US Warns of Rise in Right-Wing Extremism
Homeland Security: Recession is catalyst
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2009 9:53 PM CDT
Skinheads give the Nazi salute in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

(Newser) – Right-wing extremist groups may be taking advantage of volatile economic times and the election of the first black president to drum up membership in the US, the Homeland Security Department says. The nine-page report, sent to police agencies nationwide, says extremism isn't limited to racist hate groups but "may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the Washington Times reports.

The rising unemployment rate, spate of foreclosures, and debate over issues such as immigration reform and gun control may be creating a "fertile" ground for recruitment, the reports says. The election of President Obama may also play a role, though "most statements by right-wing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action."