance in federal court Tuesday morning. He is charged with attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosive materials in an airport. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, answering several of the judges questions with a polite, "Yes, sir." Near the end of the proceeding, Estes, bald and wearing a brown prison jumpsuit, smiled a  

October 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PORTLAND, [OR]--Federal officers arrested a man for being armed at a federal park in downtown Portland on Sunday at the tail end of a rally called by a conservative free-speech group. The arrest followed a small rally at Terry D. Schrunk Plaza, called by the conservative Patriot Prayer group. About 50 showed up along with about 50 anti-fascists. The two groups yelled at each other as dozens of police officers and media looked on. After the shouting match, the prayer group marched downtown and then circled back to the park. That's when federal officers confronted the man, identified as Jay Byron Bishop, 38. Bishop appeared in a June video interview with independent journalist Mike Bivins defe  

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