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  

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