Mainstream extremists

If you’re an anti-abortion activist, or if you display political paraphernalia supporting a third-party candidate or a certain Republican member of Congress, if you possess subversive literature, you very well might be a member of a domestic paramilitary group.

That’s according to “The Modern Militia Movement,” a report by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC), a government collective that identifies the warning signs of potential domestic terrorists for law enforcement communities…

“It’s certainly an attempt to stifle political thought, especially in Missouri. It definitely makes me pause, if nothing else. Maybe Missouri is just a test bed for squelching political thought.”

via ‘Fusion Centers’ Expand Criteria to Identify Militia Members – First 100 Days of Presidency – Politics

I remember in the wake of the Branch Davidian massacre, Attorney General Janet Reno saying that marks of a “cult” included attending Bible studies or believing in the Second Coming of Christ.  And, implicitly, if you are a “cultist” or a “white separatist” like the Weaver family, you might just find federal SWAT teams kicking down your door on the suspicion that you might act on your extremist beliefs and hurt someone.  Your spouse and children dead in a hail of government gunfire?  Too bad.  You should have been more of a conformist.  That was the real if unstated lesson of those debacles.

If this Missouri report is indeed a trial balloon to see how the public reacts to civil rights abuses based on calling someone an extremist or a militia member, then this balloon needs to be popped.

Also, I would like to see if all those people who have been calling Bush “Hitler” and “fascist” for the past eight years will be as quick to object to this.  Will the news be filled with ominous threats of an impending police state?

Update, 3/28: balloon popped. Report has been retracted and questions are being asked about who is responsible.  Good.


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