A retrospective of the 1990s reveals a decade unprecedented in the history of extremism. The annual roundup of hate groups finds the Internet and 'mergers' as major forces. A new convergence of 'left' and 'right' surrounds the issue of globalism.
Hate groups reach out to a troubled generation, using socioeconomic conditions to gain a foothold among U.S. youth. The popular 'black metal' rock scene is being infiltrated by extremist ideology, while Resistance Records is taken over by the National Alliance.
A retired member of the U.S. Army's Special Forces is a key figure at the crossroads of right-wing extremism and the paramilitary underground. Women's roles are changing inside the extremist right. And despite a membership of less than 150, Matt Hale and his 'church' are grabbing headlines across the country.
In a special Patriot Movement issue, the financial scams and tax evasion plots of the extremist right are exposed. NORFED is selling its own currency; Greater Ministries, a Florida 'church,' operated a Ponzi scheme bilking thousands.
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.