WASINGTON- Rania Khalek tells GoHarrison about the Homeland security report which predicted Charleston, among many other recent incidents. “Daryl Johnson’s prophetic 2009 report predicted that the election of America’s first Black president coupled with an ailing economy would spark a resurgence in rightwing extremism, with ‘white supremacist lone wolves’ posing ‘the most significant domestic terrorist threat because of their low profile and autonomy -- separate from any formalized group -- which hampers warning efforts.’
“Johnson’s report also drew attention to the danger of extremists recruiting military veterans.
“Though intended exclusively for law enforcement, the report was leaked immediately after publication, generating a firestorm on the right.
“Whipped into a frenzy, conservative media outlets and Republican lawmakers mischaracterized the report as an Obama administration conspiracy to smear all conservatives as potentially violent extremists.
“In a stunning display of political cowardice, the Obama administration caved in to the pressure.
“Within days of the leak, newly appointed DHS secretary Janet Napolitano apologized for the report and Johnson’s DHS unit was slowly disbanded over the following year, leaving behind just one analyst to assess all non-Islamic extremist threats for DHS.
“Six years later, Johnson’s prescient warnings have been tragically vindicated again and again.
“In 2012, U.S. army veteran and neo-Nazi skinhead Wade Michael Page stormed into a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and fatally gunned down six worshippers.
“Last year, Frazier Glenn Miller, the former ‘grand dragon’ of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and a longtime anti-Semite, killed three people outside a Jewish community center in Overland Park, Kansas.
“Two months later, anti-government extremists Jerad and Amanda Miller killed three people in Las Vegas.”