The annual hate group count reveals an increase from 474 in 1997 to 537 in 1998. Hatemeister William Pierce tries to build alliances with other extremists while a former National Alliance insider tells her story. The 'mainstream' Council of Conservatives is a safe harbor for racists and anti-Semites.
The Y2K computer bug fuels profits and hysteria on the far right. Antigovernment icon 'Bo' Gritz's bizarre suicide attempt is only one strange turn in his tale. A trail of death follows Chevie Kehoe and the members of his gang as they try to turn the American West into an Aryan republic.
As anti-abortion extremists come into contact with common-law advocates, 'Patriots,' Christian Identity adherents and others, the movement explodes with violence. Read the stories of nurse Emily Lyons, permanently blinded and disabled by a shrapnel-packed bomb and officer 'Sande' Sanderson, killed in the same attack on a Birmingham clinic.
Common-law courts and other antigovernment extremists suffer legal losses, but hardliners continue to stir up trouble. 'Patriot' groups decrease in number, but are dominated by hardliners. A 'documentary' about the Waco siege twists the facts.
The yearly hate group count finds an actual rise of 20 percent. Christian Identity is profiled as a major source of ideology for the extreme right. Racist neo-Paganism takes a foothold with imprisoned and other white supremacists.