The Southern Poverty Law Center, a long-standing civil rights organization issued a report last week, within it lies a disturbing warning.
The report indicated an increase in heavily-armed, racist, militia groups who could potentially rebel and ultimately resort to “domestic terrorism” as a result of the recession and a growing hatred towards Obama.
Mark Potok, the Law Center spokesman said the groups have yet to reach the point of violent anti-goernment attacks, “but we seem to be getting there.” Potok said his center has a record of gauging legal battles of behalf civil rights, in addition to discovering 50 new militia groups in the last two years. The groups, he said, are mostly situated in the Deep SOuth, Pacific Northwest and Midwest.
A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed the growing concern.“You’re seeing the bubbling right now. You see people buying into what they’re saying. It’s primed to grow.”
In a CBS News report on the new hate groups that aired last Wednesday, the statement was made, “… the right-wing extremists, historically motivated by a distrust of government, are now especially angry about the election of America’s first African American president.”
Critics have also attributed recent organized town-hall disruptions to extremists groups who make a point to orchestrate upheaval. Some groups have gone as far to throw “tea parties” against the Obama administration’s economic policies and health care reform proposals.