August 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--At a press conference on August 15, President Donald Trump stood in the gold-encrusted lobby of Manhattan’s Trump Tower and refused to put the sole blame on white supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend (which included the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, as well as others injured, after a driver plowed into a crowd). Speaking to several reporters, the president argued that the so-called “alt-left” — a term created to create a false equivalence between those on the “alt-right” (which is essentially a rebranding of white supremacy) and from activists opposing fascism — brought comparable levels of hate and violence to rece  

August 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The violent clashes in Charlottesville last week between armed white supremacists on one side and far-left militants have in many ways further complicated the American political landscape, in part by turning a militant fringe anarchist movement into a household name. In his rally in Phoenix on Wednesday, Donald Trump used the bully pulpit to name the group. "You know, they show up in the helmets and the black masks, and they've got clubs and they've got everything — Antifa!" The group was credited with the Berkeley riots in April where they caused $100,000 in property damage. Anti-fascists were part of the violent demonstrations in February at the G-20 Summit in Hambur  

August 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The death of 32-year-old anti-racist protester Heather Heyer at the hands of a white supremacist on Saturday was the most recent of at least 65 fatal incidents perpetrated by right-wing extremists in the United States since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The incident in Charlottesville is indicative of how far-right extremist violence has surged in the intervening years, as federal law enforcement efforts have shifted attention toward the threat posed by jihadist terrorism, former counter-terrorism officials and experts say. Conservative media and Republican politicians who oppose federal crackdowns on far-right extremist ideologues encouraged this shift, and presidents fro  

August 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--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 terro  

August 18, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--To avoid enlisting neo-Nazis, skinheads and other white supremacists, military recruiters are told to watch for tattoos showing barbed wire, hobnailed boots and hammers. Also to look for tattoos of lightning bolts, skulls and swastikas. “There is no place for racial hatred or extremism in the Marine Corps,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller said Tuesday. Those comments, like those of the other service chiefs who denounced bigotry following the “Unite the Right” rally that brought white men bearing torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us” to Charlottesville, Va., reaffirmed military policies forbidding extremist advocacy or participation. I  

August 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--If you're not sure how heated our current political climate is, just look at the top searches on Merriam-Webster: "Top lookups right now: fascism, bigot, racism, complicit, neo-Nazi, nationalism," it tweeted. But much of today's rhetoric uses words that aren't even in the dictionary. Alt-right. "Alt-left." Antifa. The list goes on. Here's a glossary of phrases infiltrating our political vocabulary. Daryl Johnson, a former counterterrorism expert for the Department of Homeland Security, said recent policies are aligning with the wishes of white supremacists. "The anti-immigration xenophobia is rising," said Johnson, owner of domestic terror monitoring group DT Analytics.  

August 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES--Americans were aghast at the display of anarchy in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, but the FBI and Department of Homeland Security had issued repeated warnings about the threats associated with newly energized right-wing extremists. As recently as May, the FBI and DHS issued a joint intelligence bulletin to state and local police, warning that the "white supremacist extremist movement … likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year." "This has been a slow and steady buildup and ratcheting up of heated rhetoric and violence," says Daryl Johnson, a counterterrorism expert formerly at the Department of Homeland Security. "The unificat  

August 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, [CN]--They're armed, trained on the use of their weapons and with a duty, they say, to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Armed groups of private citizens have increasingly been taking on a security function at public events where the possibility of violent protest exists, including the past weekend at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. "We've seen violent clashes in the past between the left and the right, that's nothing new," says Daryl Johnson, who spent years as a Department of Homeland Security analyst. The new wrinkle, he says, is "guys walking around in military garb with guns. You think that's the police but in reality it's the local militia or The Three Pe  

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