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  

September 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

VERONA, [OH]--Beaten and bloody, Daniel Delfin thrashed in the back seat of the gray Hyundai Sonata as his kidnappers continually hit him with fists and a metal bar. When the car stopped at the end of a remote one-lane road, he pried the door open in a desperate attempt to escape. He failed. One of Delfin's attackers knocked him unconscious, slashed his throat and shoved a knife so far up his rib cage it pierced his heart. The three men tied Delfin’s body with a rope, rolled it down a hill off the road and hid it in some brush. Then they left to clean up. Over the next several days, the killers returned to the end of the Boone County lane to dismember the body. They threw some parts in a l  

September 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Domestic extremist groups ranging from white supremacists to their rival “antifa” anarchists are increasingly exploiting loose gun control laws to show up at emotionally charged rallies with assault rifles and other high-powered weapons, increasing the likelihood of an explosive clash in an American city, according to law enforcement officials. What makes the current threat environment especially combustible are open carry laws in many states that allow civilians to display virtually any gun in public that they want, often with no permit, training or background check required, according to federal and state law enforcement officials who are closely monitoring extremi  

September 4, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--The social network Gabai started in August 2016, three months before the world changed. The timing was not a coincidence. Founded in San Mateo, California, by onetime Silicon Valley–based Trump supporter Andrew Torba, a former ad-tech CEO, the network was initially built by just four people and with no outside investment. Torba, who was once kicked out of the influential startup accelerator Y Combinator for violating its harassment policy, had grown frustrated with what he described to BuzzFeed as the “entirely left-leaning Big Social monopoly” that decided what news deserved to be trending and what did and did not count as harassment on the internet. Now, a year l  

August 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--Three men have been charged with felonies in attacks on counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville earlier this month, Charlottesville police said late Saturday. One of the men has been identified as an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and one of the men is still at large. Police said 18-year-old Daniel P. Borden of Mason, Ohio, is part of a group of six men who violently beat a man in a parking garage next to the Charlottesville Police Department on Aug. 12. That man, DeAndre Harris, suffered a broken wrist and a gash to his head that required 10 staples. The attack was captured on video. Another suspect, Richard W. Preston, 52, is all  

August 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--The images out of Charlottesville over the weekend showed a shockingly large number of individuals sporting fascist insignia, using the Nazi salute, carrying torches reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan rallies and marching with swastika and Confederate flags side by side. On the other side, a contingent militant anti-fascists (Antifa) hurled bricks and made use of make-shift flame throwers. President Donald Trump pointed to the two sides of the violent clashes over the weekend telling reporters that both sides were to blame. "You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that," the president sai  

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,