Pass Em’ Right: Assessing the Threat of WMD Terrorism from America’s Christian Patriots

16 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 19 Sep 2011

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Paul Brister

Government of the United States of America - Naval Postgraduate School

Nina A. Kollars

College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU); Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Within the field of terrorism studies, great effort has been devoted to the topic of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their potential usage in the hands of terrorist organizations. This paper deepens the discussion of WMD terrorism by focusing upon an oft-overlooked movement that resides within American borders. The Christian Patriot Movement - which rightfully claims the likes of Timothy McVeigh - is a phenomenon that has gone largely unnoticed as American counterterrorism efforts focus largely upon Islamist terrorist organizations. This paper aims to bring the Patriots back into discussions of terrorist threats by assessing their potential to use weapons of mass destruction. The paper concludes that although the Patriots have demonstrated intent to employ such weapons, they lack the overall capability to design, acquire, or employ a WMD of significant lethality. The paper closes by analyzing pathways which the Patriots are currently exploring which may narrow the divide between intent and capability.

Keywords: Terrorism, Right Wing, Christian Patriot, WMD

Suggested Citation

Brister, Paul and Kollars, Nina A., Pass Em’ Right: Assessing the Threat of WMD Terrorism from America’s Christian Patriots (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1902531

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