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    Explosive Growth of Militias

    U.S. News - Election, economy spark explosive growth of militias

    The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 triggered an explosion in the number of militias and so-called patriot groups in the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported in its annual tally of such anti-government organizations.
    There were 149 militias and patriot groups when Obama took office, compared to more than 1,200 today — an increase of 755 percent, the nonprofit civil rights organization reported.
    "The increase has just been astounding," said Mark Potok, editor-in-chief of the SPLC report. "The reality is that many of these groups are becoming more and more fearful that Barack Obama will win the re-election. You can see the anger rising along with that fear."

    The SPLC defines the "patriot" movement as made up of conspiracy-minded individuals who see the federal government as their primary enemy. The movement includes paramilitary militias as well as groups of "sovereign citizens," who believe they are not subject to federal or state laws, nor obligated to pay federal taxes, according to SPLC.
    The center also reports a steady rise in the number of hate groups in America — from 604 in 2000, to more than 1,000 last year. Those include anti-gay groups, anti-Muslim groups, black separatists and "Christian Identity" groups, which hold racist and anti-Semitic views that overlap with neo-Nazi beliefs.
    Thoughts on this? I hope they get whacked by artillery.

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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    Quote Originally Posted by MKULTRABOY View Post
    U.S. News - Election, economy spark explosive growth of militias

    Thoughts on this? I hope they get whacked by artillery.
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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    I hop they get hit by the spetnaz and killed in a surgical firefight like ignorant separatists.

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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Boys will be boys.
    Boys will be apocalyptic anti-Obama neonazi Christians I see.

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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    The press loved these kinds of stories in the '90s, too. Exactly these kinds of stories . . . especially when they tried to connect Timothy McVeigh to the Michigan Militia.
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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    The press loved these kinds of stories in the '90s, too. Exactly these kinds of stories . . . especially when they tried to connect Timothy McVeigh to the Michigan Militia.
    Relation? I don't think they're trying to connect anyone whos killed a couple hundred innocent people to militias atm.

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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Boys will be boys.
    Color me cynical. The OP (and associated articles) cite 1200 private militias and 2000 different "hate groups".


    Anybody have a link to the list that identifies all these different groups.....??


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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    probably in the first link of the article text SPLC report or somesuch.

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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    Personally, I'm not all that comfortable with armed groups rolling around like this. Especially when racism, homophobia, and religiously motivated bigotry is often a part of their agendas. I don't see how these groups are any different from gangs. Both groups support violence and exclusivity, and are armed with dangerous weapons. So yeah, I see these militias as gangs with different terminology. And they differ by their age and race, of course.
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    Re: Explosive Growth of Militias

    I keep telling you people that sooner rather than later there is going to be a Third American Revolution. The first one started with small town and regional militias under the Minuteman system (which had been in place for more than a century) and the Sons of Liberty. This is a more high tech and slightly more militant version of that same ideal.

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