Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin demand removal of MIAC document
Last week supporters of former Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin were shocked to learn that they had been included in a “law enforcement sensitive” document, titled “The Modern Militia Movement.” The document was meant to help law enforcement officials profile potential members of extremist militia organizations.
The document was distributed by Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. MIAC sometimes acts as an intermediary between federal and state officials; it is still unclear whether that relationship was active with regard to this document.
In the section of the document labeled “Political Paraphernalia,” the document states:
“Militia members most commonly associate with 3rd party political groups. It is not uncommon for the militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material. These members are usually supporters of former Presidential Candidate: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr.”
The document also claims that popular films in the militia movement are the anti-federal reserve film “Zeitgeist” and the anti-income tax film “America: Freedom to Fascism.” The document also claims that dislike of the Federal Reserve System is a common belief in the modern militia movement.
Today Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin fired back in response to the leaked document by sending a joint letter to the Governor of Missouri Jeremiah Nixon, as well as distributing the letter to the press.
The letter spells out its disgust for the MIAC document by saying, “It would be difficult, Governor, to recount in any letter of reasonable length the nonsense and inaccurate information contained in this so called, “Strategic Report.”
The letter goes on to demand that the State of Missouri cease circulation and distribution of the document and take it down from any state run websites. And if by chance the document is falsified by an individual outside of Missouri state government, then the letter demands that they publicly condemn the document within three days.
It is not clear what further action will be taken if the requests made in the letter are not met within three days, but it is safe to assume that legal action would follow.
A question that should be of some interest in this bizarre situation, is whether MIAC truly believes that supporters of these three candidates and people ideologically opposed to the Federal Reserve pose a serious threat to the well being of law enforcement; or rather if this document is targeting a political movement by pairing them with radical violent extremists. It is likely that the public will never get a clear cut answer.
YOu can read the full MIAC document here: http://www.firearmscoalition.org/images/news/miac-militia-2009.pdf
You can read the full letter to the Missouri Governor here: http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/MIAC-Letter.pdf