“Since last November, the Federal Reserve has repeatedly refused to disclose records and reports documenting how it has squandered trillions of taxpayer dollars, and Chairman Bernanke has mocked Congress’s appeals to transparency as “counterproductive.”
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From the LRC Blog:
Are These the Next Terrorists?
Posted by Bill Anderson at March 22, 2009 08:26 PM
Now that the Democrat state governments of Pennsylvania and Missouri have declared the Campaign for Liberty and the Constitution Party as “terrorist organizations,” is the Tea Party next? One can only wonder if these demonstrators at the Orlando Tea Party are going to end up on a watch list or the no-fly list.
As one who has been concerned about the descent of this country into statism and ruin, I still must admit that I never believed it would come to what we are seeing now.
Note to the White House and Congress: stop laughing at your own stupid jokes and listen to the people!
The Missouri Militia Memo controversy picked up some mainstream media coverage today.
Local ABC television affiliate KMBC:
Glenn Beck (with guest Penn Gillette):
And the Missouri Campaign for Liberty responds to the MIAC report:
The Missouri Campaign for Liberty finds the recent Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) Strategic Report to be misleading in its presentation of facts, and well below the quality that our hardworking Missouri law enforcement officials deserve. The report, dated 2-20-2009, entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” was issued to State and local law enforcement officials across Missouri to warn and inform them about current trends in radical militias.
The misrepresentations in this document, whether intentional or not, are dangerous to both private citizens and public safety. Providing law enforcement officers with documents containing misleading information is simply unacceptable. These brave men and women who patrol our neighborhoods and highways must be able to identify threats to themselves and public safety, but this report and its amateurish presentation stands only as an obstacle to these officers’ discernment process.
The author of this report implies that Campaign for Liberty has a violent and radical membership when its mission statement clearly states that the only means for pursuing its goals is by political and educational means. Under Political Paraphernalia the document states, “it is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitution Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material.” Reading this document, one could easily be led to assume that Campaign for Liberty is a radical, violent group, when nothing could be further from the truth.
Therefore, the Missouri Campaign For Liberty hereby demands that a formal and public apology from Governor Jay Nixon, Director of the Department of Public Safety John Britt, Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel James Keathley, and Missouri Information Analysis Center Director Van Godsey be issued immediately, and that each organization and person wrongly characterized as militant be given an opportunity to distribute a document asserting the true nature of their person or organization to the same law enforcement officers that received the original report.
We would like to invite all law enforcement officials to our Freedom Celebration featuring Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News and Congressman Ron Paul on Friday, March 27th, at 8:00 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis. This event is free and open to the public and will allow officers to experience just how wrong the MIAC report is in its irresponsible profiling of Campaign for Liberty Members.
Two exceptionally poignant responses to the MIAC document were released today. The document, which profiles potential domestic terrorists/violent militia members for Missouri law enforcement officers, specifically states such individuals may display materials “from the Constitution Party, Campaign for Liberty or Libertarian Party” and “these members are usually supporters of former Presidential candidate: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr”.
Anthony Gregory, editor-in-chief at Campaign for Liberty had this to say:
Peaceful Dissent and Government Witch Hunts
As most readers of this are probably aware, the Campaign for Liberty has been singled out, along with a few other political groups, in a leaked Missouri state government report, “The Modern Militia Movement.” The document tells state officials to be on the lookout for violent extremists while conflating them with pretty much anyone who criticizes the government. Perhaps most troubling, the information apparently comes from the Department of Homeland Security, meaning that similar documents could be circulating in states other than Missouri.
The brush with which this report paints critics of the federal government is so absurdly broad that it should not have to be taken seriously. The report lumps together violent white supremacists with the diverse and broad coalition behind Ron Paul, a man who has called racism “simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals.” People who favor peace and cooperation among nations are thrown together with belligerent nationalists. Militants who saw George W. Bush as their savior and loved the war on terror are associated with those of us who saw Bush’s reign as a long period of attacks on social peace, international harmony and freedom. We who criticize the Federal Reserve, fiat money, and inflation — many of whom were inspired by great Jewish economists like Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard — are conflated with peddlers of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Promoters of social harmony and cooperation are branded as antisocial promoters of conflict. The wide net cast catches both domestic terrorists and anyone who happens to favor constitutional government, oppose international bureaucracies, question the IRS, CIA, FBI or United Nations, subscribe to libertarian politics or oppose the military draft.
This should all be too ridiculous to address, but police carrying out nationally directed profiling have not been known to be the most nuanced in their investigations. So there is some legitimate concern for freedom activists of all stripes.
The report’s categorization of so many different types of people as potential threats to domestic peace takes on a distinct flavor in these Obama years, targeting tens of millions of conservative-leaning Americans who wish to peacefully live their lives in freedom — people who take their Second Amendment rights seriously, people who oppose the staggering growth of government in modern times, people who do not fit into a politically correct mold of good citizenship. It is thus a dangerous report, but it is not anything qualitatively new in the history of the American Republic. Sometimes the fear-mongering was simply stupid and counterproductive; but many times it meant severe attacks on the civil liberties of peaceful Americans.
Campaign for Liberty also published an online Citizens’ Petition for Redress of Grievance to be delivered to the Missouri Governor and Attorney General, most likely when Campaign for Liberty is in St. Louis for its first Liberty Regional Conference this weekend. I would love to see Ron Paul deliver these petions personally!
Please read and sign the Campaign for Liberty petition. You do not have to be a Missouri resident to do so – just an American citizen who believes in free speech, the right to assemble and the right to participate in peaceful political activism.
In another beautifully written response today, Chuck Baldwin, former Constitution Party presidential candidate, said:
Thanks to a concerned Missouri state policeman, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host stated that he was alerted last week to a secret Missouri state police report that categorized supporters of Congressman Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and myself as “‘militia’ influenced terrorists.” The report, he said, “instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.”
I realize that there are people who will dismiss this kind of story as insignificant. They shouldn’t. This is very serious and should be treated as such. Anyone who knows anything at all about history knows that before a state or national government can persecute–and commit acts of violence against–a group of people, they must first marginalize the group from society’s mainstream and categorize it as dangerous.
Rome did exactly that to Christians, as did Mao’s China; Hitler’s Germany did the same thing to Jews; Stalin’s Russia did the same thing to political dissenters, etc. That a State police agency in America would actually infer that people who supported Ron Paul, Bob Barr, or myself in a political campaign are somehow indistinguishable from violence-prone “militias” is beyond insulting: it is a smear campaign, and might should even be regarded as a hate crime!
Do you not see how dangerous this kind of slanderous labeling can become? It could affect your flight status when you try to board an airline. It could affect your application for sensitive jobs. It could affect your adjudication before a court or judge. It could make you a target for aggressive law enforcement strategies. It could affect your being able to obtain a passport. It could affect one’s ability to purchase a firearm or receive a State concealed weapon permit.
This is very serious business! We are not talking about private opinions. We are talking about law enforcement agencies. And remember, most law enforcement agencies share these types of reports; therefore, how many other state police agencies have similar reports floating around? Probably several. Plus, how do we know that this report was not influenced by federal police agencies? We don’t.
Rest assured, I do not plan to take this lying down. As one who is personally named in the above report, I demand a public retraction and apology from the MIAC and Missouri State Police. I can tell you that my family is extremely distraught that their husband, father, and grandfather would be labeled in such a manner. I am also not ruling out legal action. In addition, I am discussing an appropriate response with Ron Paul and Bob Barr. I will keep readers posted as to what comes of these discussions (as I am at liberty to do so, of course).
In the meantime, I encourage everyone who believes in the freedom of speech and who believes that the MIAC report is an egregious miscarriage of justice to contact the appropriate Missouri police officials. Here is the contact information:
Email address: Brandon.email@example.com
Missouri Information Analysis Center
Division of Drugs & Crime Control
P. O. Box 568
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0568
Toll Free: 866-362-6422
And lest one thinks that none of this concerns him or her, I would like to remind you of the lament of Martin Niemoeller back in the days of Hitler’s Germany. Niemoeller was a decorated U-Boat Captain and pastor of great distinction. An avid anti-communist, Niemoeller at first supported Hitler’s rise to power and was hesitant to oppose the violations of civil rights against various groups he personally found distasteful. It did not take long, however, before Niemoeller realized that when laws protecting the rights of all were removed from some, no one was safe–including him. Unfortunately, he learned his lesson too late, as he, too, was persecuted and imprisoned by Hitler’s State Police. Here is what Niemoeller said about his indifference:
“They came first for the communists, and I did not speak up-
because I was not a communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up – because I was not a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up because I was not a Jew;
And then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak up.”
Finally, the Liberty Restoration Project is purchasing copies of Aaron Russo’s documentary America: Freedom to Fascism (also specifically mentioned in the MIAC document) for each member of the Missouri state legislature. The DVDs are to be hand delivered Monday, March 23rd.
It is vitally important to speak up against any kind of profiling and, as Anthony Gregory pointed out so well in the article, lumping peaceful activists in with violent radicals. If we do not speak now, we may not get the chance later.
Yesterday’s news of AIG executives receiving $165 million in bonus payments was indeed enraging. Even more troubling was the news that AIG paid out over $100 billion to Goldman Sachs – a private business with deep ties to the US Treasury.
Today, Barack Obama expressed “outrage” over the executives bonuses, urging Goldman Sachs insider and current Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to use “all legal means to stop AIG bonuses“, going so far as threatening to withhold further TARP infusions.
I have only one thing to say to this. Mr. President, your “outrage” today is much too little coming much too late. If you actually had any kind of moral opposition to wasting taxpayers money like this, you would have voted against the original Bailout Bill back in October. But you didn’t. You came in from the campaign trail to vote FOR this morally reprehensible legislation along with your opponent, John McCain.
If you actually thought there might be a moral hazard to giving away billions of dollars from our children’s future you would have joined the vast majority of American citizens who called, faxed, emailed and rallied against the Bailout Bill before it was made law. But you did not.
Your words today are hollow and insulting to all of us who said in September that nothing good would come of the Bailout. It is too late now, Mr. Obama, to play at righteous indignation over something you helped create.
Also jumping on the outrage bandwagon are Ben Bernanke (who asked for and wrote the Bailout), Tim Geithner (who oversaw distribution of the Bailout), Larry Summers, NY Fed President (and ex-Goldman economist) William Dudley, Rep. Barney Frank, Sen. Bob Corker and others (who voted for the bailout).
Americans, if you are indeed outraged by what is being done with your money it is time you learn who your true friends are. The Campaign for Liberty, Lew Rockwell and the Mises Institute are among those who spoke out and coordinated efforts against the Bailout. In fact, these are the people who knew the housing bubble would pop, knew it would effect the whole economy and know that the actions being taken now to “rescue” the economy will only make matters worse. Isn’t it time you got to know your real friends?
In 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:
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
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
tax resistors [sic]
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
- 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.
An outstanding blog post from Campaign For Liberty’s Don Rasmussen on yesterday’s “End the Fed” rallies.
You would think that a 39 city protest involving thousands of people might warrant a national wire story, maybe a mention on cable news, but no. Reporters don’t understand the issue and therefore they ignore it. Of course this can be said for most of the important issues that affect people’s lives. Hence we get wall-to-wall coverage of the Obama daughter’s educational preferences. Fiddling while Rome burns seems almost understated.
There was some local coverage (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and the Russians were all over it. Most of it misses the point, but what are you going to do? A few months ago this wasn’t even an issue and many of us owe Ron Paul a considered debt of gratitude for raising it to prominence. Maybe one day, some reporter might even realize he’s sitting on the biggest story of the last hundred years; the looting of the American people to the tune of 95% of our money’s value.
Maybe that industrious reporter will open a history book and learn that the dangers of central banking were well understood by such radical fringe players as Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy. He might learn that Woodrow Wilson realized that he had enabled the eventual destruction of America with the signing of the Federal Reserve Act writing, “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country.”
He might even figure out that this system impoverishes our most vulnerable citizen’s by destroying their purchasing power and enslaving them in unnecessary welfare systems that need naught ever to have existed. He might learn that inflation is a means of paying for aggressive wars indirectly and therefore avoiding the direct cost of taxation which would raise opposition among the people.
He might also discover that the Constitution demands that our government control our nation’s money supply and that the Federal Reserve is a private bank that not even members of congress are allowed to oversee.
If he is really sharp, he might also figure out that fractional reserve banking and fiat money systems must necessarily fail over time and we have reached the end of the line. With a little evaluation, he may conclude that central banking has led us to the point of the complete collapse of the international economic order and the end of the dollar and our way of life with it.