August 7, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

BLOOMINGTON, [MN]--Gov. Mark Dayton has condemned the bombing of a suburban Minneapolis mosque as an "act of terrorism" and "not Minnesota." Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith visited the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington on Sunday morning, a day after an explosive device shattered windows and damaged an office at the mosque. Dayton and Smith joined public officials and mosque leaders for a meeting inside the building. No one was hurt in the Saturday morning blast. The FBI is seeking suspects and trying to determine whether the incident was a hate crime. View More>>  

August 6, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

BLOOMINGTON, [MN]--A Minnesota mosque was rocked by a bombing on Saturday just before early morning prayers. Bloomington police say a shattered window is what's left after a explosive was thrown into the window of the Imam's office. No injuries were reported, but its left the local Muslim community shaken. "One of our congregation saw a truck fleeing from the parking lot, running very high speed," said Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center Executive Director Mohamed Omar. A recent review by the Council on American-Islamic Relations shows anti-Muslim incidents have risen sharply in the last year and the group calls the incident at the center a hate crime offering a ten-thousand dollar reward for infor  

June 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

ALEXANDRIA, [VA]--Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia that appeared to target Republican lawmakers highlights a trend that terrorism experts have been monitoring in recent months: the ramping up of violence committed by the left. The attack, which occurred during a congressional baseball practice early Wednesday, critically wounded U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in House leadership. Two Capitol Hill police officers and at least two others also were shot. The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, died at a hospital, President Donald Trump said. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Hodgkinson belonged to several anti-Republican groups on Facebook.   

June 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

ALEXANDRIA, [VA]--House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has undergone surgery and will need further operations, after being shot by a man who opened fire with a rifle on an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress in Alexandria, Va. Scalise was the most seriously injured of four victims of the shootings. The suspect was fatally wounded during a gun battle with law enforcement, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer who had been shot. In an evening press conference, the FBI said investigators believe the shooting suspect had been living out of his van and had been in the area since March. The FBI identified the gunman as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill  

June 4, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

UNITED STATES, [US]--The murder in College Park, Maryland of Richard Collins III, an African-American student who had recently been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was days away from his graduation from Bowie State University, underscores the violence of America’s far-right wing. Sean Urbanski, the University of Maryland student who allegedly stabbed Collins to death, belongs to a racist Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation. It makes sense that the FBI is helping the police investigate this incident as a suspected hate crime. But my 15 years experience of studying violent extremism in Western societies has taught me that dealing effectively with far-right violen  

May 6, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

TRENTON, [NJ]--While ISIS dominates headlines, another threat faces New Jersey. Domestic terrorism, including homegrown violent extremists, anti-government militias and white supremacists. According to New Jersey’s annual terrorism threat assessment, more than half of last year’s terrorist activity was spurred by domestic terrorists. Nationally, 17 of the 31 terrorist events last year — including threats, plots and attacks — occurred on the East Coast. Officials say this area — New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland — is particularly vulnerable. “We have a lot of critical infrastructure. We have a lot of people. We have a diverse demographic here on the East Co  

January 7, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Who radicalized the armed antigovernment extremists illegally occupying the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in rural Oregon? What are the origins of Dylann Roof’s white supremacist beliefs? Why did he allegedly murder nine African-Americans who welcomed him into their Bible study in a Charleston, S.C., church? How was Robert Dear, now facing murder charges, incited to shoot 12 people, killing three, at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility? Few seem to be pondering these questions, nor have they emerged as prominent political talking points. Sure, there’s general interest in motive, but there’s nothing comparable to what has occurre  

December 27, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Obama on NPR this week was asked about the threat posed by domestic terrorists. “If you just look at the numbers," he said, "then non-Islamic, non-foreign-motivated terrorist actions have killed at least as many Americans on American soil as those who were promoted by jihadists.” Experts on terrorism agree, but argue that some conservative politicians downplay this fact.   The question is why? Extremists from America’s far right wing have carried out well over half of the deadliest terror attacks on American soil since 9/11. In recent weeks, mosques around the country have been fired on, burnt or defaced, including one in Burlington, MA.; men descri  

November 29, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Friday's shooting spree at a Colorado Springs, Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic was not an act of terrorism in the opinion of the House Homeland Security Committee’s chairman. "It's a tragedy... It's, I think, a mental health crisis," said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on ABC News’s "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." "I don't think it would fall under quite the definition of domestic terrorism, although I'll leave that to the Justice Department to make that determination," he added. The Planned Parenthood shootings, allegedly committed by Robert Lewis Dear, left three people dead, including a police officer, and nine others wounded. The latest reports are that th  

October 15, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the creation of the Domestic Terrorism Counsel, an office designed to coordinate investigations into homegrown attacks. Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said the new counsel will be the "main point of contact for U.S. attorneys working on domestic terrorism matters" during a speech at George Washington University." The new DT Counsel will not only help ensure that DT cases are properly coordinated, but will also play a key role in our headquarters-level efforts to identify trends to help shape our strategy, and to analyze legal gaps or enhancements required to ensure we can combat these threats," Carlin said in the