2010 Vice Interview with Michigan Militia


Published on Nov 2, 2012 by VICE

We interviewed the founder of the notorious Michigan Militia to find out about its ties with Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bombing and more.

Norman Olson is the founder of the Michigan Militia, the most famous/notorious/we-think-maybe-oldest? group of the early-90s citizens’ militia movement. If you’re too young to remember, that was this thing where guys in camouflage got together to train with their guns and guys with cameras pretended they were scary and racist. The movement hit a speed bump when it got blamed for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and Norm Olson didn’t do much good for his own group when he tried to pass the blame to the Japanese—an idea which, if you subscribe to certain theories concerning the earlier sarin-gas attack on the Tokyo subway and the responsible doomsday cult’s alleged connections to the Japanese Imperial Family, makes a limited sort of sense, but otherwise sounds like the craziest of all possible answers. With faith already shaken in his leadership, Norm then hitched the Militia’s wagon to fears over that Y2K thing and by February 2000 the group was essentially defunct. However, as you may have heard from the Southern Poverty Law Center or one of the hundreds of press outlets who reprinted their press release as a “story,” right-wing militia activity is back on the upswing. And never one to look a media jizz-rush in the mouth, Norm and his old compatriot Ray Southwell are using the momentum to try and get a new militia started on Alaska’s Kenai peninsula. So far it’s been going kind of rough, but that didn’t stop Norm and Ray from inviting us in for coffee and a quick flip through his big, yarn-bound book of Militia Mem’ries. Come join us, as we televize the nostalgialution…

Originally released in 2010 on http://VICE.com

2 thoughts on “2010 Vice Interview with Michigan Militia

  1. government sure did its job on that group didnt they?
    so many want to join , but with the negative press they got back in the 90’s it takes a special person to overcome that

  2. The leader of the tough guys ran away to alaska. A full retreat. Thats what I look for in a militia leader.

    I had a fire team member who quit because he decided owning a gun was scary and he wanted me to keep it at my place until he needed it. lol
    Actually think he quit because I called him a derogatory name or 5 and asked if he needed me to hold his dress when he pisses(which oddly enough he didnt like doing outside).

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