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He Saw the Storm Coming

This former DHS official warned that right-wing extremism was rising more than a decade ago.


Episode Notes

In 2009, Department of Homeland Security official, Daryl Johnson, warned the government that right-wing extremists were building power. After his report leaked to conservative media outlets, the agency sidelined Johnson and his investigations. In the meantime, right wing extremists have only grown their ranks.

Guest: Daryl Johnson, former senior analyst for domestic terrorism at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz, with help from Frannie Kelley.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.