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Is Homeland Security Agency Doing Enough About Domestic Terror Threats?


Daryl Johnson once worked in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) studying threats posed by antigovernment groups. His office was shut down five years ago. When members of an armed group seized a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last week, Johnson was not surprised, the New York Times reports. In 2009, he warned of a growing antigovernment 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 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 The document was retracted after then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized to veterans.

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