The Southern Poverty Law Center has compiled new information on the rise of militias in the United States, and says they’re at a peak not seen since the 1990s.

Today on KTRS/St. Louis, Mark Potok (director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Center) explained who these militia members are, how their numbers have increased since President Obama took office, how they thrive on conspiracy theories and fear, and why there is again reason for concern over what their paranoia might turn into. Remember that most Americans considered these guys to be harmless fringe groups in the early part of the last decade — right up until the Murrah Federal Building was blown up by one militia-loving extremist named Timothy McVeigh. With authorities around the country reporting a uptick in Patriot activities and propaganda, is the US close to another terrorist attack from within?

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