The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on July 13, 1969 · Page 149
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 149

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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER 11. 1 Heavily Armed Klan Units Training Here Target: Subversives Sunday, July 13, 1969 THE GRAND DRAGON of Ohio for United Klans Of America, identified as with a machine gun, hand grenades and other arms Klan units say they will pictures on the page. EACH KLAN UNIT was described as having a supply of small arms, rifles, ammunition. Some members are trained in demolition as well as the use C r'A - ri J- t z . r . SIGNIFICANCE OF this picture of the three armed and robed Klansmen on its often the structure, sometimes known as Vj a Cincinnati contractor, is shown use. He furnished this and other medieval castle near Loveland, with bafflements, was not explained. More the Loveland Castle, is used by ad- automatic weapons, explosives and of firearms, the Klan leader said. Photographs on this page are represented to be verification of information given to The Enquirer in an Interview by the Grand Dragon of Ohio for the United Klans of America. This information is that: The Klan fears that Communists are carrying on subversion in this country which could lead to an attempted revolution and overthrow of the U. S. government. Klan militant units, trained and armed with everything from sidearms to machineguns, are prepared to counter the start of any such revolution through assassination of the leaders. "Assassinate the leaders and the followers will be like sheep they won't know what to do," the Grand Dragon said. There is an assassination list now in existence, and the assassinations would be carried out in cooperation with the Minutemen, another armed organization which fears an attempt Communist takeover. THE GRAND DRAGON, a Cincinnati contractor who lives a short distance from the downtown area, explained that he has the broader Klan job as leader of militant units in the Northern Klan, which he did not wish confused with the one-time night riders of the South. The Northern Klan membership stretches from Maryland to Indiana, from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River, the Grand Dragon explained, but only six states in this area have militant units. These were identified as Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland. : ' ' ' venturesome Boy Scout and other youth groups. Whether the Klansmen used the picturesque stone structure for "exercises" or purely photographic purposes was not revealed. THIS TRAINING SITE, where machine gun, rifle and small arms fire was practiced, had to be sacrificed because its "cover" was broken when this photograph was taken. Four such units operate within 25 miles of Cincinnati the Grand Dragon said. The number of persons who hold membership In the Klan is kept secret and one member often doesn't know who another member is, the Grand Dragon said, but the membership of the four units is estimated to exceed 125. The assassination list includes names of officials from the U. S. attorney general's office, some members of Congress and perhaps even from the White House, the Grand Dragon reported. HE LISTED THREE organizations which the Klan considers to be enemiesCommunists, Black Panthers and Students for a Democratic Society. Their leaders, without any identification by name, were given as assassination targets if revolution should start or appear to be eminent. They are considered by the Klan to have overthrow of the U. S. government as their objective. The other targets are considered to be key sympathizers and supporters. No one from Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky is on the assassination list, the Grand Dragon said. The first of the militant units to be formed (a unit has a minimum of 25 members) was organized within 15 miles of Cincinnati. This is Unit 26, he continued. There are a number of units in Ohio and Indiana, the Grand Dragon said. Each unit was described as having a supply of small arms, rifles, automatic weapons, explosives and ammunition. The units train some of their numbers in demolition as well as to use firearms, the Klan leader reported. INFLATION, THE Grand Dragon said, has hit their supply of weapons. A .50-caliber machinegun which sold for $150 on the open market before the gun control law now goes for $500 on the black market. Unit members are expected to furnish their own firearms and regalia, but not machineguns. Machinegun parts can be carried in an ordinary-looking briefcase for quick assembly, the Klansman explained. He added that blueprints for manufacture of their own weapons have been supplied to militant Klan members through the Minute-men. Cover of the training site shown in the photographs was broken in making the pictures, the Grand Dragon said, and it therefore already has been sacrificed. THE PHOTOGRAPHS were not made by The Enquirer, but were supplied by the Klan leaders, who said the assassination list had fallen into the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the Minute-men. He added that he was confident that the Klan had been infiltrated by the FBI. FBI spokesmen declined to make any comment. Why would Klan leaders release pictures and give an interview? The answer was given that organization bent on overthrow of the U. S. government might have second thoughts if they became aware of the Klans' counter force.

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