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Militia members are not terrorists


   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").


On the radio:

My fellow Gun Rights Examiners have some radio spots coming up.

First, Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner Paul Valone will be on WBT radio in Charlotte, talking about North Carolina SB 664 at 4:00 PM EDT today.  You can catch the live stream at

Also, National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea will be on the Andy Caldwell Show tonight at 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT, discussing the "Ammunition Accountability Abomination  Act." Click here for live stream access.

David will aslo be on Freedom Fighter Radio tomorrow night at 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PDT discussing gun rights in general.



  • Michelle C 6 years ago

    Sounds like a McCarthy witch hunt to me.

  • Ken 6 years ago

    This all sounds like paranoid-paramilitary lunacy to me. All the militia-minded citizens on the outskirts of our major population centers need to understand... You're the least of America's concerns.

    You'll keep being afraid in your isolated communities until the day you die with your automatic weapons in your ever wringing hands.

    Nobody cares except you. You can have your weapons if it makes you feel like a better person! If the only character strength you have is your love of guns that can fire hundreds of rounds a minute and and the ability to look & sound crazy, have a ball.

    There's a reason that rural America is poor and uneducated. Nobody likes you except for those that choose to stay behind in the doldrums that shape you into frightened children.

    I know, I got out.

    I live in a major city and believe me, everyone here wants people like you to stay away because you value your fear more than diversity or understanding. You all know what I mean. I've lived in it, I hated it, I got away from the angry rednecks and gun loving "Christians" (?) that wanted to "save" me.

    So don't worry Bubba's and Bubbette's... We could give a flying f--- about you, your generic fears and complete disregard for logic.

    Stop begging for the attention. You're not going to get it.

  • Kurt Hofmann 6 years ago

    Thanks for your thoughtful contribution to the discussion, Ken.

    Got a question for you, though. If "no one cares" about our having the firearms we choose, why the efforts to ban them? If "no one cares" about militia members, and even people who are not members of any militia, but have politically incorrect views, why was a Missouri agency putting such people under increased scrutiny as potential terrorists?

    We don't want "attention," Ken--we want to be left alone.

  • Patrick Sperry 5 years ago

    Poor Ken, believer of stereotypes yet trying to appear to be actually educated.
    I live in a small town now,and the last stats that I saw reported that close to forty percent of the adult population had a college degree,and yes, close to ninety percent have firearms in their homes. So I guess we are just a bunch of hillbillies. Can't truly call us rednecks because there are so few union workers here though. Let's see though. When I lived in the Denver area something around twelve percent of adults were college educated. Thirty percent of households had a firearm.San Diego was on a par with that. Los Angeles was even lower on both stats... from a Professor Emeritus at UCSD in nineteen seventy, "Young man, never confuse education with intelligence." That was one very smart old man.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    We all would do good to remember that the militia, as defined by the United States code, and as meant by the Founders and those who adopted the Bill of Rights, is us--at least, those of us capable of carrying and using weapons. Properly, we would be "well-regulated" if we were trained in the use of those weapons.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    And having a working knowledge of the tactics to work together as a team.