Report: Anti-government groups a threat

MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 6 (UPI) -- A civil rights organization is calling on the U.S. government to create a task force to deal with the threat of radical-right anti-government groups.

Sikh shooter's family saw kind side

OAK CREEK, Wis., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Family and friends of Wade Michael Page, the slain Oak Creek, Wis., Sikh temple shooter, described him as "gentle and kind and loving."
Alleged white supremacists charged in Fla.

Alleged white supremacists charged in Fla.

KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- Seven people are charged with hate crimes in Florida after an investigation into the American Front white supremacist group, officials said.

FBI: Sovereign citizens a domestic threat

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities say they have increased their focus on so-called sovereign citizens, a movement that believes it can use armed force to resist police.

Report: U.S. extremist groups grew in 2009

MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 2 (UPI) -- The number of extremist, anti-government groups in the United States grew in 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report issued Tuesday.

Right wing weighs in on 'suicide' pilot

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Alleged suicide pilot Joe Stack's attack on a Texas Internal Revenue Service office is bringing out right-wing extremist support, experts say.

Post-election racial hate incidents spike

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- White supremacist activity and racial incidents have skyrocketed since U.S. President-elect Barack Obama won the Nov. 4 election, experts say.

Neo-Nazi group thrives on bad economy

DETROIT, May 12 (UPI) -- The leader of the largest U.S. neo-Nazi group says he plans to use the economic downturn in Detroit to recruit members.

Confederate monument defaced in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Civil War memorial on the grounds of the Alabama statehouse was vandalized, with the face of a Confederate soldier painted over.

U.S. attracts foreign hate sites

CHICAGO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The United States is playing host to hundreds of foreign-language Internet sites used to spread hate messages outlawed in many countries.

Students land on hate-group watch list

EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A vocal Michigan State University student group has landed alongside Klan factions and neo-Nazis on the Southern Poverty Law Center's active hate groups list.

Noose returns as symbol of hate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The prolific hangman's noose threatens to replace the burning cross as the reigning symbol of hate in the United States,

Report: Ku Klux Klan raising U.S. profile

AMARILLO, Texas, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Ku Klux Klan has raised its profile in many U.S. states, including Texas and Indiana, using anti-immigrant sentiment as an issue, a report said Friday. The Klan has held rallies or distributed fliers in many U.S. cities during the past year, including

Anti-immigration vigilante loses lawsuit

BISBEE, Ariz., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A jury in Arizona has awarded almost $100,000 to two Mexican-American hunters who claimed they were threatened by an anti-immigration activist.

Killen case could reflect Klan decline

MEMPHIS, March 21 (UPI) -- The upcoming trial of Edgar Ray Killen on charges of killing three civil rights workers might demonstrate the erosion of influence of the Ku Klux Klan.
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Mark Potok is a spokesman and director of publications and information for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama, a nonprofit organization that arose from the anti-segregation movement to counter extremism and hate crimes.

He is the editor of quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report. According to Huffington Post Potok "leads one of the most highly regarded operations monitoring the extreme right in the world today." He has testified before the United States Senate, the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and in other venues. The son of Joan and Andrew Potok, he grew up in Plainfield, Vermont, and studied at University of Chicago (from 1974 to 1978). He spent almost 20 years as reporter at several newspapers, including USA Today, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Miami Herald.

The Intelligence Report he edits recently received the 2007 Investigative Award part of the UTNE Independent Press Awards.

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