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By FITSNews || Because it’s not possible these days to object to the federal government’s insane fiscal policies and steady erosion of our civil liberties without being branded a teabagger – or worse, a racist and a domestic terrorist – we bring you the latest “intelligence report” from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Entitled “Rage on the Right,” the report claims that there was a 244 percent increase in anti-government “Patriot” groups in 2009.  This uptick in “hate” was allegedly “fueled by anger over the changing demographics of the country, the soaring public debt, the troubled economy and an array of initiatives by President Obama that have been branded ‘socialist’ or even ‘fascist’ by his political opponents.”

From the SPLC release accompanying the SPLC report:

The number of extremist groups in the United States exploded in 2009 as militias and other groups steeped in wild, antigovernment conspiracy theories exploited populist anger across the country and infiltrated the mainstream …

… antigovernment “Patriot” groups – militias and other extremist organizations that see the federal government as their enemy – came roaring back to life over the past year after more than a decade out of the limelight.

And no, it didn’t take long for the author of the report to invoke the domestic terrorists who blew up the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

“This extraordinary growth is a cause for grave concern,” said Intelligence Report editor Mark Potok. “The people associated with the Patriot movement during its 1990s heyday produced an enormous amount of violence, most dramatically the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead.”

Oh, and apparently these anti-government “Patriots” are drawing their support from the Tea Party movement.

“The ‘tea parties’ and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups, but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism,” the report notes.

Amazing, isn’t it?  According to these SPLC loons, millions of Americans who simply want the federal government to leave them alone and stop wasting so much of their money are one step removed from baby-killers like Timothy McVeigh.

Nice …

In other words, feel free to protest the ongoing generational theft that’s taking place in Washington D.C. – just don’t be surprised when somebody calls you a racist murderer for doing so.

Wait … somebody just did …

Southern Poverty Law Center Release
Southern Poverty Law Center “Rage on the Right” Report