January 16, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, [DC]--In response to the rising number of hate groups in the country, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) commissioned an intelligence assessment of the situation in 2009. It was dispersed to federal, local, and tribal counterterrorism and law enforcement agencies across the country. That assessment did not find “specific information” about right-wing groups planning acts of violence, but it noted that right-wing extremists “may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.” “We’re currently in one of the hottest periods of extremist activity in the United States that I’ve seen in my 20-year career. This blows what we saw pre-Oklahoma City out of the water and makes it look like a kindergarten picnic,” Daryl Johnson, a domestic terrorism expert and founder of DT Analytics, a private consulting firm for law enforcement and Homeland Security professionals, says during an interview for the recent Vice News documentary concerning the KKK recruiting of military veterans. Johnson was also the main author of the intelligence assessment issued by DHS in 2009. Yet, rather than acting on the information gathered in the assessment, the government cancelled all of its domestic terrorism reporting and law enforcement training after the report was leaked and politicized by conservative media outlets and politicians. View More>>

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