November 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--In the days before he walked into Charleston’s Mother Emanuel church with a gun and murdered nine people, Dylann Roof put together a manifesto. It was a bizarre, rambling tract loaded with racial and political animus, much of it cribbed from white-supremacist groups with ties to South Carolina’s Republican establishment. Roof ’s manifesto was reminiscent of a similar document penned in 2008 by a conservative Tennessee man named Jim David Adkisson. Adkisson was enraged by the looming nomination of a black man as the Democratic candidate for the presidency. In July 2008, Adkisson walked into a Unitarian Universalist church in downtown Knoxville during a performance   

November 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced on Thursday that he has introduced legislation to combat the rise of white supremacist and other right-wing extremist groups. Durbin, who serves as the Senate’s minority whip, said in a statement that the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would address these threats “by requiring federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess those threats and provide training and resources” to state, local and tribal police. He also cited FBI and Homeland Security statistics which found that “white supremacists were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016—more than any other domestic extremist movement.” “Violent   

October 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--White nationalists like those who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August pose a greater danger to America’s national security than conflicts in which the U.S. is fighting the Islamic State militant group, or ISIS, in Iraq and Syria, say U.S. troops. In a new poll of 1,131 active-duty soldiers conducted by The Military Times after the August “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, 30 percent of respondents ranked white nationalists as a more significant danger to U.S. security than the Syria and Iraq conflicts. They put the danger from those at 27 percent and 17 percent respectively. The Charlottesville rally drew members of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Na  

October 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

ATLANTA, [GA]--A march that morphed into violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this year launched the alt-right into the national conversation like never before. Sam Dickson, an Atlanta real estate lawyer, is a self-described white nationalist, who sat down exclusively with Winne to talk about his controversial beliefs. “I’m a spokesman for legitimate white interests. I am not hostile to minority groups,” Dickson said. Dickson said he rejects labels like left, right or alt-right, but acknowledges he frequently speaks to alt-right groups. In Henry County, Chris Hill said as a Marine, he trained officer candidates but now he trains fellow III% Security Force militia members to  

October 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

BUFFALO, [MO]--A Mexican-American family was the target of racially fueled threats from neighbors in the Ozarks. And the tension grew so heated that the local sheriff called the violence a “melee” and a “small riot.” “We’re researching ... to see if it’s a hate crime,” said Dallas County Sheriff Scott Rice. “I don’t think it’s going to fit that, but we’re looking more toward another charge.” The sheriff declined to specify what charge or charges were possible in the Sunday night clash that came after weeks of racial animosity between next-door neighbors. The sheriff said Thursday that deputies have spent 200 hours investigating what happened outside the family’s B  

October 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Extreme far-right groups across the world have united under the same banner and are actively collaborating to help influence elections and intimidate political opponents, according to a new study by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD) — and current efforts to disrupt them are lagging far behind. The report details how far-right activists have broken through divides that for years kept them spread out, disconnected, and distrustful of each other. Now, the internet has allowed far-right groups to “actively seek to overcome ideological and geographic differences for the sake of expanding their influence, reach and impact.” A key part of that impact is coordinate  

October 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--Corey Long, the black man who wielded an improvised flamethrower against white nationalists two months ago at a violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. — an incident captured in a photo that went viral — has become the second black counterprotester in two days to be arrested in relation to the rally. Charlottesville police investigators arrested Long, 23, of Culpeper, Va., Friday on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct — a move that is likely to draw strong criticism from anti-racism advocates who have accused law enforcement of not acting swiftly enough to quell the violence that broke out during the August rally or to arrest a group of   

September 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

SAN FRANCISCO, [CA]--They ran for office, publicly denouncing prejudice and discrimination, but records reviewed by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit revealed that some of the most politically progressive policymakers helped fund their campaigns with money tied to extremist groups. The Investigative Unit cross referenced the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of California organizations they classify as hate groups, with hundreds of campaign disclosure forms dating back to 2002. Records show state and federal officials accepted more than $250,000 in donations from board members of groups on SPLC’s California “hate map.” Among the most recognizable recipients: former Presiden  

September 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

SEATTLE, [WA]--A Washington man who the FBI fears could be a domestic terrorist said he was radicalized on the Internet. Schuyler Barbeau has made threats to lynch government officials, shoot law enforcement officers and praised Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. During his sentencing, Barbeau tearfully told U.S. District Judge Richard Jones, “I drowned myself in the echo chamber of the internet.” Barbeau was sentenced to 26-months in prison for having an illegal machine gun. Barbeau served in the Marines and National Guard. He left his job at Boeing to join the Patriot Movement and served as a bodyguard for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy was part of a standoff with federal offici  

September 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

SALT LAKE CITY, [UT]--From faith leader to fugitive, Lyle Jeffs pleaded guilty Wednesday to food stamp fraud and failing to appear in court. Jeffs, 57, was accused last year alongside 11 other leaders and members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church in an indictment alleging $191,000 in food stamp fraud. But while the other 10 defendants resolved their cases with no prison time, Jeffs slipped an ankle monitor and fled, spending nearly a year on the run before being captured in June in South Dakota. Back in custody, Jeffs was brought before U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart in a shackles and a striped jail uniform Wednesday. As the judge questioned Jeffs on whether he was pleading guilty because he