November 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

THORNTON, [CO]--Last week, a 47-year-old man allegedly walked into a Walmart north of Denver and shot several shoppers, killing three. You probably didn’t hear about this shooting, since it happened on the day after a terrorist attack in Manhattan, which killed eight, and a few days before a church shooting in Texas, in which 26 people died. But evidence is growing that Scott Ostrem, the accused shooter, was motivated by his hatred of Latinos. Numerous media outlets have reported that Ostrem, who is accused of killing three people of Hispanic descent, had long expressed hatred toward the Hispanic community. Ostrem “was very racist towards Hispanics,” one of his neighbors told local med  

October 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Nobody seems to know what drove Stephen Paddock to start firing into a crowd of festival-goers in Las Vegas earlier this month, killing 58 and injuring more than 540 people. The FBI is remaining tight-lipped about what it has found about Paddock’s motive, if anything. The Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, asserting that Paddock had converted to Islam months before. But this theory soon was cut down by investigators and experts on radical Islamic terrorism, who said there was no evidence to support the Islamic State’s claim. Meanwhile, experts in another field of extremism are beginning to ask a new question: Did Paddock share the beliefs of a   

October 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--When the third in a series of trials over the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada gets underway, prosecutors will be able to use testimony from an expert in extremism and domestic terrorism, the judge in the case has ruled. Defense attorneys for one of the accused Bundy supporters, Ryan Payne, of Montana, had sought to keep much of the federal agent’s testimony out of the case, saying his expertise on militias and terrorism would prejudice the jury. Jury selection for the trial—which includes Payne, Cliven Bundy and his sons Ammon and Ryan—begins next week. The men are facing a raft of charges related to the armed confrontation, near Bunkerville, Nevada, which prevente  

October 6, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--As white supremacists prepared to descend on Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, the FBI warned about a new movement that was violent, growing, and racially motivated. Only it wasn’t white supremacists; it was “black identity extremists.”Amid a rancorous debate over  whether the Trump administration has downplayed the threat posed by white supremacist groups, the FBI’s counterterrorism division has declared that black identity extremists pose a growing threat of premeditated violence against law enforcement. In 2009, Daryl Johnson, then a Department of Homeland Security intelligence analyst, warned of the rise of right-wing extremism, setting off a firestorm amo  

September 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC celebrates its first anniversary this week. It took a century to get it built - a salute to the history, culture and achievements of America's almost 40 million black people. Fittingly, it was the Obamas who opened it along with George W Bush, who had signed off on the project. Its opening could have heralded a new era, a departure from the racism of the past. But it hasn't. In the past 12 months, the US has had perhaps its most divisive election, there's a new man in the White House and racist violence and hate crimes are on the rise. So, what's behind this spike in hate crimes? Joining our panel  

September 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--On this edition of "To the Point," Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) discusses the dangers of homegrown extremism, specifically white supremacists and anti-government extremist groups. Rep. Pascrell is joined by Daryl Johnson, former Department of Homeland Security analyst and author of "Right-Wing Resurgence. View More>>  

September 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

NEW YORK CITY, [NY]--Samantha Bee spoofed the opening sequence to the Showtime spy thriller “Homeland” on Wednesday to make a serious point about domestic terrorism. The “Full Frontal” host channeled Carrie Mathison as she went “looking for a way to fight back” against white supremacy, which she described as America’s “hottest summer trend” for 2017. During her mission, Bee met with former Homeland Security analyst Daryl Johnson, who said the threat of domestic terrorism was being vastly overlooked. “A bulk of the terrorist attacks in this country are coming from right-wing extremists who are white terrorists,” Johnson said. “These attacks happen practically on a mont  

September 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--On June 3, 2014, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. restarted a long-dormant domestic terrorism task force created after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. A former Ku Klux Klan leader had just murdered three people near a Jewish Community Center in a Kansas City suburb and yelled “Heil Hitler” as police took him into custody. For too long, Holder said, the federal government had narrowly focused on Islamist threats and had lost sight of the “continued danger we face” from violent far-right extremists. But three years later, it is unclear what, if anything the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee has done, despite expectations that its reanimation would better focus  

September 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The criminal charges coming out of the Charlottesville, Va., last month, may perfectly describe the offenses – murder, discharging a firearm, malicious wounding – but the term terrorism is not mentioned. The United States doesn’t have a domestic terrorism charge that can be lodged against individuals or organizations that operate wholly within the country. The FBI doesn’t have a unit specifically dedicated to tracking the violent extreme right. In September, the Justice Department’s State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) program, which has trained more than 142,000 law enforcement officers in how to deal with domestic terrorists, will run out of fundin  

August 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--As Charlottesville, Va., struggles to recover from last weekend’s deadly violence and authorities warn of increased threats from domestic extremists, the Justice Department is quietly shutting down a program that trains officers on combating terrorism. The State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training program, which has served more than 142,000 law enforcement officers in every state in the country, has run out of funding. Its last day is Sept. 30. “It makes absolutely no sense,” said Mike Sena, president of the National Fusion Center Association, which represents a network of 79 centers across the country designed to help law enforcement agencies collect and share terroris