ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday April 6th, 2009
JEFFERSON CITY â€” The Missouri Highway Patrol has reassigned the director of a center that produced a report linking third-party candidates and some abortion opponents to militias.
The report, “The Modern Militia,” caused a national furor last month after it was released to conservative radio commentator Alex Jones. Conservative groups and some Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, expressed outrage at the report, which they said targeted conservatives.
Documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch show that extremist groups of all kinds have been the subject of reports from the Missouri Information Analysis Center since 2006. Targets of the reports include black separatist movements, Islamic groups, anarchists, the National Socialist movement and “green anarchism.”
The Missouri Information Analysis Center collects intelligence from state and federal agencies to combat terrorism and criminal activity. It was created under former Gov. Matt Blunt. The group came to the public’s attention after “The Modern Militia” was released.
On Monday, the Highway Patrol announced the reassignment of the center’s director, Van Godsey. He has been replaced with Lt. David A. Hall. In addition, a major in Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. James Keathley’s staff will oversee the center.
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