‘Blood on their hands’: the intelligence officer whose warning over white supremacy was ignored

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Daryl Johnson’s team faced an official backlash 10 years ago when it issued a briefing on rightwing extremism

Ten years ago, the Department of Homeland Security sent American law enforcement agencies an intelligence briefing warning of a rising threat of domestic rightwing extremism, including white supremacist terrorism.

The economic recession and the election of America’s first black president would create fertile ground for rightwing radicalization, the 2009 report concluded. Military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular, would be attractive targets for recruitment.

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