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  

October 26, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Donald Trump’s claim that the upcoming election is rigged against him is without precedent in modern US history. The potential consequences are bigger than you think. The GOP candidate’s talk of “millions” of fraudulent votes and his commitment to only accept the election results “if I win” don’t sound like the words of a typical American politician, and for good reason: The typical American politician has faith in the system, accepts the results of an election, and moves on. Trump is doing something very different, pairing rhetoric about a rigged election with a message that basically says it’s him or the apocalypse. He has repeatedly warned his fans tha  

October 22, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

LIBERAL, [KS]--The revelation of an alleged domestic terrorism plot to kill Somali immigrants in southwest Kansas serves as a glaring illustration of what experts say is a growing concern. Across the country, they say, anti-government extremists are shifting their sights from federal agencies to Muslim people at an alarming rate. A new study by researchers at California State University-San Bernardino found that anti-Muslim hate crimes are at the highest level since the period immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The study, which examined hate crimes in 21 states and the District of Columbia — 56 percent of the U.S. population — found that hate crimes against Musl  

October 21, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--In April 2009, Daryl Johnson found himself caught in a firestorm because of a report he’d authored at the Department of Homeland Security. It warned of a surge in activity by right-wing groups, including militias, white supremacists, anti-government activists and others motivated by racial grievance toward the nation’s first black president and the consequences of a faltering economy. Republicans in Congress slammed the report as an attack on conservatives. Then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized for the report and it was withdrawn. Johnson’s unit was disbanded. Nearly eight years later, Johnson’s warnings have proved prescient in a string o