April 14, 2011
|"I know you're ready to die, but you also have to be ready to kill."
—Alaska Militia leader to his "command staff" according to Alaska State Court Documents
Our country has experienced an alarming increase in hate and extremist groups, and we want you to stand by our side in the fight against hate and bigotry. Please send your 2011 renewal gift today.
More than 1,000 hate groups, a record number, and armed antigovernment militias—some potentially violent—seek to divide our nation.
With your help, we are providing vital training to law enforcement officers to help them recognize the signs of extremism and to keep them safe. In just the past two months, we have seen:
• a member of a neo-Nazi group arrested for planting a powerful bomb in Spokane, Washington, along the MLK Day parade route. (SPLC's intelligence team provided information on the bomber to law enforcement.)
• an Alaskan militia group's plan to kill state troopers and a judge. By the time police foiled the plot, the group had already begun surveillance operations on their targets and stockpiled dozens of weapons.
My greatest fear is that acts like these will escalate—that there could be a major attack like the Oklahoma City bombing.
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