Domestic extremist rhetoric experienced an upsurge in 1995 as right wing extremist groups--many of whom adhere to reactionary, racist, or anti-semitic ideology--continued to recruit new members in the United States. Many of these supporters feel displaced by the rapidly changing U.S. culture. Others hate or fear the federal government. As demographics, economies, and lifestyles continue to transform, the potential for hate crimes and anti-government attacks by the most extreme of these right wing militants is likely to increase.

International terrorists also continued to pose a threat. State sponsors of terrorism, many formal terrorist groups, and loosely-affiliated extremists view the United States as an enemy. The United States' free society also attracts a variety of foreign extremists seeking refuge or a platform to support their terrorist activities.