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  

January 22, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

BURNS, [OR]--The FBI has begun negotiations with militants at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, specifically with militant leader Ammon Bundy. Guards at the occupied refuge are now openly carrying assault rifles on the grounds, while men drive federally owned bulldozers to pave roads. More people are coming too — from Cleveland, San Diego, and right here in Oregon. These new recruits are joining a culture increasingly hostile to people who disagree with their beliefs. And now, they want to try and convict those people. It’s called a Citizens’ Grand Jury and it's the newest development inside the Oregon occupation. If you’ve ever watched “Law and Order,” you’ve probably  

January 21, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

BURNS, [OR]--It has been two weeks since armed militants broke into buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. “The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal official’s response thus far,” said Gov. Kate Brown at a press conference in Salem. “I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government.” Brown said inaction by federal officials is costing Harney County and the state of Oregon $100,000 per week. To help pay those costs for law enforcement and other personnel, Brown told reporters she would seek appropriations from state lawmakers, with the expectation that federal lawmakers will e  

January 8, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Daryl Johnson once worked in the branch of the Department of Homeland Security that studied the threats posed by antigovernment groups. His former office was shut down more than five years ago. But when members of an armed group took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last week, Mr. Johnson was not surprised. In 2009, the former analyst wrote a report that warned of a growing antigovernment movement and the possible recruitment of returning military veterans that could “lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone-wolf extremists.” His words drew fierce criticism from Republican lawmakers and conservative news media, labeling the report an unfai  

January 8, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

BURNS, [OR]--Hunkering down for days, weeks or months in a building in rural Oregon is unlikely to be a lucrative occupation. So how can the people that make up the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, a newly-formed group of about 20 self-styled militia that have occupied the federal headquarters at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, afford to do it? The answer, most likely, is that not many can. Operating costs at the refuge are small. Utilities are paid for courtesy of the federal government. The facility has a bunkhouse that firefighters use in summer. One video from inside the headquarters kitchen shows the wife of one of the militants taking food from a well stocked refrigerator, prepari