The number of conspiracy-minded antigovernment “Patriot” groups on the American radical right reached an all-time high in 2012, the fourth consecutive year of powerful growth by a movement that is becoming increasingly militant as President Obama enters his second term and Congress debates gun control measures, according to a report issued today by the SPLC.
In a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the SPLC warned of the potential for domestic terrorism and urged the creation of a new interagency task force to assess the adequacy of federal resources devoted to the threat.
“As in the period before the Oklahoma City bombing, we now are seeing ominous threats from those who believe that the government is poised to take their guns,” wrote SPLC President Richard Cohen, a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. […]
The SPLC found there were 1,360 Patriot groups in 2012 – an 813 percent rise since 2008, the year before Obama took office. The groups include 321 militias. These numbers far exceed the movement’s peak in the 1990s, when militias were inflamed by the 1993 Brady Bill and the 1994 assault rifle ban.
The SPLC also found that hate groups remained at a near-record level of 1,007 groups in 2012, a slight drop from the 1,018 groups documented in 2011.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—Companies still suspending their ads on Limbaugh's show, but they need to make it permanent:
|The netroots campaign to get companies to stop advertising on Rush Limbaugh's show is going great guns. Despite the hate-radio maven's pathetic "nopology" to Sandra Fluke, the list of local, regional and national advertisers who have signed off now totals 33, and there are more to come.
But this is just Round One. Because, as Jeff Bercovici points out, this isn't the first time advertisers have left Limbaugh.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin points out the latest to fall into the trap of blaming Obama for not doing what he's done: Bill Keller of the NYT. Which just brings us back Greg's favorite Upton Sinclair observation that it’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. We also talked a bit about Mark Sanford's comeback bid, and were reminded we ought to be talking about Elizabeth Colbert Busch. So we did! Next: the latest & greatest in Republican Crazy: the missing "original Thirteenth Amendment." Finally, more on corporate profits eating the economy.