In Right Wing Resurgence, author Daryl Johnson takes the reader on a journey inside the secret world of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Right Wing Resurgence sets the record straight by introducing new information and shocking revelations surrounding an authentic intelligence report that accurately predicted a rise in violent right wing extremist activity within the United States. The reader is given a "behind the scenes" look at the sources and analysis involved in writing this prescient report as well as the political forces responsible for leaking it. Right Wing Resurgence also sheds light on how the Department of Homeland Security made a calculated decision to systematically dismantle the intelligence unit responsible for analyzing and assessing domestic terrorist threats despite increasing right wing extremist activity throughout the country and abroad.

Daryl Johnson

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In 2008 there were 149 militia groups in the United States. In 2009, that number more than tripled to 512, and now there are nearly 600. In Right Wing Resurgence, Johnson offers a detailed account of the growth of right wing extremism and militias in the United States and the ever-increasing threat they pose. The author is an acknowledged expert in this area and has been an intelligence analyst working for several federal agencies for nearly 20 years. The book is also a first-hand, insider's account of the DHS Right Wing Extremism report from the person who wrote it. It is a truthful depiction of the facts, circumstances, and events leading up to the leak of this official intelligence assessment.

The leak and its aftermath have had an adverse effect on homeland security. Because of its alleged mishandling of the situation, the Department's reputation has declined in the intelligence and law enforcement communities and the analytical integrity of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis was undermined. Most importantly, the nation's security has been compromised during a critical time when a significant domestic terrorist threat is growing. This book is replete with case studies and interviews with leaders which reveal their agendas, how they recruit, and how they operate around the country. It presents a comprehensive account of an ever-growing security concern at a time when this threat is only beginning to be realized, and is still largely ignored in many circles.

"A sober assessment of the dangers posed by right-wing extremist violence in the United States in the 21st century."
—Mark Pitcavage, Director of Investigative Research at the Anti-Defamation League
"For years the lead analyst of non-Islamic domestic terrorism for the Department of Homeland Security, Daryl Johnson was the primary author of a report describing the threat of resurgent right-wing terrorism that was leaked in 2009. In his new book, Johnson offers a damning account of DHS leaders’ political cowardice when the report came under baseless criticism from the political right, culminating in its repudiation by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and the evisceration of Johnson’s team — actions that left America more vulnerable to terror from the right."
—Mark Potok, Senior Fellow and Editor in Chief at the Southern Poverty Law Center
"Johnson painstakingly establishes a record of domestic terrorism incidents, arguing that tracking how perpetrators recruit is essential. His descriptions of homegrown terrorist organizations’ brutal murders and pursuit of biochemical weapons validates concerns about DHS’s reorganization to exclusively focus on domestic Muslim extremism."
—Publisher's Weekly
"In the year after Obama’s 2008 victory, the number of militia groups tripled to 512—some suggest the number is higher. Many of these groups embrace a more radical and militant vision than in the past. Johnson, an expert on right-wing extremism, examines the dynamics of these groups and details how the threat they pose is being ignored."
—Library Journal
"Johnson’s book is a fascinating look within the complicated machinery of DHS’ bureaucracy and a pretty good overview of right-wing terrorism over the last several decades. Johnson also looks at the institutional biases within DHS that discourage action against, and analysis of, right-wing extremism."
—Keystone Politics

Opposing View:

"Idealist goes to the nation's capital, idealist produces notoriously shoddy document that his higher-ups refuse to defend, idealist gets snagged in bureaucratic politics, idealist leaves his job and becomes a government contractor. It isn't the usual narrative arc for a Washington book, but it might be a more typical Washington story."
—Reason Magazine (Libertarian)

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  • Publication Date: September 15, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1605907367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605907369
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • Language: English

Daryl Johnson

Mr. Johnson was the senior domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) from August 2004 to April 2010. During his time at DHS, Johnson wrote numerous sensitive intelligence reports and briefed a wide range of organizations including congressional staff; federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; members of the intelligence community; colleges and universities; and other non-government organizations. Today, he owns and operates DT Analytics, a private consulting firm for law enforcement.