February 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

MYRTLE BEACH, [SC]-- A man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested in Myrtle Beach Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to commit an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.” Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested at around 5 p.m. Wednesday by the FBI, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. On December 26, 2016, McDowell posted to Facebook a message: “I love love to act what u think,” followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, according to court documents. Horry County Police indicated to the FBI that McDowell had established White Suprem  

February 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The program, "Countering Violent Extremism," or CVE, would be changed to "Countering Islamic Extremism" or "Countering Radical Islamic Extremism," the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States. Such a change would reflect Trump's election campaign rhetoric and criticism of former President Barack Obama for being weak in the fight against Islamic State and for  

February 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

BERKELEY, [CA]--A protest at UC Berkeley over a scheduled appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos turned fiery and violent Wednesday night, prompting police to cancel the event and hustle the Breitbart News editor off campus. But even after the event’s cancellation, hundreds of protesters spilled off campus into the city streets, where the violence continued as they confronted drivers, engaged in fights, smashed storefront windows and set fires. Protesters decried President Trump’s policies as much as they did the visit by Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative who has been making the rounds at college campuses across the country with his “Dangerous Faggot” talks, specializi  

January 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, [CN]--Quebec City police say six people are dead and eight are injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a mosque during evening prayers. Dozens of people were believed to be at the mosque at the time of the shooting. Two men were arrested after the shooting, the AP reported, citing police, but one was later released after police determined he was not involved in the shooting. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard termed the act “barbaric violence.” The lone gunman opened fire in the men's section of the mosque. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting a "terrorist attack on Muslims." “While authorities are still investigating and details con  

January 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, [CN]--Those who think that Canada is the last bastion of liberal tolerance in the West should expand their political imagination beyond the halls of power — and in particular, take a look at what's happening on Canadian campuses, where there's been a recent surge in right-wing and racist propaganda. It may be true that the right wing in Canada has yet to cough up the same kind of populist threat now arising in European liberal democracies like France, Germany or the Netherlands. But the success of president-elect Donald Trump has emboldened nativist elements of Canadian society just the same. And nowhere has this been more obvious than on Canadian university campuses. In t  

November 17, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

STANDING ROCK, [ND]--Two symbolic and starkly different land disputes in America – easily lost in the noise of the 2016 election and its aftermath – underscore some significant and continuing inequities in the application of property rights. The same day local and state officials used armored vehicles and pepper spray to arrest 140 mostly Native Americans protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, a jury in Oregon acquitted the Bundy family of all weapons and other felonies from a violent takeover of federal land and property. The Bundy family and other activists have not paid required permit fees for grazing on federal lands for many decades. Yet despite toting assault weapo  

October 28, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Big crowds still mob Donald J. Trump when he comes to town, with fans waiting in long lines to attend his rallies, where they eagerly jeer his Democratic rival and holler happily at his message. But beneath the cheering, a new emotion is taking hold among some Trump supporters as they grapple with reports predicting that he will lose the election: a dark fear about what will happen if their candidate is denied the White House. Some worry that they will be forgotten, along with their concerns and frustrations. Others believe the nation may be headed for violent conflict. Jared Halbrook, 25, of Green Bay, Wis., said that if Mr. Trump lost to Hillary Clinton, which he w  

October 2, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

HOUSTON, [TX]--Protesters from the White Lives Matter group and also from the Black Lives Matter group protested outside of the office of the Anti-Defamation League in southwest Houston on Saturday. Supporters of the White Lives Matter group called themselves the "Neo-Nazi White Knights of America." The group claims the League has called them the "Neo-Nazi Hate Group." Protesters shouted "White Lives Matter!" as they gathered outside of the Civil Right organization's office.  "They labeled us a hate group, they didn't label the Black Lives Matter a hate group. That's why we are here today, to protest the Anti-Defamation League," says an ADL spokesperson. Counter protesters from various   

August 28, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

COVINGTON, [VA]--A Covington man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a nearly four-hour police standoff at Lake Moomaw. According to Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall, police received calls about a man in body armor with an AR-15 rifle near the dam on the lake around 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Roads in the vicinity of Lake Moomaw, which is on the border of Bath and Alleghany counties, were shut down and Virginia State Police and Bath County Sheriff's Office assisted Alleghany County in securing the area. The man, Ricky Chittum, was arrested, without incident, around 3 p.m., Hall said. Hall said Chittum was camping around the Lake Moomaw area with his wife and friends until Sunday, w  

February 23, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

HILLDALE, [UT]--Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies combined to investigate businesses and religious leaders with ties to a polygamous church headquartered in the Utah-Arizona stateline desert north of Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday. Salt Lake City’s federal court unsealed a two-count indictment against 11 leaders and members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, alleging they conspired to defraud the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program of food welfare benefits. The case was unsealed hours after residents of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, took to social media to report FBI agents had raided some church