You could get pulled over in Missouri, as a potential "Domestic Terrorist"
by Eric Dondero
Shocking news just breaking in a limited number of major media outlets. Rumors started circulating late last week on websites and blogs, and on fringe radio talk shows. But now the undeniably reputable Kansas City Star is confirming the story.
A document is circulating among various Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies which identifies members of the Libertarian Party or the Constitution Party, as potential members of newly formed Militias.
From the Star, Sunday, March 14:
COLUMBIA, Mo. | A new document meant to help Missouri law enforcement agencies identify militia members or domestic terrorists has drawn criticism for some of the warning signs mentioned.Lt. John Hotz of the Missouri State Highway Patrol sought to explain the reasons for targetting Libertarians:
The Feb. 20 report called "The Modern Militia Movement" mentions such red flags as political bumper stickers for third-party candidates, such as U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who ran for president last year; talk of conspiracy theories, such as the plan for a superhighway linking Canada to Mexico; and possession of subversive literature.
"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."In response, a Libertarian Party representative had this to say:
"It seems like they want to stifle political thought," said Roger Webb, president of the University of Missouri campus Libertarians. "There are a lot of third parties out there, and none of them express any violence. In fact, if you join the Libertarian Party, one of the things you sign in your membership application is that you don't support violence as a means to any ends."But the definition of "fringe" is so wide as to even take in many Republicans.
Continuing from the Star:
But Tim Neal, a military veteran and delegate to last year's state GOP convention, was shocked by the report's contents.Ironically, the State of Missouri has over 20 Libertarian Party members serving in public office, including 3 City Councilman in one of the States' largest cities: Springfield. Undoubtably, some of these elected Libertarians in the State have an influence over the decision making and budgetary matters of local law enforcement.
"I was going down the list and thinking, 'Check, that's me,'" he said. "I'm a Ron Paul supporter, check. I talk about the North American union, check. I've got the 'America: Freedom to Fascism' video loaned out to somebody right now. So that means I'm a domestic terrorist? Because I've got a video about the Federal Reserve?"
Neal, who has a Ron Paul bumper sticker on his car, said the next time he is pulled over by a police officer, he won't know whether it's because he was speeding or because of his political views.
"If a police officer is pulling me over with my family in the car and he sees a bumper sticker on my vehicle that has been specifically identified as one that an extremist would have in their vehicle, the guy is probably going to be pretty apprehensive and not thinking in a rational manner," Neal said. "And this guy's walking up to my vehicle with a gun.