LP Missouri Condemns Missouri Highway Patrol Training Document as Political Profiling

republished from the LPMO website.

For Immediate Release

March 15, 2009

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

Missouri Libertarian Party Condemns Missouri Highway Patrol Training Document as Political Profiling

Internal MIAC “Strategic Report” implies Libertarian Party members and other political activists could be members of “the militia movement”

Columbia, MO Mar. 15 — The Missouri Libertarian Party, the third-largest political party in the state, issued the following statement regarding a “Strategic Report” issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) on February 22nd, which became known to the public late last week:

An internal document designed for law enforcement education purposes inaccurately and dangerously implies that among the indicators of possible involvement in extremist, militant militia activity is support for the Libertarian Party. This memo and its findings are potentially dangerous to both the people of Missouri and to our system of free political speech.

The memo claims that membership in, among other groups, the Libertarian Party and/or the display of what it calls “political paraphernalia” in support of the party or its 2008 presidential nominee (former US Congressman Bob Barr) could be an indicator that someone is involved in a “militant militia”.

“Not only is this assertion baseless, it is outrageous and very dangerous,” stated Missouri LP spokesman Mike Ferguson, who was also the national field director for the Barr presidential campaign in 2008. “it is also misleading. Libertarians oppose the violence, racism and extremism of the ‘militant militia’ that MIAC expresses concern about. Anyone who understands basic libertarian thought knows we adamantly oppose any violence for political purposes.”

The memo purports to outline “trends” in extremist militia activity and claims those involved in such activity “…commonly associate with 3rd party political groups.” It went on to claim that militia members are “usually supporters of” Bob Barr, another third party candidate and Republican Ron Paul. While the report claims to be a memo about trends in militia activity, no specific evidence is offered to support the claim.

“The evidence is not offered because it is not there,” explained Ferguson, “the claims amount to political profiling. If support for a legitimate political party might lead the police to worry that you are a violent extremist, you are less likely to become involved in our political process. This incorrect document has the potential to stifle political free speech that opposes the two larger political parties’ policies. This is dangerous for anyone who wants to be part of our political and social discourse.”

The Missouri Libertarian Party is asking for meetings with Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. James Keathley, MIAC Director Van Godsey, Department of Public Safety Director John Britt and Governor Jay Nixon to correct the misinformation. The party also demands that the potentially libelous statements about the Libertarian Party and Bob Barr are removed from the training document and calls for a public apology from those responsible for the irresponsible MIAC “strategic memo.”

34 thoughts on “LP Missouri Condemns Missouri Highway Patrol Training Document as Political Profiling

  1. Michael Seebeck

    Someone should ask Lt. John “Lionel” Hotz when Obama was inaugurated, since in the report, dated 2-20-09, it lists Obama as “President Eelect” [sic] three times.

    IOW, the MIAC doesn’t know how to write right, which means their integrity, what little of it there is, is badly damaged.

    Oh, yeah, lumping non-aggression pro-choice libertarians with anti-choice abortion clinic bombers makes a lot of sense, too!

  2. Andy

    “Oh, yeah, lumping non-aggression pro-choice libertarians with anti-choice abortion clinic bombers makes a lot of sense, too!”

    There are plenty of pro-life libertarians who see abortion as an act of aggression.

  3. Gene Trosper

    @6

    One can be a pro-life Libertarian without bombing clinics. Mike Seebeck was referring to violent pro-lifers (which seems to be a contradiction).

  4. Eric Dondero

    Good.

    The entire Libertarian movement should stand behind the Libertarian Party of Missouri on this. Certainly we Libertarian Republicans throw our complete support behind their efforts.

  5. Trent Hill

    “Oh, yeah, lumping non-aggression pro-choice libertarians with anti-choice abortion clinic bombers makes a lot of sense, too!”

    My understanding is that a sizeable minority of LPers are pro-life, and that no CPers has ever been involved with abortion clinic bombings, nor are they supportive of it.

  6. John C

    Great comment fake john c #8

    look, the reality is that a lot of Libertarians ARE involved or at least associated with militia-types, right wing nuts, and other kooks.

    I know because I AM a libertarian.

    And people like Ron Paul and Bob Barr receive support from racial nuts and militia men. Did I say that was their fault?

    Of course Missouri HP is wrong. Well, The State is wrong about everything in general. And it’s wrong to generalize collectively about individuals. Duh.

    There are different ways to express that of course, and not 100% sure which I prefer. While this approach claims that Libertarians oppose the “militant militia”..others would say “well, so what? There is nothing wrong with militias, holding non-mainstream political views,etc” I guess I am just a little surprised as I am used to Libertarians embracing extremes rather than pretending there is no relation ( not that it matters).

  7. Jim Davidson

    The security of a free state depends on a well trained militia. It is surprising that the Missouri LP, in its response, entirely neglects to indicate any support for the constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, including for the purpose of forming a militia. Militia are also mentioned extensively in article one, section eight.

    Indeed, I wonder how militia people feel about being tarred with a broad brush this way. Decent, law abiding, constitutional right exercising militia members ought to be insulted by being lumped in with the tawdry and perverse members of the Libertarian Party, one would think. lol

  8. Jim Davidson

    From Steve’s blog:
    “Troopers have been shot by members of groups…” says MIAC goof Hotz. I guess his next move will be to ban groups.

    Hotz neglects to mention that many members of groups have also not shot troopers. “Troopers have not been shot by members of groups…” would, in every case, also be true. Indeed, I suspect that for a given group, far more people (all in many instances of groups) have not shot any trooper ever.

    Don’t join a group. You’ll be a terrorist, says Hotz. Members of groups should be ashamed, he seems to say. Whee!

  9. Jim Davidson

    Grigg on militias
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w86.html

    “In a phrase: The Second Amendment certifies that the state does not possess a monopoly on the use of force. Yet we have abdicated the role of self-defense to the same state that is now overtly taking on the characteristics of a brazen kleptocracy.

    “How on earth could rational people believe that the same state responsible for plundering us through taxation, stealing the value of our earnings and savings through inflation, and subsidizing Wall Street’s multi-trillion-dollar crime spree, will actually protect us from the violence of common criminals when our ongoing economic collapse begets widespread social turmoil?”

  10. paulie

    Delaware Libertarian and Knappster both have had several articles on this lately.

    Taken together they help paint a more detailed picture than the news reports and Alex Jones alone.

  11. Kimberly Wilder

    Even though I am a “left wing” person, I have supported actions to bring attention to the unfair MIAC report in Missouri that would cause law enforcement to screen people as possible “militia members” because they had Ron Paul, Bob Barr, or Chuck Baldwin bumper stickers. I get that we all have to stick together when the government is oppressive.

    So, I was very frustrated and disappointed when I heard Glen Beck attack the left nonchalantly. Youtube is at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D2LP1HFTIw

    And, it was worse that Ron Paul listened to Glen Beck’s attack on ELF (Earth Liberation Front) and dignified Beck’s remarks by saying that it proves the government is liberal if they don’t put ELF in their report and they do put the other groups. (Which is somewhat odd, since Glen Beck then says that 4 members from ELF are on the FBI Most Wanted list. So, I guess the government is going after ELF?)

    I know that the government has unfairly profiled and infiltrated environmental and animal rights groups with false accusations and expectations of violence.

    I am very sorry the government is now also discriminating and attacking right wing third party members. That is why I have been trying to help spread the news about what the government is doing with Ron Paul supporters.

    I am shocked and disgusted that Ron Paul–instead of trying to simply defend himself and reform the government–would try to prop up “the left wing” as enemies, and throw left wing activists to the wolves to save himself. I know there is a better way to address this problem.

    Thanks,
    Kimberly Wilder
    speaking personally

  12. paulie

    Even though I am a “left wing” person, I have supported actions to bring attention to the unfair MIAC report in Missouri that would cause law enforcement to screen people as possible “militia members” because they had Ron Paul, Bob Barr, or Chuck Baldwin bumper stickers. I get that we all have to stick together when the government is oppressive.

    Exactly!

    Any left parties/candidates speaking out about this?

  13. paulie

    And, it was worse that Ron Paul listened to Glen Beck’s attack on ELF (Earth Liberation Front) and dignified Beck’s remarks by saying that it proves the government is liberal if they don’t put ELF in their report and they do put the other groups.

    Actually, I’ve read that some of the founders of ELF are libertarian.

  14. paulie

    I know that the government has unfairly profiled and infiltrated environmental and animal rights groups with false accusations and expectations of violence.

    I am very sorry the government is now also discriminating and attacking right wing third party members. That is why I have been trying to help spread the news about what the government is doing with Ron Paul supporters.

    I am shocked and disgusted that Ron Paul–instead of trying to simply defend himself and reform the government–would try to prop up “the left wing” as enemies, and throw left wing activists to the wolves to save himself. I know there is a better way to address this problem.

    I agree.

  15. sunshinebatman

    God catch, Kimberly! Mormon Zionist psy-operative Beck always has a double agenda set; complete with baiting questions for his guests. That question and Paul’s agreeable answer were designed to drive a wedge b/w left- and right- political outsiders.

    The Mormon Mafia got a stranglehold on the 9/11troof movement; and proceeded to strangle it to death. (They have a strong presence in the LP … )Beck is serving the same role as ever….

  16. libertariangirl

    LOL , if Mormons had a hold at all in the LP then we in Nevada would have alot more members .
    Las Vegas has a HUGE Mormon population and trust me they are not a big presence in the LP.

    Off topic , Sheriff Mack , the only Mormon cop who ever liked me , does anyone know what he’s been up to lately? Id love to get him as a speaker in the future.

  17. sunshinebatman

    The original “Mormon Mafia” were the group who took over Hughes Aircraft and all of Howard Hughes’ operations when he became a recluse. Look it up; read a book sometime.

    Their successors continue to hold key positions in advanced aerospace technologies at government labs throughout the west. You’ll find a close working relationship between BYU and Area 51, for instance.

    But don’t worry, I’m sure all those nice Defense engineers running the Western LP are building simple wooden tinkertoys for Santa; not the state’s instruments of genocide or anything like that….

  18. libertariangirl

    I read plenty of books , I just dont believe everything they say . there is not a strong Mormon presence in the LP.

    secondly are you implying that there are no valid instances where we need a Defense Dept.
    Im not going to mention names , but the engineer you speak of , Id trust him with my life and the lives of my kids . . you DONT know what your talking about .

    Is your name chuck geshlider , jim davidson or Jim duensing? gotta be 1 of the 3 LOL

  19. paulie

    Their successors continue to hold key positions in advanced aerospace technologies at government labs throughout the west. You’ll find a close working relationship between BYU and Area 51, for instance.

    But don’t worry, I’m sure all those nice Defense engineers running the Western LP are building simple wooden tinkertoys for Santa; not the state’s instruments of genocide or anything like that….

  20. Gene Trosper

    I was active briefly in the Utah LP in 1997…boy, were they small, disorganized an ineffectual. If there would ever be a place to have a strong Mormon presence in the LP, Utah would be it.

    They couldn’t even hold a simple tax day rally because the members were chickensh*t. One member even asked his attorney if it would be advisable to protest and the attorney advisesd against it! Holy Mother of Moroni!

  21. Kimberly Wilder

    Paulie – are those your pictures?

    And, is that your cat you are torturing?

    One reason I ask, is that if you own the copyright and feel generous, I know someone with a local political blog who might love to use those photos!

    http://www.631politics.com

    Peace,
    Kimberly

  22. paulie

    Nope, just random images from google images for “cat tinfoil hat”.

    I don’t have a cat, being a traveling man.

    I hat a turtle for about a week or so when I was about five or six, and it ran away.

    Then I had some goldfish when I was 17 or 18, and I think they lasted about a week.

    That’s it for me and pets.

  23. libertariangirl

    you look so happy in the first few pics , then you look like a bad ass young Tony Montana!
    super hot though , i love bad boys

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