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August 7th, 2012
10:39 AM ET

Southern Poverty Law Center Fellow: 'We are looking at the very real possibility of more domestic terrorism along these lines'

More details are emerging this morning about Michael Page, the man accused of killing six worshipers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday.

For several years after being discharged from the Army, Page fronted a white supremacist punk band called "End Apathy."

Shortly after, the accused gunman attracted the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit group that studies hate crimes and extremist groups.

On Early Start this morning, Southern Poverty Law Center Senior Fellow Mark Potok says that the biggest hint that Page could become violent was the name his band.

"'End Apathy,' I think that really suggests the idea that he felt the white supremacist scene was all talk and no action and somebody had to do something," Potok explains.

Regarding the skin head groups with which Page was affiliated, Potok says, "Hammer Skins are the scariest, most violent skinhead group out there so Page was in the middle of a scene that was very violent, hyper political and he wasn't on the fringes of this scene. He was really in the thick of it."

Potok explains that there are thousands of people across the country who are affiliated with similar white supremacist groups, saying that the problem is "accelerating, not decelerating" and stressing that "in the long run, we are looking at the very real possibility of more domestic terrorism along these lines."


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