Public Good History
Public Good Project is a volunteer network of researchers, analysts and activists engaged in defending democracy in the United States.
Public Good’s former Research Director, Paul de Armond, is an internationally recognized authority on American right-wing terrorism. He first gained international attention on April 19, 1995, when he correctly identified the Oklahoma City bombing as the work of “Christian Patriot” terrorists associated with white supremacist militias, two days before the FBI abandoned their fruitless case theory that the bombing was the work of Arabs. Paul retired in 2007.
Mr. de Armond has provided consulting research and analysis on domestic terrorism to the United Nations, the Department of Defense, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as congressional committees. He has contributed chapters to two ground-breaking books: Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime and Militancy, RAND Corporation, and Hype or Reality?: The “New Terrorism” and Mass Casualty Attacks, Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute.
Public Good briefings include: Racist Origins of Border Militias, Research as Organizing Tool, and Deadly Secrets—the first profiling of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Public Good’s 2001 white paper, Coming To Grips With Terrorism, was foreshadowed by the Public Good presentation made at the 1999 international New Terrorism conference in Washington, D.C.
In 2002, Public Good co-sponsored the Confronting War Without End conference, and in 2005 co-hosted the national human rights conference On the Border. Throughout 2003 and 2004, Public Good’s Paul de Armond produced key reports on comprehending terrorism for national media.
In 2005 and 2006, Public Good’s Jay Taber collaborated with the Center for World Indigenous Studies in producing analysis of the world indigenous movement. In 2007, Mr. Taber was called on to advise faculty and students at New College of California in exposing massive corruption and fraud by the school’s board of trustees. In 2008 he published Fighting for Our Lives, an analysis of communication strategy in social conflict.
Since 1993, Public Good articles and reports have been cited extensively, and are frequently used as assigned readings in university classes.