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March 27th, 2009 | Author:

Excuse me for not being impressed that the governor and the highway patrol have retracted the report that stated, among other things, that terrorists are likely to support third-party candidates … and the constitution. (Silly people.)

They’ve sent an apology to Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin.

Woop-de-doo.

The problem is not, as they seem to be saying, that the report wasn’t first reviewed by the top muckety-mucks. The problem is that “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is engaging in profiling of its citizens. Period.

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March 16th, 2009 | Author:

All information contained in this newsletter should be considered LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE. Further distribution of information in this newsletter is restricted to law enforcement officers and agencies, intelligence agencies, and Department of Defense organizations only, unless prior approval is obtained from the published source. NO REPORT OR SEGMENT THEREOF MAY BE RELEASED TO ANY MEDIA SOURCES

This is part of the disclaimer on a report [emphasis in the original] issued on 2/20/09 by MIAC, the Missouri Information Analysis Center.

This report is not unique to Missouri. I’m fairly certain that every state in the country, as well as multiple federal agencies, have issued many similar reports. This one just happened to go public.

Titled “The Modern Militia Movement,” it warns law officers that they are the enemy:

The militia subscribes to an anti-government and NWO [National World Order] mindset, which creates a threat to law enforcement officers. They view the military, National Guard, and law enforcement as a force that will confiscate their firearms and place them in FEMA concentration camps.

After an account of the movement’s supposed activities and its decline, the report talks about its “reemergence.”

Rightwing extremists and militia leaders continuously exploit current world events in order to increase participation in their movements. Due to the current economical and political situation, a lush environment for militia activity has been created. Unemployment rates are high, as well as cost of living expenses. Additionally, President Barrack Obama is seen as tight on gun control and many extremists fear that he will enact firearms confiscations. White supremacists from within the militia movement have further become angered due to the election of the first African American President. Many constitutionalists within the movement have claimed that President Elect Obama does not meet the residency requirements to hold the office of President, and therefore his election is unconstitutional.

Newer versions of the NWO [New World Order] conspiracy have been concocted in order to empower the movement. The NWO is seen as using law enforcement, military, national guard, and federal agencies in order to carry out its elitist one world government. Law enforcement and military forces are believed to be utilized in order to confiscate firearms and place individuals into FEMA concentration camps. This scenario has received additional attention due to the US Army NORTHCOM assigning homeland security functions to an active duty Infantry Brigade. The movement sees this brigade as the force that will take their firearms and that the unit is in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. There are also concerns that the banking and media infrastructure are also being controlled by the Jewish elite and that these leaders are members of the NWO. There is a great deal of anger towards the Federal Reserve System (FRS) and all forms of tax collection.

The report identifies “additional motivators for militia activity.”

  • The Ammunition Accountability Act, which requires an ID number on ammunition rounds
  • Anticipation of economic collapse, which “militia” feel will result in Martial Law, confiscation of firearms, and imprisonment of many citizens
  • Possible Constitutional Convention (Con Con), which has been called for by 32 states, needing only two more to be called to add a balanced budget amendment; “militia” fear the 1st and 2nd amendments will be altered or removed.
  • North American Union (NAU) “Conspiracy theorists” claim this union would link Canada, the US, and Mexico with a Superhighway, also unifying its monetary system.
  • Universal Service Program: Obama’s plan for mandatory service have led “extremists” to fear the creation of a Civilian Defense Force.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) There is a fear that the government will enforce mass human implantations, making it possible for all citizens to be tracked.

The report further states that members of the militia movement often subscribe to these ideologies:

  • Christian Identity
  • White Nationalist
  • Sovereign Citizen
  • Militant Anti-Abortionists
  • Tax Resistors
  • Anti-Immigration

After identifying training methods, organizations, and the infrastructure at risk from the militia movement, the report addresses “Common Militia Symbols.”

Political and Anti-Government Rhetoric:

Political Paraphenalia: Militia members most commonly associate with 3rd party political groups. It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material.

Anti-Government Propaganda: Militia members commonly display picture, cartoons, bumper stickers that contain anti-government rhetoric. Most of this material will depict the FRS, IRS, FBI, ATF, CIA, UN, Law Enforcement, and “The New World Order” in a derogatory manor. [sic] Additionally, Racial, anti-immigration, and anti-abortion, material may be displayed by militia members.

It then pictures many “Militia Symbols” including the Gadsden flag (Don’t Tread on Me) and the “Upside down US Flag: The militia uses this as a symbol of a nation in distress.”

Commentary

It’s scary that anyone with a pro-life bumper sticker or a Ron Paul bumper sticker is now a target for trigger-happy cops.

It’s frightening that anyone who opposes RFID chips or Obama’s mandatory service plans is viewed as some kind of domestic terrorist to be feared.

It’s sad that section 8A of the National Flag Code, which states that “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property” has been re-characterized as a “militia symbol.”

It’s also sad that the historical Gadsden flag, rooted in the founding of our nation, is now part of a witch hunt.

What’s truly ominous about this report, however, is that those who legally and peacefully oppose socialistic federal programs, those who want our government officials to return to the Constitution they have sworn to uphold, have been characterized as extremists who exploit current world events, who concoct “conspiracy theories,” and irrationally oppose the Army’s guns illegally being aimed at citizens.

In short, any opposition to the current administration has been demonized and marginalized.

The results of these tactics are predictable. First, it will silence many people, who will try to protect themselves by agreeing with whatever the government decrees.

Second, we are seeing our language and our history and our culture being re-written right before our eyes. Most of us will take the bribe, swallow the kool-aid, and agree that wrong is right, ignoring justice and common moral values – just like they did in Nazi Germany, just like sheep to the slaughter.

Food for Thought

Étienne de La Boétie wrote these words in the 1500′s in a book (pdf file here) called THE POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE: THE DISCOURSE OF VOLUNTARY SERVITUDE.

Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to serve. Tyrants fall when the people withdraw their support.

Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany, felt that he hadn’t done enough to stop the Holocaust, and wrote this poem after the war.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Samuel Adams wrote this in a letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.

These words are attributed to Moses in the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 16:19-20, around 1407 B.C.

You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

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February 23rd, 2009 | Author:

There are a couple stories in recent days that have to make you wonder.

When Jonathan Lopez read the dictionary definition of marriage and two Bible verses as part of an assigned presentation, speech professor John Matteson of Los Angeles City College stopped him mid-speech and called him a “fascist bastard” in front of the class.

Instead of allowing Lopez to finish, Matteson told the other students they could leave if they were offended. When no one left, Matteson dismissed the class. Refusing to grade the assigned speech, Matteson wrote on Lopez’s evaluation, ‘Ask God what your grade is.’

One week later, after seeing Lopez talking to the college’s dean of academic affairs, Matteson told Lopez that he would make sure he’d be expelled from school.

Senior Counsel David French of the Alliance Defense Fund, which has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lopez, stated that “public institutions of higher learning cannot selectively censor Christian speech.”

Unfortunately, Professor Matteson’s view has become common. “Proselytizing is innappropriate [sic] in public school” is another comment on Lopez’s evaluation.

Then there’s the veteran counselor in Orange County who took some foster kids on a field trip. They went to a 5-K run and then to the beach. While they were eating lunch, they heard about 10 minutes of – horrors! – Christian music. The counselor was suspended for six weeks.

So now Christians have to file lawsuits in order to be … Christians. Despite our first amendment, which supposedly guarantees the freedom of religion …

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …

… these clearly expressed words have been twisted into the common refrain “separation of church and state,” effectively keeping any expression of Christianity out of the public domain.

Patrick Henry would not be pleased … and I don’t think God is, either.

It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. [May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses]

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February 03rd, 2009 | Author:

Caroline Petrie, a Christian home health nurse in England, has been suspended for offering to pray for one of her patients. It seems she violated the English nursing code, which states that ‘you must demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity.’

Apparently, diversity doesn’t include The Almighty.

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