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Missouri Militia Memo Fallout

March 28, 2009

theworstpartofcensorshikh3The Missouri MIAC report has been retracted and apologies have been made to Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr. While all that is a victory for the grassroots, there are still lingering questions.

 

Who wrote the document?

Following a news conference in which Missouri Lt. Governor Pete Kinder called for “putting the director of public safety on administrative leave and investigating how the report was produced”, the Missouri Highway Patrol announced it “will open an investigation into the origin of the report“.

I have heard more than one source voice suspicion that this report was the work of  the Southern Poverty Law Center. In his response to the document’s retraction, Chuck Baldwin said,

“If we can continue to probe the details of the MIAC report, I am absolutely convinced we will find that this report actually originates with Morris Dees and his ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center. And if my hunch (a very educated hunch, I might add) is correct, it means that the DHS and various State police agencies around the country are allowing a left-wing special interest group to use them to harass, intimidate, and profile people with conservative political opinions.”

And the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC has issued a national advisory also placing blame for the document’s content on the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti Defamation League. In their advisory ALIPAC says,

 “The Southern Poverty Law Center was cited as a research source for the ‘Missouri Documents’. Furthermore, the attempt of these documents to cast suspicion of violent and life threatening behavior on millions of Americans who are concerned about these issues is consistent with the regularly released political materials of both the SPLC and ADL.”

Why did Governor Nixon initially stand behind the document and why has he still not complied with Sunshine Law information requests concerning it?

Chuck Baldwin also wrote, “This sordid story is truly an embarrassment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State of Missouri. Governor Nixon, especially, is left with egg on his face for foolishly and stupidly standing behind the report, when he had either never read it, or, if he had, was just as guilty of political profiling as the ones who wrote the report.”

Perhaps this article from August 2007 written by Jack Cashill, an independent writer and producer and, on a contractual basis, the Executive Editor of Ingram’s Magazine, Kansas City’s premier business magazine, gives us a clue:

Jay Nixon’s War on Terror

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is running for governor of Missouri and expects to win. Most local pundits expect the same.

On Nixon’s official campaign web site, the popular four-term AG reminds us that he has been “a national and state leader in fighting crime, protecting consumers, and safeguarding the taxpayers’ money.”

But Jay Nixon tells us not a word about his once upon a time role as national and state leader in the war on terror. Yes, the war on terror. As The Kansas City Star reported a decade back, when it came to terror groups, Nixon was keen on “taking the hardest line of any attorney general in the nation.”

As will soon become clear, this is something that Nixon would rather forget. But for Heather Johnson* and fourteen other Missouri citizens, there is no forgetting and no forgiving. Allow me to explain.

Continue reading… (and you should – this is another outrage)

As we continue to press for answers to these questions, it is important that we remember to stand against tyranny in all its forms, wherever we find it. 

To help you recognize tyranny, consider The Smoking Argus Daily Information Analysis Center” report entitled “The Modern Tyranny Movement” (pdf file – a parody of the MIAC report, though far more accurate in its descriptions).

Grassroots Victory Over Missouri Militia Memo

March 28, 2009

dont_treadThe Missouri HIghway Patrol is retracting the infamous MIAC report on militia activity.

From KansasCity.com:

The Missouri Highway Patrol this week retracted a controversial report on militia activity and will change how such reports are reviewed before being distributed to law enforcement agencies.

The Highway Patrol also will open an investigation into the origin of the report, which linked conservative groups with domestic terrorism and named former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.

The Highway Patrol’s announcement followed a news conference in which Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, suggested putting the director of public safety on administrative leave and investigating how the report was produced.

Continue reading…

Just a couple of days before the official retraction of the document, members of the Liberty Restoration Project visited Governor Jay Nixon’s office to ask why he had not complied with their request under Missouri’s Sunshine Law seeking information about the sources of the document. Here is the video they recorded:

Following the retraction of the document, Chuck Baldwin wrote the following response:

Well, there is still hope for liberty after all! After multiple thousands of phone calls, emails, faxes, and other communications from outraged citizens, the State of Missouri has rescinded its controversial “militia” report. This proves the point I made in this column recently that the most effective way to fight an ever-encroaching federal leviathan is to focus on our individual states.

[snip]

Dear readers, please take a bow! Because of tens of thousands of patriotic, freedom-loving Americans–including thousands of courageous Missourians–the long arm of totalitarianism was shortened just a bit.

This sordid story is truly an embarrassment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State of Missouri. Governor Nixon, especially, is left with egg on his face for foolishly and stupidly standing behind the report, when he had either never read it, or, if he had, was just as guilty of political profiling as the ones who wrote the report.

[snip]

With that said, here are the lessons all of us need to take to heart:

*Every police officer, deputy sheriff, and law enforcement officer in America who believes in constitutional government, individual liberty, and the Bill of Rights needs to be alert for any report that smacks of the MIAC report, and be willing to quickly “blow the whistle” on any such report they see.

*Lovers of freedom should be much encouraged to see what can happen when they are willing to stand up to their State governing officials as they see abridgements to their liberties taking place. I say again, the best way to fight these mushrooming despotic tendencies of government we seem to see everywhere is to focus on our State governments. Do you now see why I say that? Even if DHS was behind the MIAC report, it was the State of Missouri that had to implement it; and it was the State of Missouri that (under pressure) killed it.

*Notice, too, that we did not need the major media to achieve this victory. We cut off this one branch of the tyranny tree without the help of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX NEWS (with the exception of Glenn Beck), or even the Drudge Report. Victory was achieved with the weapons of talk radio, syndicated Internet columns, Internet blogging, local news media, and word of mouth.

You see, folks, we can achieve victory without the major media. But we must stay focused and actively involved in our respective State governments. “We the people” are still the power of this country. And don’t let anyone deceive you into believing anything else. Therefore, take heart in knowing that your diligence convinced the State of Missouri to rescind its atrocious MIAC report. Now, don’t let it stop there. Let’s faithfully cut off the tentacles of tyranny wherever we find them. Amen?

Read the full article here.

Thanks to the relentless efforts of grassroots activists visiting Missouri legislators, emailing, blogging, posting on internet message boards, speaking to local media,  and filing a Sunshine Law request, the story of the atrocious “Missouri Militia Memo” could not be ignored.

Thanks also go to Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr for writing a brilliant letter to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon opposing the document and their inclusion in it.

Thanks as well to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck for giving this issue national attention.

Say what you will about Alex Jones, but when he’s right, he’s right. A big thanks to Alex Jones and InfoWars for first shining a light on the document.

And a huge thank you to the brave Highway Patrol employee who leaked the document to Alex Jones in the first place. I hope that person’s identity is never discovered, lest he or she become subject to prosecution, persecution or any unpleasantness whatsover. That individual is a true American hero.

Apology! (sort of)

March 24, 2009

seal_moThe state of Missouri apologizes to Paul, Barr & Baldwin over MIAC report.

But “domestic terror” smears against anti-abortion, anti-gun control, bumper sticker political activists will remain. Read the full story at PrisonPlanet.com, where the story first broke two weeks ago.

Read the letter Paul, Barr and Baldwin sent to Governor Nixon here (PDF). Read the letter of apology here (PDF).

Domestic Terrorist? Me?

March 15, 2009

gadsdenIn a story first broken by infowars.com and confirmed by private citizens and local media (KansasCity.com, Columbia Daily Tribune, KMOV, Fox 4 ), the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) distributed a report entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” to Missouri law enforcement agencies.

The document lists numerous criteria that law enforcement officers should look for in identifying potential domestic terrorists and militia members. Among these criteria are:

Belief that:

Obama may enact firearms confiscation

Obama may not meet constitutional requirements to hold the office of President

The New World Order is a real agenda of certain politicians and other powerful “elites”

FEMA camps may be real

US military forces may be used for firearms confiscation and relocating citizens to FEMA camps in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act

US government may fall due to economic collapse

Possible Contstitutional Convention may alter or remove the 1st and 2nd amendments

NAU is a real agenda of certain politicians and other powerful “elites”

County Sheriff is the highest local authority

Also:

Anger towards the Federal Reserve System and all forms of tax collection

Oppose Ammunition Accountability legislation

Oppose any required Universal Service Program in the US

Oppose RFID tracking of citizens

Ideologies Include:

Christian

White supremacist

Neo-Nazi

skinhead

anti-government

anti-Semitic

anti-immigration

Sovereign Citizen

anti-abortion

tax resistors [sic]

Training Includes:

Military Simulation events – paintball or Airsoft “war games”

Militia and survival training events

Communications – short wave radio, internet forums, Yahoo groups, blogs and social networking sites, online talk shows

Recruitment – gun shows, internet forums, websites, social networking sites, informal social networks

Organization:

  • Public groups – groups that “desire to aid the County Sheriff or Governor in emergencies such as a natural disaster”
  • Committees of Safety – organization “established to lobby government officials and confront corruption”

Common Militia Symbols:
Association with 3rd party political groups. Display of materials from the Constitution Party, Campaign for Liberty or Libertarian Party. “These members are usually supporters of former Presidential candidate: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr”.

Pictures, cartoons, bumper stickers that contain anti-government rhetoric. Also the Gadsden (“Don’t Tread On Me”) Flag, Sovereign Citizen flags, upside down US flag, First Navy Jack. Other literature and media include Zeitgeist the Movie (anti Federal Reserve System) and America: Freedom to Fascism (anti income tax documentary).

One local Freedom Movement group, The Liberty Restoration Project, is asking for “a retraction of this document, and a public apology made, and if this is not met, the LRP has promised heavy activism against their Division and will pursue further actions to correct what they feel is a devastating misrepresentation of what the “Freedom Movement” is about.”

In addition to the above press release, the first step of the Liberty Restoration Project’s plan of action will be to deliver letters (with video cameras) requesting information from FEMA, Dept of Public Safety, Govenor Nixon, and MO Highway Patrol in accordance with Missouri’s Freedom of Information Act / Sunshine Law. They plan to deliver these letters on Monday, March 16, 2009.

I do not belong to any militia group and I am most certainly not a racist or neo-nazi but I do hold a number of the beliefs and display some of the “symbols” referenced in this document. I have been a follower of the Zero Agression Principle all my life, even before I learned it had a name. I have met many others in the Freedom Movement who could say the same. I also happen to live in Missouri, not far from one of the alleged FEMA camps.

Missouri law enforcement officers take note – I am not your enemy, nor are the many others like me. If a day ever comes when you are ordered to target and/or detain your fellow citizens based on profile elements from the MIAC document I hope you will remember this and remember to what and to whom you swore an oath.

For those of you who live in states other than Missouri, do you know what your state’s “Fusion Center” is doing? Be aware – these Fusion Centers are a national network.

Does having political opinions that differ from those of the current powers-that-be make me a potential terrorist? Have we really arrived at the point where even peaceful dissent makes one an enemy of the state?

I sincerely hope not.

Watch this blog for updates.