Bad Economy, Obama Fuel Rise in Militias: Report

Fears of a return to anti-government violence of the 1990s

The election of America's first black president, fears of a secret Mexican plot to take over the Southwest and a painful recession have combined to fuel a rise in violent right-wing militias, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The leading civil rights group is not the only one worried that the country could be on the verge of another domestic terror attack by a lone wolf hatemonger or radical militia member.  

ATF agent Bart McEntire tells The Associated Press that militia growth is the highest its been in a decade, with the American Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Deep South, in particular, a tinderbox of right-wing hatred awaiting a spark.

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security was roundly criticized for warning white supremacists and militia members could try to recruit military veterans to their violent cause.  

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