Monday, March 16, 2009
A member of the Missouri Militia has contacted us to express his outrage that the organization, which routinely works with local law enforcement to help find missing children, sponsors blood donation campaigns and soup kitchens, is being smeared as a terrorist outfit by the federal government.
As we reported last week, a secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists militias, Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists.
The document features a photograph of members of the Missouri militia next to a list of terrorist plots, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the Atlanta Olympic Park attack.
A member of the Missouri Militia who is featured in the photograph has written to us expressing his outrage that such a highly regarded organization, which devotes most of its time to projects which better the local community, has been villified in such a slapdash and erroneous way by the feds.
“In regard to the boys pictured in the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) entitled “The Modern Militia Movement”. I know most of the guys pictured in the article,” he writes.
All are hard working men whose wife’s support everything they do. Not one is a radical or a white supremacist. There are no anti-Semites. In fact some of the members have been Jewish and African-American. The leaders of this organization are in contact with the local sheriffs office every-time there is a get together that involves discharging weapons. The local sheriff knows who they are and where they live.
[efoods]There is no talk of revolution or using any force against law enforcement. Indeed, just the opposite. They have volunteered for food kitchens and search and rescue. They are a transparent organization that only seeks to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
I know these guys, because I have trained with them….Most of these guys have wives and children and there only crime is preparing for the worst, yet hoping for the best. Most of these boys don’t even believe 911 was an inside job. They are patriots and good fathers in every sense of the word. They come from all walks of life and there is not an ounce of racism among all of them combined. Some are college educated white collars and some are blue collars, but all are as normal and patriotic as they come.
Indeed, a cursory examination of the Missouri Militia’s website reveals that the group is routinely involved in projects such as helping local authorities search for missing children, blood donation campaigns, and feeding the homeless in soup kitchens. The organization has supported campaigns such as Harvesters, Habitat for Humanity, and Project Warmth.
The website even features a 9/11 tribute and expresses the organization’s vehement opposition to the perpurtrators of the terrorist attack. Part of the role of the group is also outlined as “defense of the state from terrorism or invasion”.
For the feds to demonize such a group and smear them as potential terrorists is beyond belief. It’s almost akin to labeling a group like the Salvation Army an Al-Qaeda offshoot.
This is not only a damning indictment in terms of how the federal government views U.S. citizens, but also a staggering insult to the very notion that there is a “war on terror” at all. If there really were Al-Qaeda suicide bomber cells plotting to attack America, as we are constantly told, then the feds are telling your local police departments to ignore them and instead target stand-up Americans who like to do charity work, feed the homeless and give blood.
Even if one dismisses the notion that these documents are being released as part of a deliberate attempt to smear informed Americans as dangerous political enemies of the state, what we are left with is almost equally as disturbing, which is the fact that the people supposedly leading the “war on terror” on the home front have the same level of detective and criminology skills as Barney the Purple Dinosaur.
In releasing this training document, the Missouri Information Analysis Center is putting the U.S. in greater danger of a terrorist attack and ensuring that any real terrorists would evade detection, while law enforcement are being trained that the most patriotic Americans imaginable are their mortal enemies.