Key Events and Crimes of the Patriot Movement

The antigovernment “Patriot” movement is composed of armed militias and other groups that despise the federal government and/or question its legitimacy. They generally believe in baseless conspiracy theories that involve global elites instituting a totalitarian government that will enslave Americans and send political dissidents to concentration camps being built by the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

The following is a timeline of key events and milestones, and a sampling of the many hundreds of crimes and terrorist attacks emanating from the movement.