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End Game: Obama Considering Preventive Detention Plan

May 22, 2009

This would be bad enough alone but coming so soon on the heels of the MIAC document and the DHS report (both of which pretty much branded anyone who is not a dyed-in-the-wool liberal as a potential domestic terrorist), this news is especially ominous.

President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said.

The discussion, in a 90-minute meeting in the Cabinet Room that included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other top administration officials, came on the eve of a much-anticipated speech Mr. Obama is to give Thursday on a number of thorny national security matters, including his promise to close the detention center at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Human rights advocates are growing deeply uneasy with Mr. Obama’s stance on these issues, especially his recent move to block the release of photographs showing abuse of detainees, and his announcement that he is willing to try terrorism suspects in military commissions — a concept he criticized bitterly as a presidential candidate.

The two participants, outsiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the session was intended to be off the record, said they left the meeting dismayed.

They said Mr. Obama told them he was thinking about “the long game” — how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents. He raised the issue of preventive detention himself, but made clear that he had not made a decision on it. Several senior White House officials did not respond to requests for comment on the outsiders’ accounts.

“He was almost ruminating over the need for statutory change to the laws so that we can deal with individuals who we can’t charge and detain,” one participant said. “We’ve known this is on the horizon for many years, but we were able to hold it off with George Bush. The idea that we might find ourselves fighting with the Obama administration over these powers is really stunning.”

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Maybe those much-discussed FEMA camps really exist and really are meant to imprison domestic dissidents after all? At this point I’m not ruling anything out anymore. Stay alert, people.

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Back on the Watch List

April 14, 2009

rightwingOr out of the frying pan, into the fire. The MIAC report on right-wing “milita” activity was retracted, but now we learn that DHS has a recent document with an even broader definition of right-wing “extremism”. Michelle Malkin confirms the document is real.

Seeing things like this you just have to wonder where we really are headed in this country. You have to wonder if maybe you were a little too quick to judge the “tin foil hat” crowd when they said things like this would happen. And you have to wonder how much of the other things they say are coming really might be coming.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Missouri Libertarian Party Demands Answers

March 23, 2009

From the Missouri Libertarian Party concerning the infamous Missouri Milita Memo:

Missouri Libertarian Party

PO Box 78623

St. Louis, MO 63178-8623

www.lpmo.org

For Immediate Release

March 22, 2009

Contact: Mike Ferguson, Missouri Libertarian Party Spokesman, at 816.695.1425 ormike@focalpointcommunications.net.

Missouri Libertarian Party Demands Answers: Why Was U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “Civil Liberties Impact Assessment Template” Ignored in Creation of MIAC “Strategic Memo”?

(Columbia, MO) –  The Civil Liberties Impact Assessment Template (1), a guideline created by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, was obviously ignored by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) when creating the now-infamous “Strategic Memo” on militia activity.

The document in question is a training memo for law enforcement in Missouri that characterizes certain political views as potential indicators of involvement in extremist, violent militia activity. Among the political views listed are opposition of illegal immigration, opposition to abortion, opposition to federal taxes and opposition to gun control legislation.

The memo also lists displays of support for third parties, like the Libertarian Party, and former presidential candidates Bob Barr (Libertarian) and Ron Paul (Republican) as being among the “paraphernalia” that could indicate involvement in hate-based militia groups.

MIAC is a “fusion center”; a cooperative of local, state and federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security.  The Department of Homeland Security has a document designed to prohibit the political profiling and other civil rights violations contained in the “Strategic Memo.”

Specifically:

Under the “Other Rights” portion of the template, the following question must be considered when considering any program or activity: “Could the program limit protected political or religious expression? Could the program implicitly chill open discourse or a person’s ability to express their beliefs in writing that does not threaten or amount to shouting fire in a theater?”

Because the US Department of Homeland Security is a cooperating agency in the “fusion center’s” domestic intelligence efforts, its regulations and safeguards for citizens should be observed in all activity.

Missouri Libertarian Party spokesman Mike Ferguson asks if these safeguards were considered during the development of the training document. “We want to know if a Civil Liberties Impact Assessment was done at all. Training law enforcement officers to watch for political speech like signs and bumper stickers when trying to determine if someone is part of a violent hate group will, obviously, ‘chill open discourse’ and people’s willingness to express their beliefs. Just knowing you might be profiled in a way that links you to groups like these discourages people from making their voice heard.

“This training document is not only misguided, it is dangerous and clearly violates the safeguards designed to protect our First Amendment rights.”

The Missouri Libertarian Party reiterates its desire to have representatives meet with Governor Nixon, and with the leadership of the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Missouri Information Analysis Center and the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Ferguson states “We want to be part of the solution that keeps our troopers safe, stops the real bad guys and protects our freedoms at the same time.

“Unfortunately, our repeated requests to have that discussion and reach a solution have been rejected so far.”

(1) The US Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties’ Civil Liberties Impact Assessment Template can be found at: http://www.it.ojp.gov/documents/Civil_Liberties_Impact.pdf
 
Mike Ferguson
 
http://www.mikefergusononline.com

MIAC Contacts Liberty Restoration Project

March 23, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009, Major Replogle of the MIAC contacted Liberty Restoration Project’s Bryon Huber concerning the infamous Missouri Militia Memo:

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I (Bryon) was contacted by Major Replogle who is in charge of Missouri’s Criminal Patrol, and oversees the MIAC. He called me on behalf of the Governor to discuss the Modern Militia Movement document. It was a great conversation and he assured me that the intent of the report was to educate police officers, officer safety and alert them of new trends. He also acknowledged that some of the wording could have been better, but that they (MIAC and MO) stand firmly behind this document. I asked him if it would be possible to have a retraction of the document, and he informed me that it was never meant for the eyes outside law enforcement and the officer who leaked the document violated the law. He also reminded me that they are standing firmly behind the document.

On behalf of the Liberty Restoration Project, I offered to bring a team of liberty minded citizens to a meeting to discuss crafting a new document that could be used in its stead. He welcomed the opportunity for us to come out and help educate their team. He also mentioned that not one law enforcement agency has contacted the MIAC to express disdain for the document, and that it appeared that all agencies were appreciative of the information in the document.

I asked Maj. Replogle about the officers that perished by the hands of “militia” members, he cited 3 unfortunate circumstances. I couldn’t write fast enough so please pardon my inaccurate recount of the officers or situation. He mentioned an officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1985 by a member of the Christian Identity Movement (white supremacist group). He cited the David Tate case where Mr. Tate was transporting a van full of explosives and automatic weapons. Tate was pulled over and he began to open fire on the officers, killing one with 11 rounds and another was wounded. Another officer died a year after being shot through a window of his own home (1987). Obviously the threat is real, and paramilitary groups do exist. He also added an example of a theoretical situation, that if he or another officer were to pull over a vehicle that was breaking the law, and they saw a bumper sticker that read “Don’t take my guns away”, they would instinctually use caution, that the person inside MAY have a firearm.

I was also repeatedly assured that no officer would profile vehicles with political information on the vehicles or because of profiling; he commented that the officers take the Constitution very seriously and would never encroach on our civil rights. If we ever felt that our rights were encroached upon, to contact the police department in question and let them know and an investigation will be launched.

With all that being said, he wanted me to inform EVERYONE that they have set-up an email account specifically for the MIAC concerns. He asked me to direct everyone to that email and they will look into everyone’s concerns. That email is:

MIACINFO@mshp.dps.mp.gov

Now here is my take on this conversation (Maj. Replogle, I hope you still understand my concerns and don’t hate me for this), the MIAC is not going to budge on this document, AND NEITHER ARE WE!!! Our demands are clear and precise. We feel that this document is a potential violation of our 1st Amendment rights to freely express ourselves without fear of being singled out. If Governor Nixon won’t retract this document and apologize for unintentionally slandering an ENTIRE group of AMERICAN’S based on their political beliefs, then we will continue to fight against the state of Missouri until we feel that this injustice is corrected.

So PLEASE, continue to call Governor Nixon and RESPECTFULLY tell them that you won’t tolerate being singled out as a domestic threat and that you will not spend one dime in Missouri, and advocate against his re-election until he fixes this.

(573) 751-3222
PLEASE continue to contact the MIAC, tell them thank you for taking the time to talk personally to the Liberty Restoration Project, but you won’t back down either!

MIACINFO@mshp.dps.mp.gov

We WON’T take this laying down! We won’t continue to slowly let our elected officials strip away what’s left of our liberty. What we are asking is NOT asking much. It wouldn’t take much for them to fix this problem, but their adamant defiance to respond to the people they EMPLOY will not be tolerated any more.

If we don’t stand out ground here, then we will have failed the children yet to come!!!

United,

Bryon Huber

Director of Public Relation

Liberty Restoration Project

Bryon@libertyrestorationproject.org

Major Replogle’s assurances are not terribly reassuring. The campaign to have this document retracted must go on.

Missouri Militia Memo Goes Mainstream

March 20, 2009

The Missouri Militia Memo controversy picked up some mainstream media coverage today.

Local ABC television affiliate KMBC:

 

Rush Limbaugh:

 

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.

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