patriot groups en Researchers Report Sharp Rise In '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 Researchers Report Sharp Rise In 'Patriot' Groups