Homeland Security chose to ignore anti-government movement, militias

Daryl Johnson + whistle blowing = office shutdown by Homeland Security

Daryl Johnson once worked in the branch of the Department of Homeland Security that studied the threats posed by antigovernment groups. His former office was shut down more than five years ago.

But when members of an armed group took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last week, Mr. Johnson was not surprised.

In 2009, the former analyst wrote a report that warned of a growing antigovernment movement and the possible recruitment of returning military veterans that could “lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone-wolf extremists.

His words drew fierce criticism from Republican lawmakers and conservative news media, labeling the report an unfair assessment of legitimate criticisms of the government. The document was retracted after Janet Napolitano, who was then the Homeland Security secretary, apologized to veterans, and the Extremism and Radicalization Branch was quietly dismantled.

Now, as the takeover of the remote federal wildlife preserve enters its second week, a renewed focus is being placed on the so-called militia movement and on the efforts of the federal government, particularly the Department of Homeland Security, to identify and combat potential threats.

First, RTFA. It describes the abandonment of any consideration of right-wing domestic terrorism once the furor over Timothy McVeigh’s mass murder in Oklahoma City had died down. This was followed by Bush’s bright, shiny new Department of Homeland Security – cowed by the Republican Party, cringing in the corner they painted themselves into through fear of right-wing mobs like the Tea Party created by creeps like the two Dicks, Armey and Cheney.

The rebirth of proto-fascist militias was inevitable. Between a racist base, redemption-seeking religious fundamentalists and the lineage of conservative anarchists who reject republican government, American history is always ready to reap what was sown by the Confederacy.

The cowardice of Establishment Liberals from the time of Bill Clinton through Barack Obama parallels their distant kin before the Civil War. Importing slaves was made illegal in 1808. The law was never enforced. The market for slave-produced profits was too great for Union liberals to confront. Peace at any price is always acceptable to both liberals and conservatives if the profits are dispersed sufficiently.

So, we can expect studies, panels, reports, press conferences and more tiptoeing around the fact that American-born right-wing extremists kill a helluva lot more Americans than any Islamist nutballs.

10 thoughts on “Homeland Security chose to ignore anti-government movement, militias

  1. stay woke says:

    The Department of Homeland Security’s head of outreach to religious and community organizations resigned on Thursday after audio recordings revealed that he had previously made incendiary remarks about African-Americans and Muslims while speaking on radio shows. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/homeland-security-resignation-remarks.html
    Representative Shelia Jackson Lee (D Texas) questions Attorney Jeff Sessions about the government’s investigation of so-called black identity extremists. https://www.nbcnews.com/video/shelia-jackson-lee-grills-sessions-about-black-identity-extremists-1095734339504
    The director of the National Counterterrorism Center will step down next month, the Trump administration said on Wednesday. The director, Nicholas J. Rasmussen, is one of the few individuals in the American government who has served continuously in counterterrorism jobs since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/us/politics/counterterrorism-center-director-rasmussen.html

  2. Niemöller says:

    1. “Jeff Sessions Knows There Are Definitely Black Terror Groups but Can’t Seem to Remember Any White Ones,” Splinter News, 14 November 2017. https://splinternews.com/jeff-sessions-knows-there-are-definitely-black-terror-g-1820440003
    2. “Rep. Karen Bass blasts Jeff Sessions over Justice Department report on ‘black identity extremists’,” RawStory, 14 November 2017. https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/rep-karen-bass-lights-up-jeff-sessions-over-justice-department-report-on-black-identity-extremists/
    3. “Feds regularly monitored black lives monitored black lives since Ferguson” The Intercept, 24 July 2015. https://theintercept.com/2015/07/24/documents-show-department-homeland-security-monitoring-black-lives-matter-since-ferguson/
    4. “Homeland Security Is Tracking Black Lives Matter. Is That Legal?,” Mother Jones, 30 July 2015. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/homeland-security-surveillance-black-lives-matter/
    5. “In Trump’s America, Black Lives Matter activists grow wary of their smartphones” Washington Post. 1 June 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/fearing-surveillance-in-the-age-of-trump-activists-study-up-on-digital-anonymity/2017/05/20/186e8ba0-359d-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

  3. Patriot™️ says:

    “For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy has ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism. In the atmosphere of willful indifference, a virulent movement has grown and metastasized. (NYT 10/3/18) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/magazine/FBI-charlottesville-white-nationalism-far-right.html
    “Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns : Hundreds of armed civilians are already encamped along the border, drawn by President Donald Trump’s hyperbole about a migrant caravan “invasion.” (Huffington Post 11/5/18) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/american-militias-head-to-the-border-sparking-military-concerns_us_5bdfae33e4b04367a87ddc1f

  4. Gun Law says:

    The Oregon statehouse was shut down Saturday due to a “militia threat” posed by protesters who were against a landmark climate change bill. https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/449947-oregon-statehouse-forced-to-shutdown-due-to-militia-threat-over-climate
    Oregon Republican senator threatens state troopers, warns them to ‘come heavily armed’ (The Oregonian 6/19/19) https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2019/06/oregon-republican-senator-issues-threat-to-state-troopers.html
    As the Willamette Week has reported, Sen. Boquist is a U.S. Army veteran whose businesses include military training and an international operation that journalists described in the 1990s as a paramilitary force of armed American and Russian ex-military officers. https://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18791-senator-of-fortune.html

    • Cassandra says:

      “The Insanity in Oregon Is a Glimpse of Our Very Dark Future : People with guns have involved themselves in a legislative dispute while the officials of one political party cheer them on.” (Esquire 6/24/19) https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28168996/oregon-republican-senators-militia/
      Oregon Public Broadcasting (6/25/19 @ 7:14 p.m. PT): “Oregon Senate Republicans have notched a number of unlikely victories this Legislative session. None were as great as the concession they appeared to have won Tuesday morning.
      Without warning his Democratic colleagues, Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, took to the Senate dais, gaveled the chamber to order and solemnly announced his party’s proposal for fighting climate change was dead.
      “What I’m about to say, I say of my own free will. No one has told me to say this,” Courtney said. “House Bill 2020 does not have the votes on the Senate floor. That will not change.” https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-cap-trade-climate-change-bill-dead-hb-2020/

      • Civil disturbance says:

        “Oregon state senator who threatened police faces complaint” (6/29/19) https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/complaint-filed-senator-threatened-state-police-64040417 Sen. Floyd Prozanski, who chairs the Senate Special Committee on Conduct, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that the complaint will receive a hearing in early July. He declined to elaborate on the substance of the complaint, and would not say who filed it.
        …GOP Sen. Brian Boquist publicly lashed out against the Senate president just prior to the walkout, saying “if you send the state police to get me, hell’s coming to visit you personally.”
        Days later, the Senate leader ordered the Capitol closed because of a “possible militia threat” from far-right groups, who said they would join a peaceful protest organized by Republicans. The threat, however, never materialized.
        One of those groups, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 and has offered safe passage to senators on the run.”
        The “Oregon Three Percenters are very active and seems to have eclipsed the Oath Keepers as the locus of Patriot movement organizing in the state.” (Oct 2016) http://www.politicalresearch.org/2016/10/03/oregon-three-percenters/#sthash.6LcuudCY.dpbs

  5. Metastasis says:

    A 44-year-old spokesperson for the Guardian Patriots, which is one of a number of armed right-wing armed vigilante militias roaming the US-Mexico border, has been arrested for impersonating a Border Patrol agent. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/guardian-patriots-border-us-mexico-migrants-arrest-jim-benvie-a8971826.html
    Mr Benvie was arrested on Friday in Oklahoma, after a warrant was issued for his arrest in New Mexico on Wednesday.
    The armed group was originally part of the United Constitutional Patriots, a similar organisation described by the American Civil Liberties’ Union (ACLU) as a “fascist militia”. The ACLU also said that militia members were illegally detaining migrants who crossed the border at gunpoint.
    Larry Hopkins, the UCP’s leader, was arrested in April on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms.

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