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     The Militia of Wisconsin (also known as Freeman Militia
of Wisconsin) is an amalgam of three small organizations --
one under the leadership of Don Treloar in Waupaca County,
one in Vernon County under Will Holzli, and a third near
Slinger. Unified around the pro-gun, anti-government,
conspiracy-driven philosophies that characterize other
militia groups, they meet regularly and claim to engage in
weapons training and maneuvers. Treloar, speaking of the
group's regular field exercises, says "we are preparing men
for battle." Holzli. who called media within hours of the
Oklahoma city bombing to say that he thought it might be
part of a government plot, has boasted of 10,000 members
statewide, a plainly exaggerated claim.

     Ernie Brusubardis III of Slinger has developed a 10-
minute video to be shown to recruits. While the militia
claims to be open to any man 18 or older, the video
reportedly states that only "professing Christians" can
become officers.

ADL Fact Finding Report, "Beyond the Bombing: The Militia
Menace Grows," Anti-Defamation League, 1995.

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