WASHINGTON (CBS)  — Weeks before American voters head to the polls for the 2010 midterm elections, TIME Magazine has come out with an exclusive look at what it calls the “secret world of extreme militias”.

A six-month investigation reveals that recruiting, planning, training and explicit calls for a shooting war are on the rise, according to the news magazine, just as the FBI and other law enforcement groups are stepping up criminal investigations.

Both sides of the political aisle, meanwhile, are vying for a piece of the growing support behind the political rise of the Tea Party movement, with many of its members already succeeding in ousting their party’s incumbent candidate in the primary vote.

Managing editor Richard Stengel says the report is “a very serious story,  it’s a very serious investigation, it’s very explosive.”

As for its debut less than a month before the pivotal midterm vote, Stengel says, “The timing is in some ways awkward.”

Criminologist and civil rights attorney Brian Levin joins KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee with his insight.

Click here to check out managing editor Richard Stengel comment on the TIME cover story.

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Comments (3)
  1. rjsmitty says:

    In 1999, Stengel became a senior advisor and chief speechwriter for Bill Bradley, who ran for the Democratic nomination for the 2000 presidential election. Stengel later returned to print journalism and served in several positions at Time. So I am not surprised he is trying to drum up this scare tactic for the Democrats it just goes to show you they don’t report news any more they try to force a hidden agenda that is pulling this country apart . We need to come together and stand for what is right and just

    1. Dr QED says:

      Huh? Are implying that people who work in the media shouldn’t have a past? You are seriously jumping to conclusions without without rational evidence. Being a speech writer in 1999 does not negate the rise of extreme militia groups or one’s right to report on the phenomenon. And on first blush, the extreme militia story would be hidden in the back pages of any newspaper… and certainly wouldn’t have much steam in getting people to vote one way or another. Doing what is right and just, and remaining within the rule of law in our nation means implementing change at the voting booths, not armed resistance.

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