Since July, authorities in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have arrested several individuals for threatening government officials and law enforcement online. Each of these individuals leveraged social media and email platforms to target public officials, including a US Congressman, a US Senator, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, court officials, and law enforcement officers.
On January 2, two Oregon ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, returned to prison to complete their sentence for setting fire to federal land in 2001, sparking the armed militia and anti-government occupation of a federal compound south of Burns, Oregon. Several of the key figures behind the occupation also participated in the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014 with federal authorities in Nevada.
This map reflects 32 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and weapons stockpiling by individuals with a radical political or social agenda who lack direction or influence from foreign terrorist organizations in 2015. All information was derived from publicly available sources.
This infographic depicts terrorist attacks in North America, Western Europe, and Australia in 2015. There were 34 attacks with 642 people killed or wounded, and another 21 hostages later rescued.
US militia groups—right-wing extremists with an anti-government, conspiracy-oriented ideology—are adopting violent, anti-Islamic rhetoric following the attacks in Paris last month, as well as the media’s continuing coverage of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Militia members across the country have threatened Muslim communities and mosques, and they have released some Muslims’ personally identifiable information online.