Another Increase In Domestic Anti-Government “Hate Groups” Reported


A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center describes a big rise in hate groups, NPR reports. It counts more than 1,000 active extremist groups in the U.S. The largest increase may come from militias that consider the federal government their enemy. Mark Potok, head of the center’s Intelligence Project at the law center, said there was an “absolutely explosive growth of these groups in 2009, and what we have now found is that that growth continued through 2010.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist movements, says there are three major reasons for the increase: the bad economy, the wide reach of the Internet, and changing racial patterns in the country. The most negative energy seems to be coming from people who think the federal government is conspiring to take away their freedom. “The patriot movement has produced a great deal of criminal violence,” Potok says. “There were an enormous number of plots that came out of the patriot movement, particularly in the late 1990s, and we’re beginning to see that again.”

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