Skip to comments.U.S. right-wing groups, militias surge: study [The report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.....]
Posted on 03/04/2010 1:30:20 PM PST by Sub-Driver
U.S. right-wing groups, militias surge: study 8 mins ago
PHOENIX (Reuters) The number of right-wing "Patriot" groups that see the U.S. government as their enemy more than doubled in the last year, fanned by anger over the economy and a backlash against the policies of President Barack Obama, according to a study published this week.
The report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said 512 anti-government Patriot groups were active in the United States last year, a leap from 149 in 2008.
The "Rage on the Right" report (www.splcenter.org) found that militias, the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement, accounted for a large part of the increase, rising to 127 in 2009 from 42 a year earlier.
The militia and Patriot movement first came to attention in the mid-1990s in response to what the groups saw as a tyrannical government bent on curbing individual freedoms. Most notorious was Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people in a bomb attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The study said some of the ideas of Patriot groups raging at the federal government in the 1990s have now become more mainstream, taken up by groups including some "Tea Party" grassroots conservative activists who are hoping to make a splash in November's congressional elections and beyond.
"The anger seething across the American political landscape -- over racial changes in the population, soaring public debt and the terrible economy, the bailouts of bankers and other elites, and an array of initiatives by the relatively liberal Obama administration that are seen as 'socialist' or even 'fascist' -- goes beyond the radical right," the report said.
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It’s the pot...it makes them paranoid.
How come they don’t call me to join?
I am a member of oathkeepers and we aren’t radicals, just
freedom loving patriots.
Clever, these propagandists.
anyone who sees the U.S. gov. as their friend, in these times, is insane.
this part of the article is not "nonsense." it is truth!
Do they mean like, “truther” paranoid? Or Bush-is-responsible for-all-manner-of-evil paranoid?
SPLC is just a direct mail money making machine. They are constantly alarming the dim, elderly liberals on their “house list” about some bogeyman or other. The difference between SPLC and similar operations is that the mainstream press treats SPLC fund raising material as news.
The SPLC has to expand its focus to remain relevant since the KKK is just about non-existent.
KKK members have stepped up recruitment in recent years but the organization continues to grow slowly, with membership estimated at 5,0008,000 across 179 chapters.
I don’t think it has anything to do with these groups, it just gives Obama an excuse to push for his “citizen Army”, which he spoke of long before any mention of these other groups.
Several murderous Islamic Jihadist rampages on American soil last year and THIS is the threat they are “uncovering”.
obviously the kooks who put this crap out can’t figure out it’s their economy too ... small brained.
Dissent is no longer patriotic now that the peanut gallery holds power.
Me and my three fishing buddies are none too happy about the cost of fishing licenses. We were complaining about it the other day while we were out using our Weapons Of Bass Destruction.
I guess we will be investigated soon as an anti-government hate group.
Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.
No wonder they’re nut! :-o