A member of the militia associated with the Sleeper Center movement conducting military training in Flovilla, Georgia in 2016, a few days after Trump’s election. After the defeat in 2020, Sleeper Centers was involved in a riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Mohammed El Shamy / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Thousands of police and soldiers, who are professionally trained in the use of violence and familiar with military protocols, are part of a radical effort to undermine the U.S. government and destroy democratic processes. is.
According to a research report released in the Atlantic in November Leaked database kept by Oath Keepers – Some one Far-right and white supremacist militia Attacked the US Capitol on January 6 – 10% of Oath Keepers are current police or military personnel.Another important part of group membership is with veterans Law enforcement personnel..
The hatred group, founded by former Army paratroopers after Barack Obama’s 2008 election, was said to be “mostly the current and former military, law enforcement, and emergency responders” in 2016. , An unlikely 30,000 members. ” Southern Poverty Law Center..
Another militia, Three Percenters, who attended the Capitol on January 6th, also A significant portion of members from both military and civil law enforcement agencies..Larry Block, Pro Trump Mob arrested When Handcuffs of cable ties allegedly taken hostage, Is a retired Air Force lieutenant, Content posted online from ThreePercenters..
NS Militia movement It is a militarized flow on the far right of the United States. Its members promote ideologies that undermine the authority and legitimacy of the federal government and stockpiled weapons.
when Militia members have a professional background in the military or police, It enhances the ability of these groups to perform sophisticated and successful operations. It also helps convey a patriotic image that masks the security threats they present.
By late afternoon, the day before Biden’s inauguration, twelve National Guards deployed in Washington, DC had been removed from their mission as a result of an investigation. Their past problems; the two were clearly associated with the right-wing militia..
The far right element always had some presence U.S. security forces..
Many people throughout the 20th century There were many members of the Ku Klux Klan at the local police station.. Connections between terrorist groups and law enforcement agencies have enabled discrimination and violence against African Americans, Jews, and other minorities.
In 1923, all black residents of Blanford, Indiana were banished from the town to an unknown location after being accused of assaulting a girl by an African-American man. The illegal “deportation” was carried out and organized by the local sheriff, Clansman. With the help of the local clan branch..
Many U.S. military bases Cells of neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups Throughout the 20th century.
In 1995, three paratroopers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina Arrested and charged In the murder of a black couple in Fayetteville. The two were sentenced to life imprisonment For murder. The Army has begun an investigation at a base known as the Hub of the National Alliance. Then the country’s most influential American neo-Nazi group..
The Army identified and fired 19 paratroopers who participated in the hatred. One went on To kill Six worshipers of the Sikh temple In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 2012. He died in a police shootout.
Concerns about penetration of The far-right element of military and law enforcement has become more serious in the last decade With the advent of militias like Oath KeepersEstablished on the principle of recruiting police and the army.Oath Keepers I swear they will not obey the orders of work they consider unconstitutional..
The success of the militia secretly infiltrating the police contributed to the emergence of a new far-right association that openly hired law enforcement agencies. American Constitutional Sheriff and Police Officer..
Founded in 2011 by former Sheriff Richard Mack, the group promotes the idea that, unconstitutionally, federal authorities should be subordinate to local law enforcement agencies. There are more than 500 sheriffs nationwide. Currently, over half are in office..
American Constitutional Sheriffs and Police Officers Pushed its members not to enforce gun control legislation And pandemic related Mask regulation They believe they are violating the freedom of their citizens.
Members of the far right group Experts who have vowed to protect the country or its community, It makes those groups look more legitimate.
Authorities are unlikely to treat them as a domestic security threat. This is a classification that limits access to firearms, Sensitive place..
Still, military and police members are actually making American militias more effective, he said. My study of American far-right violent practices..
Managed by a team at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Recent books on right-wing terrorism The militia attacks have shown to be more deadly than the attacks of other far-right groups. The perpetrators have experience in weapons and ammunition and have at least some military training.
Attacks by other far-right groups are largely Started by people with limited operational experience who act voluntarily..
The militia is also likely to attack safe and valuable targets such as: Government facilities.. The Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is a prime example.He was a veteran of the Gulf War Associated with Michigan Militia The bomb killed 168 people in the Alfred P. Muller Federal Building in 1995.
Direct attacks on police and military targets appear to be increasing as far-right militants invaded police and the military.
Between 1990 and 2000, 13% of US militia attacks and plans were targeted at military or police facilities or personnel, our dataset shows.ratio Jumped to 40% By 2017.
Also, with training in surveillance, intelligence gathering, and public security, the dangerous activities of the militia are generally difficult for federal agencies to monitor and counter.
When militias hire professionals, they excel at carrying out their radical crusade.
This story has been updated to reflect the development of security news at Biden’s inauguration and has been modified to accurately identify Fayetteville, North Carolina.
This article will be republished from conversation, A non-profit news site aimed at sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Ally Periger, University of Massachusetts Lowell..
Arie Perliger is funded by the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Defense.