November 17, 2022

IntelBrief: Through the Looking Glass: Taking Stock of Domestic Violent Extremism in the United States

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Bottom Line Up Front

  • While the U.S. avoided political violence surrounding last week’s midterm elections, there is still growing concern over the domestic violent extremist landscape, with threats more diverse than at any point in recent memory.
  • Domestic terrorism in the United States has been on the rise the past several years, including a major spike in violent incidents at demonstrations and protests in cities and urban areas.
  • High-profile attacks in 2022 have spanned the ideological spectrum, demonstrating just how complex and unpredictable the state of domestic violent extremism is in the United States currently.
  • Looking ahead, U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism authorities remain concerned about the radicalizing impact of conspiracies and disinformation, particularly in the area of anti-government and anti-authority violent extremism.