In the aftermath of the horrific June 17, 2015, church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, which left nine African-American parishioners dead, questions emerged about the alleged gunman’s links to the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC).
Fifty-four individuals living in the U.S. have been linked to terrorism motivated by Islamic extremist ideology in the first half of 2015. This surpasses the total of each of the past two years: 26 individuals living in the U.S. were linked to such terrorism in all of 2014 and 22 in 2013.
The worst act of domestic terrorism occurred on April 19, 1995, when right-wing extremist Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The 20th anniversary of this heinous attack by homegrown violent extremists is an opportunity to remember the victims and to take a sober look at the threat of right-wing terrorism and violence in the United States today.
In recent years, the anti-government extremist "sovereign citizen" movement has experienced a considerable resurgence, which has resulted in a significant growth in both membership and activity - including violent activity - across the United States.