Almost 60 Terrorist Plots Uncovered in the U.S. Since the Oklahoma City Bombing

Terror From the Right

Ten years after the Oklahoma City bombing left 168 people dead, the guardians of American national security seem to have decided that the domestic radical right does not pose a substantial threat to U.S. citizens.

A draft internal document from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that was obtained this spring by The Congressional Quarterly lists the only serious domestic terrorist threats as radical animal rights and environmental groups like the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front. But for all the property damage they have wreaked, eco-radicals have killed no one — something that most definitely cannot be said of the white supremacists and others who people the American radical right.

In the 10 years since the April 19, 1995, bombing in Oklahoma City, in fact, the radical right has produced some 60 terrorist plots. These have included plans to bomb or burn government buildings, banks, refineries, utilities, clinics, synagogues, mosques, memorials and bridges; to assassinate police officers, judges, politicians, civil rights figures and others; to rob banks, armored cars and other criminals; and to amass illegal machine guns, missiles, explosives, and biological and chemical weapons. What follows is a list of key right-wing plots of the last 10 years. Click on years for a list of plots.


1995
A plot to blow up IRS buildings is uncovered.
Saboteurs derail an Amtrak train killing one and injuring others.
Four receive jail time for their parts in plots targeting gay bars, abortion clinics and the SPLC.
One other incident reported.


1996
Seven people are charged in a string of 22 bank robberies.
An anti-government activist is charged with illegal possession of explosives.
Larry Wayne Shoemake kills one and wounds seven in a racist shooting spree.
Six other incidents reported.


1997
Seven people are injured in an abortion-clinic bombing.
Authorities raid the home of a suspected KKK member.
Officials say a militia activist plotted to bomb several federal buildings.
Six other incidents reported.


1998
A police officer is killed and a nurse horribly maimed in an abortion-clinic bombing.
New Order members plot to assassinate a judge and civil rights lawyer Morris Dees.
Three militia members conspired to bomb federal buildings.
Four other incidents reported.


1999
A National Alliance member tells federal agents he planned to mail bomb targets in Washington D.C.
Brothers admit their guilt in three synagogue arsons, the arson of an abortion clinic and the murder of a gay couple in California.
Benjamin Nathaniel Smith kills two and wounds nine in a shooting spree.
Four other incidents reported.


2000
Mark Wayne McCool, convinced of a UN stash within, allegedly plans to attack the Houston federal building.
Richard Baumhammers is sentenced to death after his racist rampage killing five people.


2001
Authorities find a list of targets during a raid of Fritz Springmeier's home.
Aryan Unit One members plan to blow up black and Jewish landmarks.
Anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Wagner posts a threat on the Internet warning "if you work for the murderous abortionist, I'm going to kill you."
Two other incidents reported.


2002
Authorities find an e-mail from National Alliance member Michael Edward Smith stating Jews "perhaps" should be "stuffed head first into an oven."
Project 7 leader is arrested after authorities are informed of the group's plan to start a revolution.
Klan leader Charles Robert Barefoot Jr. allegedly plots to blow up the Johnson County sheriff and his office.
Two other incidents reported.


2003
World Church of the Creator leader Matt Hale is charged with soliciting the murder of a federal judge.
An informant tells the FBI that James Brailey is plotting to murder Gov. Gary Locke.
KKK imperial wizard and Christian Identity adherent David Wayne Hull publishes a newsletter in which he urges readers to write Timothy McVeigh "to tell this great man goodbye."
Four other incidents reported.


2004
Father and son political extremists kill a security guard during a robbery.
A discharged National Guardsman tells FBI he planned to blow up a synagogue.
Neo-Nazi Skinhead Sean Gillespie videotapes himself firebombing an Oklahoma City synagogue as part of a file he is preparing to inspire other racists.
One other incident reported.


2005
Reported World Church of the Creator leader Gabriel Garafa is charged with illegally selling guns to police informants.