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calendar   Friday - January 01, 2010

America’s armed militia on the rise , says article in the Telegraph.

Here’s how one story on America is being reported here on this first day of the new year, 2010.

I suppose it could be true and would not surprise me if it is.  My hope of course is that they won’t be too much more extreme then I am in which case we (USA) would be in serious doo-doo.

Hell lets face it, while many of us believe and I do, that extremism in defence of my country is a virtue, too much of it can also wreck a country. Look what the left has done to us so far, as an example.

America’s armed militia on the rise

Extremist “patriot” groups and other armed militias have undergone a dramatic resurgence in America, their numbers more than doubling in the past year amid growing Right-wing fears over expanding federal power and gun control.
By Tom Leonard in New York
Published: 4:35PM GMT 31 Dec 2009

Such groups – a mix of libertarians, gun rights advocates and survivalists – appeared to be in terminal decline before the election of Barack Obama, according to monitoring bodies.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre, which tracks extremist organisations, says it has so far counted more than 300 patriot groups this year, at least double last year’s total of 150. The real total will be much higher as many groups do not go out of their way to publicise their existence.

See now right here at the start is where I see red.  EVERY time I see SPLC, my immediate feeling honest and true is, I wish I had a way to eliminate every single member and ALL who contribute monies to that miserable trouble making left wing group of lawyers and running dog followers. All of em with NO exceptions.  I hate em that much.  Well let the bastards count and I hope the numbers mount.  But it might be nice if for once we got groups that didn’t see little green men and claim they hear the voice of god or the devil or Elvis.  We do seem to be plagued on the right with folks like that.

A similar wave of anti-government groups, some of whose members dress in camouflage gear and conduct military training at weekends, sprung up during the Clinton administration.

However, SPLC researchers said there was a new race factor reflecting President Obama’s ethnicity and immigration fears.

The groups themselves reject accusations of racism but agree that many members are deeply worried about gun control, are angered by the federal economic rescue packages, and are dismayed by government interference in areas such as health care. They voice frustration at what they perceive as America’s international decline.

Tensions are running high and some fear major bloodshed springing from a minor event. A law enforcement official told the SPLC that “all that’s lacking is a spark”.

One of the new patriot groups is called Oath Keepers. Its members, like those in other groups, look for guidance from America’s Founding Fathers.

Formed last spring, Oath Keepers’ members – limited to current or former servicemen and police – swear to obey the US constitution rather than politicians.

Stewart Rhodes, the founder, told The Daily Telegraph that the situation was a “potential powder keg”.

He said: “The one thing that would probably lead [groups] to armed resistance is if the government did try to confiscate weapons, but that was what finally led to fighting in the American Revolution”.

Mike Vanderboegh, a former militia leader and founder of a vociferous gun rights group called the Three Percenters, pointed to a huge increase in sales of ammunition, many of it to new gun owners.

“This is far larger than Obama. It speaks to an existential fear of societal collapse,” he said.

He said group members were looking for “practical self-defence”, whether from “predatory government or street-level crime”.

If the government carried out “another Waco” – the 1993 storming of a cult’s Texas ranch, in which 76 occupants died – “you’d see a reaction bloody beyond belief”, he added.

Heidi Beirich, a co-author of the SPLC’s militia research, said the groups were characterised by “a lot of conspiracy mongering, gun nuttery and fear of a new world order that they think is controlling the US”.

Conservatives have accused the SPLC and other monitoring groups of exaggerating the threat posed by such groups, although a Department of Homeland Security report in April voiced fears about rising extremism.

Mr Rhodes said his group’s internet forum had 11,000 members. Its 10-point oath includes pledges not to disarm fellow Americans or force citizens into “any form of detention camps”.

Mr Rhodes said: “I don’t want to take it for granted that the destruction of the republic can’t happen here.” He said he had also attacked encroaching federal power under the Bush administration, adding: “They’re refusing to acknowledge the fundamental American libertarian streak that says, ‘We don’t care who’s in power, we don’t like the expansion of executive power.’”

Jonathan White, a former police officer and academic who advises both the FBI and government on terrorism, said he was less worried by the threat from the organised patriot groups than from “lone wolf” individuals who would tend to dismiss militias as “a joke”.

Richard Poplawski, a Pittsburgh man who shot dead three police officers in April, complained to friends that the government was infringing gun rights.

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Great excuse to shoot cops huh?  That guy isn’t an kind of patriot. He’s just a rotten cold blooded killer.  Wasting policemen does not advance any patriot cause.
It’s guys like that who should have their gun rights infringed. Trouble is, one never knows ahead of time. Not till it’s too late. 


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