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