Sovereign Citizen Extremists

Domestic Terrorism in 2018

Domestic Terrorism in 2018

There were 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 2018. NJOHSP defines domestic terrorism as violence committed by individuals or groups—including anti-government, race-based, religious, and single-issue extremist ideologies—associated primarily with US-based movements.

Sovereign Citizen Extremists

Sovereign Citizen Extremists

Sovereign citizen extremists in New Jersey often rely on “paper terrorism,” such as filing fraudulent liens against public officials or self-identifying in court paperwork, but can resort to violence when challenged by law enforcement. In May 2016, legislation in New Jersey enhanced penalties associated with the filing of fraudulent liens to retaliate against public officials. Sovereign citizens have since adopted new methods to circumvent the law.

Domestic Terrorism in the US, 2017

Domestic Terrorism in the US, 2017

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.

Domestic Terrorism: 2015-Present

Domestic Terrorism: 2015-Present

Between January 2015 and May 1, 2017, there were 81 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. These infographics compare different types of extremists, identify notable incidents, and highlight the targets and methods used by domestic terrorists with different ideologies.

Overlap Between Black Separatists and Moorish Sovereign Citizen Extremists

The black separatist and Moorish sovereign citizen extremist movements have common ideologies, tactics, and targets and have recently reacted violently to perceived incidents of police brutality. As a result, law enforcement and government officials have become principal targets of these overlapping movements.

Washitaw Nation: Non-violent in New Jersey

Gavin Long, who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, had alleged ties to the Washitaw Nation, a sovereign citizen group with members in New Jersey who have engaged in non-violent activity. Members of the Washitaw Nation claim to have an indigenous heritage pre-dating the founding of the United States, and they assert their status as non-citizen residents immune from US laws.