Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Political Profiling In Missouri Update

Political Profiling Update

The Missouri state troopers must have found out what it's like to raise the ire of the Ron Paul Rзvoution (remember the comment wars and endless internet poll packing of late 2007? Remember the blimp?) after their publication on “The Modern Mililtia Movement” suggested that troopers be on the lookout for Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin bumper stickers. Story, if there was one, over: the guide's revised and the director has officially apologized:
While the intent of the report was only to identify certain traits that are sometimes shared by members of militia organizations, this report is too easily misinterpreted as suggesting that militia members may be identified by no other indicator than support for a particular candidate or political organization. That is an undesired and unwarranted outcome. Upon review and reflections, it is the judgment of the Department of Public Safety that the report should have made no reference to supporters of Ron Paul, Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin or of any other third-party political organization or candidate.

In recognition of the mistaken inclusion of this information by the MIAC in its February 20, 2009, report on the militia movement, I have ordered that the offending report be edited so as to excise all reference to Ron Paul, Bob Barr or Chuck Baldwin and to any third-party political organizations.

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