Monday, December 8, 2008

Nuns and Others Wrongly Listed as Terrorists, Posse Comitatus Dead, Let's Revive the Militia Movement

I have given this much thought recently as I have followed the growing assault on freedom, and I have concluded the following: the militia movement must be revived, but with some important corrections. Most of the 1990's militias took a one pronged approach (arm themselves, train, etc.), forgetting that it takes more than that to have a successful revolution. Afterall, the Revolution of 1800 (Jefferson's election, defeat of the Federalists), took place without use of arms. There needs to be efforts at a second such revolution. I was hoping Ron Paul would be elected and we'd have precisely that, but obviously, there's work to do before that will happen. Those of us who value our freedom must band together, we must be willing to defend that freedom against illegal actions (note the keyword, any militia must be defensive, not offensive, do not give the shrill far-leftists like Morris Dees fuel to burn us at the stake with, though he'll be waving a flaming torch at us regardless of the truth). At the same time, we must wage an intellectual war against the enemies of freedom. We must render them contemptible in the public eye. We must work at every level to awaken people to the assault on their liberty that has been aking place and is quickening in pace. We must get freedom-loving individuals into office. Ron Paul's campaign threw a spark, now we must bring the fire to life. We must remember that while militias were important to our Revolution, equally important were the efforts of great thinkers such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others. Let us learn from the past, when we re-build the militia movement. As always the left-wing media, quoting the nonsense from the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League, will attempt to crucify us as a bunch of White Nationalist, terrorist, gun-nuts, KKK bigots planning a race war. Nothing can be farther from the truth. In fact, some people may remember that J.J. Johnson was an important figure in the movement in the 1990's, here he is testifying before some senators:

The ADL and SPLC attempt to paint everyone who values their Second Amendment rights, everyone who is willing to defend the Constitution, anyone who does not kiss the government's feet, with the same brush they paint the KKK and other such bigots. However, in doing so, they are proving themselves to be bigots. Morris Dees, while he did some good things years ago, is merely enriching himself now by targeting the right. For instance, Rutland, Vermont is listed on his site as a KKK stronghold. Anyone who's lived in Rutland knows that's total garbage. He abuses the legal system with ridiculous suits against people he dislikes (now, let me say I don't particularly like some of the people he targets myself, but in a free country, everyone has the right to their opinions, no matter how wrong they are), milks the gullible for donations, and those whom he is supposedly fighting on the behalf of get crumbs thrown at them out of the massive settlements. However, enough about that shrill fool who can't even take a bit of questioning from a college student Now on to some information I have come across that is very important and at the same time, very frightening.

There is a new federal rule proposed that effectively renders Posee Comitatus dead:

[Federal Register: December 4, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 234)][Proposed
Rules][Page 73896-73900]From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access
======================Proposed RulesFederal
______________________This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to
the public ofthe proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of
thesenotices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate inthe
rule making prior to the adoption of the final
======================[[Page 73896]]DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEOffice of the
Secretary[DoD-2008-OS-0085; RIN 0790-AI34]32 CFR Part 185Defense Support of
Civil Authorities (DSCA)AGENCY: Department of Defense.ACTION: Proposed
This proposed rule establishes policy and assignsresponsibilities for DSCA,
supplements regulations regarding militarysupport for civilian law enforcement,
and sets forth policy guidancefor the execution and oversight of DSCA when
requested by civilauthorities and approved by the appropriate DoD authority, or
asdirected by the President, within the United States, including theDistrict of
Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. VirginIslands, Guam,
American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern MarianaIslands, and any
territory or possession of the United States or anypolitical subdivision
thereof. Legislative changes over the years havemade the existing guidance
outdated and inconsistent with current lawand the current organizational
structure of the Department of Defense.This proposed rule will allow civil
authorities access to the correctprocedures when they are seeking assistance
from the Department byestablishing updated policy guidance and assigning the
correctresponsibilities within the Department for the Defense for support
ofcivil authorities in response to requests for assistance for
domesticemergencies, designated law enforcement support, special events,
andother domestic activities. Interested persons are invited to submitcomments
on this proposed rule that will be considered prior topromulgation of the final
rule.DATES: Comments must be received by February 2, 2009.ADDRESSES: You may
submit comments, identified by docket number and orRIN number and title, by any
of the following methods:Federal Rulemaking Portal: the instructions for
submitting comments.Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 1160Defense
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1160.Instructions: All submissions received must
include the agency nameand docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN)
for thisFederal Register document. The general policy for comments and
othersubmissions from members of the public is to make these
submissionsavailable for public viewing on the Internet at as they
are received without change, including anypersonal identifiers or contact
information.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Chavez,
703-697-5415.SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory
Planning and Review''It has been certified that 32 CFR part 185 does not:(1)
Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more oradversely affect
in a material way the economy; a section of theeconomy; productivity;
competition; jobs; the environment; publichealth or safety; or State, local, or
tribal governments orcommunities;(2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise
interfere with anaction taken or planned by another Agency;(3) Materially alter
the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants,user fees, or loan programs, or the
rights and obligations ofrecipients thereof; or(4) Raise novel legal or policy
issues arising out of legalmandates, the President's priorities, or the
principles set forth inthis Executive Order.Sec. 202, Pub. L. 104-4, ``Unfunded
Mandates Reform Act''It has been certified that 32 CFR part 185 does not contain
aFederal mandate that may result in the expenditure by State, local andtribal
governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100million or more in
any 1 year.Public Law 96-354, ``Regulatory Flexibility Act'' (5 U.S.C. 601)It
has been certified that 32 CFR part 185 is not subject to theRegulatory
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) because it would not, ifpromulgated, have a
significant economic impact on a substantial numberof small entities. This rule
establishes policy and assignsresponsibilities within DoD for DSCA, supplements
regulations regardingmilitary support for civilian law enforcement, and sets
forth policyguidance for the execution and oversight of DSCA when requested
bycivil authorities and approved by the appropriate DoD authority, or asdirected
by the President. Therefore, it is not expected that smallentities will be
affected because there will be no economicallysignificant regulatory
requirements placed upon them.Public Law 96-511, ``Paperwork Reduction Act'' (44
U.S.C. Chapter 35)It has been certified that 32 CFR part 185 does not
imposereporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork ReductionAct
of 1995.Executive Order 13132, ``Federalism''It has been certified that 32 CFR
part 185 does not have federalismimplications, as set forth in Executive Order
13132. This rule does nothave substantial direct effects on:(1) The States;(2)
The relationship between the National Government and theStates; or(3) The
distribution of power and responsibilities among thevarious levels of
Government.List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 185Armed forces, Civil
defense.Accordingly, the Department of Defense proposes to revise 32 CFRpart 185
(DSCA)Sec.185.1 Purpose.185.2 Applicability and scope.185.3 Definitions.185.4
Policy.185.5 Responsibilities.Authority: 50 U.S.C. 2251, as amended; E.O. 12148,
3 CFR 1979Comp. p. 412.Sec. 185.1 Purpose.This part:[[Page 73897]](a)
Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for DefenseSupport of Civil
Authorities (DSCA) which is also referred to as civilsupport.(b) Supplements the
regulations required by section 375 of title10, United States Code (U.S.C.),
regarding military support forcivilian law enforcement.(c) Sets forth policy
guidance for the execution and oversight ofDSCA when requested by civil
authorities and approved by theappropriate DoD authority, or as directed by the
President, within theUnited States, including the District of Columbia, the
Commonwealth ofPuerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa,
theCommonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any territory orpossession
of the United States or any political subdivision thereof.Sec. 185.2
Applicability and scope.This part:(a) Applies to the Office of the Secretary of
Defense, the MilitaryDepartments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff,the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the
InspectorGeneral of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the
DoDField Activities, and all other organizational entities within theDepartment
of Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as the ``DoDComponents'').(b)
Applies to the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the Air NationalGuard (ANG) in
title 32 status.(c) Applies to all DSCA (except the specific forms of DSCA
listedin paragraph (d) of this section), including:(1) Military community
affairs programs or innovative readinesstraining (formerly called
``civil-military cooperative actionprograms'') (see DoD Directive
Available by downloading at
Mutual or automatic aid (see chapter 15A of title 42 U.S.C.).(3) DoD fire and
emergency services programs (see DoD
Available by downloading at
United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) activities as theDepartment of
Defense Coordinating and Primary Agency for the NationalResponse Framework,
Emergency Support Function 3, Public Worksand Engineering.(5) Activities
performed by the Civil Air Patrol in support ofcivil authorities when approved
by the Air Force as auxiliary missions.(6) Support provided by the National
Guard, in a federally fundedtitle 32 status to local, State, tribal, and/or
Federal civil agencieswhen employed by a Governor, or provided under Emergency
ManagementAssistance Compacts when that support involves use of
personneloperating under the provisions of title 32 U.S.C.(7) Special Events in
accordance with DoD Directive 2000.15 \3\and/or applicable
Available by downloading at
Does not apply to the following activities conducted in supportof civil
authorities:(1) Support in response to foreign disasters provided in
accordancewith DoD Directive
Available by downloading at
Joint investigations conducted by the Inspector General of theDepartment of
Defense, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, andthe military criminal
investigative organizations with civil lawenforcement agencies on matters within
their respective jurisdictionsusing their own forces and equipment.(3) Detail of
DoD personnel to duty outside the Department ofDefense in accordance with DoD
Available by downloading at
Support provided by State Defense Forces and National Guardactivities not
covered by paragraph (c)(6) of this section.(5) Counternarcotics operations.(6)
Support provided by the United States Army Corps of Engineerswhen accomplishing
missions and responsibilities under Pub. L. 84-99,as amended.(7) Intelligence
assistance provided by DoD intelligence andcounterintelligence components (see
DoD Directive 5240.01,\6\ ExecutiveOrders 12333 and 13388, DoD 5240.1-R,\7\ and
other applicable laws
Available by downloading at\7\
Available by downloading at
Military community relations programs and activitiesadministered by the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs(see DoD Directive 5410.18 \8\
and DoD Instruction 5410.19
Available by downloading at\9\
Available by downloading at
Sensitive support in accordance with DoD Directive
Document is classified and copies maybe requested bycontacting USD(I),
185.3 Definitions.Civil Authorities. See Joint Publication
Available by downloading at
Disturbances. See Joint Publication 1-02.Civil Support. See Joint Publication
1-02. Also known as DefenseSupport of Civil Authorities (DSCA).Defense Domestic
Crisis Manager. The DoD official responsible foroverseeing, advising, and making
recommendations to the Secretary ofDefense on the use of resources and DoD
personnel needed to prevent orrespond to a potential or actual domestic crisis.
The AssistantSecretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas'
SecurityAffairs (ASD(HD&ASA)) serves as the Defense Domestic Crisis
Manager.Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA). Support provided byU.S.
Federal military forces, National Guard forces performing dutyunder title 32,
U.S.C., DoD civilians, DoD contract personnel, and DoDcomponent assets, in
response to requests for assistance from civilauthorities for special events,
domestic emergencies, designated lawenforcement support, and other domestic
activities. Support provided byNational Guard forces performing duty under title
32, U.S.C., isconsidered DSCA but is conducted as a State-directed action. Also
knownas Civil Support (CS).Imminently Serious Conditions. Emergency conditions
in which, inthe judgment of a military commander or responsible DoD
civilianofficial, immediate and possibly serious danger threatens the publicand
prompt action is needed to save lives, to safeguard public healthor safety, or
to prevent or mitigate great property or environmentaldamage. Under these
conditions, timely prior authority from higherheadquarters to provide DSCA may
not be possible before action isnecessary for effective response.Responsible DoD
Civilian. For purposes of DSCA, the head of a DoDComponent (or designee) or
other DoD civilian official or NationalGuard Federal technician who have
authority[[Page 73898]]over DoD assets that may be used for a DSCA
response.Special Event. An international or domestic event, contest,activity, or
meeting, which by its very nature, or by specificstatutory or regulatory
authority, may require security, safety, and/orother logistical support or
assistance fro the Department of Defense.Sec. 185.4 Policy.It is DoD policy
that:(a) This part shall be implemented consistent with nationalsecurity
objectives and military readiness.(b) Unless expressly stated otherwise, the
provisions of this partshould not be construed to rescind any existing
authorities of theHeads of DoD Components, commanders, and/or responsible DoD
civiliansto provide DSCA in accordance with existing laws, Department of
Defenseissuances, and Secretary of Defense approved orders.(c) DSCA is initiated
by a request for DoD assistance from acivilian agency or is ordered by the
President or Secretary of Defense.(d) All requests for DSCA shall be written and
include a commitmentto reimburse the Department of Defense. Waivers or
exceptions toreimbursement must be consistent with the law and/or DoD policies.
Forassistance provided under paragraph (g) of this section, civilauthorities
shall be informed that oral requests for assistance in anemergency must be
followed by a written request at the earliestavailable opportunity.(e) All
requests for assistance from civil authorities shall beevaluated for legality,
lethality, risk, cost (including the source offunding and the effect on the DoD
budget), appropriateness, and effecton readiness.(f) DSCA plans shall be
compatible with the National ResponseFramework; the National Incident Management
System; all contingencyplans for operations in the locations listed in Sec.
185.1(c) of thispart; and any other national plans (approved by the President
orSecretary of Defense) or DoD issuances governing DSCA operations.(g)
Commanders, (including National Guard Commanders), heads of DoDComponents and/or
responsible DoD civilian officials may provideImmediate Response to a request
for assistance from a civilianauthority, under imminently serious conditions.
This Immediate ResponseAuthority is exercised when time does not permit approval
from higherheadquarters. Responsible DoD civilian officials may employ
theresources under their control, subject to any supplemental directionprovided
by higher headquarters, and provide those resources to savelives, to safeguard
public health or safety, or to prevent or mitigategreat property or
environmental damage.(1) The DoD official directing a response under Immediate
ResponseAuthority shall immediately notify the National Military Command
Center(NMCC), through the chain of command, of the details of the
response.National Guard officials shall inform the NMCC through the
NationalGuard Bureau. The NMCC will inform appropriate DoD components.(2)
Immediate Response Authority ends when the necessity givingrise to the response
is no longer present (e.g., when there aresufficient resources available from
State, local, and other Federalagencies to respond adequately), when the
initiating DoD or NationalGuard official or a higher authority directs an end to
the response, orwhen an appropriate authority approves a request from another
Federaldepartment or agency based on other authorities. The DoD or NationalGuard
official directing a response under Immediate Response Authorityshall reassess
whether there remains a necessity for DoD to respondunder this authority as soon
as practicable but, if immediate responseactivities have not yet ended, not
later than 72 hours after resourceshave been employed.(3) Support provided under
Immediate Response Authority should beprovided on a cost-reimbursable basis
where appropriate or legallyrequired but will not be delayed or denied based on
the inability orunwillingness of the requester to make a commitment to reimburse
theDepartment of Defense.(h) Federal military forces shall not be used to quell
civildisturbances or perform civilian law enforcement functions (e.g.,search,
seizure, arrest, and surveillance) unless specificallyauthorized by the
President or the Secretary of Defense in accordancewith applicable law (e.g.,
chapter 15 of title 10, U.S.C.).(i) Only the Secretary of Defense, or a
designated representative,may approve requests from civil authorities for
defense assistanceduring civil disturbances; defense response to chemical,
biological,radiological, nuclear, and/or high yield explosive events;
defenseassets when there is a potential for lethality (unless
otherwiseauthorized in law or DoD policy); and potentially lethal support
ofcivilian law enforcement agencies. Lethal support includes: loans ofarms;
vessels, or aircraft; or ammunition. It also includes: allrequests for
assistance under section 382 of title 10 and section 831of title 18, U.S.C.; all
support to counterterrorism operations; andall support to law enforcement when
there is a potential forconfrontation between law enforcement and specifically
identifiedcivilian individuals or groups.(j) Only the Secretary of Defense, or a
designated representative,may authorize DoD Components to procure and maintain
supplies,materiel, and/or equipment exclusively for providing DSCA.(k)
Programming and budgeting for DSCA shall be in accordance withexisting laws,
Department of Defense issuances, and Secretary ofDefense authorization.(l)
Federal military forces employed for DSCA activities shallremain under Federal
military command and control at all times.(m) Special event support to
non-governmental organizations is aDSCA activity.Sec. 185.5 Responsibilities.(a)
The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) shallfacilitate the
coordination of DoD policy governing DSCA with FederalDepartments and Agencies,
State agencies, and the DoD Components, asrequired.(b) The Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Homeland Defense andAmericas' Security Affairs (ASD(HD&ASA)),
under the authority,direction, and control of the USD(P) exercising policy
oversight ofhomeland defense activities of the Department of Defense and
performingother duties as directed by the Secretary of Defense shall:(1) Serve
as the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary ofDefense and the USD(P) on
DSCA.(2) Serve as the Defense Domestic Crisis Manager in accordance withDoD
Available by downloading at
Serve as approval authority for requests for assistance fromcivil authorities
sent to the Secretary of Defense, except for thoseitems retained in section
185.4(h) and (i) of this part, or delegatedto other officials. Such matters
shall be coordinated with the Chairmanof the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the
absence of the ASD(HD&ASA), thePrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Homeland Defenseand Americas' Security Affairs may exercise the
authority of theASD(HD&ASA) to approve such requests. This authority may not
be furtherdelegated. The[[Page 73899]]Secretary of Defense shall be notified
immediately of the use of thisauthority.(4) Develop, coordinate, and oversee the
implementation of DoDpolicy for DSCA and shall:(i) Through the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff as itpertains to DSCA matters, monitor the activation,
deployment, andemployment of Federal military forces (including Reserve
Componentforces), the National Guard, DoD civilian personnel, and allfacilities,
equipment, fiscal accounts, supplies, and services ownedby, controlled by, or
under the jurisdiction of a DoD Component inresponse to requests for DSCA and
for Department of Defense support tospecial events; and provide oversight of
DSCA training, exercises, andresources.(ii) In coordination with the General
Counsel of the Department ofDefense, develop policies and procedures for DSCA
support to civil lawenforcement authorities; coordinate long-range policies and
proceduresthat govern the provision of non-emergency support to civilian
lawenforcement agencies; promote Department of Defense cooperation withpublic
safety agencies; and ensure that assistance is in compliancewith applicable law,
Presidential Directives, Executive orders, andDepartment of Defense policy.(iii)
Ensure that information relating to all aspects of DSCAreceives the broadest
possible dissemination utilizing all approvedmedia as appropriate and in
accordance with Department of DefenseDirective
Available by downloading at
The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations andLow Intensity
Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities, under theauthority, direction, and
control of the USD(P), shall support planningby the Defense Domestic Crisis
Manager during DSCA operations, asrequired.(d) The Under Secretary of Defense
(Comptroller)/Chief FinancialOfficer shall establish policies and procedures to
ensure timelyreimbursement to the Department of Defense for reimbursable
DSCAactivities.(e) The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and
Readiness(USD(P&R)) shall:(1) Assist the ASD(HD&ASA) by providing
recommendations, guidance,and support for all domestic crisis situations or
emergencies that mayrequire health or medical-related DSCA, including situations
involvingcoordination with the components of the National Disaster
MedicalSystem.(2) Assist the ASD(HD&ASA) by providing recommendations,
guidance,and support on the use of the Reserve Components to perform
DSCAmissions.(3) Identify, monitor, and oversee the development of
integratedDSCA training capabilities and the integration of these
trainingcapabilities into exercises and training to build and sustain
DSCAreadiness.(f) The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs,
underthe authority, direction, and control of USD(P&R), shall assist
theASD(HD&ASA) by providing recommendations, guidance, and support on theuse
of the Reserve Components to perform DSCA missions.(g) The Secretaries of the
Military Departments shall:(1) Support DSCA operations as directed and in
accordance with thisDirective, and shall ensure the readiness of the Military
Departmentsto execute plans for DSCA.(2) Ensure compliance with financial
management guidance related tosupport provided for DSCA operations, including
guidance related totracking costs and seeking reimbursement.(h) The Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff shall:(1) Advise the Secretary of Defense on the
effects of requests forDSCA on national security and military readiness.(2)
Identify and coordinate available resources for DSCA requestsand release related
execute and deployment orders when approved by theSecretary of Defense.(3)
Incorporate DSCA into joint training and exercise programs inconsultation with
the Department of Homeland Security, otherappropriate Federal Departments and
Agencies, and the National GuardBureau.(i) The Commanders of Combatant Commands
with DSCA responsibilitiesin accordance with the Unified Command Plan shall:(1)
Through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plan andexecute DSCA
operations in their areas of responsibility in accordancewith this Directive,
and in accordance with their authorities assignedby the Unified Command Plan and
the Forces for Unified CommandsMemorandum.(2) Incorporate DSCA into joint
training and exercise programs inconsultation with the Department of Homeland
Security, otherappropriate Federal Departments and Agencies, and the National
GuardBureau.(3) Advocate for validated DSCA requests for domestic
operationsthrough the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, subject to
section185.4(j) and (k) of this part, and the Planning, Programming,Budgeting,
and Execution (PPBE) process.(4) Provide the Secretary of Defense an
implementation plan forensuring DSCA support is emphasized in command
assessments.(j) The Chief, National Guard Bureau, under the authority,direction,
and control of the Secretary of Defense through theSecretaries of the Army and
the Air, shall:(1) Serve as the channel of communication on all matters
pertainingto National Guard DSCA activities between the Secretary of Defense
andthe Heads of the DoD Components (including the Secretary of the Armyand the
Secretary of the Air Force) and the States. Direct liaisonbetween both entities
should occur only in an emergency when time doesnot permit compliance with this
Directive. In each such instance, theChief, NGB, should be informed of the
communication.(2) Annually assess the readiness of the National Guard of
theStates to conduct DSCA activities and report on this assessment to
theSecretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force,the
USD(P&R), the ASD(HD&ASA), the ASD(RA), the Chairman of the JointChiefs
of Staff, and appropriate Combatant Commanders.(3) Participate in the Joint
Staff capability-based planning andassessments, the Joint Capabilities
Integration and Development System,and the DoD PPBE assessment for all actions
pertaining to NationalGuard capabilities required for DSCA.(4) Facilitate and
deconflict the planning and use of NationalGuard forces among the States to
ensure that adequate and balancedforces are available and responsive for DSCA
missions, consistent withnational security objectives and priorities.(k) The
Heads of the DoD Components, in addition to theresponsibilities in paragraphs
(g), (h), (i), and (j) of this section,as applicable, shall:(1) Ensure that any
DSCA-related Department of Defense issuances,concept plans, interagency
agreements, and memorandums of understandingor agreement with external agencies
are in full compliance with thisDirective.(2) Ensure compliance with financial
management guidance related tosupport provided for DSCA operations, including
guidance related totracking costs and seeking reimbursement.[[Page 73900]]Dated:
November 26, 2008.Patricia L. Toppings,OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer,
Department of Defense.[FR Doc. E8-28706 Filed 12-3-08; 8:45 am]BILLING CODE

In case anyone reading this supports all the "anti-terror" laws, read the following and see how easy it is for non-violent, non-dangerous people to become classified as terrorists by some idiot cop:,0,1237214.story

Spying on pacifists, environmentalists and nunsAn undercover Maryland
Police trooper infiltrated nonviolent groups and labeled dozens of
people as
terrorists.By Bob DroginDecember 7, 2008Reporting from Takoma
Park, Md. — To
friends in the protest movement, Lucy was an eager
20-something who attended
their events and sent encouraging e-mails to
support their causes.Only one thing
seemed strange."At one demonstration, I
remember her showing up with a laptop
computer and typing away," said Mike
Stark, who helped lead the
anti-death-penalty march in Baltimore that day.
"We all thought that was
odd."Not really. The woman was an undercover
Maryland State Police trooper who
between 2005 and 2007 infiltrated more
than two dozen rallies and meetings of
nonviolent groups.Maryland officials
now concede that, based on information
gathered by "Lucy" and others, state
police wrongly listed at least 53 Americans
as terrorists in a criminal
intelligence database -- and shared some information
about them with half a
dozen state and federal agencies, including the National
Agency.Among those labeled as terrorists: two Catholic nuns, a former
Democratic congressional candidate, a lifelong pacifist and a registered
lobbyist. One suspect's file warned that she was "involved in puppet making
allows anarchists to utilize her property for meetings.""There wasn't a
scintilla of illegal activity" going on, said David Rocah, an attorney for
American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit and in July
obtained the
first surveillance files. State police have released other
heavily redacted
documents.Investigators, the files show, targeted groups
that advocated against
abortion, global warming, nuclear arms, military
recruiting in high schools and
biodefense research, among other issues."It
was unconscionable conduct," said
Democratic state Sen. Brian Frosh, who is
backing legislation to ban similar
spying in Maryland unless the police
superintendent can document a "reasonable,
articulable suspicion" of
criminal activity.

No comments: