Naturally, they also increased the number of so-called "hate groups", which now include such entities as the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and ALIPAC, to make it appear as if "hate" is on the rise. William Gheen's desperate measures to distance himself and ALIPAC from so-called "racists" and "white supremacists", to include suddenly pulling his organization out of the June 5th Phoenix Rising Rally, have earned him no absolution from the SPLC.
In April 2010, the SPLC published a hit list entitled "Meet The Patriots", is available in full HERE. Included on that list of 40 patriots was Alaska Citizens Militia leader Norm Olson, who moved from Michigan to Alaska in 2005. Now that list, whittled down to 35, has been re-published, along with brief explanations, in the SPLC's quarterly Summer 2010 Intelligence Report (view the table of contents HERE). The account is reasonably unbiased, and is replicated below:
Back in the Saddle
Norm Olson, 63
Few people played a bigger role in transforming Michigan into a hotbed of militia activity during the 1990s than Norm Olson. Today, the founder of the Michigan Militia is living in Alaska and working with others to build the Alaska Citizens Militia. He told the Redoubt Reporter [on September 16th, 2009] that he was convinced Americans would be forced to repel "tyrannical, oppressive federal aggression."
Founded in 1994, the Michigan Militia was one of the first major contemporary militias. It was thrust into the national spotlight after the Oklahoma City bombing, when reports surfaced that conspirators Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh had attended meetings. Olson confirmed that each man attended one meeting but added that their rhetoric was not welcome and they were not encouraged to return.
After the 1995 bombing, Olson suggested the Japanese government was responsible — a statement he later said he should have "fully corroborated." Olson wasn't re-elected to a leadership post in the Michigan Militia. He later founded his own Northern Michigan Regional Militia.
By 2005, Olson was moving to Alaska. He declared Michigan "hopeless" and auctioned off weaponry and memorabilia from his Alanson, Mich., gun store — even offering Michigan Militia patches.
By late 2009, Olson and Michigan Militia co-founder Ray Southwell were in Nikiski, Alaska, promoting the Alaska Citizens Militia. Earlier this year, Olson was serving as interim commander of the Kenai Peninsula Division.
"America is very, very ill," Olson said. "And people across the country are preparing themselves."
While the article above is relatively benign, the connotation is sinister. The SPLC is attempting to blur the distinction between nativists and patriots who have no white nationalists sympathies vs. thugs who use white nationalism as nothing more than protective cover for personal hooliganism. The SPLC's objective is for the public to put the Norm Olsons in the same gutter as the Curtis Allgiers and the Robert Gums. Their blogroll is but another manifestation of their pronounced left-wing bias.
As pointed out in this previous post, Norm Olson has no white nationalist connections or sentiments. Olson currently lives on a 22-acre spread near Nikiski, a small, unincorporated community on the Kenai Peninsula with isolated roads and virtually no local government. The nearest state trooper post is two towns away. But while Olson discourses on the need for a paramilitary Alaska Citizens Militia, he emphasizes that violent individuals aren't welcome to join. Anyone who wants to blow up a bridge or kill a judge or promote such actions need not apply. And those who are looking for an "all-White militia" would be disappointed to learn that among his key members is a black former Marine who serves as a combat weapons trainer for any patriot who asks. So much for the SPLC's propaganda.