WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US has seen an "explosion" in the number of extremist groups and armed militias which advocate radical anti-government doctrines and conspiracy theories, a recent report has found.
The number of active "Patriot" groups nearly tripled last year to 512 from 149 in 2008, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the activities of hate groups.
Some 127 of those groups were paramilitary militias, up from 42 a year earlier.
"We saw a real explosion in militias and the larger anti-government patriot movement," said Mark Potok, who directs the group's Intelligence Report.
"This is a movement that sees the government as the primary enemy and is completely eaten up with all kinds of conspiracy theories," Potok said in a video accompanying the report published Tuesday.
"They really believe the government is part of an evil scheme to do in Americans."
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:00 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:04 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Right, so now, when you question the system, you're a conspiracy theorist and/or an "extremist."
No, you should always question the government but extremism is a little different, a little more severe with wide ranging conspiracy theories
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:07 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:13 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
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Answer by Anouck at 1:19 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Once again, Obama has failed to "bring people together" and "end the divisiveness" like he promised. Instead, he has increased public suspicion of the government. His attempts to ram HCR through are not helping his case. Neither are his policies regarding Fox news (since recanted), and Pelosi's labeling of Tea Party goers as Nazis. Not to mention his administration's suspicion of Libertarians and anyone else outside of the mainstream.
Anouck, I didn't expect Obama to save the economy. Obama made promises, they failed to pan out for him. The stimulus did NOT stop unemployment from growing, and that was Obama's stated goal. That lies in his corner, his stimulus failed to do what he promised. I can hold him responsible for what he said and failed to delivery, right?
Answer by mancosmomma at 1:34 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:37 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Mar. 5, 2010
Next question overall
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