In January 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Seditious Conspiracy charges against members of the anti-government extremist group Oath Keepers in connection to the January 6th (2021) siege of the U.S. Capitol Building. Several have entered not guilty pleas and a trial is expected in July 2022.
To provide context, this brief offers an overview of 11 Seditious Conspiracy cases included in the American Terrorism Study (ATS) since 1980. In total, these cases involve nine groups (a.k.a."cells" or "plots") and 78 defendants charged with Seditious Conspiracy (18 USC§ 2384), a relatively rare charge that comprises less than one half percent of the over 18,000 counts accounted for in the ATS database and differs from the more common charge of conspiracy (18 USC § 371).
Ratcliff, K. (2022). Seditious Conspiracy Charges in the American Terrorism Study (ATS). Research Projects. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/tercpr/26