Agency Apologizes for Militia Report on CandidatesSubmitted by silentboom on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 10:10
Jefferson City -- Missouri's Department of Public Safety has apologized to 2008 presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin for a state-issued report linking their political causes to the "modern militia movement."
But critics of a controversial militia profiling report say the damage has already been done. And they want answers from Gov. Jay Nixon's administration about who authorized the report, why and at what cost to taxpayers.
The Missouri Information Analysis Center's controversial Feb. 20 report has created a nationwide firestorm among conservatives in the past 10 days because it indicates people who support small government, refuse to pay taxes, oppose abortion and illegal immigration and voted for Paul and third- party candidates like Barr and Baldwin for president in the November 2008 election have tendencies to join violent militias.
"They need to apologize to a lot of people," Baldwin said Tuesday in an interview with the News-Leader. "This smacks of totalitarian regimes of days gone by."
John Britt, director of the Department of Public Safety, apologized Monday in a letter to Paul, Barr and Baldwin for them being named in the report, which his office said he did not read prior to it being released. Britt said their names will be removed and the report will be reissued.
"Portions of that report may be easily construed by readers as offensive to supporters of certain political candidates or to those candidates themselves," Britt wrote in his apology letter to Paul, Barr and Baldwin. "I regret that those comments were ultimately included in the final report issued by the MIAC."
MIAC is a state agency that works with the federal Department of Homeland Security to compile intelligence reports for law enforcement agencies. It also issues reports about threats to public safety. Intended only for the eyes of highway patrolmen, the report was made public after it was leaked on the Internet.