Chris Hill stands in the woods during training exercises in the woods of Jackson, Georgia, on April 1, 2017, with the militia, Georgia Security Force. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)
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Each month, Chris Hill gets together with friends to spend a few days in a remote forest in Georgia, deep in the heart of the American South."I'm prepared for civil war, civil unrest, EMP [electro-magnetic pulse] attack from North Korea, Russia, invasion from a foreign government, my own government turning its guns against the people in an effort to disarm," says Hill, a 42-year-old paralegal who prefers the moniker "General Bloodagent" when leading the group he founded in 2008 .His is one of an estimated 165 armed anti-government militias currently operating in the United States. Their exact goals vary, but they are largely united by a distrust of government, a strong belief in individual liberties such as the right to bear arms, and, since last year's presidential campaign, an affinity with Donald Trump. Members come from near and far, though few maintain the beefy physiques seen in the soldiers they admire.Militias frequently provided security during Trump's campaign rallies, to counter any possible protests by "Antifa" (anti-fascist) groups.According to research carried out in 2016 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-extremism non-profit group, 623 anti-government groups operate in the United States, including the 165 militias.
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