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New Study From West Point Terrorism Center Highlights Threat From Far Right-Wing 'Militia' Groups In US

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Sociologist Amy Cooter, right, sends this pic from her field work. Cooter's writing a dissertation on the militia movement in Michigan. She reports that this photo dates to a training exercise in June 2009, when 'Bubba' showed her how to put on a gas mask
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A new study from a think tank connected to the West Point Military Academy highlights the threat of violent far-right movements in the United States, leading to the conclusion that, while diverse in in their causes, they are similar in their use of violence to achieve their aims.
West Point's Combatting Terrorism Center was founded in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, and has primarily focused its research on international terrorist threats. Titled "Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America's Violent Far-Right," this new report instead looks as the risk that domestic groups pose to the U.S. Breaking down these groups into three categories -- the Racist/White Supremacy Movement, the Anti-Federalist Movement, and the Christian Fundamentalist Movement -- allows the study to examine the background ideologies and methods of each subset thoroughly...

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