United States Federal Response to Racially/Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremist Attack Planning, 2014-2019

The Program on Extremism at George Washington University has released Racially/Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremist (RMVE) Attack Planning and United States Federal Response, 2014-2019. Based upon work by the Department of Homeland Security, this report focuses on the growth of domestic terrorism and violent extremism over the five year period of 2014-2019.

40 cases of individuals charged with planning or conducting violent attacks are evaluated, highlighting the successes and failures of law enforcement in prosecuting and investigating RMVE attack planners. Each case is assigned to the following categories with the purpose of disaggregating individual cases by ideology: American white supremacist, religious extremist, neo-Nazi, milita, street militant, and inspired. The study recommends broader information sharing, and data-driven reallocation of DOJ (Department of Justice) and FBI resources.

As federal law enforcement practitioners and policymakers consider revamping the DOJ and FBI’s approach to RMVE and other domestic violent extremist movements, these findings can help structure policies that are designed to improve capacity, efficiency, and violence prevention.


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