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                        PENNSYLVANIA

     In recent months. sporadic militia organizing has been
conducted throughout eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania -
- including Dauphin, Delaware, Bucks, Berks, Montgomery and
Chester Counties. Some of this activity may have been
spurred in part by a November 20, 1994, recruiting speech in
suburban Philadelphia by Samuel Sherwood, head of the Idaho-
based United States Militia Association. Sherwood
subsequently appeared on local talk radio programs.

     Similarly, in Crawford County in the western part of
the state, a February 4, 1995, appearance by Michigan
militia proponent and video agitator Mark Koernke attracted
various militia sympathizers and groups. The Keystone
Militia has a base in adjacent Warren County.

     Militias have formed in Potter and Elk Counties in
north central Pennsylvania. Ken Haupricht of the Elk County
group has acknowledged that two members also belong to the
Ku Klux Klan. The Potter County-based Bucktail Militia
(named after Civil War sharpshooters who trained in the
area) claims "brigades" in neighboring counties.


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


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