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Paranoia as Patriotism:
Far-Right Influences on the Militia Movement

Mark Koernke

Mark Koernke is an influential personality in the militia movement who has recently come to the attention of the general public in connection with the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing. According to press reports, he was a friend, perhaps even a mentor, of Timothy McVeigh, the man accused of the bombing, and was an associate of the Nichols brothers, also being held by authorities - Terry, accused of abetting the bominb, and James as a material witness. Additionally, it has been reported that Koernke sent a fax to Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, referring to the bombing.

Referring to himself as "Mark from Michigan," Koernke describes himself as a former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and Counter-Intelligence Analyst. He has appeared at 'survivalist' conventions with militia extremists and so-called "patriots." Koernke has spoken across the country warning of a government plot to take away the rights of American citizens, and he has produced a number of video tapes detailing these supposed Federal conspiracies including America in Peril, A Call to Arms, and Equipping for the New World Order. An advertisement in a Militia of Montana newsletter, states that the second of these tapes "brings forth new evidence and brand new atrocities with actual photos of concentration camps in America."

A University of Michigan janitor living in the small town of Dexter, Michigan, Koernke calls for armed defiance of the government. Until April 28, he broadcase a radio show five days a week called "The Intelligence Report," affiliated with the "Voice of Liberty" program on shortwave station WWCR (World Wide Christian Radio), based in Nashville, Tennessee. WWCR took the program off the air after Koernke suggested that Federal authorities were setting up McVeigh for assassination and that the government itself might have committed the bombing. (Anti-Defamation League, 21)

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