February 8, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

DEARBORN, [MI]--James Baker had body armor on and a semi-automatic pistol strapped to his hip as he slung a short-barreled rifle over his chest and pulled a black ski mask over his head. His buddy, Brandon Vreeland, a fellow open carry advocate, also had on body armor but left his gun in the car, instead bringing along cameras to videotape the encounter that was about to take place. The two men wanted to file a complaint about being pulled over earlier by Dearborn police officers, but also saw it as an opportunity to test the suburban Detroit department to see if its officers “honored” the Constitution and their right to carry guns. When the two men walked into the lobby of the Dearborn   

November 29, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PORTLAND, [OR]--Less than a year after launching an armed standoff in a federal wildlife refuge building, Ryan Bundy threw support yesterday behind more protest. Alongside his brother, Ammon, Ryan led a 41-day occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last January, in protest of the 2015 imprisonment of other eastern Oregon ranchers for arson. The Bundy brothers and five other protesters were acquitted last Thursday on charges of federal conspiracy for their actions at Malheur. They’re not all off free — Ryan is currently being held in an Oregon county jail ahead of a February trial involving his family’s previous anti-government standoff in 2014. But jail time does  

November 7, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

LOS ANGELES, [CA]--A Sun Valley, California, man was sentenced today to life plus 60 years in prison for a 2013 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in which he murdered a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 26, pleaded guilty on Sept. 6, 2016, to one count of murder of a federal officer; two counts of attempted murder of a federal officer; four counts of violence at an international airport; one count of discharging of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death; and three counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the Central District of California imposed today’s sen  

November 2, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PORTLAND, [OR]--Less than a year after launching an armed standoff in a federal wildlife refuge building, Ryan Bundy threw support yesterday behind more protest. Alongside his brother, Ammon, Ryan led a 41-day occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last January, in protest of the 2015 imprisonment of other eastern Oregon ranchers for arson. The Bundy brothers and five other protesters were acquitted last Thursday on charges of federal conspiracy for their actions at Malheur. They’re not all off free — Ryan is currently being held in an Oregon county jail ahead of a February trial involving his family’s previous anti-government standoff in 2014. But jail time does  

November 1, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

ROCHESTER, [NH]--A prominent conservative activist from New Hampshire wants to withdraw his earlier guilty plea for his role in an armed standoff with federal agents in Nevada in 2014, his wife said on Tuesday. The decision by Gerald DeLemus, 61, follows the surprise acquittal last week of Ammon Bundy, a leader in the Nevada standoff, and six of his followers stemming from their role in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year. Bundy and his supporters oppose the U.S. government's control over millions of acres of public lands in the West. DeLemus and other anti-government activists have rallied to their cause. DeLemus, whom federal prosecutor  

October 27, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

BOULDER, [CO]--All indicators point to America being on the brink of a new harvest of rage; that’s to say, a new and likely larger wave of antigovernment violence than that which we experienced some two decades ago. And as much as people would like to blame this increasing domestic militancy solely on Donald Trump, the narcissist developer from New York City who is currently running for president of the United States, that would be a mistake. It’s not that simple. I’m not trying to sensationalize our current political season. I’ll leave that to cable news. This analysis is about far more than the Trump/Clinton race for the presidency. When it comes to domestic terrorism and the curr  

October 20, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

CROWNSVILLE, [MD]--When Gillian Thompson took photos of a hat bearing the name of a controversial group in the back of a Anne Arundel County police cruiser Monday, she never expected the reaction she got. In the past few days, Thompson, a 48-year-old mother of four, has been the subject of profane and vitriolic messages posted on social media. Wednesday, she reported the harassment to police prompting the department to have officers periodically drive by her family's Crownsville home. "It's been a whirlwind the past few days," she said. Lt. Ryan Frashure, police spokesman, confirmed Thompson had received "harassing Facebook messages since being named in the media." The messages were writt  

October 19, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PONTIAC, [MI]--A 24-year-old Pontiac man was arrested Wednesday after threatening to blow up the Oakland County courthouse and assassinate the judge handing his child-custody case, police said. Anthony Jeffrey Brodie, 24, of Pontiac "told an acquaintance that he was fearful that he would not be treated fairly" by Oakland County Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca, who has been presiding over Brodie's child-custody dispute with his ex-wife, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Brodie revealed his plans nearly a month ago to an acquaintance, and he "indicated he was ready and willing to 'go to war' and that he had been researching Timothy McVeigh's actions and his role i  

October 18, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

CROWNSVILLE, [MD]--Anne Arundel police officer has been suspended for displaying a hat bearing the name of a controversial anti-government group in the rear windshield of a police cruiser, a department spokesman said Tuesday. The hat, which displayed the name "Oath Keepers," was brought to the department's attention Monday afternoon, after a mother of four from Crownsville spotted it in the parking lot of the Whole Foods at the Annapolis Towne Center. The Oath Keepers bills itself as a non-partisan organization of current and former military who vow to uphold the U.S. Constitution "against all enemies, foreign and domestic." The group's controversial tactics have landed it on the radars of  

October 8, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

TRENTON, [NJ]--A leader of a group that the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness says has "members who justify the use of violence to counter perceived threats or violations to the U.S. Constitution" helped organize a meet-and-greet breakfast for Rep. Scott Garrett earlier this month. Garrett campaign manager Sarah Neibart said the lawmaker had no idea that one organizer, Bergen County Republican Committeeman Edward Durfee, was active in Oath Keepers, which was singled out by the state office in a June report on militia extremists. "Congressman Garrett was completely unaware of his affiliation with the Oath Keepers," Neibart said. Durfee was listed as the contact person