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Patriot Movement

The “patriot movement” refers to a loose collection of extreme right-wing movements, groups, and individuals in the United States that broadly share a number of antigovernment and conspiratorial views. Arising in the 1970s, the movement reached a peak of activity in the 1990s following the controversial standoffs at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, generating a number of criminal and terrorist acts, including the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The patriot movement is still quite active in the United States and criminal activity remains common.

Origins

Right-wing extremists in the United States have had a long history of domestic terrorism, as well as other ideologically based criminal activity. Much of this activity originated from white supremacist convictions, ranging from Ku Klux Klan violence during the civil rights era to neo-Nazi and skinhead violence in later decades. ...

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