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                           KANSAS

     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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