June 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Donald Trump has used the threat of foreign-born terrorists to justify his travel ban – but since 9/11, nearly every terrorist attack in the United States has come from within. On this episode of Reveal Radio, we investigate which domestic terror episodes get tracked and why. Reveal’s Stan Alcorn looks into two back-to-back terrorist plots in 2010: a Somali American’s attempted bombing of a Portland, Oregon, Christmas tree lighting and an American arsonist who set the suspect’s mosque on fire in reaction. We look into how law enforcement responded to these cases so differently – despite the role it played in one. Already, there’s a huge disparity in  

June 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

KNOXVILLE, [TN]--A Knox County man convicted of murdering his mother in a high-profile cold case is now up for parole after just a few years in prison. The cold case of the September 1986 stabbing death of Bobbie Lou Hill was finally cracked in 2012 with the arrest of her only son, Billy Ray Hill. A jury convicted Billy Ray Hill in 2014 of second degree murder and he was sentenced to 24 years in prison with a minimum sentence of 20 years. Cold case coverage focuses heavily on the years of work to make an arrest and then convict the criminal. Sending a convict to prison may seem like a tidy conclusion, but the reality is years of work are still required to keep the criminal behind bars. Bill  

June 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

SAN FRANCISCO, [CA]--San Francisco police detained a motorcyclist who they said drove his bike at a group of protesters demonstrating against the federal health care bill in an apparent attempt to hit them, according to witnesses as well as photographs and videos from the scene. A few dozen people were staging a “die-in” early Wednesday afternoon on Seventh Street near Mission Street when the man on a red motorcycle appeared, said one of the protesters, 43-year-old Tracey Brieger of Emeryville. She said the activists, some of whom held up posters that looked like tombstones to decry the Republican health care bill designed to replace the Affordable Care Act, had planned to block the inte  

June 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--A database of nine years of domestic terrorism incidents compiled by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has produced a very different picture of the threat than that advanced by the current White House. From January 2008 to the end of 2016, we identified 63 cases of Islamist domestic terrorism, meaning incidents motivated by a theocratic political ideology espoused by such groups as the Islamic State. The vast majority of these (76 percent) were foiled plots, meaning no attack took place. During the same period, we found that right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents: 115. Just over  

June 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

ALBANY, [NY]--White powder spilled out of an envelope as it was being opened by an employee on the state office campus Wednesday morning, State Police and city fire officials said. The state Department of Correction and Community Supervision employee called 911 at 10:53 a.m. to report the possibly hazardous material inside Building No. 9. No illnesses have been reported and the powder will be sent for testing. State Police patrol officers and investigators responded to the W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus in Albany to investigate. No specialized State Police units — which include tactical, bomb disposal and negotiation specialists — were requested. Albany city fire crews   

June 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Trump tweets frequently about cases involving jihadist terrorism in Europe, Australia and the United States. But he hasn't tweeted a peep – nor said anything publicly – about Monday's Finsbury Park attack, north of London, in which 47-year-old Darren Osborne shouted, "I want to kill all Muslims!" before driving his car into a crowd outside a mosque, killing one person and injuring eight. Nor has Trump said or written anything about the brutal killing of a 17-year-old, abaya-wearing Muslim girl, Nabra Hassanen, who was kidnapped outside a Virginia mosque and battered to death with a metal bat by road-raging driver Darwin Martinez Torres on Father's Day. Earl  

June 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

SANTA MONICA, [CA]--Two men were charged with attempted murder Tuesday in the stabbing of a man who works as a bodyguard for a nationally known figure popular among the alt-right, prosecutors said. Edgar Khodzhasaryan, 30, of Glendale, and Arsen Bekverdyan, 31, of Burbank, were charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing following a dispute in a Santa Monica parking structure on Saturday, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Tim Gionet, a popular alt-right Internet personality better known by his Twitter handle, @BakedAlaska, identified the victim as Antonio Foreman. Gionet did not witness the attack but said h  

June 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--President Donald Trump announced he was running for office on June 16, 2015. The following day, white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire in a historically black church located in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people in the hopes of launching an all-out race war. Of course, those two events aren't directly linked. "But it’s certainly symbolic," Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, tells Newsweek. "There doesn’t seem to be a single marginalized population that was left out of the emboldened reaction to this election," she said. "There has been a massive explosion of violence across the country, and an increase in   

June 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

MACOMB, [IL]--A man claiming to be a sovereign citizen was placed into custody Tuesday down state in McDonough County following a standoff. Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said the man barricaded himself inside of his car with a knife near the intersection of Highway 136 and Highway 41, east of Macomb. He said they tried to negotiate with the man, but eventually deputies broke the window and the man surrendered. VanBrooker didn't reveal the man's identity yet but said more information would be released Wednesday. A dispatcher at the sheriff's office said a press release on the incident would be released Wednesday morning. The suspect faces charges of resisting arrest, obstructing justice and several  

June 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

ROSWELL, [GA]--Authorities were called to the neighborhood where Congressional Representative Karen Handel lives in Roswell after suspicious envelopes were found in mailboxes Thursday afternoon. Police say Roxburg Drive off Old Alabama Road was shut down for several hours while crews investigated. At least five homes in the neighborhood received an envelope with a "white powdery substance" in it. The FBI was called in to take the lead on the investigation. No illnesses have been reported from the envelopes. The postal inspector has been notified because of concern for the mail carrier who delivered the mail. Police asked neighbors to call 911 if they find anything in their mail without a ret