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   

August 7, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--One is charged with plotting to assassinate President Barack Obama with a high-powered rifle. Another, who court records said planned multiple killings of law enforcement officers, faces federal firearms charges that include possessing a machine gun. And three former prison employees are charged with plotting to kill a black inmate who had recently been released. All the defendants have Missouri ties and allegedly hold anti-government or white supremacist views. And the three cases come at a time when authorities say violent incidents carried out by domestic extremists are on the rise across the nation. One of the recent Missouri cases surfaced in March, when a confidentia  

August 2, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Despite public perception about the threat of extremists inspired by al-Qaida and the Islamic State, a new study shows that law enforcement officers are more concerned about the homegrown terrorist next door. In addition, the study said, the violence associated with foreign-inspired extremists has remained low in comparison to domestic terrorism. The study is part of a larger project on efforts to prevent extremist violence, said David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center. He conducted the study with Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project included a survey of law enforcement agencies and what they were   

June 18, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

CHARLESTON, [SC]--An agency that tracks extremists and white supremacist organizations says the suspect in the fatal shooting of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, wasn't known to officials there. Richard Cohen, president of Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, says suspect 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof -- who is white -- wasn't known to the organization. Cohen says it's not clear whether Roof is connected to any of the 16 white supremacist organizations the law center has identified as operating in South Carolina. But Cohen says Roof appears to be a "disaffected white supremacist" based on his Facebook page, which Cohen viewed. Cohen notes t  

June 18, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

CHARLESTON, [SC]--Dylann Storm Roof drove around with a Confederate flag on his license plate — not exactly an unusual sight in the South. But on his Facebook page, he wore a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. A picture began to emerge Thursday of the 21-year-old white man arrested in the shooting deaths of nine people during a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston. The Wednesday night attack was decried by stunned community leaders and politicians as a hate crime. In pictures gathered from his social media sites, Roof displayed a Confederate flag on his front license plate. His Facebook profile picture showed him wear  

June 17, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

CHARLESTON, [SC]--The man suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting at a historic black church in this city’s downtown area was caught on Thursday some 200 miles away in North Carolina, local and federal officials said. After an intensive, 14-hour manhunt for the man who carried out a massacre that officials are calling racially motivated, Dylann Storm Roof, 21, “was arrested in Shelby, N.C., during a traffic stop” shortly after 11 a.m., said Greg Mullen, the Charleston police chief. The police here say Mr. Roof, who is white, is suspected of being the gunman who walked into the prayer meeting Wednesday night, sat down with black parishioners for nearly an hour, and then ope  

April 26, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Domestic terrorists used to be easier to identify. Twenty years ago, after the shocking wake-up call of the Oklahoma City bombing, authorities began cracking down on a subculture of extremist groups, many arming themselves in preparation for a showdown with what they saw as an oppressive federal government. The numbers of such groups sharply declined. But today, at a time when much of law enforcement’s focus has shifted from domestic to foreign terrorism, a network of extremism is again spreading throughout the land. And this time, extremists are harder to track. Anti-government groups are more loosely organized, making them more difficult to infiltrate. White nationa  

April 18, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing, domestic terror threats range from white supremacists to eco-terrorists to anti-government extremists and radical separatist groups, according to the FBI. The FBI's goal, of course, is to prevent "homegrown attacks" before they happen. Unfortunately, this isn't always possible. When acts of domestic terror do occur, the FBI investigates and tries to catch those responsible. From McVeigh and Nichols to Eric Rudolph to Ted Kaczynski, the FBI is often successful, but every once in a while, the suspects get away. This article highlight's the FBI's most wanted domestic terrorist fugitives.  View More>>  

April 17, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

OKLAHOMA CITY, [OK]--On the morning of April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast — equal to 4,000 lbs. of TNT — killed 168 people and injured hundreds more. The federal office building also housed a day care center. The explosives-laden truck was parked directly beneath it. Of the 21 children there that morning, only six survived. Survivors share their stories of that fateful day. View More>>  

April 16, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism

PHOENIX, [AZ]--The FBI offered a $310,000 reward on Friday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the 1995 derailment of an Amtrak train in the remote Arizona desert that killed one person and wounded about 100 others. The 12-car Sunset Limited train was traveling to Los Angeles from Miami with 258 passengers aboard early on Oct. 9, 1995, when it jumped the tracks crossing a bridge over a dry creek about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. A sleeping car attendant died and a dozen other people were seriously injured in what authorities immediately labeled a sophisticated act of sabotage. Investigators found that someone had pulled a pin connecting the rails