Welcome to the Militia Watchdog Archives. The Militia Watchdog
website was created in the summer of 1995, following the bombing of the Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols the
The bombing shocked the nation and created an intense interest in the
so-called "militia movement" in the United States (even though
McVeigh and Nichols were not part of that particular movement. They were
originally thought to be; thus the interest). The Militia Watchdog
website was originally designed simply to provide information and resources
regarding the militia movement, but quickly expanded to cover many areas of
the extreme right, including the sovereign citizen, tax protest, and white
supremacist movements, among others. For a long time, it was one of the
only substantial resources for examining right-wing extremism available on the
World Wide Web.
The extreme right in the United States poses a clear threat to peace and
safety; many of its adherents commit criminal acts that range from minor
incidents of harassment to major acts of terrorism. Other adherents,
though eschewing criminal activity, may contribute to an atmosphere or
intolerance or hate, thus damaging communities in more subtle ways.
Though every individual in the United States has the right to believe anything
he or she wishes, the community has an equal right to respond when those
beliefs are translated by the individual into actions. When the actions
are criminal, society has the right and obligation to step in to stop such
activity. When the actions merely constitute free speech, the community
can respond in kind, shining the light of truth on such actions and
demonstrating that a healthy community has no room for intolerance and hate.
It should be noted that right-wing extremism is not the only form of
extremism that poses a threat to society. The fact that the focus of
this website is on extremism from the right should not be taken as support for
or tolerance of other forms of extremism that result in criminal or other
unwelcome activity. The animal rights movement, for example, is a
movement that has very frequently used violence as a means of achieving its
goals. Such tactics are unconscionable. However, both because of
the resurgence of right-wing extremism in the past decade as well as because
of the expertise of the website's creator, the Militia Watchdog website
largely concentrates on right-wing extremism.
The materials in the Militia Watchdog Archives generally stem from the
period 1995-2000. The
main purpose of the website is now to act as an archive for past reports and
research projects. The Mailing
List is still active. The website will also update its Extremist-Related
Links page occasionally.
Copyright, all rights reserved. Contents of this website may
be used only with permission from the Anti-Defamation League.