August 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES--Americans were aghast at the display of anarchy in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, but the FBI and Department of Homeland Security had issued repeated warnings about the threats associated with newly energized right-wing extremists. As recently as May, the FBI and DHS issued a joint intelligence bulletin to state and local police, warning that the "white supremacist extremist movement … likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year." "This has been a slow and steady buildup and ratcheting up of heated rhetoric and violence," says Daryl Johnson, a counterterrorism expert formerly at the Department of Homeland Security. "The unification, the crowd numbers, the fact that they're bringing weapons and shields, that's all new." Johnson, who spent 15 years focused on right-wing extremist groups at DHS, has said his small group of analysts in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis was dissolved after he published a report in 2009 warning that the election of the nation's first black president, along with economic fallout from the Great Recession, could fuel a sharp rise in violence by right-wing extremist groups. View More>>

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