Potential "terrorist," in the eyes of MO police?
Courtesy of Oleg Volk
The Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) is a group that combines the resources of federal, state, and local agencies to help identify terrorist plots, so they can be thwarted. Recently, Alex Jones broke the story about a MIAC report that is supposedly intended to aid in that endeavor.
The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and 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.
Also listed as a red flag is a belief that President Obama is "tight" (the report's word) on gun control, a concern that he might implement some kind of firearms confiscation policy, and outrage over the "Ammunition Accountability" scheme (which I discussed some here).
While it might be easy to dismiss this as some kind of paranoid delusion, even MIAC officials do not deny the existence of the report, or claim that the text differs from what Jones released, they just say the report has been "mischaracterized."
But MIAC officials defended their report, saying it's not a basis for officers to take enforcement action.
"These reports sometimes mention groups or individuals who are not the subject of the document, but may be relevant to describing tendencies or trends concerning the subject of the document," MIAC said in a statement.
To say, though, that the report is "not a basis for officers to take enforcement action" obviously misses the point. The point is that in the eyes of MIAC, to hold and express political views that stray even slightly from the beaten path is to subject oneself to official scrutiny as a potential terrorist. That is chilling.
The story of the MIAC report has grown legs, having been picked up by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh (both YouTube video segments), so I'm not claiming to have presented anything new. What concerns me is that even among those condemning the report, little or no effort is made to counter the public perception of "militia" as a dirty word, or debunk the myth that modern day militias exist only as vehicles of bigotry, violence and subversion. Instead, we see indignant denials of militia affiliation.
At a “Tea Party” to protest wasteful government spending Thursday in Flat Branch Park, several people displaying the Revolutionary War-replica “Don’t Tread On Me” flag were upset to learn the MIAC report lists the banner as a “militia symbol.”
“That’s insane,” said Doug Wendt looking at the MIAC document. “That is not a militia symbol. That is American history. This is historic. The only animosity” American colonists “ever directed with this was towards England.”
Militias, far from being terrorist organizations, can be thought of as being necessary to the security of a free state. I'm sure I read that somewhere once (and "well regulated," in the context of a body of fighting men, can have a meaning quite different from "subject to a big honking stack of rules").
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