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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Extremist Groups Rise 244% Nationwide; Missouri Now Has 10 "Patriot" Brigades

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:07 AM

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a report suggesting that the number of extremist groups operating in the U.S. grew by 244 percent last year.

According to the report, the number of these anti-government movements went from 149 in 2008 to 512 in 2009 -- an addition of 363 new groups in a single year. The rise was particularly acute among militias associated with the right-wing "Patriot" groups, reports the SPLC. Those militias went from 42 in 2008 to 127 last year.

"This extraordinary growth is a cause for grave concern," said Mark Potok, editor of the SPLC's Intelligence Report. "The people associated with the Patriot movement during its 1990s heyday produced an enormous amount of violence, most dramatically the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead."

The SPLC doesn't label tea parties as extremist groups, but notes that "they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism."

A list of the the Missouri and Illinois organizations that the Southern Poverty Law Center considers "extremist groups" after the jump.

America First Party of Missouri

Constitution Party
John Birch Society
St. Peters
Liberty Restoration Project
St. Louis
Missouri Militia *
Kansas CitySt. Louis
Oath Keepers
United American Freedom Foundation
We the People

135th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry *
America First Party of Illinois

Rolling Meadows
Constitution Party
East Peoria
Illinois State Militia (Unorganized) 167th Battalion, 21st FF *
John Birch Society
Martial Law Survival
Oath Keepers
Restore the Republic
We the People

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