When gunmen took over federal land in rural Oregon last week, Daryl Johnson, a former Department of Homeland Security official, was not surprised.
Hen once worked in the branch of the Department of Homeland Security that studied the threats posed by anti-government groups. His former office was shut down more than five years ago.
In 2009, the former analyst wrote a report that warned of a growing anti-government 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 The document was retracted after Janet Napolitano, who was then the Homeland Security secretary, apologized to veterans, and the Extremism and Radicalization Branch was quietly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.