Now, in the run up to 2012, they're playing on the same fears (Associated with Obama Press/Yahoo News).
After a lull following the demise of the Idaho-based neo-Nazi Aryan Nations in 2000, anti-government and white supremacist groups and individuals may be reviving in the Inland Northwest. It's a mostly white, mostly rural area with few job opportunities and a history of extreme activists.
Experts say the number of radical right groups is growing across the country because of the poor state of the economy, rising immigration and fears that President Barack Obama's administration has an agenda to curtail individual liberties.
They include so-called patriot groups, which fear one-world government and don't accept the federal government's authority. And they like northwest Montana because there is no dominant major city with liberal politics. It also has a deep libertarian streak and live-and-let-live attitude, said Travis McAdam, executive director of the Helena-based Montana Human Rights Network, an anti-hate group.
"A lot of anti-government energy has been building up over the last couple of years," McAdam said.
Guess who the "experts" are who claim there's an increase in the "radical right groups?" You guessed it....the pockmarked Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the same idiot who once labeled the American Legion as a hate group.
The number of hate groups and patriot groups, which do not all share beliefs and conduct, has been growing across the country since Obama was elected in 2008, according to an annual report by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which tracks extremist groups and individuals.
"Montana is developing into a hotbed," said Mark Potok, director of the SPLC Intelligence Project.
SPLC's 2010 compilation of active hate groups found 1,002 nationwide, with no more than 12 in the Inland Northwest between Missoula and Spokane.
Montana developed a reputation as a place for violent extremists in the mid-1990s with the capture of "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski and a standoff involving a patriot group called the Montana Freemen.
The Unabomber was the FBI code name for Kaczynski, who engaged in a mail bombing spree that spanned nearly 20 years, killing three people. He was living near Lincoln, Mont., when he was arrested in 1996.
Of course, they link back to the 1990s because of false claims in the media that "militia groups" were inspired by talk radio (ie Rush Limbaugh) and carried out acts of terror like Oklahoma City. Never mind that the Unabomber was a tree-hugging, environnut who even had a copy of Algore's book "Earth in the Balance" in his secluded hut.
A(O)P also falsely paints Montana as an ultraconvservative bastion. If that's the case, then why does the state have two liberal Democrats as US Senators and a Democrat Governor? Not only that, John McLame won the state's three electoral votes by a 2.5 percent margin 49.7 to 47.2 percent over Obama. So if the state is full of racist white people, when why did Obama lose the state by such a narrow margin.
|Table from USA Today|
Also remember, that earlier this year, in Missoula, MT, a children's theatre group included a scene in a Gilbert & Sullivan play that called for the beheading of Sarah Palin.
This propaganda is coming from the same media who were not interested in the 20 years Obama spent in a "church" that could only be called racist, as well as black-supremacist. We have news today that his former minister of hate went on another anti-Semitic rant, yet Mark Potok, A(O)P and the rest of the lapdogs ignore that.
This will be the media template played up to the 2012 election, as it was during the opposition to ObamaCare and the rise of the Tea Party.