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U.S. right-wing groups, militias surge: study [The report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.....]
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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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1 posted on 03/04/2010 1:30:20 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s the pot...it makes them paranoid.


2 posted on 03/04/2010 1:32:48 PM PST by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How come they don’t call me to join?


3 posted on 03/04/2010 1:33:13 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am a member of oathkeepers and we aren’t radicals, just
freedom loving patriots.
oathkeepers.org


4 posted on 03/04/2010 1:34:04 PM PST by manonCANAL
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To: Sub-Driver
"The 'tea parties' and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups, but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism."

Translation: We won't get away with calling them an extremist group so we'll present them in a way that will make you believe they are.

5 posted on 03/04/2010 1:34:18 PM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: Sub-Driver
not only will there be a real right-wing backlash (as opposed to a conservative backlash because "backlashing" isn't something that conservatives do) there will be an imaginary one, too.

Clever, these propagandists.

Conservatives, beware.

6 posted on 03/04/2010 1:35:42 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (let the rich eat the rich.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"...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..."

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!

7 posted on 03/04/2010 1:36:49 PM PST by robomatik
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To: Sub-Driver
hate baiters set on high today ... I wonder what makes them cook off like this ... Dog must have gotten Obama quackers instead of dog food today
8 posted on 03/04/2010 1:36:54 PM PST by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Sub-Driver

Do they mean like, “truther” paranoid? Or Bush-is-responsible for-all-manner-of-evil paranoid?


9 posted on 03/04/2010 1:37:12 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


10 posted on 03/04/2010 1:37:59 PM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Sub-Driver

The SPLC has to expand its focus to remain relevant since the KKK is just about non-existent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan#Since_the_1970s
KKK members have stepped up recruitment in recent years but the organization continues to grow slowly, with membership estimated at 5,000–8,000 across 179 chapters.


11 posted on 03/04/2010 1:38:10 PM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: manonCANAL

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.


12 posted on 03/04/2010 1:39:09 PM PST by marstegreg
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To: Sub-Driver
Al Reuters spins Stalinist lies and revises the past 10 years' history, lying by omission. The media never spent one day covering the Left Wing HATE on display at the so-called "peace" rallies....


13 posted on 03/04/2010 1:39:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Sub-Driver
You can't get more leftist this this site.
http://www.splcenter.org/
14 posted on 03/04/2010 1:40:24 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Sub-Driver

Several murderous Islamic Jihadist rampages on American soil last year and THIS is the threat they are “uncovering”.


15 posted on 03/04/2010 1:40:45 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: robomatik

obviously the kooks who put this crap out can’t figure out it’s their economy too ... small brained.


16 posted on 03/04/2010 1:41:10 PM PST by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: rbosque

Dissent is no longer patriotic now that the peanut gallery holds power.


17 posted on 03/04/2010 1:41:28 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


18 posted on 03/04/2010 1:41:58 PM PST by Random Access
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To: Sub-Driver
Southern Poverty Law Center has a "hate map".

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.

19 posted on 03/04/2010 1:43:14 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: a fool in paradise

No wonder they’re nut! :-o


20 posted on 03/04/2010 1:43:23 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Same ole recycled BS they have been spewing for 20 years.

Amazing they don’t get all worked up over the terrorist cells in the U.S.

Their political agenda is to destroy America.
Wouldn’t be surprised if they actually supported the terrorists.


21 posted on 03/04/2010 1:44:29 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.”

Sounds like legal CYA.


22 posted on 03/04/2010 1:46:14 PM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well....GOOD!


23 posted on 03/04/2010 1:46:17 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Sub-Driver

BTW could they be SUED for DEFAMATION by the TEA PARTY organizers.


24 posted on 03/04/2010 1:46:51 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: Sub-Driver

Considering 0bama’s court appointees it wouldn’t surprise me.


25 posted on 03/04/2010 1:47:42 PM PST by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Hate Groups” “hate” people intent on destroying our liberty, stealing our property, and indoctrinating our children.


26 posted on 03/04/2010 1:48:46 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Support your local SURGE!
It’s for Obama’s own good.


27 posted on 03/04/2010 1:48:53 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Southern Poverty Law Center = a left wing anti-American Nazi or Communist group who is living high off of our tax money. The are worth over $250 million if the last article I read about them is correct. So their total lies about anyone who is NOT one of their brother Communist or left wing Nazi are totally without fact and they can be counted on to desire to place the United States in a left wing dictatorship if given the opportunity, just like the ACLU.
28 posted on 03/04/2010 1:51:16 PM PST by YOUGOTIT (The Royal 100 Club is Acting the Same as the Roman Senate When the Republic Collapsed)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Southern Poverty Law Center does these “studies” periodically to hype a “danger” and thereby boost their fund raising. As a matter of fact, ANYTIME there is a significant spike in grassroots conservative activism it becomes a “danger” in the opinion of the SPLC.


29 posted on 03/04/2010 1:52:28 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: a fool in paradise

“peace” rallies....

No hate there!!!


30 posted on 03/04/2010 1:52:50 PM PST by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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To: Sub-Driver
The number of right-wing "Patriot" groups that see the U.S. government as their enemy more than doubled in the last year,.....

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.

Looks like they more than TRIPLED to me. 512/149 = 3.44

31 posted on 03/04/2010 1:53:47 PM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: FrankR

Its the money. It makes them drool.


32 posted on 03/04/2010 1:55:20 PM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a well-known Marxist-Leninist propaganda outfit. When they set up, they pretended that they were going to help the poor in Apalachia, but their real aim was community organizing and propaganda.


33 posted on 03/04/2010 1:55:55 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver
Southern Poverty Law Center Goes All Drama Queen

Women and minorities hardest hit...right wing groups and militias hold Tea Party and Fish-Fry Friday.

34 posted on 03/04/2010 1:56:17 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

>> and thereby boost their fund raising.

Exactly.


35 posted on 03/04/2010 1:56:46 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The left is frightened.


36 posted on 03/04/2010 1:57:39 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: tet68

most of our military men and women are extremist now.
they see what’s happening to America. go military, we love you.


37 posted on 03/04/2010 1:57:47 PM PST by manonCANAL
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To: Marty62

In fairness to the tea partiers, they are trying to distance themselves from the birthers, truthers, oathers etc as quickly as they can. They allowed none with such posters in at Nashville meeting and have said they will take every precaution to keep them out in the future.


38 posted on 03/04/2010 1:59:08 PM PST by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

They better be.


39 posted on 03/04/2010 1:59:16 PM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: Tarpon

obviously the kooks who put this crap out can’t figure out it’s their economy too ... small brained.

You are right. And, they are going to just thrilled to stand in line with all the rest to get their government food stamps and go home to their 1 room government apt. with no heat or electricity. They are commie fools.


40 posted on 03/04/2010 2:03:48 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: P8riot
They better be.

Yes, we have a lot of work to do when (not if) this thing breaks loose.

41 posted on 03/04/2010 2:05:05 PM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: Sub-Driver

“The report by the Southern Poverty Law Center “

Witch hunters will always find witches.

This is just a left wing front organization masquerading as a civil rights group anyway.


42 posted on 03/04/2010 2:06:42 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, Guts and Guns made America great.)
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The same sort who denied that there were Stalinist Communists inside the USSR working on behalf of the USSR (knowingly or as useful idiots prodded by the KGB).


43 posted on 03/04/2010 2:08:07 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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I don't understand why "responsible" news organizations give this group a minute of time much less regurgitate their "findings". SPLC? Think along the lines of the ACLU. Visit their website.

www.splcenter.org/what-we-do. "The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, we work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. We employ a three-pronged strategy to battle racial and social injustice: * We track the activities of hate groups and domestic terrorists across America, and we launch innovative lawsuits that seek to destroy networks of radical extremists. * We use the courts and other forms of advocacy to win systemic reforms on behalf of victims of bigotry and discrimination. * We provide educators with free resources that teach school children to reject hate, embrace diversity and respect differences."

Keep in mind, this is their version on bigotry. They're busy little bees and branch off into other activist opportunities. They're trying their best to sign up folks that live in the area of the Kingston Ash Spill (TVA). Folks in this area pretty much told them to butt out. They still trespass onto TVA property and make sure cameras are there when they're arrested and escorted out. They are firm followerers of Alinsky's rules.

I encourage the curious to visit their blog, but warn you -- they are so leftist, you'll feel like you need a shower after visiting: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2009/10/01/national-socialist-movement/

44 posted on 03/04/2010 2:08:18 PM PST by TennesseeGirl
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inside the usa. Today we are becoming the USSA. Mao-men.


45 posted on 03/04/2010 2:08:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise
I think that I have counter protested at at least three of these events.
46 posted on 03/04/2010 2:14:04 PM PST by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: massgopguy
How come they don't call me to join? I was just thinking the same thing. Maybe if we call Southern Poverty Law Center and give 'em our numbers....
47 posted on 03/04/2010 2:15:53 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Funny how they don’t ever expose Left Wing groups like ANSWER, Code Pink, Neighbors For Peace and Justice. Red flags still in their desk drawers.


48 posted on 03/04/2010 2:18:27 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: a fool in paradise

The Southern Poverty folks still have their red flags in the drawer. On second thought, the only red flags they have are ones that Marx, Stalin, Lenin, and Mao would approve of.

The most hate filled people I’ve ever encountered are ALL from the Left. Usually the ones with the “coexist” bumper stickers. A few years ago when we countered the annual ANSWER march in Hollywood, a friend of mine walked around their vendor area. She saw a coexist bumper sticker next to another sticker that encouraged “Kill Dick Cheney”. Yeah, that’s peaceful and tolerant.


49 posted on 03/04/2010 2:25:45 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice

If you spelled CO-EXIST as TOLERANCE, Christianity’s “cross T” would be first and Islam’s “crescent C” would be near the end.

All in how you lay out the design.


50 posted on 03/04/2010 2:30:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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