Vows to take petition “straight to the top”
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Ron Paul’s Campaign For Liberty group has responded to a report compiled for law officials in Missouri that equates supporters of the Texas Congressman with radical race hate groups and terrorists.
As we detailed last week, the report, which has been handed out to Missouri police officers, specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists.
The report, distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center, also instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.
Now the Campaign For Liberty group intends to deliver a Citizen’s Petition to the Missouri Governor and Attorney General, which will highlight the offensive and inflammatory content contained within the MIAC report.
“Here at Campaign for Liberty we are going to give this foolishness the treatment it deserves.” writes John Tate, the group’s President in an email to members.
“It is important that we respond in the right way when faced with such a government labeling, and the proper way is to go straight to the top in Missouri.”
“The ‘study’ was undoubtedly written by some university liberal who knows nothing of the hundreds of thousands of Missourians who share our values. I can only imagine how many hundreds of thousands of Missouri tax dollars funded this.” Tate adds.
The Missouri report is the latest in a long line of documents and literature intended to train police nationwide that supporters of Constitutionally-limited government must be labeled and targeted as potential security threats.
We urge our readers to sign the Campaign for Liberty’s Citizen’s Petition and help the group expose such freedom stripping activity.
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Below is The Campaign For Liberty’s response in full.
March 17, 2009
Dear Friend of Liberty,
Maybe you’ve heard, or maybe not, but the Missouri State Police think you might be a security threat.
Why? Because you support Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty. Also, because maybe you own guns, oppose abortion or homeschool.
Even, and I’m serious, because you support the U.S. Constitution.
I know, it’s ridiculous…and probably steams you a bit.
But here at Campaign for Liberty we are going to give this foolishness the treatment it deserves. More on that in a moment. Let me give you a bit more background.
As you may be aware by now, the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) recently released a report titled, “The Modern Militia Movement” to over one thousand Missouri law enforcement officers.
What is the Missouri Information Analysis Center? According to its website,
“MIAC is the mechanism to collect incident reports of suspicious activities to be evaluated and analyzed in an effort to identify potential trends or patterns of terrorist or criminal operations within the state of Missouri. MIAC will also function as a vehicle for two-way communication between federal, state and local law enforcement community within our region.”
The MIAC warned officers that violent militia members are “usually” supporters of presidential candidates like Ron Paul and are also known for opposition to things like the Federal Reserve and the income tax.
The “study” was undoubtedly written by some university liberal who knows nothing of the hundreds of thousands of Missourians who share our values. I can only imagine how many hundreds of thousands of Missouri tax dollars funded this.
Both Ron Paul and Campaign for Liberty champion principles of freedom, peace, and prosperity. We believe that the Founder’s vision for America can be reclaimed through education and peaceful activism. It is a common practice of elitist intellectuals and backroom bureaucrats to attempt to crowd everyone into groups and stick labels on them, especially when it involves those who support a Constitutionally-limited government.
Anthony Gregory, editor-in-chief at Campaign for Liberty, has posted an excellent new article on our site concerning government broad-brush fear campaigns.
It is important that we respond in the right way when faced with such a government labeling, and the proper way is to go straight to the top in Missouri.
The way to fight thugs and ignorant people in authority is not to cower or rage, but to proudly proclaim who you are and what you believe.
That’s why I urge you to sign our Citizen’s Petition here today.
Our petition spells out in no uncertain terms who we are and what we believe. And it reminds those in charge of enforcing Missouri’s laws that we are citizen activists who will not be intimidated nor embarrassed into silence.
Simply owning a gun does not make you a threat. It means you are a free citizen.
Supporting our Constitution does not make you worthy of a watchlist, it makes you a Patriot.
So please, sign our Citizen’s Petition today. Be sure to stay tuned for more information on how we plan to respond to the MIAC.
Finally, I want to ask you a final favor. If you can, please join us next week as we gather in St. Louis for the first Campaign for Liberty Regional Conference and show the people of Missouri what Campaign for Liberty truly stands for and represents.
We will be hosting a free event on Friday Night with Ron Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano that is open to the public, and the conference will be highlighted by grassroots training on Saturday, March 28.
Learning how to properly mobilize in order to implement liberty-based legislation is absolutely critical to our success as a movement, and our Regional Conference will provide you with the tools you need as we move forward.
For more information on our Conference, check out our Regional Conference page. For special travel and hotel information, click here.
Liberty is never free, and demands vigilance.
I look forward to seeing you in St. Louis for an exciting weekend of celebration and training!
President, Campaign for Liberty
P.S. And don’t forget to fill out our Citizen’s Petition, which we will deliver to the Missouri Governor and Attorney General.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 9:32 am