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   

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