The Oath Keepers, one of the premier anti-government movements in the United States that boasts a purported membership in the thousands, is facing an existential threat.
Jon Lewis is a Research Fellow at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. He studies the effects of leadership decapitation on terrorist organizations and the activities of the Islamic State in Europe and the United States.
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There’s been an ongoing “sea change” in the U.S. government’s domestic counter-extremism policy, but also on domestic violent extremist actors, groups, and movements themselves.
The U.S. legal framework for foreign terrorism should be adapted to the domestic context.
The State Department Should Designate the Russian Imperial Movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Designation of the Russian Imperial Movement as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist is an important step, but it should be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization, too.
Nearly a decade ago, five young men from the Washington, D.C., suburbs disappeared. Confusion about their whereabouts caused a panic within the national security community, which was only made worse by their reappearance a few days later when they were arrested in Pakistan for allegedly attempting to join Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charity wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terrorist organization.