Missouri retracts police memo which labeled activists as ‘militia’Submitted by StaxBrix on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 20:44
The Missouri Department of Public Safety has retracted a controversial profiling memo which linked libertarian activists, Christians, constitutionalists, supporters of Congressman Ron Paul and other traditionally conservative groups to underground militias.
It also specifically cautioned police to be on the lookout for bumper stickers advertising third party candidates, or people with copies of the United States Constitution.
“[Lt. Gov. Peter] Kinder called on Nixon to place Department of Public Safety Director John Britt on administrative leave pending an investigation of how the report came about,” reported the Springfield News-Leader. “[Gov. Jay] Nixon’s office did not comment on Kinder’s demand, but said it backed Keathley’s plans to reform the process of releasing [Missouri Information Analysis Center] intelligence reports.
“In a lengthy statement, Keathley expressed remorse for the lack of oversight in the creation and distribution of the report, but he did not apologize for its contents. Keathley said his office ‘would undertake a review of the origin of the report by MIAC.’”