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                          MISSOURI
                              
     The Buckner-based Missouri Patriots are a recent
addition to Missouri's militia movement. Its newsletter, The
Militia Minute, rails against the federal government,
"international bankers" and the media. While itS size is not
known, leaders of the militia are also members of the Kansas
City-based White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In addition, a
promotional item for the White Knights in their pubiication.
The White Beret, features the slogan: "Join the White
Militia."

     Statewide, militias have been established in an
estimated 14 counties and are recruiting actively, with some
continued growth since the bombing of the Oklahoma city
Federal Building. Although they maintain separate
identities, several units in the eastern section of Missouri
appear to operate under the leadership of the St. Louis-
based 1st Missouri Volunteers Militia, a group established
in January 1995 and led by John Moore. Militia groups in the
western part of the state are directed by the Missouri 51st
Militia, of Kansas City. The Springfield-area 24th Missouri
Militia is the largest and most influential such group in
the southeastern part of the state.

     In March, the 1st Missouri Volunuers assembled a
gathering of six state militia groups for a "Missouri
Regional Conference." At the event, speakers, including
State Senator David Klarich. declared that unlike their
counterparts in other states, the Missouri Militia does not
promote an agenda of bigotry. However, literature offered at
the meeting included extracts from hate publications like
the Liberty  Lobby's The Spotlight, The Truth at Last,
published by anti-Jewish agitator Ed Fields of Georgia, and
The Jubilee, a journal that espouses the anti-Semitic pseudo-
theology of the "Identity Church'' movement.


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


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