Former DHS Analyst Daryl Johnson: Government Neglects Threat of Right-Wing Terrorism

 

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Check out WIRED’s Danger Room blog for a story about Daryl Johnson, a former analyst for the Department of Homeland Security whose analysis about the threat of domestic right-wing extremism eventually cost him his job:

[Daryl] Johnson’s career took an unexpected turn in 2009, when an analysis he wrote on the rise of “Right-Wing Extremism” sparked a political controversy. Under pressure from conservatives, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repudiated Johnson’s paper — an especially bitter pill for him to swallow now that Wade Michael Page, a suspected white supremacist, killed at least six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For Johnson, the shooting was a reminder that the government’s counterterrorism efforts are almost exclusively focused on al-Qaida, even as non-Islamist groups threaten Americans domestically.

“DHS is scoffing at the mission of doing domestic counterterrorism, as is Congress,” Johnson tells Danger Room. “There’ve been no hearings about the rising white supremacist threat, but there’s been a long list of attacks over the last few years. But they still hold hearings about Muslim extremism. It’s out of balance.” But even if that balance was reset, he concedes, that doesn’t necessarily mean the feds could have found Page before Sunday’s rampage.

Read more at WIRED.

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  • Jin The Ninja

    of course. they require it. white supremacy in many ways PARALLELS their own ideology- which is used as justification for both wars and military interventions. moral superiority is supremacist in nature ergo white supremacy, no matter how anti state, is in accordance with imperialism- hate the ‘other’, mystical nationalism, and divine accordance in state matters. you don’t dominate a sovereign people, militarily or culturally if you don’t believe you’re both superior in cultural and force.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Well you could also likely characterize the overall establishment in the US of being extreme right wing anyway, their racism maybe somewhat more covert, but the overall themes of dominance and superiority can be overlayed. No matter how anti statist they claim to be, their overall ideology lends itself quite well to statism, even if it is the essentially miniature statism of Right libertarianism. These extreme right wingers may be threat to particular institutions, competing ideologies and racially different populaces but they are not a threat to the broad power structures set in place. The Powers That Be likely consider them convenient dupes.

      • Jin The Ninja

        i absolutely agree. i meant to relate the above ^, but i obviously didn’t quite manage to get there.

        “These extreme right wingers may be threat to particular institutions,
        competing ideologies and racially different populaces but they are not a
        threat to the broad power tructures set in place.”

        this ^ in particular, i am going to reblog- it’s really good.

        • Anarchy Pony

          I do occasionally produce a profound thought.

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol. whether anime or anarchism, i’m always quite interested to hear what you have to say. i think you’re quite profound (bromance lol!)and contrary to popular opinion, i actually would rather ‘like’ responses than give my own. it’s only as supplement or rebuttal that i feel most cogent.

    • Anarchy Pony

      You can see it in the difference between governmental reactions to the tea party, and occupy. Tea party is a right wing movement, with a large undercurrent of racism and classism, and city governments did basically nothing to them, at all, because overall, power was behind them, backing them. Conversely, the reaction to occupy, which was a left movement with very strong anarchist influence with support coming up from below, was overwhelmingly violent and repressive, because it represented, at the very least, an ideological threat to the establishment, seeking actual societal change, not just reform.

      • Jin The Ninja

        absolutely. and this is what i LOVE about dialogue between anarchists. we can use the interaction to supplement each other and add additional layers of context and critique of state/capital and oppression. quite great really.

        • Anarchy Pony

          I gotta tell ya Jin, our dialogues are a saving grace for me, nowhere in meat space where I live can I get such good discussions. Our conversations are the most fulfilling I’ve had in ages. 

          • Jin The Ninja

            likewise. and this is why when you find a gf, she needs to be an anarchist. i can’t tell you how edifying it is to have another anarcho- in the same house.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Easier said than done, believe me. I probably couldn’t find one unless I moved to Eugene or Portland, and well, fuck that. I’d rather die than live somewhere metro. Unless one of the more lefty leaning girls I went to high school with moves back, I’m probably gonna stay alone. But that’s depressing so here’s a Strike Anywhere song: 
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IdZ2VnQQgE&feature=fvst

          • Jin The Ninja

            i know nothing about eugene, but let me tell you, when i lived in socal, people used to DREAM about moving to portland. it was like the holy grail of metro areas.

          • Anarchy Pony
          • Jin The Ninja

            NOT AVAILABLE TO YOUR COUNTRY!?!?!?

            (TOT) (T^T)

            anyways… i was thinking about what you said about not wanting to live in a metro area, as i was out and about in my rather large particular metro area. there is something to be said about the city. there is a power in the diversity of it. of course i’d rather live in a different city…but grass/green.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Perhaps, but I’ll take the rivers and mountains any day.

          • Jin The Ninja

            me 2;)

          • Anarchy Pony

            I can understand that, but if you get me worked up and I can stay reasonable I can shut down lots of things.

      • Jin The Ninja

        absolutely. and this is what i LOVE about dialogue between anarchists. we can use the interaction to supplement each other and add additional layers of context and critique of state/capital and oppression. quite great really.

  • sam23sirius

    White al ciaduh…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000382221478 DeLonte Daine

    I think we all knew white people would go crazier if a black guy gets put in the White House.

    • Jin The Ninja

       the REAL irony is, outside of the absolutely ridiculous blood quantum context of the US, he would be called ‘bi-racial’ i.e. half white.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    ah, I’m sorry
    but isn’t the US Military already 
    the largest right-wing terrorist organization on the planet?

    nice piece of fluff
    but the real threat to freedom is the US Military-Industrial-Bankster Complex
    not Billy Bob and the fertilizer bombs

  • Thedukeoftheusa

    They are not called right wing terrorists that’s what the government wants you to believe so you can fight and destroy our American civilians. They’re called Home Grown Terrorists. The federal gov is in bed with the elite the illuminati the bilderberg group they have all the money in the world they don’t want more they want power to control all of us in the world. Going green? They will eventually link global warming to humans and want to eventually de populate the earth by atleast 80 percent using vaccines and poisons in our water and food. We the people as the world need to wake up before the eve of the NWO. Not real? Bill gates, george soros, Ted turner that’s a few to name. Research the truth!

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