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Southern Poverty Law Center labels Senator Rand Paul an ‘extremist’

The Southern Poverty Law Center included Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky in a list of “extreme right-wing” candidates in its latest Intelligence Report. The civil rights organization labeled Paul as an extremist because he said that private businesses should not have to follow the Civil Rights Act of 1964…

Germany probes ‘terror’ attack at airport

BERLIN – German authorities said Thursday they suspected a Kosovan man arrested over the fatal shooting of two US airmen was an Islamic extremist, but played down fears he was part of a cell. “In view of the circumstances, there is a suspicion that this was an act with Islamist…

Anti-government extremist groups on rise in US: study

CHICAGO – Membership in anti-government extremist groups continues to explode in the United States amid frustration over the lagging economy and the “mainstreaming of conspiracy theories,” a study released Wednesday found. After nearly tripling in 2009 in the wake of the election of the nation’s first black president, anti-government ‘patriot’…

Saudis ‘chief supporters’ of extremism, leaked cables show

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. officials have grown frustrated over the resistance of allies in the Middle East to help shut the financial pipeline of terrorists, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing secret diplomatic dispatches. Internal State Department cables, obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to news organizations, indicate…

Iraq war raised UK terror threat: ex-MI5 spy chief

Iraq posed little threat to Britain just before the 2003 war — but the danger of extremist attacks surged following the conflict, the ex-head of domestic security service MI5 told an inquiry Tuesday. Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, chief of the intelligence agency from 2002 to 2007, also dismissed any connection between…

Iraq war raised UK terror threat: ex-MI5 spy chief

LONDON — Iraq posed little threat to Britain just before the 2003 war — but the danger of extremist attacks surged following the conflict, the ex-head of domestic security service MI5 told an inquiry Tuesday. Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, chief of the intelligence agency from 2002 to 2007, also dismissed any…

Russia bans texts by Scientology founder

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian prosecutors said Wednesday that dozens of texts and recordings by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had been ruled “extremist” and would be banned in Russia. “Materials on Scientology by Ron Hubbard have been found extremist and will be banned from distribution in Russia,” the Russian prosecutor…

Number of US extremist groups ‘exploded’ in 2009: report

Glenn Beck, Rep. Michele Bachmann singled out for popularizing militia movement ideas Extremist groups surged in the United States in 2009, with anti-government “Patriot” militias leading the way, says a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. “The radical right caught fire last year, as broad-based populist anger at…

Echoes of Denmark? Tea baggers send death threats to cartoonist

An award-winning California-based political cartoonist says he is receiving death threats over a 90-second animated film he created that teaches viewers “how to speak Tea Bag.” Mark Fiore compares his predicament to that of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the prophet Mohamed caused rioting across the Muslim world…

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