April 19, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Today is the 22nd anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing; 168 people died in that attack carried out by Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh sympathized with armed right-wing militia groups. These groups are still active, gaining members online, and honing their combat skills in training camps. The Georgia Security Force, which is part of the 3 Percent Militia Movement, is one of the nation’s largest armed right-wing groups. They believe only 3 percent of colonial Americans fought the Revolutionary War, yet were able to overthrow British rule. Historians say the number of male colonists who fought in the conflict, closer to 25 percent. According to the Anti-Defamation League, mo  

April 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

COLLEGE PARK, [MD]--In recent months, a man inspired by the 2015 terrorist attack perpetrated by Dylann Roof was arrested for plotting an armed assault, while a Georgia man with White supremacist ties was investigated for possession of ricin. Indian immigrants have been targeted in suspected hate crimes in Kansas, Washington, and South Carolina, while an African-American man in New York City was stabbed to death in a racist ideologically-motivated homicide. Jewish and African-American institutions have been threatened with and subjected to armed protests, Mosques have also seen threats levied against them. Many of these attacks and threats have been linked to violent White supremacists[1] or  

April 7, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

PHOENIX, [AZ]--About 40 young people, most armed to the teeth and some wearing red bandanas over their faces, marched in formation on a Phoenix street near a rally for President Donald Trump. While people showing up at Trump rallies with guns is nothing new, there was something markedly different about these guys: They were marching in opposition to Trump and his policies, not in support of the president, as Stephen Lemons, a columnist for the Phoenix New Times, who filmed the Facebook Live video two weeks ago, discovered. The armed protesters Lemons filmed in Phoenix are part of the “Redneck Revolt,” a group that claims it is composed of, and fighting for, the white working class, and t  

February 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

OLATHE, [KS]--A national terrorism expert said Tuesday that federal authorities are following the right path by investigating the Olathe shooting as a hate crime, but he said last week’s deadly attack does not appear to be an act of domestic terrorism. “I would shy away from terrorism, because you’ve got to have more of a social or political objective behind doing it,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst with the Department of Homeland Security. “The FBI defines terrorism very specifically, and that is the big question for us — what is the motivation for this? This seems to be spontaneous. He saw two people of color that he didn’t like…This guy is a garden-variety rac  

February 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--The federal charges against a Missouri man for allegedly aiding in what he thought was an Islamic State terror plot are a sign of the government’s stepped-up focus on Islamist extremism, terrorism experts said Tuesday. But some said that strategy is resulting in less scrutiny of another source of terrorism that is just as serious a threat: violent domestic extremists. “The percentage of the population that embrace white supremacy, militia and sovereign citizen extremists far outweigh the percentage of Americans that support ISIS, yet these ISIS cases get churned out at a much greater rate,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst with the Department of Homeland S  

February 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--In 2016, anti-Muslim bias appears to have been the motive behind many attacks and high-profile threats against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. These threats and attacks range from hate crimes against individuals in the street to more complex terrorism plots against houses of worship and entire communities. In 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an intelligence bulletin, noting that violent U.S. far-right actors, specifically militia groups, are “expand[ing] their target sets to include Muslims.” In October 2016, the FBI arrested an armed militia group in Kansas calling themselves “Crusaders,” who sought to commit a terrorist bombing against  

January 31, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--White supremacists and other domestic extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies. A striking reference to that conclusion, notable for its confidence and the policy prescriptions that accompany it, appears in a classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide from April 2015, obtained by The Intercept. “Federal law enforcement agencies in general — the FBI, the Marshals, the ATF — are aware that extremists have infiltrated state and local law enforcement agencies and that there are people in law enforcement agencies that may be sympathetic to these groups,” said Daryl Johnson, who was the lead researcher on th  

November 2, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Three members of a Kansas-based anti-government militia group hatched a grand plan earlier this year to “wake people up.” The Crusaders, as they’ve dubbed themselves, allegedly stockpiled weapons, gathered bomb-making materials, and even conducted “surveillance” on their would-be targets: Somali Muslims living in the U.S. The attack was allegedly set for November 9, the day after the presidential election. Stein and his cronies, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, would detonate bombs at an apartment complex in Garden City, about 200 miles west of Wichita, that is predominantly occupied by Somali immigrants, according to court documents obtained by Vocativ. Feder  

November 1, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Over the last few weeks a growing number of people have started wondering, "Is it possible the United States is heading for a new civil war?" Granted, most of those people are writers for sites like Russia Today or the Huffington Post, and thus slightly less credible than a handful of Bazooka Joe gum wrapper comics. But Donald Trump has made a few tinpot dictator-ish statements recently .Every time I wanted to dismiss those headlines I thought about my visit to Ukraine last year, to cover their ongoing civil war. The most common sentence I heard was, "It's like a bad dream." Up to the minute the shooting started, almost no one thought civil war was a serious possibility.  

October 28, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

PORTLAND, [OR]--As “patriots” rejoice over the acquittals of the leaders of a 41-day armed occupation at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, the mood among those who monitor extremist groups is anything but gleeful. Thursday’s jaw-dropping jury verdict in the federal Oregon standoff trail, they said, could embolden anti-government extremists and lead to an uptick in violence across the country. Federal prosecutors had charged brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others with conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the occupation earlier this year of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. On Thursday, a federal jury in