Posted tagged ‘militia members’

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.

Source

Advertisements

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.