Missouri Kills 3rd Party/Militia Bumper Stick Profiling

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barr, Missouri, Ron Paul, Terrorism

This was definitely troubling, so it’s good to see that some real action was taken after the report was revealed.

From McClatchy:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol this week retracted a controversial report on militia activity and will change how such reports are reviewed before being distributed to law enforcement agencies.

The Highway Patrol also will open an investigation into the origin of the report, which linked conservative groups with domestic terrorism and named former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.

The Lt. Gov has also suggested that the Director of Public Safety be put on leave pending an investigation into how the report came about. I think that’s harsh, because there probably are some ties between 3rd party supporters and militia members, but the big thing here was the profiling based on bumper stickers. That was just a lazy move and the DoPS should have known better.

However, 3rd party supporters should take note at how quickly this was reversed once it was discovered. In other words, try not to fall into the trap of thinking this is part of a conspiracy. We’re still a nation of checks and balances, and this situation demonstrates that.

Still, I think somebody should keep an eye on the guy who put all those stickers on his car in the picture above. :-)

I’m just saying…

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2 Responses to “Missouri Kills 3rd Party/Militia Bumper Stick Profiling”

  1. kranky kritter Says:

    In general, I find anti-profiling rhetoric to be over the top.

    We want to be safe from terrorists both domestic and foreign, from drug dealers, from burglars, from drunk drivers. And so on, and so on.

    So we pay lots of people to help keep us safe. I think we really need to decide whether or not we want the people we’ve thus hired to play the percentages, study the correlations, and make educated guesses, or not.

    Probable cause for things like traffic stops and searches needs to be objective, and I support that. That kind of stuff is well established, and it ought to be followed.

    But when it comes to the kinds of things that lead to a law enforcement agent exercising scrutiny, I think such agents deserve quite a bit of latitude.

    The notion of “profiling” has been successfully demonized in a very expanded form by a wide range of special interest groups liberal and conservative, and I think that’s a mistake. We ought to re-think it.

    Our law enforcement agents have limited time and limited resources. So I want them to have the freedom to choose to scrutinize the actions of people who seem to be up to no good, within reason.

  2. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Ron Paul Supporter Detained By TSA For Carrying Cash? Says:

    [...] Missouri’s militia/Ron Paul tie still in full [...]

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