Extremist groups http://apr.org en Ala-Based Group Finds Decline In Extremist Groups http://apr.org/post/ala-based-group-finds-decline-extremist-groups <p>An Alabama group that monitors radical organizations says right-wing extremism is on the decline in the United States.</p><p>The liberal Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups dropped for the second year in a row in 2013, falling 7 percent to 939 last year.</p><p>The Montgomery-based legal agency says anti-government "Patriot" groups declined even more. It identifies 1,096 such organizations in the United States, down 19 percent from a year earlier.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:41:28 +0000 The Associated Press 47449 at http://apr.org Ala-Based Group Finds Decline In Extremist Groups Researchers Report Sharp Rise In 'Patriot' Groups http://apr.org/post/researchers-report-sharp-rise-patriot-groups <P>A civil rights group that tracks extremist groups warns that President Obama's tenure and the gun control debate after the Connecticut school shooting have led to surging numbers of anti-government "patriot" groups.</P> <P>The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday reported the rising numbers as it released its annual report on extremist groups.</P> <P>The number of patriot groups, one category of extremist organizations tracked by the center, has risen dramatically over the past four years, from 149 groups in 2008 to 1,360 today.</P> <P>Senior Fellow Mark Potok says the December schoo Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:36:15 +0000 The Associated Press 26142 at http://apr.org Researchers Report Sharp Rise In 'Patriot' Groups