Beyond the Bombing

  • March 25, 2015

Read ADL's full report, Beyond the Bombing: The Militia Menace Grows – an Update of Armed & Dangerous. (PDF)

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the ADL is making available select reports from 1994-1997, the era when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred.

This report describes circumstances in the mid-1990s, not the present day.

In 1994, ADL published Armed & Dangerous, a report warning about the dangers posed by the newly emerging anti-government militia movement.  Sadly, the report turned out to be prophetic in its warning, as only months later Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who shared the anti-government ideology of the militia movement, committed the Oklahoma City bombing.

Following the bombing, the ADL published a new, updated report on the state of the militia movement, Beyond the Bombing.  The report revealed  that the militia movement had continued to grow since April 1995. The ADL also discovered that many hardcore militia members believed that the U.S. government itself had conducted the bombing to create an excuse for further depriving citizens of their constitutional rights.

Beyond the Bombing revealed that nearly 15,000 militia members were operating in at least 40 states. The increased threat of armed confrontation between militia members and law enforcement was marked by paramilitary training and the stockpiling of weapons by such extremists.

The bulk of the report consists of a state-by-state summary of militia group activity at that time.