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Head of Miller security detail has ties to militia

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The head of a security detail for Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller who handcuffed a journalist at a Miller town hall has business ties to Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson.

Olson, who now lives on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, is commander of the paramilitary Alaska Citizens Militia. He says Bill Fulton is his group's supplier of military gear through Fulton's surplus shop in Anchorage.

Olson says Fulton posts comments on the militia's online forum and supports its ideology, but he is "not a uniform-wearing" member.

Fulton did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has said he detained Tony Hopfinger, editor of the online Alaska Dispatch, after he ignored pleas to stop putting a camera in Miller's face Sunday and proceeded to "stalk" the Republican.

No charges have been filed.



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