August 7th, 2012
12:53 AM ET

'Swimming upstream,' white supremacist groups still strong

Quick. Think of a white supremacist group.

What comes to mind? The Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s? Maybe the Nazis in World World II?

Think again.

Hundreds of white supremacist groups are active in the United States today and are experiencing a kind of resurgence.

They are in the spotlight this week in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee. Authorities have said they are looking into whether the alleged gunman, who was killed, had ties to a white supremacist group.

"I know they're out there. I try not to alarm the public too much, but it's something that really needs to be taken a hold of now because more and more we see facts coming out that this is happening more often and more often, and it's not going to stop anytime soon," said David Gletty, who worked as an undercover informant on extremist groups for the FBI.


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  1. saywhat

    Besides neo-Nazi ideology some of these groups are also afflicted by religious 'fervor' like the Christian Soldiers (Hutarees).
    Few realize how heavily armed and trained these groups are and their insurgence indeed should cause worry.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      These are the same people who claim they have little green men running around in their backyard. If I don't give them any attention, why should you? That's all they want is some attention.

      August 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. K. Bryant

    Blacks own lots of guns now so, dealing with white hate groups is easier in the 21st century

    August 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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