Infiltrating the Far Extremes

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Magazine, Newspaper, Book

"War Games: In Alabama’s Woods, Frank Camper Trains Men to Repel Invaders" - Timothy K. Smith - Wall Street Journal

"Prep School for Mercenaries Has Notorious Graduates, Seminar in Throat Cutting—A Paramilitary Fantasy Land,”


"The NII Inside Out: A Sociologist Goes Undercover" - Lisa Siregar - The Jakarta Globe


". . .Dewi, a sociologist who graduated from the University of Indonesia, decided to look beyond the headlines to find out what the NII was really about after a few of her friends were recruited by the organization. She went undercover in the group in 2008 and 2009 and turned her findings into a book, “Mengapa Saya Memilih Negara Islam” (“Why I Choose an Islamic State”), which was released last month. In the book, Dewi shares her firsthand accounts of the NII’s recruitment methods and details interviews with six former members of the organization. Perhaps her most surprising finding was that the NII is hardly the threat to the state that is portrayed in the media. . ."

"Alone, Among Neo-Nazis" - Igal Avidan - Israel Hayom


". . .Shortly after that first concert near his house in 1997, Kuban began to lead a double life. During the day, he worked as a journalist writing stories about the racist music scene under numerous fictitious bylines. At nights and during weekends, he dug up information about skinheads. . ."

"The Man Who Saves You From Yourself" - Harper's - Nathaniel Rich

Going Undercover with a Cult Infiltrator


 "Nobody ever joins a cult. One joins a nonprofit group that promotes green technology, animal rights, or transcendantal meditation. One joines a yoga class or an entrepreneurial workshop . . . a recruit must never suspect he or she is being recruited. The second rule is that the cult must monopolize the recruit's time. . . ."

"Undercover with a Border Militia"

"A Firsthand Look at America's Resurgent Paramilitary Movement."


 Article in full:    "Becoming a militia member began with opening a new Facebook account. I used my real name, but the only personal information I divulged on my profile was that I was married and that I had held jobs as a welder and a prison guard for the Corrections Corporation of America. A "Don't Tread on Me" flag was my avatar. I found and "liked" militia pages: Three Percenter Nation, Patriotic Warriors, Arizona State Militia. Then Facebook generated endless suggestions of other militia pages, and I "liked" those too. To keep my page active, I shared other people's posts: blogs about President Barack Obama trying to declare martial law, and threats of Syrians crossing the border. I posted memes about American flags and police lives mattering. Then I sent dozens of friend requests to people who belonged to militia-related Facebook groups. Some were suspicious of me: "Kinda have a veg profile, so I got to ask why you want to be my friend????" one messaged. Many, however, accepted my friend requests automatically. Within a couple of days, I had more than 100 friends, and virtually any militia member who looked at my page would likely find that we had at least one friend in common."