August 8, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--A planned demonstration by white nationalist extremists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been described as the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States” by a monitoring group. The Unite the Right gathering of extremists protesting the removal of a Confederate-era statue will draw alt-right groups, neo-Confederates, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis, all of whom have been “emboldened by the Trump presidency,” according to nonprofit civil rights group the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  The extremists will be met by counter-demonstrators from left-wing and civil rights groups, including Antifa and Black Lives Matter, with Virgin  

August 5, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

BERKELEY, [CA]--Last semester’s protests at the University of California, Berkeley, challenged liberal presumptions about who exactly the good guys were. Anti-fascists, or Antifa, clad like ninjas and hellbent on silencing a speaker (the provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos), smashed windows and set fires. Clashes with right-wingers erupted again at rallies in March and April in support of free speech (a “messy pepper spray mosh pit,” as one anti-fascist described it). The Antifa collective, fueled by an emboldened right wing, has become a growing subculture, particularly on West Coast campuses. Fearful of being doxxed (having your personal information posted online) by “alt-right trolls,  

August 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Donald Trump’s election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a “national security threat,” according to information shared exclusively with Newsweek by an organization that represents and advocates for secular and minority religious views in the military. The number of complaints from servicemen and -women in the Army, Air Force, Marines and other service branches to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has doubled in number since November 2016, according to lawyer Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, a former Air Force officer who founded   

July 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--As Charlottesville anxiously approaches the date of a massive rally that could turn violent, two local conservative activists are now distancing themselves from the right-wing provocateur who invited anti-Semitic and white nationalist speakers to headline the event. In interviews last week, David Caron and Isaac Smith expressed concerns about Jason Kessler’s decision to invite inflammatory personalities to speak at his Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park, which until recently was named Lee Park. Many of those selected to speak at the event were involved in a provocative torch-lit demonstration last May to protest the planned removal of the city’s Rob  

June 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--In the spring of 2016, Brian Levin found himself in an uncomfortable position: trying to save the life of a Ku Klux Klan member. Levin, a former New York City cop who studies domestic extremism as the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, was documenting a Klan rally in Anaheim, California, when a counterprotest suddenly took a violent swing — forcing Levin to physically place himself between a Klansman and a furious, anti-fascist mob that seemed ready to kill. It made Levin wonder if in his focus on the obvious subject — the white supremacists — he’d overlooked a growing source of extremism: the far left. “  

June 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

YANKTON, [SD]--A polygamous sect leader's life on the run came to end Wednesday after he hocked a couple pairs of pliers at a pawn shop in a small South Dakota town the day before. Lyle Steed Jeffs sold the Leatherman multitools for $37 at River City Treasures and Pawn in Yankton, South Dakota, on Tuesday using his last name as his first name, said owner Kevin Haug. Jeffs, he said, handed over his actual ID and filled out the form to complete the deal. Haug wasn't in the store at the time but said his employee thought Jeffs was "acting strangely" and Googled his name after he left. Jeffs came up wanted. Haug and his employee, who he said didn't want his name used, called local police and t  

June 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--The systemic failure of both the major parties’ elites to adequately respond to the side effects of mechanization and globalization — particularly the real decline of wages with respect to inflation and the great decrease in good-paying jobs for those with less education — has gradually radicalized American politics and society. The provocations and recriminations that Donald Trump injected into our politics ever since he declared his presidential candidacy has only accelerated the trend. Initially, most of the radicalization began on the right as Republican political strategists found it easier to use divisive cultural issues like abortion, homosexuality and relig  

May 3, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--For more than 20 years, Chuck Leek was deep in the white supremacist movement in Southern California. Leek had an arsenal of weapons and even spent time in prison for assault with a deadly weapon. "It was a big part of the whole skinhead thing … physical violence," he said. Today, Leek volunteers with Life After Hate, a nationwide network of former white supremacists dedicated to educating young people against joining right wing terror groups and encouraging white supremacists to leave the movement. Life After Hate is one of more than 30 organizations -- including six police departments -- tapped by the Obama administration to receive $10 million in grants to counter viol  

April 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

NEW YORK CITY, [NY]--“I don’t like to think that I contributed to people being killed,” William Powell once said, wrestling with what he had wrought as a disaffected 19-year-old when he hunkered down with military manuals and revolutionary writings and compiled “The Anarchist Cookbook.” His volume — a guide to drugs, booby traps, sabotage, hand-to-hand combat and explosives — entered circulation in 1971 and reportedly sold more than 2 million copies. Still in print, and accessible online in PDF form, the book has been linked in recent years to the perpetrators of crimes including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and  

April 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Two people were arrested during protests outside the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in the District that left a Palestinian American man bloodied and injured. D.C. police say the suspects and victim got into a verbal altercation and one man punched the victim, Kamal Nayfeh, in the face. A video recording of the incident shows Nayfeh, 55, falling to the ground as two men strike him in the eye with a wooden pole as he is kicked. A police report of the Sunday afternoon incident at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center indicates the beating might have been motivated by the victim’s religion or ethnicity, although the suspects were not charged with ha