January 12, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Opinion

UNITED STATES, [US]--The current standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon is the latest manifestation of the right-wing extremist threat that has engulfed America since 2008. Historically, spikes in right-wing extremist violence have followed high-profile confrontations involving the federal government and extremists, such as the deadly standoffs at Ruby Ridge (1992), Idaho, and Waco, Texas (1993). In April 2014, we witnessed such an event between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and an anti-government extremist rancher named Cliven Bundy in Bunkerville, Nevada.  Culminating a decades’ long legal battle, a federal judge issued a court order for the BLM to sei  

December 23, 2011 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Extremism-General

WASHINGTON, [PA]—On December 18, 2011, Eli Franklin Myers III shot two East Washington police officers during a routine traffic stop along Interstate highway 70 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.  For those who follow domestic extremist activity, it was a familiar scenario that has played out time and time again on roadways throughout the United States.   One of the officers was lying defenseless on the pavement after suffering a gunshot wound to the thigh when he was shot a second time by Myers in the side of the head.  A second officer, who arrived as backup, was shot in the hand as he took cover from Myers’ deadly rampage.  Myers fled the scene, retreating to his home in Web  

January 22, 2011 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism,Extremism-General

On Thursday, January 6, 2011, NBC Evening News anchor, Brian Williams, interviewed Representative John Boehner (R-OH), U.S. House of Representatives.  It was Boehner’s first interview with the media since he took office as the new Speaker of the House.  One of the topics discussed during the interview concerned “Birthers.” “Birthers” believe Barrack Obama was not born in the United States.  Despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary, they still make the absurd assertion that Obama is not a U.S. citizen and, therefore, is ineligible to be President of the United States.  This issue became so contentious during the 2008 Presidential Election that lawsuits were filed in Feder  

December 23, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

As many of you know, a Somali-born naturalized American citizen was arrested by the FBI on November 26, 2010, for plotting to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.  This story made national news and, a month later, is still in the national limelight. The arrest of Mohamed Osman Muhamud generated several law enforcement bulletins from various State Fusion Centers citing a rise in homegrown Islamic extremism.  The incident also created fear among Americans worried that a terrorist attack might occur in the U.S. during the holiday season. Few know about another bomb plot in Oregon.  This incident occurred during the attempted commission of a bank ro  

December 12, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

While conducting Internet research over the weekend, I read an article featured on the ultra-conservative media site “Right Side News.” The article, dated December 6, 2010, was entitled “Taking Back Congress: An Interview with Congressman Steve King.” The story focused on the results of the 2010 mid-term elections from a Republican point of view and featured an interview with the Congressman. As expected, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) made several gloating comments concerning the mid-term election results. Some of his statements about other issues, however, were erroneous.  Right Side News’ aforementioned article portrays Congressman King as “a genuine ‘man of the p  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) describes domestic terrorism as “the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or its territories without foreign direction (emphasis added) committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (“Terrorism in the United States – 1999,” FBI/CTD, p. ii). Recent media coverage of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s remarks to the U.S. Senate in February and September 2010 make reference to the terms “domestic terrorist  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Terrorism,Domestic Terrorism-General

From Puerto Rican separatists who planted a bomb at the U.S. Capitol during the 1970s, to the Unabomber's mail bomb campaign of the 1980s; from the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, to the fatal shootings of three police officers by a white supremacist in 2009, the United States is not immune to violent acts of domestic extremism. Despite hundreds of domestic terrorist attacks within the past 30 years, U.S. counterterrorism efforts have been overwhelmingly focused on the transnational terrorist threat. U.S. authorities, however, have not fully recognized that violent extremism in the Homeland also poses a formidable threat to the U.S. that should not be ignored. Unlike traditional acts of  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Oath Keepers

The Oath Keepers portrays itself as an innocent, civic-minded organization catering to current and former members of the military and law enforcement. Their name is taken from the "Oath of Office" that each of them took as public servants. They are not terrorists. And, contrary to popular belief, they are not a militia group. The Oath Keepers organization can be described, however, as an extremist group because they embrace antigovernment conspiracy theories, such as FEMA detention camps, the existence of a New World Order, and impending Obama gun raids. They are not a traditional threat such as organized crime, violent gangs or terrorist groups. Rather, they represent an internal operati  

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism,Extremism-General

During the early 1990s, soon after the Clinton Administration assumed power, far right talk radio "heated up." Gun shows and preparedness expos cropped up around the country. These events were manifestations of increasing agitation among Americans. This antigovernment fervor was instigated by misperceptions and mounting paranoia that Constitutional rights were withering away, that gun ownership was under attack, and that American values were being undermined. At the time, these events served as a barometer of the nation’s mood and temperament. They provided a glimpse into the future rise of extremism in the U.S. and the eventual plotting of domestic terrorist attacks. These same events   

December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism,Extremism-General

The Tea Party Movement is overwhelmingly comprised of concerned, law abiding citizens energized with "American Spirit." It embraces many noble principles as well as sincere goals and objectives. Its members are not "terrorists" as some have claimed. It is not an extremist movement. Nevertheless, it presents a radical climate for extremists to recruit and network. It serves as a breeding ground for extremism and provides a gateway for those in pursuit of more radical or potentially criminal and violent actions. The Tea Party Movement embraces, and thus legitimizes, antigovernment conspiracy theories such as the 9/11 Truth Seekers (those who endorse unsubstantiated conspiracy theories relat