November 2, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Three members of a Kansas-based anti-government militia group hatched a grand plan earlier this year to “wake people up.” The Crusaders, as they’ve dubbed themselves, allegedly stockpiled weapons, gathered bomb-making materials, and even conducted “surveillance” on their would-be targets: Somali Muslims living in the U.S. The attack was allegedly set for November 9, the day after the presidential election. Stein and his cronies, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, would detonate bombs at an apartment complex in Garden City, about 200 miles west of Wichita, that is predominantly occupied by Somali immigrants, according to court documents obtained by Vocativ. Federal authorities say Stein had hoped to get his hands on some rocket propelled grenades for the attack, and talked about how he wanted to go apartment-to-apartment with a .22-caliber pistol, killing the complex’s residents one-by-one when they opened the door. As Americans prepare to march to the ballot box on November 8, after a presidential race tightens with each sexist, racist gaffe, or discovery of a new trove of emails, the racist right continues to play a key role in this year’s election. But the Trump-supporting “basket of deplorables,” including militia groups, the alt-right, and other white nationalist organizations that Clinton blasted on the campaign trail will not quietly shrink away on November 9. A Clinton presidency, experts say, would serve as a recruiting tool for these groups, more so than if Trump were somehow able to slither his way into the White House. The real danger of Trump has never only been about him becoming president—while his rhetoric on the campaign trail about getting Mexico to pay for a border wall fires up his base, like many of his campaign promises, it is void of the realities of governing in a democracy, and lacking of anything even resembling a plan. It’s what Trump has brought to the surface during his race-baiting, hateful campaign that will have a lasting effect on the American political process. Daryl Johnson is a former Department of Homeland Security analyst who warned of the rise of extremist right-wing groups like the Crusaders militia shortly after Barack Obama took office for his first term. A struggling economy and the election of the country’s first black president pushed more and more people to the extreme right, he said in a controversial nine-page report published in 2009. “The climate today is definitely worse,” Johnson told Vocativ. “It’s been at a heightened state for the last four or five years. And they’re already using the election as a recruitment tool, particularly the militia movement.” Johnson’s unclassified DHS report, written for the FBI and law enforcement officials, was leaked to the press shortly after it was published. It warned that “Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool” and that many in that camp are “antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use.” View More>>

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