MAPPING INSECURITY: TRACKING DOMESTIC VIOLENT EXTREMISM

The Mapping Insecurity project is an interactive tracker that will allow users to follow the law enforcement response to the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol, and will be updated to reflect the broader threat from domestic violent extremism. This initiative builds on longstanding work by The Soufan Center (TSC) to highlight the threat posed by domestic violent extremists, including white supremacists and violent anti-government groups. It includes a resource library of TSC publications and briefings, as well as an updated interactive map to track arrests across the United States, drawing on primary data provided by U.S. government sources.

INTERACTIVE MAP OF ARRESTS FOLLOWING
THE CAPITOL INSURRECTION

Updated Weekly; Data as of Monday, September 27, 2021

Methodology: To ensure consistency in criteria for evaluating the inclusion of a possible case in the dataset, the research team met regularly to discuss the individual cases, with a focus on Department of Justice (DOJ) records. Each analyst looked at each case individually, and then as part of the broader research team. For example, the team discussed cases where an arrest appeared in the DC Superior Court system, but not (at least at the time when the database was updated) recognized by the Department of Justice. DC Superior Court cases were set aside as a separate category for analysts to research and further analyze, but excluded from the dataset until formally recorded by the DOJ. By cross-checking each of the individual cases across the team of analysts, the team sought to ensure shared understanding, and we collectively examined the details of borderline cases or cases still in progress. Arrested individuals included in the interactive map are noted according to their state of residency.

RESOURCE LIBRARY ON DOMESTIC VIOLENT EXTREMISM

REPORTS

ISSUE BRIEFS

CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS

U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Hearing: "Coronavirus and Homeland Security, Part Nine: Extremism During the Pandemic," May 20, 2020

U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Hearing: "Global Terrorism: Threats to the Homeland, Part One," September 10, 2019

INTELBRIEFS

Capitol Insurrection:

Six Months after January 6, Where Are We Now? Where are We Headed?  July 16, 2021 

Speaking with One Voice: Investigating the January 6 Insurrection May 21, 2021  

How was the Capitol Insurrection Viewed by Far-Right Extremists Globally, February 8, 2021

Beacon on the Hill? The Capitol Insurrection and its Effects on U.S. Democracy Promotion Abroad, January 26, 2021

Black Swan or White Noise? Global Reactions to the Capitol Insurrection, January 12, 2021

A Perfect Storm: Complete Breakdown of Law and Order at the U.S. Capitol, January 11, 2021

Provocateur in Power: Leadership Vacuum Creates Long-term Risks, January 8, 2021.

U.S. Capitol Stormed by Violent Pro-Trump Mob in Unprecedented Challenge to Democratic Process, January 7, 2021

Washington D.C. on Edge as Extremists Descend on the Nation’s Capital, January 6, 2021

White Supremacy Extremist and Conspiracy Groups:

QAnon:

QAnon Continues to Innovate and Evade Deplatforming Measures June 25, 2021 

IntelBrief: QAnon – A U.S. National Security Threat Amplified by Foreign-Based Actors, April 20, 2021

The Future of QAnon: Fringe Conspiracy or Acute Security Threat?, February 16, 2021

The QAnon Conspiracy in a Post-Trump Era: What Happens Now?, November 17, 2020

Red, White, and Q: QAnon Candidates Move Forward in U.S. Elections, August 26, 2020

QAnon – Gaining International Attention and Political Clout?, August 4, 2020

A Conspiracy of Dunces: QAnon and the Threat to the U.S. Homeland, July 20, 2020

Proud Boys:

The Proud Boys Viral Moment – Will it Devolve Into a Virulent Threat?, October 6, 2020

Boogaloo Movement:

Could the ‘Boogaloo Bois’ be Here to Stay?, July 15, 2020

The Boogaloo Movement – From Eccentric Distraction to Domestic Terror, June 15, 2020

Atomwaffen Division:

Atomwaffen Goes Global, August 12, 2020

Examining Atomwaffen Division’s Transnational Linkages, May 20, 2020

The Atomwaffen Division (AWD): A Brief Profile, April 4, 2019

Oath Keepers:

Leadership and Organizational Dynamics of the Oath Keepers, October 19, 2020

International and Transnational:

UK to Proscribe Neo-Nazi Group The Base in Continued Crackdown on Far-Right Extremism   July 15, 2021 

UN Updates the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy: 2021 Review, June 30, 2021 

Far-Right Violent Extremists in Europe Pose a Growing Threat to NATO, June 22, 2021 

The European Union Moves to Fight Terrorist Content Online,  June 15, 2021 

IntelBrief: Arrests of Far-Right Violent Extremists in UK Highlight Scale of the Threat, May 10, 2021

IntelBrief: United to Fight Terrorism? Reviewing the UN’s Global Counterterrorism Strategy, May 6, 2021

IntelBrief: Cat and Mouse Game in Canada as Proud Boys Chapter Claims to Disband, May 5, 2021

The Transnational Links of Canada’s Far-Right Terrorist Designations, February 5, 2021

The Rising Threat of Right Wing Extremism in the United Kingdom, July 1, 2020

U.S. State Department Country Reports on Terrorism 2019 Assesses Global Nature of the Threat, June 25, 2020

Designating White Supremacist Groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, March 13, 2020

Far-Right Terrorist Attack Puts Germany on Edge, February 21, 2020

Are White Supremacists Trying to Expand Their Networks into Asia?, December 6, 2019

Anti-Semitic Violence Strikes Germany on Yom Kippur, October 11, 2019

White Supremacy Extremists Extend Reach From Ukraine to U.S. Military, September 30, 2019

The Transnational Nature of Violent White Supremacy Extremism, September 26, 2019

Murder of German Politician Stokes Fears of Radical Right-Wing Extremism, July 25, 2019

Canada Lists Radical Far-Right Wing Groups as Terrorist Organizations, July 2, 2019

The Comeback of Hate in Europe, May 20, 2019

The Transnational Network That Nobody is Talking About, March 22, 2019

Christchurch and the Globalization of Right-Wing Terrorism, March 18, 2019

Terrorism in the West: Comparing the Threat in Europe and the U.S., January 9, 2019

Neo-Nazis, Right-Wing Revanchism and an Anxious Germany, September 5, 2018

The Rise of the German Right, September 27, 2017

COVID-19 and Extremism:

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Racism and Hate Crimes, April 24, 2020

The Coronavirus Will Increase Extremism Across the Ideological Spectrum, April 13, 2020

Russian Imperial Movement Labeled a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity, April 7, 2020

White Supremacists and the Weaponization of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), March 25, 2020

Social Media, Disinformation, and Online Extremism:

De-Platforming Terrorists, Violent Extremists, and other Online Threats, July 7, 2020

Women in White Supremacist Online Ecosystems, June 17, 2020

The National Security Implications of Conspiracy Theories, May 19, 2020

What are the Policy Options Available for Countering Disinformation?, May 5, 2020

Game Not Over: An Assessment of White Supremacist Online Gaming, April 28, 2020

Regulating Content in an Age of Digital Terrorism , September 19, 2019

Inoculation Efforts Against the Onslaught of Disinformation, August 7, 2019

YouTube Making Moves to Combat Extremism Online, June 10, 2019

Social Media on the Political Agenda, May 3, 2019

U.S. Politics in the Disinformation Era, August 7, 2017

General:

Salad Bar Redux: Is Heimbach’s Extremism Emblematic of The Current Threat Landscape?  July 29, 2021 

The Role of Local Police in the New U.S Strategy on Countering Domestic Terrorism, June 29, 2021 

Biden Administration Unveils Strategy to Counter Domestic Terrorism, June 16, 2021 

ODNI Releases Report Detailing Domestic Violent Extremism Threat, March 19, 2021

Emerging Terrorist Financing Threats and Trends, March 12, 2021

The Threat From Within: Domestic Extremists in the United States Military, March 10, 2021

Inside the House? White Supremacy in American Law Enforcement, March 5, 2021

FBI Director Wray Testifies Before Congress on Terrorism Threat in the U.S., March 3, 2021

Will 5G Conspiracy Theories Motivate Future Acts of Violence?, January 15, 2021

The Toxicity of Hate Crimes, November 24, 2020

2 Years after the Tree of Life Attack, Continuing to Push Back Against Hate, October 27, 2020

Recent Homeland Threat Assessment Illuminates Dangerous Trends, October 12, 2020

Lack of Education Contributing to Worldwide Rise in Anti-Semitism, September 24, 2020

Financing the Radical Right in Plain Sight, September 9, 2020

The Troubling Trend of Vehicle Ramming Attacks, July 14, 2020

U.S. Military Remains Vulnerable to Infiltration by Violent Extremists, June 24, 2020

Anti-Government Groups Elevate Profile and Propaganda During Pandemic, April 30, 2020

Far-Right Extremists and White Supremacists Grow More Emboldened, February 24, 2020

Members of ‘The Base’ Arrested in Maryland, Georgia, and Wisconsin, January 21, 2020

5 Geopolitical Trends to Watch in 2020, January 7, 2020

NYC Police Department Forms Special Unit to Combat Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism, December 16, 2019

DHS Recognizes White Supremacy Extremism, But More Needs to Be Done, September 24, 2019

El Paso, Texas and the Scourge of Radical Right-Wing Extremism, August 5, 2019

Assessing the Global Terrorism Threat and Looking Ahead, April 30, 2019

Allowing the Threat of Violent White Supremacy to Remain Unchecked, April 29, 2019

The Far Right Seeks to Normalize Its Ideology, April 17, 2019

America’s Enduring Blind Spot with Extreme Right Radicalization, November 2, 2018

The Anti-Semitic Murders in Pittsburgh, October 29, 2018

Pipe Bombs and Explosive Rhetoric, October 26, 2018

Downplaying U.S. Domestic Terrorism, January 11, 2018

White House Tweets Promote a U.K. Hate Group, November 30, 2017

International Day of Tolerance Amid Rising Intolerance, November 16, 2017

Order of the Day: Tolerance, October 26, 2017

The Steady Radicalization of American Politics, April 16, 2017

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