Anti-abortion extremists are individuals or groups who believe abortion is unethical and that violence is justified against people and establishments providing abortion services.
In 2017, domestic terrorists were responsible for a total of 45 attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and instances of weapons stockpiling, including four incidents in New Jersey. NJOHSP defines domestic terrorism as violence committed by individuals or groups—including race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious extremist ideologies—associated primarily with US-based movements.
Homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) are individuals inspired—as opposed to directed—by a foreign terrorist organization and radicalized in the countries in which they are born, raised, or reside.
HVEs pose the greatest threat to New Jersey and will likely remain so this year.
The 2018 Terrorism Threat Assessment is designed to give our customers an understanding of the terrorist threat to New Jersey this year. As we continue into 2018, NJOHSP will build upon this assessment through briefings, written products, and webinars to provide analysis that is relevant, timely, accurate, and insightful.
Police Arrest Suspects in Violence at Charlottesville Rally; Two Men Suspected of Support for Terror Groups; UN Report Finds al-Qa’ida Remains Reslient
An NJOHSP review of violent protests nationwide indicates an increase in confrontations between white supremacists, militia members, and counter-protesters—including anti-fascist anarchist extremists. Since 2016, there have been at least 11 violent protests in the United States, resulting in one death, at least 75 injuries, and over 300 arrests.
In the past six months, Vanguard America—a white supremacist group—has expanded beyond Internet-based activity to attending violent protests nationwide, distributing propaganda, and intimidating minority populations. The leader of the group claims there are approximately 200 members in 20 states, including New Jersey.
Demonstrations Complicated by Attendance of Militia 'Security' Forces and Antifa Militants; Raids Uncovered Terrorist Cell and More Suspects Following Deadly Vehicle Attack in Spain; Amid Decline in Fighters and Territory, ISIS Still Deadliest Terror Group
Terrorists—particularly homegrown violent extremists (HVEs)—will likely continue using vehicles as weapons based on foreign terrorist organizations promoting this tactic, the success of past attacks, and the ease of vehicle acquisition. An NJOHSP review of vehicle-ramming attacks in the West over the last 10 years shows increases in this tactic and resulting casualties.
Alabama Defendant Planned to Attack Police or Military Building, Wanted to Conduct Multiple Attacks; California Defendant Allegedly Planned to Conduct Attack, Flee to Mexico; Essex County: Accused Killer of Brendan Tevlin Ruled to Fit to Stand Trial
Aviation: DHS Announces Enhanced Security Measures for All Flights to the United States; Ohio Man Returned From Syria, Plotted to Conduct Terror Attack in the United States; Alabama Defendant Planned to Plant Bomb in a Public Building and Acquired Materials, Says Prosecutors
London: Van Rams Worshipers Leaving a Mosque; Teenage Muslim Girl Assaulted and Killed After Leaving a Mosque in Virginia; Congressional Shooting Illustrates Increased Potential for Politically Motivated Violence
A Point Pleasant (Ocean County) man faces federal terrorism charges after a family member notified law enforcement of his erratic behavior—underscoring the role friends, relatives, and close associates play in countering violence. According to authorities, Gregory Lepsky plotted to build a pressure-cooker bomb and detonate it in New York City to “kill as many people as possible” in support of ISIS.
To appeal to new audiences susceptible to its radical messaging, the national white supremacist movement has tried to deemphasize hate symbols and attacks against non-white communities. These organizations have “rebranded” since at least last year, when they took a more high-profile role with conferences and rallies, official statements, and recruitment efforts.
Manchester Attack Calls Attention to Security Concerns After an Event; Manchester Investigation: Suicide Bomber Appears to Have Been Supported by a Network; Egypt: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack on Coptic Christians