Monday, March 23, 2009
Libertarians Claim State Violated Homeland Security Policies
By Chad Garrison
on Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 4:54 PM
memo uncovered last week
in which Gov. Jay Nixon
and other state officials classify followers of Ron Paul and third-party candidates as possible militia members.
Yesterday, the Missouri Libertarian Party issued a statement
saying that the memo in question (circulated by the Missouri Information
Analysis Center, or MIAC
) failed to follow U.S. Department of Homeland Security
policies that prohibit political profiling and other civil rights violations.
enforcement officers to watch for political speech like signs and bumper
stickers when trying to determine if someone is part of a violent hate group
will, obviously, 'chill open discourse' and people's willingness to express
their beliefs," said Libertarian spokesman Mike Ferguson
in the statement.
Ferguson says his group now wants to know whether MIAC followed the Homeland Security policies when drafting the controversial memo. The Libertarian spokesman also states that he and others hope to meet with Gov. Nixon to discuss the issue.
"Unfortunately, our repeated requests to have that discussion and reach a
solution have been rejected so far," said Ferguson.
Libertarians are still rankled about a