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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-27-10 11:22 PM
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Flashback: Dick Armey - Teahadists Are "Attractive Domestic Terrorists"
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This is back in December but should not be forgotten, given the current climate.

Armey tells tea party crowd: Ive never seen so many attractive domestic terrorists in all my life.

By Matt Corley on Dec 16th, 2009

Earlier this year, a Department of Homeland Security assessment was released, warning that right-wing extremist groups that are primarily hate-oriented and are mainly antigovernment were likely to grow in strength following President Obamas election. Conservatives claimed it was a sweeping indictment aimed at labeling them as terrorists. Despite the fact that the report did no such thing, some on the right embraced the claim and began to refer to themselves facetiously as proud right-wing terrorist(s). At the Code Red Rally on Capitol Hill yesterday, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey greeted the crowd by saying, Ive never seen so many attractive domestic terrorists in all my life.

When Armey and his conservative friends mock the DHS report on far right-wing extremism, they are mocking the real threat of a tiny minority that aims to make changes in America through the use of political violence. In July, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report listing 75 plots, conspiracies and racist rampages that have emerged from the American radical right in the years since Oklahoma City.

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Listen to SPLCs Mark Potok Discuss Rise in Extremism on NPRs Fresh Air

Mark Potok discusses the recent explosion of right-wing extremism in an interview with Terry Gross on NPRs Fresh Air this week. The interview came amid a wave of vandalism and threats of violence aimed at members of Congress who voted for health care reform legislation.

The SPLC recently released Rage on the Right, its annual count of active hate and extremist groups in the U.S. The report documented a surge in extremism as militias and other groups steeped in wild, antigovernment conspiracy theories exploited populist anger across the country and infiltrated the mainstream.

The report found a 244 percent increase in the number of antigovernment Patriot groups, which include armed militias. Potok told Fresh Air listeners that the ideas of these groups and others on the radical right are being spread and validated by mainstream media figures and politicians. Listen to the full interview or read the transcript.

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