Missouri apologizes to 3rd parties for unfair report

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Missouri Dept. of Public Safety Apologizes to 3rd Parties and Candidates

March 24th, 2009

Following the uproar around the report by the Statistical Analysis Center of the Missouri State Highway Patrol on “The Modern Mililtia Movement,” the Missouri Dept. of Public Safety has issued an official letter of apology to Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr.

Here is the text of the letter:

STATE OF MISSOURI
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
March 23, 2009

Rep, Ron Paul
203 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Mr. Rob Barr (sic)
900 Circle 75 Parkway, Suite 1280
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Mr. Chuck Baldwin
Pensacola, Florida 32526

Dear Rep. Paul, Mr. Barr and Mr. Baldwin:

As head of the stale agency responsible for oversight of the Missouri information Analysis Center (MIAC), I want to respond to your letter of March 20, 2009, regarding a report by the MIAC on the militia movement. Portions of that report may be easily construed by readers as offensive to supporters of certain political candidates or to those candidates themselves. I regret that those components were ultimately included in the final report issued by the MIAC.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety places the utmost value on the safety and well being of Missouri’s law enforcement officers –a value I am certain we share with you and your supporters. Officers of the law do the most dangerous job of anyone in our society and regularly put themselves in the path of great danger, bodily harm and death in order to protect innocent citizens. As such, it is our regular practice to provide as much information as we can to law enforcement agencies and their officers so they are fully cognizant of any situational hazard which they may encounter.

Unfortunately, in the course of preparing this report, some regrettable information was included in the report on militia groups in Missouri. While the intent of the report was only to identify certain traits that are sometimes shared by members of militia organizations, this report is too easily misinterpreted as suggesting that militia members may be identified by no other indicator than support for a particular candidate or political organization. That is an undesired and unwarranted outcome. Upon review and reflections, it is the judgment of the Department of Public Safety that the report should have made no reference to supporters of Ron Paul, Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin or of any other third-party political organization or candidate.

In recognition of the mistaken inclusion of this information by the MIAC in its February 20, 2009, report on the militia movement, I have ordered that the offending report be edited so as to excise all reference to Ron Paul, Bob Barr or Chuck Baldwin and to any third-party political organizations. Additionally, you nay rest assured that the report is not posted on any web site maintained by the State of Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety regrets any inconvenient or issues caused inadvertently by the unnecessary inclusion of certain components by MIAC in its militia report.

Respectfully,

John M. Britt
Director
Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

52 thoughts on “Missouri apologizes to 3rd parties for unfair report

  1. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Now that the government has admitted that they were wrong. And, now that our outrage and activism have won…

    Are all the nay-sayers going to apologize? (to Alex Jones, and everyone who knew we should scream bloody murder about the unjust report?)

    And, are we going to remember next time, to calm down the nay-sayers and press forward?

    😉

    Also, guess Alex Jones is a pretty good source for news and information. He had a great tip…

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    Kimberly,

    No, Alex Jones isn’t a “pretty good source.” He lied about the content of the MIAC report. His “work” almost certainly made the apology above weaker, made it harder to get and made it take longer to get.

  3. CHUCKtheFED

    This whole thing still leaves a lot to be understood. The apology is just bureaucratic cigarette butt crushing.
    It doesn’t refer to the title of the memo, but rather ‘the militia movement’.
    The line “may be easily construed by readers” addresses the unintended audience, and not the intended, the State police.
    This report was a shot across the bow. That ‘R’ or ‘D’ representative that was sympathetic to your cause before, has been warned. Toe the line, or face castigation in the process… guilt by association, and associations marred by innuendo.
    Its actually nefariously clever. I just hope the parody sees as much ‘light of day’ as the original.
    Both make a pretty decent ‘reading list’.

  4. John Lowell

    This apology was owed in spades! And no one needs to be congratulated for having made it either. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more blatant instance of intimidation and oppression by the political system under which we’re forced to labor every day. It was bone-chilling. Now if we could only put an end to this very same kind of mind set toward people of religious faith by the principal of this website.

  5. ATM

    Well, now that my support for Ron Paul and Bob Barr, as well as my Libertarian membership, are no longer characteristic of domestic terrorists, I just need to throw out my “Freedom to Fascism” DVD and pull down the Gadsen flag pinned to my apartment wall, and I’ll be back in the clear.

  6. paulie

    Now if we could only put an end to this very same kind of mind set toward people of religious faith by the principal of this website.

    This website has a principal? I didn’t know that.

    It has an owner, who never posts here as far as I know, and an editor, Trent Hill. I think he’s Catholic, or maybe Protestant.

    If you mean me, I’m a person of faith myself, and have no such “attitude” – and I’m not the admin or anything else here. I’m just one of the writers. For several months, I did most of the articles, but I’m not doing that anymore. I’ve never had any title here.

    If you mean GE or Austin, they have sold their stake in the site months ago.

    Kimberly and Morgan are probably the most active article writers now.

    I still do a lot of the comments, but this will be my last few days doing that.

  7. paulie

    The Constitution Party’s response to the apology. Apparently, they find a federal power to regulate immigration in the constitution. I wonder where?

    Response to MIAC Report

    The Constitution Party has issued a Travel Advisory for the state of Missouri in light of the recent secret police report which profiles politically informed Americans as “domestic terrorists”. Travel to Missiouri is discouraged .

    In response to the MIAC report which smeared law abiding Americans along with former presidential candidates Congressman Ron Paul, the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin and the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr, the three candidates wrote a letter to Mo. governor Jay Nixon demanding retraction of slanderous and inaccurate characterizations. Read the letter HERE.

    The state issued an “apology” to the three men but made no mention of clearing up the myriad other inaccuracies found in the report. Read the apology HERE.

    Please write to Governor Nixon and tell him you would like all MIAC report references which cast Constitutionally- sound political dissention in a negative light removed at once.

    Tell him to clear your name!

    Mention that while you appreciate the state addressing the slandering of Paul, Baldwin and Barr, that you, too have been slandered and demand these misrepresentations be cleared up.

    Write to:

    Governor J. Nixon
    P.O. Box 749
    Jefferson, MO 65102

    Tel: 573- 751-4905

    Fax: 573-751-5399

    Sample letter:

    Dear Governor Nixon,

    Thank you for clearing up the slanderous characterizations in the MIAC report which smeared the names of honorable men like Congressman Ron Paul, Pastor Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr.

    Now it’s time to clear my name as well.

    As a law abiding citizen who holds that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, I respect the provisions of that document which include:

    The sanctity of life, the 10th Amendment’s guarantee of state sovereignty, the importance of stopping illegal immigration and the dangers of unchecked and unconstitutional encroachments by the federal government that our Founders warned us about.

    Therefore, I respectfully request that you jettison this report and spend precious resources fighting real terrorists, not upstanding Americans.

    Sincerely,

  8. paulie

    Missouri LP response

    http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=2270


    (Columbia, MO) – The Missouri Libertarian Party stands for, among many other positive things, the peaceful resolution to political disagreements and conflicts. That is what we have today as the controversy surrounding the Missouri Information Analysis Center’s “Strategic Memo” on militia activity comes to a close.

    The memo, a training document for law enforcement officers throughout the state, stated that support for third political parties, including the Libertarian Party, and for specific Presidential candidates, including Bob Barr (Libertarian) and Ron Paul (Republican), could be an indicator that someone is involved in a violent militia group.

    Today, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director John Britt sent a letter to the candidates named in the memo, acknowledging that references to specific political candidates or third party political organizations should not have been made and are unnecessary in the effort to stopping violent extremist groups.

    Director Britt states in the letter: “In recognition of the mistaken inclusion of this information by the MIAC in its February 20, 2009 report on the militia movement, I have ordered that the offending report be edited so as to excise all reference to Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin and to any third-party political organizations. Additionally, you may rest assured that the report is not posted on any website maintained by the State of Missouri.

    “The Missouri Department of Public Safety regrets any inconvenience or issues caused inadvertently by the unnecessary inclusion of certain components by MIAC in its militia report.”

    Missouri Libertarian Party spokesman Mike Ferguson welcomed the news as a positive development for everyone. “This is a case where the government has responded to the public’s objection, reevaluated a controversial practice and responded by addressing the problem.”

    The Missouri Libertarian Party shares the Department of Public Safety’s goal to keep our Highway Patrol Troopers safe as they perform the important and dangerous work of law enforcement. The party stands ready and willing to be part of any discussion that will help avoid conflicts like this in the future.

    Libertarians were not alone in this effort. In addition to other political activist groups, including the Kansas City-based Liberty Restoration Project, State Representatives Chris Kelley (D-Columbia), Chris Molendorp (R-Belton) and Shane Schoeller (R-Springfield) were among those who led the discussion of this issue in the Legislature on behalf of the public.

    The Missouri Libertarian Party extends its thanks to these legislators, and to any others we may not know about yet, for the attention to the issue at hand and for the leadership displayed in the House in protecting our right to speech free of governmental interference and profiling.

    Most importantly, the Missouri Libertarian Party extends its gratitude to the Missourians who took the time and effort to speak out about this issue. Those who contacted their legislators and the Missouri Highway Patrol and expressed their concerns deserve credit for being involved in our governmental process; they helped bring about a positive development in our government today.

    Link to PDF of letter from Director Britt to 2008 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Bob Barr:

    http://lpmo.org/media/releases/2009/MIAC-BrittLetterToBobBarr.pdf

    Contact: Mike Ferguson, Missouri Libertarian Party Spokesperson at 816.695.1425 or mike@focalpointcommunications.net.

  9. d.eris

    “I regret that those components were ultimately included in the final report issued by the MIAC.”

    This is your standard political non-apology, which contains no assurance that the government will actually cease and desist from political profiling: “I apologize if you were offended by the report. We will redact the portions you find offensive, and will continue to do so in the future.”

  10. Thomas L. Knapp

    Trent,

    Fascinating!

    Question: Why invoke Arius? Is it to distinguish your unitarian holding from the universalist doctrines now associated with unitarianism, or some other reason?

    I have a friend who is a non-universalist unitarian deist, but if you’re saying the same thing, yours seems a more concise description.

  11. Jim Davidson

    Did they really call it a “stale agency” there in the first paragraph of their letter? Wow.

    I believe IPR has exaggerated the claim by calling this an apology. It is an expression of regret. It lacks any tone of contrition, and makes no statement of “sorry” or “apologise” or the like.

    It also says, “you nay rest assured” and, nay, I do not rest assured.

    It doesn’t satisfy me. I would be satisfied if the authors of the report, individually and severally, were to crawl on their hands and knees over broken glass to the homes of every third party supporter in Missouri amongst those candidates and political groups identified, and beg forgiveness. And then they can go back and clean up the broken glass with their tongues.

    Perhaps an expression of apology that actually included some indication of contrition, rather than the typical excuses of tyranny (by which I mean, necessity) and the propaganda jargon, “we were only doing our jobs,” and “it’s a dangerous world we have chosen to enter when enforcing dictatorial mala prohibitum laws which are unconstitutional.”

    It makes no promise not to err in the future, it offers no intention to uphold the clear text of the constitution as far as political freedom of expression, but, instead, seeks to justify its brutishness by excising only a few of the “offending” phrases. I am not taken in.

    Necessity is the creed of slaves and the justification of tyrants.

  12. Thomas L. Knapp

    Jim,

    On this, you are right.

    But it’s not over yet. Now it’s moving beyond the LP’s actions and into other spheres.

    The lieutenant governor of Missouri has just attacked the “apology” as insufficient and too narrow in scope, and is demanding that the head of MIAC be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. I’m pretty sure that his angle of preference is the abortion issue.

    Missouri legislators of both parties are also beginning to take up the issue of MIAC, its purview, its budget, etc.

    I’m seeing some indications that the issue is beginning to catch with the grass roots (public comments from Missourians whose names haven’t previously been prominent in the freedom movement).

    I don’t know that this will end with the disbandment of MIAC, but I’m pretty sure that running around in circles repeating Alex Jones’s bullshit lies at the top of our lungs wouldn’t have achieved even this much.

  13. paulie

    Missouri legislators of both parties are also beginning to take up the issue of MIAC, its purview, its budget, etc.

    I’m seeing some indications that the issue is beginning to catch with the grass roots (public comments from Missourians whose names haven’t previously been prominent in the freedom movement).

    Now we need to see about other states.

  14. Jim Davidson

    It is catching fire on the grassroots. My entire Facebook friend list is turning steadily gold as people switch their profile pictures for the Gadsden Flag – or some really impressive variations on that theme. (I especially like Darryl Perry’s “born to kill” version.)

    I think you are mistaken on your conclusion that the apology was slow and meager because of those of us who directly identified the report as an attack intended to generate hostility not only toward the 200 million or so Americans capable of bearing arms and fit for military service (and thus “militia” as the term is used in the constitution in various places), but also toward supporters of specific politicians and groups identified in the report. Rather, I think it is attacks like yours on those of us in the freedom movement who objected to the report that gave MIAC and Missouri DPS the impression that they didn’t have to retract their idiocy.

  15. John Lowell

    paulie,

    “If you mean me ….”

    Now wasn’t that just as easy as pie? Almost as though one had turned on the lights in the kitchen of a slum apartment at 2:00 AM only to witness the scurrying-around of the resident cockroaches.

    “I’m a person of faith myself, and have no such “attitude”.

    Yeah, I see. And you just keep believing that.

    “I’m not the admin or anything else here. I’m just one of the writers. For several months, I did most of the articles, but I’m not doing that anymore.”

    And now, at last, we can define the word gratitude.

    By the way, have you given any further consideration to that self-defenestration suggestion I’d posed to you sometime back? I mean you wouldn’t even need to apply for a pilot’s license and the relief to the rest of us would neigh-0n incalculable.

  16. paulie

    Now wasn’t that just as easy as pie

    No, since I’m not the “principal” of anything.

    And you just keep believing that.

    Only because it’s true.

    By the way, have you given any further consideration to that self-defenestration suggestion I’d posed to you sometime back?

    You go first. Then I’ll give it consideration.

  17. Thomas L. Knapp

    Jim,

    I never said that “the apology was slow and meager” because you lied about what the report said. I simply noted that the honest reaction to it — and therefore any results of that honest reaction — was delayed by the necessity of carefully disentangling us from your (and others’) lies about what it said.

  18. Thomas L. Knapp

    The pace of the reaction is accelerating.

    Now the Highway Patrol has promised to stop distributing the “strategic report” entirely, and to “revamp” its process for releasing such “reports” so that higher-ups have to approve them first.

    They’re in big-time damage control mode at DPS now, and probably thinking about throwing some of the minor players to the wolves in order to save their own jobs.

  19. CHUCKtheFED

    http://www.news-leader.com/article/20090325/BLOGS09/90325021/-1/RSS

    Thomas
    …to me what was slow (is still slow) in coming, is the two major parties having the decency to defend the sanctity of third parties, especially when it would cost them nothing, and as for the Republicans, the true target of the report, in my opinion, there would be tremendous political gain.
    Even now, Kinder, who has a really shady past..
    (who penned the $500M giveaway to North side land banker Paul McKee…who merited a personal visit from vampire Dick Cheney…)
    …is still not mentioning the attack on ‘voters’, but rather voters who support the ‘R’ polar issue planks.
    Hope to see you this weekend. Are you taking part in the seminars?

  20. Thomas L. Knapp

    Chuck,

    I’ll be manning an LP table at the Campaign For Liberty event on Saturday.

    The only help we’ll get from the major parties on this stuff (apart from a few relatively independent legislators, perhaps) is where they see a possible gain for themselves.

    Matter of fact, at the same time this was going on, the state Senate was holding hearings on a bill designed to destroy citizens’ ability to put referenda, or non-major-party candidates, on the ballot.

  21. CHUCKtheFED

    Thomas
    I’ll look for ya. I’ll be there all three days, with Campaign For Liberty, both as a volunteer, and as an attendee. We will have a table also, and will have a message board for our members there.
    And yeah, I’m well aware of the Initiative/Referendum issue. I’m hoping Ron Calzone will be around also…
    We DO have allies in the Missouri Senate…

  22. John Lowell

    paulie,

    “No, since I’m not the “principal” of anything.”

    How’s “Principal Bigot”? That ought to reach through to the essence of things. Why not add that to your signature here, filth?

    “Only because it’s true.”

    Here’s something that’s true: your noxious, religion hating, pig. And as long and as frequently as I encounter you here or anywhere else, count on my calling attention to it.

    “You go first. Then I’ll give it consideration.”

    Bigots always go first, paulie. What’s there to consider?

  23. John Lowell

    paulie,

    “Project much?”

    Oh my, Bigot’s running out of steam. Could it be time for that the bathtub/razor blade solution I’d posed to you a few weeks ago. No need to restain your enthusiasm, certainly, slug.

  24. paulie

    Way to share God’s love, John.

    Oh my, Bigot’s running out of steam.

    Don’t worry, I’ll pray that you get your steam back.

    Good health and joy to you and yours.

  25. John Lowell

    paulie,

    “Way to share God’s love, John.

    “Don’t worry, I’ll pray that you get your steam back.

    “Good health and joy to you and yours.”

    And this the most entertaining of Bigot’s iterations: The preachy hater that prays for his enemies and turns the other cheek while offering good wishes. You make me puke. You really are out of steam.

  26. John Lowell

    paulie,

    Oh, I don’t think you’re amused at all, Bigot, just completely out of ideas. Frankly, I don’t think you know what to be in this exchange except defiant enough to offer at least some kind of minimal reply to anything that I might post. And that has me owning you lock stock and barrel, doesn’t it, slug? I simply ring the bell, and you predictibly salivate.

  27. paulie

    I don’t think you’re amused at all

    Tickled pink, actually.

    I mean, it’s just so obvious that I’m the one filled with hate, and your attitude is straight out of the sermon on the mount.

    Bigot

    Why do you think I’m a bigot? Can you cite any examples of my bigotry?

    I don’t think you know what to be in this exchange

    I’m just me.

    And that has me owning you lock stock and barrel, doesn’t it

    Why would you want to own me?

    slug

    How very Christian of you, John.

    I simply ring the bell

    Too bad it hasn’t gone off for you.

    defiant enough to offer at least some kind of minimal reply to anything that I might post

    You’d rather be shunned?

  28. John Lowell

    You make my point, Bigot. You simply cannot prevent yourself from replying to a post of mine, can you? You literally have to respond. And in doing so you make yourself both into a slave and into something less than human, into a kind of pitiful automaton. Now we’d already known you were something less than human, rather more something bacterial, I’d guessed. So lets do a little test, paulie. Lets see if you can work your way back into the company of human beings. Show us that you possess the moral freedom not to respond to this post. Frankly I’d doubt that you do.

  29. sunshinebatman

    State groups need to start looking into what their local Homeland “fusion centers” are up to. FOIA, the works.

  30. paulie

    Just curious, John, but what did you give up for Lent?

    The last vestiges of sanity? Well, I didn’t say it was this Lent.

  31. paulie

    State groups need to start looking into what their local Homeland “fusion centers” are up to. FOIA, the works.

    Good idea. Know any efforts underway?

  32. paulie

    “Rob Barr”? You can tell they put a lot of effort into this apology.

    Fortunately it has gone beyond the “apology” now:

    http://delawarelibertarian.blogspot.com/2009/03/missouri-militia-report-update-mo-house.html

    and

    Matthew Jeffers sent a message to the members of Screw MIAC! I’m NOT a Terrorist!

    ——————–
    Subject: MIAC Report has been rescinded

    * And the Good News Keeps on Coming!* 3.26.2009

    The MIAC report has been rescinded. Also, it will stop being distributed to law enforcement.

    LINK #1 :

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.stltoday.com%2Fstltoday%2Fnews%2Fstories.nsf%2Fmissouristatenews%2Fstory%2FA8718605909247EB862575850003B8B4%3FOpenDocument

    LINK #2:

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://primebuzz.kcstar.com%2F%3Fq%3Dnode%2F17825

    _
    ——————–

  33. paulie

    Matthew Jeffers sent a message to the members of Screw MIAC! I’m NOT a Terrorist!

    ——————–
    Subject: Still winning…

    Still winning!

    JEFFERSON CITY — In response to a controversial report profiling political beliefs of militia members, the Missouri House of Representatives has barred the Department of Public Safety from spending any “state or federal funds for political profiling.”

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.news-leader.com%2Farticle%2F20090325%2FBLOGS09%2F90325059%2F-1%2FRSS13

  34. Donald Raymond Lake

    Thx to all whom sent ‘good wishes’ concerning my recent surgery [eletro shock procedure? oooh, do it again]! Every thing went better than expected!

    As a former Heartlander I can tell you from first hand experience that the political/ commercial/ communications [the much hated KC Star] establishment works night and day to keep up the Socialist Dems/ Fascist GOP duopoly facede!

  35. Trent Hill

    “Trent,

    Fascinating!

    Question: Why invoke Arius? Is it to distinguish your unitarian holding from the universalist doctrines now associated with unitarianism, or some other reason?

    I have a friend who is a non-universalist unitarian deist, but if you’re saying the same thing, yours seems a more concise description.”

    It’s a more concise description, because, like Arius, I do believe that I am Christian–unlike many straight-Deists. While I do have a universalist flavor (in that I think anyone honestly seeking Truth is saved), I wouldn’t call myself a Unitarian. Unitarians believe that Jesus was note divine, but simple a great prophet or exemplary human being. I disagree, I think Jesus is divine (I even believe in some variation of the Trinity)–but not of the same divinity of God, since he was created.

  36. paulie

    Matthew Jeffers sent a message to the members of Screw MIAC! I’m NOT a Terrorist!

    ——————–
    Subject: *Campaign for Liberty Reaction to MIAC removal* 3.28.2009

    *Campaign for Liberty Reaction to MIAC removal* 3.28.2009

    Dear Friend of Liberty,

    Although it sometimes seems that freedom is shrinking everywhere we turn, the fact is a powerful grassroots stand can still stop Big Government bureaucrats in their tracks.

    That is exactly what happened to the Missouri Highway Patrol this week after being forced by your vocal outrage to retract the incendiary Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report.

    This report identified peaceful, freedom-loving Americans as possible security threats, simply for supporting Ron Paul or opposing tyrannical government.

    Faced with an overwhelming public outcry, Missouri officials quickly started backpedaling, removing references to Ron Paul and Campaign for Liberty.

    Then, just hours before Dr. Paul’s plane touched down in St. Louis to lead our Celebration of Freedom rally Friday night, the Missouri Highway Patrol officially retracted the entire offending document.

    The Missouri Highway Patrol will be performing an investigation into the origin of the report. Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has even called for the suspension of the Director of Public Safety until those responsible have been identified.

    Click here to read the news report->

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.mcclatchydc.com%2Fpolitics%2Fstory%2F64917.html

    It is no surprise that oversight and accountability are in short supply at the MIAC, a Big Government “fusion center” combining federal, state and local agencies into an unconstitutional mess of a bureaucracy. But government disorganization is no excuse for making political profiling and persecution into official policy.

    This victory for the grassroots freedom movement, coupled with this weekend’s Campaign for Liberty Regional Conference in St. Louis, marks a great moment for liberty in Missouri and all of America.

    This week we saw that politicians still respond to the voices of their constituents.

    This week we saw that freedom can triumph over tyranny when we unite to take a stand.

    In Liberty,

    John Tate,
    President, Campaign for Liberty
    ——————–

  37. Trent Hill

    Peter,

    That site has alot of errors concerning Arius’ teachings, but im glad it exists. As I mentioned though, i’v also got a universalist/deist flavor.

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