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Beyond the Bombing:

C. D. Olsen of Lyndon leads the Kansas Citizens Militia (also known as the Kansas Unorganized Citizens Militia), the chief such group in the state. Olsen took over recently from Morris E. Wilson, previously the group's commander and now its "Executive Officer." Wilson claims militia units are organizing in Wichita, Junction City and Topeka, where at one meeting he played host to Michigan militia proponent Mark Koernke.

Several individuals, including Wilson, were recently involved in a brush with the law. On April 17, 1995, the Sheriffs Department in Osage County responded to a local farmer's complaint of prowlers on his land. Officers found four heavily armed men, all members of the Kansas Citizens Militia, parked on the farmer's property. The men claimed they had been informed of a possible burglary and had come to offer their assistance. After a search of their vehicles by the officers, Wilson and another man were arrested on charges of carrying concealed weapons; a third man was arrested for possessing a gun with a defaced serial number. While the charges against the other two men have been dismissed, Wilson's case is still pending.

Some militia figures in Kansas, like their counterparts elsewhere, have been quick to blame government officials for the April 19 bombing of the Oklahoma city Federal Building. Brad Glover, who calls himself Brigadier General of the Kansas Militia and commander of the 1st Kansas Mechanized Militia, has said, "My personal opinion is that it's a [government] set-up. There are just too many coincidences."

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

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