October 28, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

PORTLAND, [OR]--As “patriots” rejoice over the acquittals of the leaders of a 41-day armed occupation at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, the mood among those who monitor extremist groups is anything but gleeful. Thursday’s jaw-dropping jury verdict in the federal Oregon standoff trail, they said, could embolden anti-government extremists and lead to an uptick in violence across the country. Federal prosecutors had charged brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others with conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the occupation earlier this year of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. On Thursday, a federal jury in Portland found all seven defendants not guilty. “I’m kind of at a loss for words,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. “Obviously, the prosecution’s strategy and case wasn’t convincing enough — or else you had a sympathetic jury.” Johnson said the charge of impeding federal workers from doing their jobs was weak. “They should have focused more on the vandalism, the property destruction, the threats and intimidation toward the BLM (Bureau of Land Management),” he said. View More>>

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