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Right-Wing Resurgence: How a Domestic Terrorist Threat Is Being Ignoredby Daryl Johnson
Synopses & Reviews
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, author Daryl 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.
"Johnson, an expert on right-wing extremism and a former civil servant, landed in hot water after a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism leaked to the public. Writing it was his responsibility as senior domestic terror analyst at the Department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis, but his use of that term generated a tremendous amount of political backlash and backtracking. He settles scores in this career history, disseminating information about threats to U.S. security that derive from ideologies fed by racism, the lagging economy, anti-government radicals, and increasingly diverse demographics. Johnson directs scorn at Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, for her contradictory statements regarding the importance of ideology in detecting domestic threats. He 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. Johnson, a lifelong Mormon, uses his beliefs to dispel Republican criticism that monitoring domestic groups is politically motivated by liberals, but left unaddressed is the lack of public outcry over continued associations of Islam with terrorism and political unwillingness to counter the phenomenon. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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