Thursday, March 19, 2009

Missouri's Report on who may be in a militia

News broke recently that Missouri has produced a report designed to help law enforcement identify militia members or domestic terrorists.

It's drawn some criticism, as indicated in the article linked here. Before I begin, let me say in fairness that the report doesn't suggest any single or even a few of the items mean someone is a terrorist or militia member.

Items include being a member of the Libertarian party of having voted for their candidate in the last presidential election. Um, since when is being a member of or voting for a third party an act of terrorism?

Another was that you believe the military has deployed troops in the U.S. in defiance of the Posse Comitatus Act. They haven't been deployed yet, but they're training for it, at least if you believe what you read in the Army Times. Then again, some people doing research for the government don't believe Posse Comitatus really restricts the government from using the military as a police force.

Also on the list is if some comments made by Barack Obama concern you. Specifically, this one:
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
Here's my original post on that comment.

Further, the report lists opposition to the U.N. as a danger sign.

Funny, I seem to ascribe to many of the items on the list, yet I do not believe in armed rebellion against the government, or in committing any act of terrorism. I'm dedicated to reform through education and persuasion.

Maybe Missouri needs to take another look at their report.

Another excellent commentary on this report may be found here.

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