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 blast killed 168 men, women and children, and injured hundreds more, while damaging or destroying hundreds of buildings. 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. ADL has created an entire site full of resources about the bombing, its significance, and the current dangers posed by right-wing extremists.
Thirty-one individuals living in the U.S. have been linked to terrorism motivated by Islamic extremist ideology in the first four months 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.
In 2014, Klan groups have targeted communities across the U.S. with racist fliers, causing consternation and attracting media attention. But the fliering campaign camouflages a shrinking Ku Klux Klan.
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.