About JJ MacNab

J.J. MacNab
Independent Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Anti-government Extremism
  • Sovereign Citizens
  • U.S. Militia Movement
  • Tax Protesters


JJ MacNab is one of the nation’s leading experts on Sovereign Citizens, Tax Protesters, U.S. paramilitary “militia” groups, and related anti-government extremist organizations.  She is a Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, Program on Extremism.

MacNab has testified as an expert before various legislative bodies and governmental agencies on subjects ranging from the growth of extremists groups to the financial scams used to recruit new members to these groups.

2001: U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
2002: The North America Securities Administrators Association
2003: California Senate
2004: U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
2006: U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, written report

MacNab writes a regular column on the subject of anti-government extremism at Forbes.com, and has written articles for numerous other publications over the last fifteen years. She has appeared as an expert on CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, C-Span, NPR, the Canadian Broadcast Company, and on dozens of other television news and radio shows. She has also been quoted in more than 300 newspapers and magazines and in 2005, the Wall Street Journal published a front page profile on her tax protest movement research. She has been featured in three documentaries on the subject of domestic terrorism in the United States and Canada.

MacNab is the author of an upcoming book, “The Seditionists: Inside the Explosive World of Anti-Government Extremism in America,” scheduled to be published in 2016 by St. Martin’s Press. The book takes readers deep into the movement, their recent growth, their racist history, and the many factors that drive them towards violence today.

In addition to her research and writing, MacNab works as a consultant for various federal, state, and local regulatory and law enforcement agencies. She travels around the United States and Canada, teaching at law enforcement, judicial, and legal conferences.

MacNab received her Bachelors in International Relations with an emphasis on weapons policy from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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