March 25, 2015
Read the full comprehensive compilation, Terrorist Conspiracies, Plots and Attacks by Right-wing Extremists, 1995-2015 (PDF).
Twenty years after Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, the bombing remains the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.
The bombing has also been the worst instance of right-wing violence in the United States—but hardly an isolated one. In fact, the April 19 attack was only the most serious of a long chain of violent terrorist acts, conspiracies and plots committed by adherents of right-wing extremist movements in the United States. Violence stemming from anti-government extremists, white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and other extreme right movements occurs with regularity each year, typically dwarfing the amount of violence from other domestic extremist movements.
This compilation provides a select list of terrorist plots, conspiracies and acts committed by right-wing extremists during the period 1995-2015. It is not a comprehensive list of all right-wing violence. Many murders, including unplanned or spontaneous acts of violence, are not included in it, nor are thousands of lesser incidents of violence. Such a compilation would be book-length.
Rather, this list focuses only on premeditated plots or acts by right-wing extremist individuals or groups that rise to the level of attempted or actual domestic terrorism. Even narrowly construed, the list of incidents dramatically demonstrates the wide scope, great intensity and undeniable danger of right-wing violence in the United States.
These incidents dramatically demonstrate the wide scope, great intensity and undeniable danger of right-wing violence in the United States.