Episode 22: One-on-One with J.J. MacNab

On Friday, May 6, partners from across the mid-Atlantic region gathered together for the inaugural Regional Domestic Terrorism Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to discuss how law enforcement and homeland security professionals may counter the current threat of domestic terrorism. This event hosted by our office, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in coordination with the New Jersey Regional Intelligence Academy, provided a forum for various organizations from various states to report on the terrorist threat that exists in the United States and in their jurisdictions.

J.J. MacNab, senior fellow at the George Washington University Program on Extremism covers a variety of topics concerning militia groups, sovereign citizens, and other anti-government groups. Tune in as Deputy Bureau Chief Kim Brown asks Ms. MacNab to expand upon the tactics of these groups, the most recent standoffs, and the implications of these groups' future evolution in Episode 22 of Intelligence. Unclassified.




J.J. MacNab writes a regular column at Forbes on the subject of violent extremism and is a fellow with George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. She has spent 18 years researching anti-government, sovereign citizen, and militia groups throughout the United States and Canada and has a book entitled, The Seditionists: Inside the Explosive World of Anti-Government Extremism in America scheduled for publication this winter by St. Martin’s Press. Ms. MacNab has worked as a consultant with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the US Marshals, the Department of Justice, the IRS, and the Canadian Provincial Police, providing background information and intelligence on various leaders within the anti-government community.


The Seditionists: Inside the Explosive World of Anti-Government Extremism in America

There are approximately 300,000 people in the United States today who believe that they are exempt from all laws, taxes, and debts. They drive without licenses and stockpile weapons, gold, and survivalist supplies in preparation for what they see as the U.S. government's imminent collapse in a second American revolution. Frustrated when law enforcement, tax collectors, and the courts label their detailed research as worthless, many have lashed out in anger.

In The Seditionists, J.J. MacNab escorts the reader deep into the movement. Recent events have pushed them onto the political stage, from the rise of the Tea Party, to the rash of mass shootings throughout the country. In the last three years, more than a half-dozen police officers have been killed by Sovereigns and at least three major terrorism events have been prevented, prompting the FBI to label the group as a domestic terrorism organization.

The Seditionists will educate readers about a fascinating and growing subculture that has recently forced its way into mainstream politics, but it also serves as a warning that anger in the movement is building, and that one or more significant domestic terrorist events are likely to occur.