Jon Lewis

 

Jon Lewis is a Research Fellow at the Program on Extremism, where he studies domestic violent extremism and homegrown violent extremism, with a specialization in the evolution of white supremacist and anti-government movements in the United States and federal responses to the threat. He is an Investigator with the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE) as well as the Program's partnership with the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET). His research and insights have been featured in numerous academic and popular publications, including The Washington Post, NBCThe GuardianCTC Sentinel, Wired Magazine, Vice News, GNET, and Lawfare. Before joining the Program on Extremism, he worked as a research assistant at the International Institute for Counterterrorism (ICT) and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (CTC). Jon Lewis holds a Masters in Homeland Security Policy from Rider University.

Publications

"True Threat of the Proud Boys Revealed as Jan. 6 Committee Hearings Go Public." Newsweek, June 9, 2022.


"Understanding Accelerationist Narratives: The Great Replacement Theory." Global Network on Extremism and Technology, May 30, 2022.


"Buffalo suspect exposes dangers of accelerationist, neo-fascist lone-actor violence," NBC News, May 22, 2022.


"Be Careful Attributing Anything to AWDAccelerationism Research Consortium, February 21, 2022. 


"What Does the Seditious Conspiracy Indictment Mean For the Oath Keepers?Lawfare, January 21, 2022. 


"Oath Keepers leader indictment just the tip of a scary iceberg," NBC News, January 17, 2022.


"Understanding Accelerationist Narratives: The Boogaloo." Global Network on Extremism and Technology, November 18, 2021.


Take Nothing But Pictures, Leave Nothing But (Digital) Footprints”: Social Media Evidence From the US Capitol Siege Perpetrators," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, January 25, 2021. 


"The Capitol mob’s gleeful selfies are easy to mock. They’re also a warning sign.," The Washington Post, January 19, 2021.


"3D-Printed Guns, Untraceable Firearms, and Domestic Violent Extremist Actors," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, January 7, 2021.


"Why the FBI had to pretend Hamas wanted to plot with ‘boogaloo boys'," The Washington Post, September 9, 2020.


"Balancing Online Content Moderation and the Rule of Law," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, September 4, 2020.


"Spring Provides Timely Reminder of Incel Violence—And Clarifies How to Respond," International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)- The Hague, August 28, 2020.


"Facebook's Disruption of the Boogaloo Network," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, August 3, 2020.


"Rethinking Domestic Terrorism Law After Boogaloo Movement Attacks," Lawfare, July 27, 2020.


"Now the State Department Should Designate the Russian Imperial Movement a Foreign Terrorist Organization," Lawfare, April 14, 2020.


"Our laws have a problem calling domestic terrorism what it is," The Hill, February 6, 2020.


"When Pain is Thicker Than Blood: Surviving Scourge and Purifying the Ranks," Foreign Policy Research Institute, September 26, 2019.


"How to act against domestic terrorists — and their foreign supporters," The Hill, September 15, 2019.


"It's Not Only Iraq and Syria," Lawfare, August 23, 2019.

Delivering Doomsday:
How Accelerationists Seek to Tear Down the West 
(Polity Books, Forthcoming)


"Patriot Front leader among those arrested near Idaho Pride" | AP News | 6/12/2022


"New Jan. 6 details may answer why so many Tampa Bay residents involved" | WFLA | 6/10/2022


"What to know about Thursday’s public hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol" | Nevada Current | 6/8/2022


"Wyoming GOP chair was on restricted grounds during Jan. 6 riot, report says" | Casper Star Tribune | 5/31/2022


"The infinite loop of online extremism" | Protocol| 5/18/2022


"“I’m Only Shitposting IRL”: The All-Too-Familiar Online Ideology Of The Alleged Buffalo Shooter" | Buzzfeed News| 5/17/2022


"Weapon used in Saturday's attack bore white supremacist symbol, names of other gunmen" | The Buffalo News | 5/17/2022


"Racist screed in Buffalo shooting partly ‘plagiarized’ from Christchurch gunman, expert says" | KFOR | 5/17/2022


"'Elephant in the room': Police grapple with charges against officers in Jan. 6 Capitol attack" | USA Today | 5/3/2022


"How lagging prosecutions and long jail stays are fanning the flames of Jan. 6 extremism" | Business Insider | 3/30/2022


"Talking Chaos, or Plotting a Conspiracy? The Debate in the Whitmer Kidnapping Trial." | The New York Times | 3/13/2022


"A year after Jan. 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol lives on in hundreds of court cases" | Idaho Capital Sun | 3/8/2022


"What to know as Gov. Whitmer kidnapping conspiracy case heads to trial" | Detroit News | 3/7/2022


"From law enforcement to a sitting state senator, nearly 300 New Hampshire names appear in Oath Keepers database" | NPHR | 3/3/2022


"House committee hears testimony on far-right organization" | Juneau Empire | 2/10/2022


"Friendly, blue-collar neighbor or cop-attacking Capitol insurrectionist. Can this man be both?" | NJ.com | 2/1/2022


Feds Are Blowing Their Chance to Seize Jan. 6 Rioters’ Guns” | Daily Beast | 1/25/2022


Inside the Oath Keepers' Plan for an Armed Takeover of the US Capitol” | Military.com | 1/20/2022


Sedition Indictments of Veterans Unlikely to Solve the Military's Extremism Problem” | Military.com| 1/14/2022


Understanding Far-Right Paramilitary Group "The Oath Keepers" Role in Jan. 6” | NBC NOW Tonight | 1/11/2022


To catch an insurrectionist” | Vox | 1/6/2022


A year later, Florida still leads nation in Capitol riot arrests” | Tampa Bay Times | 1/6/2022


Texas had the 2nd most arrests in the Capitol Insurrection. 1 year later, that still matters” | Texas Public Radio | 1/5/2022


Remorse, Indignation From Those Sentenced in Capitol Attack” | VOA News | 1/5/2022


One Michigan county has one of the largest clusters of accused in the Jan. 6 insurrection” | Detroit News | 1/5/2022


One year and six arrests later, Bucks County is still debating its part in Jan. 6 insurrection” | WESA | 1/5/2022


A year after Capitol riot, cases linger against some in Central Florida. So does extremism, experts say” | Orlando Sentinel | 1/3/2022


Top Stories of 2021: How Pa. election misinformation helped inspire an insurrection, investigations and policies” | WITF | 12/30/2021


The right side of history: Social media is clear that Capitol rioters thought they were on it” | Courthouse News Service | 11/12/2021


Capitol Rioters in Jail’s ‘Patriot Wing’ Have Their Own Rituals and a Growing Fan Base” | Vice News | 10/21/2021


First of Utah’s Capitol riot suspects expected to plead guilty” | Fox 13 | 10/13/2021


Hacked Records Reveal Hundreds Of Oath Keepers Across New Jersey” | Gothamist | 10/13/2021


First of Utah’s Capitol riot suspects expected to plead guilty” | Fox 13 | 9/22/2021


Jailed Jan. 6 Rioters Are Getting Fan Mail From Trump Supporters” | Vice News | 9/17/2021


Washington once more on alert ahead of rally celebrating Jan. 6 rioters” | Boston Globe | 9/17/2021


Judge: Potential ‘Danger’ Means Central Pennsylvania Man Charged In Jan. 6 Attack Must Stay In Jail Before Trial” | WESA | 9/3/2021


Whitmer kidnap case jurors to be quizzed on bombs, masks, guns and insurrection” | The Detroit News | 9/3/2021


After nearly 600 arrests, FBI's investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege continues” | Spectrum News Orlando | 9/2/2021


Judge: Potential ‘danger’ means Ephrata man charged in Jan. 6 attack must stay in jail before trial” | WITF | 9/2/2021


Portland gunfight fuels alarm over growing use of weapons at rallies” | The Guardian | 8/26/2021


Ad hoc extremist groups come into focus in post-January 6 criminal charges” | CNN | 7/21/2021


‘Right-Wing Death Squad’: Active-Duty Marine Plotted to Bomb DNC, Murder Black People, Feds Say” | Daily Beast | 6/29/2021


ISIS soldier to make unprecedented appearance to testify against Dearborn man” | The Detroit News | 6/27/2021


Whitmer kidnap probe leads feds to explosives, arsenals” | The Detroit News | 3/30/2021


Feds indict Whitmer kidnapping case informant as secret rift surfaces” | The Detroit News | 3/10/2021


Michigan Capitol protest remains 'calm' on Sunday” | The Detroit News | 1/17/2021


Self-Described Proud Boy in Queens Arrested for Allegedly Stockpiling Ammo and Weapons” | NY1 | 1/13/2021


The FBI Says ‘Boogaloo’ Extremists Bought 3D-Printed Machine Gun Parts” | Wired Magazine | 11/6/2020


‘Boogaloo’ extremists could seek violence post-election, experts warn” | Fox 46 | 10/26/2020


Feds find bomb components in alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot” | The Detroit News | 10/26/2020


White supremacist group talked about paramilitary training in secret vetting calls” | CNN | 10/22/2020


What is the Boogaloo and why do they want to kidnap the governor?” | ABC7 | 10/9/2020


Some of those charged in Whitmer plot attended Michigan Capitol rallies, witnesses say” | The Detroit News | 10/9/2020


Extremism in America” | WGN9 | 10/9/2020


FBI says it thwarted militia plot to kill Michigan Gov. Whitmer” | The Washington Times | 10/8/2020


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s year: Nooses, beheadings, and shouts of tyranny” | Bridge Michigan | 10/8/2020


Mysterious Wolverine Watchmen militia group 'flew under radar'” | The Detroit News | 10/8/2020


Ruby Ridge echoes in deadly Madison Heights FBI shootout” | The Detroit News | 10/7/2020


Teen accused in Zoom bomb threat at UH once radicalized in support of ISIS, sister says” | Houston Chronicle | 9/10/2020


Take care of your own problem': Turkey returns ISIS fighters to Europe, US” | WJLA - Sinclair | 11/12/2019


New Orleans court tackles ‘extravagant’ ruling in Houston ISIS case” | Houston Chronicle | 9/4/2019


Appeals court to hear arguments about whether Houston federal judge committed ‘enormous’ error” | Houston Chronicle | 9/3/2019


He lived in a wealthy N.J. suburb and played in a high school band. How did he end up accused of aiding terrorists?” | NJ.com | 5/26/2019


UN Deubuts Program to Stop Terrorist Travel” | Talk Media News | 5/8/2019

Testimony before the Alaska House Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: The Role of the Oath Keepers in the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol, February 10, 2022