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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Communist News Reports: New report cites “explosion” of radical right groups

Here is an Article from the Communist News, People's World, about "Right Wing Radical Grousp"..like the Tea Party:

"Last year saw an "explosion" of extremist groups and activism across the U.S., the Southern Poverty Law Center says in a new report, "Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism."

The report, prepared by Mark Potok, director of SPLC's Intelligence Project, charts the meteoric rise of anti-immigrant vigilante groups, which grew by 80 percent last year, and the resurgence of "patriot" militias and related organizations after years of a lower profile. Available on the center's web site, www.splcenter.org, the document features links to data on different types of groups.

"The number of hate groups in America has been going up for years," the report says, "rising 54 percent between 2000 and 2008 and driven largely by an angry backlash against non-white immigration and, starting in the last year of that period, the economic meltdown and the climb to power of an African American president."

The report highlights the reemergence of the Patriot movement and its associated militias - most dramatically associated with the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that left 168 people dead. The Patriots, who see the federal government as the main enemy and emphasize anti-government conspiracy theories, had largely sunk from view by the early 2000s. But in 2009 the number of groups surged nearly two and a half times, to a total of 512, including 127 militias.

Signs of renewed violence emerging from the radical right include the murder of six law enforcement officers by right wing extremists since President Obama was inaugurated, the report says, while "racist skinheads and others have been arrested in alleged plots to assassinate the nation's first Black president."

In an accompanying video, Potok cites a growing overlap between the tea party movement and militias and other Patriot groups. While this frequently involves individuals active in both types of groups, he says, ideas from the Patriot movement, such as conspiracy theories and the need to resist the government by force, are increasingly transmitting to tea party groups. "

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