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A new report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claims that for the third consecutive year, extremists groups have experienced large growth.

According to report details, hate groups reached a new record in 2011, with 1,018 groups nationwide. The list of hate groups includes neo-Nazis, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, Klansmen, black separatists, groups that target LGBT people, Muslims and immigrants, or specialize in producing racist music or propaganda denying the Holocaust.

California leads the way with 84 hate groups. Of those, the following are located in San Diego: American Third Position (White Nationalist), the Nation of Islam (Black Separatist), the National Socialist Movement (neo-Nazi), and the Jewish Defense League and As-Sabiqun (both General Hate groups); San Diego is also home to three racist skinhead groups: Crew 38, United Society of Aryan Skinheads, and the Western Hammerskins.

Groups within the county include, Poway’s Aryan Nations 88 (Neo-Nazi), Vista’s DefendStudents.org (General Hate) and Ramona’s United States Justice Foundation (Anti-Muslim).

The report identifies the biggest growth in the “Patriot” movement, which is composed of armed militias and other conspiracy-minded organizations that see the federal government as their primary enemy. Growth in these groups increased by 55 percent, from 824 in 2010 to 1,274 groups last year. In September, the FBI issued a special bulletin to law enforcement officials, describing these groups as “domestic terrorist.”

California is home to 59 “Patriot” groups. Statewide groups include the Alarm & Muster: The Modern Day Alarm Riders and the Republic for the United States of America. We are Change is a group with 20 chapters, including one in San Diego, while Nullify Now! has six chapters, including one in Temecula. San Diego also has its own group – We the People.

According to the report, membership in Patriot groups is attractive during a tough economy because in general, these groups believe they are exempt from most laws and should not have to pay taxes.

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Comments

Joaquin_de_la_Mesa March 8, 2012 @ 10:23 a.m.

It takes a lot of arrogance to feel you have the right to label a group "general hate."

The irony with labeling defendstudents.org a "general hate" group is their whole mission -- yes, I clicked on the link -- seems to be to expose the hatred (of the west, of freedom, of women) that seems to be a cornerstone of Islamic culture.

Expose hate and the Southern Policy Law Center will call you a hate group.

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SurfPuppy619 March 8, 2012 @ 11:28 p.m.

Expose hate and the Southern Policy Law Center will call you a hate group.

The Southern Policy Law Center has done a ton of good, at least they did many years ago.

For those of you who do not know or remember Tom Metzger, the white supremacist here in San Diego County (Fallbrook), he were sued by Morris Dees who runs the Southern Policy Law Center and Metzger lost everything he owned to Morris and the SPLC.

But they have gone so far over the top the last 15 to 20 years with their labeling of anyone who has a gripe as a "hate group" that you cannot really take them seriously anymore.

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marjorieanndrake April 11, 2012 @ 8:32 p.m.

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