It’s been a remarkable few months in the world of domestic terrorism and the radical right. Since the election of Barack Obama last November, six law enforcement officers — three Pittsburgh police officers, two Okaloosa County, Fla., sheriff’s deputies, and a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. — have been murdered, allegedly by right-wing extremists. There has been a spate of Obama assassination plots, and a physician who provided abortions was shot to death in his own Kansas church. And a number of recent reports from federal and other law enforcement agencies have pointed out that the radical right seems to be growing increasingly dangerous, findings that jibe with a February analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center that documents the rise of hate groups since 2000.
In light of these incidents, the Southern Poverty Law Center today releases a sweeping review of terrorism and other serious violence that has emanated from the domestic radical right since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The special report — “Terror From the Right: 75 Plots, Conspiracies and Racist Rampages Since Oklahoma City” —shows that domestic right-wing terrorism is far more prevalent than most Americans realize. The report begins with a short introduction that is followed by summary descriptions of each of the 75 cases.