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  

July 18, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--Sunday’s murderous rampage in Baton Rouge, La., could represent what some experts see as a troubling trend in the sovereign citizen movement: A new crop of anti-government extremists who no longer care about inundating the court system with their bogus legal paperwork but instead are turning directly to violence. “This is the next generation,” said J.J. MacNab, a fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. “The youngest generation, the ones in their 20s and now the teens, skip the paperwork stuff generally and go straight to the killing.” Police say Gavin Eugene Long, 29, of Kansas City, ambushed officers Sunday, shooting  

February 4, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home. Over the past year, the Justice Department has brought charges against domestic extremist suspects accused of attempting to bomb U.S. military bases, kill police officers and fire bomb a school and other buildings in a predominantly Muslim town in New York state. But federal prosecutors tackling domestic extremists still lack an important legal tool they have used extensively in dozens of prosecutions against Islamic State-insp  

January 30, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, [OR]--Last April 11 — around the first anniversary of the Bundy Ranch standoff — Joseph Rice, a leader of the Josephine County Oath Keepers, put out a national call to action for Operation Gold Rush, asking members and other Patriots to help the Sugar Pine miners fight the BLM. The miners and Rice said they feared the feds would burn their property and steal their equipment. Three Percent of Idaho — a right-wing militia group founded in 2008 with chapters across the country — put out their own press releases about the security operation, and militia-types from Arizona posted a YouTube video of themselves driving to Oregon. Local blogger Dale Matthews released a vide  

January 28, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

BURNS, [OR]--Robert "LaVoy" Finicum is a martyr and was murdered, backers of an armed group of occupiers who took over an Oregon federal wildlife refuge said when they learned the group’s de facto spokesman was fatally shot during a police maneuver Tuesday. Although differing accounts of  Mr. Finicum's shooting already have emerged from witnesses — one says he had his hands up in surrender while another says he rushed at police — extremism experts warn that supporters will likely try to use the death as a rallying cry for their cause. Authorities on Wednesday had yet to even confirm that Mr. Finicum, a father of 11 children, was killed. Confirmation came from witnesses, family and fr  

January 26, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

BURNS, [OR]--A northeast Kansas woman has taken seven of her children to Oregon to perform for the armed occupiers who seized control of a federal wildlife refuge earlier this month. Odalis Sharp, of Auburn, Kan., appears with the children on a video taken Saturday at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a bird sanctuary in the eastern part of the state. "We’re here to sing for the Lord,” Sharp tells the anti-government militants. “This is a very worthwhile cause, and we just hope to make a difference and we hope to just be able to bless the hearts of the people through the songs.” But critics say taking children to such an event is dangerous and irresponsible. “You have these imp  

January 25, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

BURNS, [OR]--This past Saturday, 62-year-old Florida resident Joaquin Mariano DeMoreta-Folch asked Hammond to sign a piece of paper titled “Demand to Amend With No Delay.” Hammond told OPB she believed the document would help set up a hearing that would eventually clear her husband, Dwight Hammond, and her son Steven Hammond of federal arson convictions. The two men are currently serving five-year sentences at Terminal Island, a federal prison in Los Angeles County, California. It’s unclear if Susie Hammond was fully aware that in signing that document, she became a willing participant in a so-called citizens grand jury – an extralegal proceeding which experts say shows an escalati