February 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--The federal charges against a Missouri man for allegedly aiding in what he thought was an Islamic State terror plot are a sign of the government’s stepped-up focus on Islamist extremism, terrorism experts said Tuesday. But some said that strategy is resulting in less scrutiny of another source of terrorism that is just as serious a threat: violent domestic extremists. “The percentage of the population that embrace white supremacy, militia and sovereign citizen extremists far outweigh the percentage of Americans that support ISIS, yet these ISIS cases get churned out at a much greater rate,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst with the Department of Homeland Security, using a common acronym for the Islamic State. “I’m not saying this guy’s not a threat. Obviously, he had some violent tendencies. I just wish the FBI paid as much attention or put just as much energy into looking at the social media sites of neo-Nazis and KKK members and did these reverse stings on them as well. They do it here and there, but for the most part they’re not really monitoring this stuff.” Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 25, was charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The Columbia man is accused of plotting a Presidents Day jihadist attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. Johnson, now a homeland security consultant, said U.S. authorities are pursuing homegrown violent extremist cases — those involving people living in the U.S. but inspired by foreign ideologies — at a ratio of about four to one over domestic terrorism cases. “I don’t want to criticize the FBI tactic per se, but I will criticize the fact that they emphasize these types of cases and churn them out at a much greater rate than they do the right-wing extremism,” he said. He acknowledged that authorities last year did uncover what they alleged was a plot by a militia group that planned to detonate bombs at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live. “But they’re churning these ISIS cases out at a much greater rate when we know that there’s more white supremacists and sovereign citizens than there are ISIS supporters in the United States,” he said. “You give me the same resources and money that the FBI’s putting into these cases, and I will turn out just as many right-wing plots.” View More>>

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