August 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--A quaint Virginia college town still wrestling with the legacy of slavery became the scene of deadly protests this weekend as white nationalists and other right-wing groups clashed with counter protesters over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. Men carrying Confederate flags stood side by side with the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and rifle-toting militia members in Charlottesville at a rally dubbed "Unite the Right." Chanting "You will not replace us," they exchanged blows and volleys of pepper spray with protesters opposed to their presence. As police dispersed the crowds, a car plowed into counter protesters, killing one p  

July 6, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Public traded companies don’t typically need to issue statements saying that they do not support terrorism. But Facebook is no ordinary company; its sheer scale means it is credited as a force capable of swaying elections, commerce, and, yes, violent radicalization. In June, the social network published an article outlining its counterterrorism policy, stating unequivocally that “There’s no place on Facebook for terrorism.” Bad news for foreign plotters and jihadis, maybe, but what about Americans who want violence in America? In its post, Facebook said it will use a combination of artificial intelligence-enabled scanning and “human expertise” to “keep terr  

June 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Donald Trump has used the threat of foreign-born terrorists to justify his travel ban – but since 9/11, nearly every terrorist attack in the United States has come from within. On this episode of Reveal Radio, we investigate which domestic terror episodes get tracked and why. Reveal’s Stan Alcorn looks into two back-to-back terrorist plots in 2010: a Somali American’s attempted bombing of a Portland, Oregon, Christmas tree lighting and an American arsonist who set the suspect’s mosque on fire in reaction. We look into how law enforcement responded to these cases so differently – despite the role it played in one. Already, there’s a huge disparity in  

June 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--A database of nine years of domestic terrorism incidents compiled by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has produced a very different picture of the threat than that advanced by the current White House. From January 2008 to the end of 2016, we identified 63 cases of Islamist domestic terrorism, meaning incidents motivated by a theocratic political ideology espoused by such groups as the Islamic State. The vast majority of these (76 percent) were foiled plots, meaning no attack took place. During the same period, we found that right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents: 115. Just over  

June 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Trump tweets frequently about cases involving jihadist terrorism in Europe, Australia and the United States. But he hasn't tweeted a peep – nor said anything publicly – about Monday's Finsbury Park attack, north of London, in which 47-year-old Darren Osborne shouted, "I want to kill all Muslims!" before driving his car into a crowd outside a mosque, killing one person and injuring eight. Nor has Trump said or written anything about the brutal killing of a 17-year-old, abaya-wearing Muslim girl, Nabra Hassanen, who was kidnapped outside a Virginia mosque and battered to death with a metal bat by road-raging driver Darwin Martinez Torres on Father's Day. Earl  

June 4, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--We begin with a second horrific terrorist attack in the U.K. that has left 7 innocents dead and 48 wounded and 3 terrorists shot dead by police with 12 more suspects arrested. Nafeez Ahmed, the editor-in-chief of Insurgeintelligence at medium.com and a weekly columnist for Middle East Eye, joins us from London to discuss his latest article at Insurgeintelligence “The Manchester Bombings as Blowback” and the role of the British Intelligence services in covertly supporting jihadist groups in Syria and Libya. Then we speak with Anders Aslund, a professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Atl  

June 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

PORTLAND, [OR]--In February 2016, 15 months before he was accused of stabbing three people on a train in Portland, Oregon, and killing two, Jeremy Christian pledged to kill whoever was elected president of the United States: “I Hereby Solemnly swear to Die trying to Kill Hillary (Herself a filthy Murderess) Clinton and Donald Trump should they be elected to the post of President in my faire country on (sic) Vinland,” Christian wrote in a Facebook post. Then he pledged his threat to an ancient Nordic god, as well as Hindu and Egyptian goddesses: “This I swear to Odin, Kali, Bastet and all other Pagan Gods and Goddesses in my Aryan Theosophical Nucleus. This is my duty as a Viking and Pa  

May 31, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The anti-Muslim white supremacist charged with murdering two men in Portland, Oregon, when they intervened in his bigoted tirade at two teenagers is the kind of extremist that former Department of Homeland Security official Daryl Johnson worried about. Eight years ago, working in the department’s now-defunct Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Johnson authored a memo intended to warn law enforcement about the threat posed by right-wing extremists. It wasn’t just the election of the first black president, he wrote, but the troubled economic situation, the divisive political climate, and angry rhetoric about immigrants and outsiders that could spark attacks. Right-win  

May 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

TAMPA, [FL]--A possible right-wing terror cell was uncovered this week in Tampa following the news that a former neo-Nazi who shot and killed two of his roommates in North Tampa last week claimed the two young men who were killed were also neo-Nazis who had disrespected his recent conversion to Islam. The gunman told authorities he had been a neo-Nazi before becoming Muslim. A fourth roommate was discovered to be stockpiling materials including ammonium nitrate and the radioactive elements that could be used to create a bomb. That roommate, a member of the Florida National Guard, kept a picture of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, on his dresser. Both the alleged shooter and the all  

May 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The three men in Virginia wanted to start a race war. They planned to rob a jewelry store and use the money to stockpile guns, ammo and explosives. Then they would charge into churches and synagogues, slaughtering as many people as possible in the name of their religion. The man in Kansas wanted to kill as many Jewish people as possible. So he drove to two Jewish centers, where he shot and killed three people, all of them Christians. He told the court that sentenced him to death that he had mistaken his victims for Jews. “I wanted to kill Jews, not people,” he said. Across the country in Spokane, Washington, another man plotted to kill President Barack Obama. Prosecu