January 16th, 2009
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White supremacists watched in lead up to Obama administration

U.S. Capitol Police check observation positions in advance of Tuesday's presidential inauguration.
U.S. Capitol Police check observation positions in advance of Tuesday's presidential inauguration.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hate crimes experts and law enforcement officials are closely watching white supremacists across the country as Barack Obama prepares next week to be sworn in as the first black president of the

So far, there is no known organized effort to express opposition to Obama's rise to the presidency other than a call by the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for its members to wear black armbands as well as fly the U.S. flag upside down on Inauguration Day and Obama's first full day in office.
As Tuesday approaches, when Obama stands outside the Capitol to take the oath of office, experts expect anger about the new president to spike. But they don't expect it to go away.

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  1. S. Callahan

    Racism for any race is soley 'fear'.....fear of loss, fear of what will be ..yada yada ...but it has not real heart...only emotion....

    When i was a child my grandparents lived with that fear..they were raised in that thinking ..but they aged and grew up...learning it was simply that...fear...and the next generation borrowed some of that fear but not as big as a bag..then another generation came and had an even smaller bag of that fear...now the generation is here that has elected Obama and basically put the bag in the garbage and let go of the fear and looked for the future......You vision of something good is limited by the fear that holds you.... once the fear is gone..the possibilites of something good are endless. Strangely, the lessons President Bush has given us is that fear can not be your ruler.

    January 16, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Bafun

    America the Beautiful, the most religious nation in the world (God is white and male!) this great democracy!!
    what a shame!

    January 16, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Helene

    White supremacists are dangerous terrorists who should be locked in for life. Guantanamo ???

    January 16, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. jon c. sprowl

    kenM, your full of crap, your the racist.the(D) party is nothing but a bunch of mindless followers.racist are uneducated jurks and should be deported as should many other radical groups.

    January 16, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    You can thank the Republicans for this state of affairs ... after eight-years of race-baiting, as well as their "Southern Strategy" to appeal to segregationist Deep South Democrats who were FURIOUS that LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act.

    One would think that these peop;le would look at the vote count and realize that their racist views have been REPUDIATED by a LARGE majority of voters.

    IF they were TRUE, PATRIOTIC AMERICANS, they would ACCEPT that and move on.

    January 16, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Seriously

    I feel like Palin needs to acknowledge a victory, and stop whining. Her whining only makes me feel like she is a racist.

    January 16, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    You can thank the Republicans for this state of affairs ... after eight-years of race-baiting, as well as their "Southern Strategy" to appeal to segregationist Deep South Democrats who were FURIOUS that LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act.

    One would think that these people would look at the vote count and realize that their racist views have been REPUDIATED by a LARGE majority of voters.

    IF they were TRUE, PATRIOTIC AMERICANS, they would ACCEPT that and move on.

    January 16, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. jennifer

    Some of you sicko's need to remember we are The United States of America. The united stands for our population as well. What's the matter with you we are all american regardless of color or creed.

    January 16, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. BUSH BEGONE IN 4 DAYS!

    After the David Duke in drag rallies and the RNC the watched group should be expanded to all republicans!

    January 16, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Bald Ex-Soldier

    I guess, because we are a democracy, we should be watching little old ladies with hand bags and children under 12 too.
    Can't actually target the people most likely to cause problems, God forbid we do what is smart, nope gotta do what is "Right" (TM).

    Not only do I want them to watch the White Right, but I want them to be aware of and mindful of any group that has ill will towards our President elect (regardless of who he/she might be) and who might have the capasity to care out mayhem.

    That said, we as citizens still need to be mindful of our Government and make sure that it is scared of us.. oh wait, Cheney killed that thought didn't he?

    January 16, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Quote of the Day

    . . . "ONE CAN ONLY BE SUPERIOR WHEN THEY ARE ALONE."

    January 16, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. bern

    Corey, Maryland January 16th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

    If there are still people who believe in that racist crap, they deserve to be taken out and shot, or thrown out of this country. The KKK and other white supremacy groups are nothing more than terrorists, and deserve the same treatment as Al-Queda. This is all coming from a white guy.
    ______________________

    Amen

    January 16, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. john from sandiego

    more racism comes from so called black preachers than from anywhere...

    January 16, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. globalgroove

    @jon c spowl

    kenM, your full of crap, your the racist.the(D) party is nothing but a bunch of mindless followers.racist are uneducated jurks and should be deported as should many other radical groups.
    _____________________________________________________

    Mindless "jurks"? And it's YOU'RE as in "you are"....mindless JERK

    January 16, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. To Jon C. Sprowl

    Did you get through Elementary School? Based on your horrendous spelling, my guess is NO! People like you should get off your mom's computer and try educating yourself.

    January 16, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. james

    I`m a white, 65 year old,southerner who voted for Obama and think these white supremacists are all nut-jobs.

    January 16, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. obama-mama

    They should turn those binoculars over to Alaska as well....

    January 16, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Watch Rush Limbaugh

    Rush,Anne Coulter, and Hannity inspire the most hatred Ive ever seen,anywhere in this country.

    January 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Richard Cheney

    Who called me that?

    January 16, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. John The Senator

    What better way to show Iran and Russia that we are just what they say we are than by backing racists. All of those racists should be shipped to Iran since they seem to shar more their beliefs than the american dream.

    January 16, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. John The Senator

    It is easy for them to say that it is their country since after killing almost all native americans they want a clean slate and start for there. If this country is to belong to someone it belongs to native americans, so all you racists go back to the land your father came from.

    January 16, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. DCB

    Once the KKK marched down the street in my Indiana college town. Or at least they tried to - they were chased away by angry folks on the other side of the spectrum.

    I despise racism and don't want to see it paraded around. But the parade was a lawful, permit-approved event. Free speech, I think they call it. Counter-protest? Perfectly legal and acceptable; in fact, I want to hear 1000 voices drowning out every one of theirs. But running them out of town? Somehow I am uncomfortable with that.

    I want my president safe. But I don't want any form of free speech taken away. We worry about bombs and our buildings, but it's our principles that are really under attack. We are only as strong as our weakest conviction. Remember to live up to our best intentions even in difficult times.

    January 16, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Obama mama – you really are an idiot. What in hell do you think Alaska (Palin?) has to do with NOBAMA? She has publicly spoken about him and wished him well. She has not said ONE thing bad about him so you shut you trap. Get a job and quit blogging your hate!

    January 16, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Tim

    People who harbor hate in their hearts (white, black, or whatever color) will be very say when they stand before God and he says depart from me.

    January 16, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Patricia in Las Vegas

    As a middle aged white woman who voted for Obama (and volunteered for his campaign) I am repulsed by these hate groups. They are truly as scary as other terrorist cells. Only the un-educated or blind with hate judge a book by its cover (or skin color) and hate someone just because they are different. I have to admit 90% of the people on these boards do not talk or act like God's children but we are. I wonder how some of you can live with yourselves.

    January 16, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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