Last week, the Missouri Information Analysis Center (the Missouri fusion center) retracted a report entitled "The Modern Militia Movement" which said that support for mainstream third party presidential candidates was indicative of involvement in violent militia groups. The Missouri fusion center's characterization of people engaged in legitimate political activity as potentially dangerous drew public condemnation and raised questions about oversight of fusion center activities.
The report put red flags on those supporting former candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin. In addition, the report's list of indicators for militia involvement included such relatively commonplace activities as discussion of conspiracy theories, bumper stickers depicting U.S. agencies in a bad light, and opposition to controversial government policies like NAFTA and restrictive gun laws. A section of the report entitled "You are the Enemy" encouraged police officers to view individuals with such characteristics as possible violent threats.
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