The number of militias and other extremist movements in the Inland Northwest and across the country continues to rise, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report, released Thursday by the Alabama-based nonprofit that tracks hate groups and extremists, said the number of militia and anti-government groups in the United States soared to 1,274 last year, from 149 in 2008. That includes 50 in Washington and 23 in Idaho. Fueled by economic troubles and antagonism toward President Barack Obama, there has been a “dramatic expansion of the radical right” in recent years, said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the center. “For many extremists, President Obama is the new symbol of all that’s wrong with the country – the Kenyan president, the secret Muslim who is causing our country’s decline,” Potok said in the report. “The election season’s overheated political rhetoric is adding fuel to the fire. The more polarized the political scene, the more people at the extremes”/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.
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