The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a report
suggesting that the number of extremist groups operating in the U.S. grew by 244 percent last year.
According to the report, the number of these anti-government movements went from 149 in 2008 to 512 in 2009 -- an addition of 363 new groups in a single year. The rise was particularly acute among militias associated with the right-wing "Patriot" groups, reports the SPLC. Those militias went from 42 in 2008 to 127 last year.
"This extraordinary growth is a cause for grave concern," said Mark Potok, editor of the SPLC's Intelligence
. "The people associated with the Patriot
movement during its 1990s heyday produced an enormous amount of
violence, most dramatically the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168
The SPLC doesn't label tea parties as extremist groups, but notes that "they are shot through
with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism."
A list of the the Missouri and Illinois organizations that the Southern Poverty Law Center considers "extremist groups" after the jump.
America First Party of Missouri
Kansas CitySt. Louis
135th Illinois Volunteer
First Party of Illinois
Illinois State Militia (Unorganized) 167th Battalion,
21st FF *
Restore the Republic