The “Boogaloo” Ain’t No Joke

I thought “BOOGALOO” was a joke, perhaps because many people I saw using the term were so comical (and not necessarily in a good way). But according to a white paper released by the Network Contagion Research Institute, the widespread joking use of the term “boogaloo” allows those who are domestic militants wanting to incite violence insurrection and terror against government and law enforcement to hide in plain site.

Or not hide, in the case of Instagram’s “Whiskey Warrior 556,” if you recall that mess (referenced in the report).

Screen cap of p. 10 of NCRI Boogaloo White Paper, February 2010.

I haven’t had a chance to digest the report yet (which is open access and publicly available), but am posting the link here for those who may have more time to look at it.

White paper available at


  1. I’m not sure the “Boogaloo” people are any more a real threat than the Threepers or various other “right wing” anti-government groups have been, within even my lifetime. There have always been such on the fringe of the 2A movement, like every other such groups of every stripe they had their own publications and networks, now it is just on the internet and much more visible due to social media.

    I did notice going through NCRI’s publications that, for all their talk of being “nonpolitical,” literally everything they talk about and track is what they can label as “right wing.” Even a passing familiarity with social media shows that current violent rhetoric and calls to action, including anti-semitism, much less actual violent acts, are not limited to one political viewpoint.

    The focus on what is largely militia cosplay, typically framed as a reactive “if “X” things take place, then it’s on,” (as opposed to actively seeking to foment or bring about “Civil War 2”) seems questionable given the extant anarchic and extreme Left currently perpetrating actual organized acts of violence and disruption against government, law enforcement, and civil society they view as evil, nationwide, using the very same forms of social media to organize and incite.

    The lack of investigation and analysis of the currently far more active violent Left, from a “nonpolitical” group, is curious.

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  2. There have always been elements on the fringes of both sides that endorse Civil War because, in each side’s view, the other side has been systematically destroying them and soon it will be the time of last resort. Hearing the conspiracy theories (from master’s and PhD students no less) was fascinating and sobering. Over the last 7 years I’ve tried to keep an eye on both fringes. Both sides have talked more about civil war and more soberingly the less politically interested have started discussing it. That’s the real story. Normal Americans, not just the extremes, have mentioned civil war. It is no longer unthinkable. And that was before “boogaloo” took off. Just focusing on boogaloo and not the other aspects is not helpful as it gives the impression of partisanship.

    “In response to detected cyber-swarming events, law enforcement and relevant agencies,
    should portray a domain-specific threat map of swarm-related cyber activity. Tracking
    signals of acute, emerging threats from fellow enthusiasts and obstructive cyber
    campaigns will help officials to avoid blind spots, respond adaptively, and strategize
    communications during sensitive domestic operations. This is especially crucial because
    the conspiracy is preparing a viral-social media environment to instigate an uprising in
    response to missteps and police violence during these operations in order to threaten
    security on a national scale.”

    Paragraphs like that don’t help either. Helping cops shut down social media hubs during “sensitive domestic operations” with “police violence” and “missteps” while labeling people who share “boogaloo” memes as members of a “conspiracy” isn’t much of a spin on that paragraph and that doesn’t sound like detached academic analysis.

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  3. The fact that Network Contagion quotes the Southern Poverty Law Center as an authority gives pause that they may not be able to tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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  4. So I read it and immediately concluded the authors are typical kneee jerk loons looking for another hook to go after 2nd amendment and those who don’t confirm to their belief system. A few paragraphs in they cited to the Siuthern Poverty Law Center for one of their central themes and that was it for me. I finished it but only for the giggle factor.


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