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 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  

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

For many Americans, the Gadsden flag has come to symbolize "patriotism" and "political activism." For others, it is a sign of “rebellion” or “resistance toward government.” Battle flags featuring rattlesnakes and defiant slogans such as “Live Free or Die” and “Don’t Tread On Me” had their purpose during the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolution. America is no longer fighting for its independence or trying to thwart foreign nations that occupy our land. Such phrases and symbols are totally at odds with modern-day democratic principles. It is not patriotic. It does not show national pride. Using the Gadsden flag may be appropriate for historians, collect