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Missouri Highway Patrol Shifts to Reverse

Various news sources, including the Kansas City Star, and the local NBC affiliate are reporting that Missouri Highway Patrol Chief James Keathley has issued an order to stop distribution of a controversial report by the Missouri Information Analysis Center, a "Fusion Center " that provides intelligence and analysis for law enforcement.  Reactions to the report, which lumped libertarian, Christian, anti-abortion, and Constitutionalist activism with racist, neo-Nazi and other right-wing extremists, created a backlash across the political spectrum. 

Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, was quick to distance himself and his administration from the report after Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, a Republican, held a press conference to denounce the report.  The report has quickly grown toxic with both Republicans and Democrats angling to score political points. The head of the Missouri Highway Patrol, Superintendent James F. Keathley denied having seen the report prior to its being publicized, but promised that MIAC reports would go through his office before being released.

The larger issue, which no one in authority has yet addressed, is what the "Fusion Centers" are, how they are overseen, and what kind of information they produce. I suspect that other "analyses" like the Missouri report have not come to light.  

Missouri State Police Profiles “Modern Militia Movement”

 

Mo. State Police Report says You’re a Potential Terrorist:  Not Profiling, It’s An "Educational" Document…

A document from the Missouri Information Analysis Center, a division of the state police, conflates privately organized militia groups with libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, Constitutionalists, race separatists, and even some collectivists, who distrust the Federal Reserve.  The document, which we obtained last week, is marked "Unclassified, Law Enforcement Sensitive," indicating that the Missouri state patrol guys don’t want to talk about it.  We can confirm that last bit as they failed to return phone calls or email.  Before running the document I wanted to verify it.  The Associated Press has since picked the story up, so we’re running it now. 

You can see the document here.

The AP story quotes Lt. John Hotz of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who called the report "an educational thing."

"Troopers have been shot by members of groups, so it’s our job to let law enforcement officers know what the trends are in the modern militia movement."

The most encouraging thing I see in this story is that it leaked.  

We’ll be following this one.

March 16, 2009 Update.   The Missouri Libertarian Party issued a press release, available here

Additional Note from Jeff: This "analysis" by the Missouri Information Analysis Center has the fingerprints of the Southern Poverty Law Center all over it.  Morris Dees of SPLC has for years maintained a site for tracking "hate groups."  That’s fine and dandy, but Mr. Dees is very good at drawing connecting lines between organizations and individuals even when there is rather obviously very little or nothing to connect them.  Back in the mid 90’s I attended a presentation by an associate of the SPLC and sat in stunned disbelief as he drew circles on the board containing the names of organizations and individuals he said were connected.  Among these were connections between groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis, and such, and groups like NRA, the John Birch Society, and GOA. He drew other links between these groups, militia organizations, and individuals including Larry Pratt of GOA, and most shocking to me, Neal Knox, my own father.

Now I know a bit about the NRA and I know Larry Pratt to be a fine Christian man.  I also know that there is absolutely no truth to any allegation that Neal Knox was any more connected to these groups and their philosophies than Morris Dees himself is.  The "connections" were based on the simple fact that the individuals and many in the groups al espoused one or more similar beliefs such as belief in the Second Amendment as an individual right and that the federal government should be constrained by the US Constitution.

For Dees and his friends to make such links is simply outrageous.  For official government agencies – particularly law enforcement agencies – to use these bogus connections or draw connections of their own suggesting that millions of law-abiding,  patriotic Americans are "potential terrorists" because they object to excessive taxation or question the wisdom and constitutionality of the Federal Reserve system – or they believe that they have a God given right to the means necessary to defend their families and their nation – is beyond outrageous, it borders on criminal.

Barack Obama has much closer ties and connections to terrorists and subversive philosophies than do most tax protesters, gunowners, or Constitutionalists, yet asking questions about these connections is one of the indicators that the Missouri "analysis" suggests is an indication of being a dangerous extremist. 

Rather than paint with a broad brush anyone who questions government actions or motives, the government needs to be openly, and honestly answering questions, correcting procedures, and abiding by the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

Case in point: After the lunatic in Alabama’s recent killing spree, the streets of the small town where it happened were patrolled by armed soldiers from nearby fort Rucker.  While some would say that’s a reasonable response to such a violent event, especially in light of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India recently, the fact of the matter is that armed military troops patrolling the streets of America is ILLEGAL.  The military is for fighting foreign enemies in wars, not enforcing laws in the US.  There are specific and clear proscriptions against military involvement in civil affairs.  Whether their use in this case was "harmless," or "reasonable," or "appropriate," the fact remains that it is absolutely ILLEGAL and must not be done.  If we the people wish to change that, we need to address it Constitutionally and legislatively, not just allow the government to ignore the law.

March 18 2009 update.  Rush Limbaugh reported on this story at the beginning of his broadcast today.

March 27 2009 update.  The entire Missouri state governmetn is running from the report as fast as they can.  It has been officially "withdrawn," as reported here.  

Surrender or Die!

The Knox Update

From the Firearms Coalition

 

Interpreting the Second Amendment

 

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,

the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

 

By Jeff Knox

 

    (February 5, 2009) It has been famously said and often repeated that the Constitution means what the Supreme Court says it means. While this statement is generally true, it is incomplete. Regardless of what the Supreme Court says, the Constitution ultimately means what the People believe it to mean.

 

    So far in our history the Supreme Court has refrained from any interpretation of the Constitution that was so flagrantly at odds with the beliefs of the People that a serious, violent uprising ensued.  But they may have come perilously close in last year’s decision in DC v. Heller. In that case the Court unanimously agreed that the Second Amendment refers to an individual right to arms, but disagreed in a 5 – 4 split as to whether the District of Columbia’s virtual ban on handguns violated that individual right. Even in the prevailing opinion, the justices expressed positions which are completely at odds with the understanding of those of us in the Second Amendment community.

 

 

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So brother Jeff has trod upon the toes of some would-be militia bloggers with his latest Knox Report posting.  Good for him.  He's right.

Some have gone so far as to insinuate that Jeff has betrayed his heritage. That's nonsense.  Jeff's characterization of the militia — the armed populace — as being a deterrent, much like the nuclear deterrrent, comes straight from Dad.  And his view comes from Thomas Jefferson.  Chapter and verse, which also happens to be a book excerpt, follow.

There's no question, America is headed for a rough patch.  The Republicans have for the past eight years presided over an expansion of government that would make LBJ blush, and now they're nationalizing the banks.  This while accusing the Democrats of being socialists.  Both sides like to "spread the wealth around." 

But that doesn't mean that everything has gone down the tubes and the only thing left to do is to start killing people and breaking things.

Here's a piece that Neal Knox wrote in May of 1995.  Historical context:  NRA had lost on the Clinton gun ban, the 1994 so-called "assault weapons" ban.   But they lost honorably.  The ILA leadership, backed by a strong pro-Second Amendment Board, fought the ban tooth and nail, resisting tremendous pressure to "accept a compromise in order to head off worse."  Consequently, the 103rd Congress and especially the Democrats paid dearly at the polls.  A sitting Speaker of the House was turned out of office, something that had not happened since before the Civil War, and the House majority switched to the Republicans for the first time in forty years.  The leading political analyst of the day, William Jefferson Clinton, declared that the NRA had made the difference (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Then, the unthinkable happened.  On April 19, 1995, two years to the day after the Waco horror, a pair of psychopathic misfits blew up the Federal building in Oklahoma City.  We are still dealing with the fallout of that bit of political theater a decade and a half later.  Militia is now a dirty word in the media.  So much for hastening the revolution.  

A revolution is by definition a mass movement.  Our militia blogging friends claim three percent of gun owners are with them.  Well if you count loosely, maybe so.  Can they get that three percent to the polls?  Can they bring a fraction of that three percent, maybe a couple thousand of them of them, out on the streets on a hot day?  It's been done.  Can they do it?  Show some mass action — peaceful mass action — and the militia movement will start gaining some credibility.  In other words, let's see some real political action.  Until then the three-percenters owe more to Walter Mitty than to Thomas Jefferson.

 

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