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Wednesday
Mar252009

CAACP - Police MIAC Report Update 

This is in regard to the leaked Missouri MIAC Police report informing law enforcement that Ron Paul & Constitutional supporters were terrorists:

State Apologizes to Paul, Barr & Baldwin Over MIAC Report

But “domestic terror” smears against anti-abortion, anti-gun control, bumper sticker political activists will remain

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The uproar that ensued as a result of our original story about a document issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center which smeared third party supporters as potential domestic terrorists has forced the Missouri Department of Public Safety to issue an apology to Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr. However, references to people who are anti-abortion, anti-gun control, knowledgeable about the Constitution and even those who simply display political bumper stickers will remain.

As we revealed in our exclusive report two weeks ago, a leaked secret report distributed by the federal Missouri Information Analysis Center lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists.

The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and 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.

The MIAC report (PDF) does not concentrate on Muslim terrorists, but rather on the so-called “militia movement” and conflates it with supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, the so-called patriot movement and other political activist organizations opposed to the North American Union and the New World Order.

Even after an uproar ensued as a result of widespread media coverage of the report, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had the temerity to stand behind the document despite its blatantly erroneous content and blasé defamation.

However, days after Paul, Baldwin and Barr signed a joint letter demanding that references to themselves and their affiliated political groups be removed from the report, along with a hint of legal action if this didn’t occur, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued a formal apology.

“Portions of that report may be easily construed by readers as offensive to supporters of certain political candidates or to those candidates themselves,” Department of Public Safety Director John Britt wrote in his apology letter (PDF) to Paul, Barr and Baldwin. “I regret that those comments were ultimately included in the final report issued by the MIAC.”

“Unfortunately, in the course of preparing this report, some regrettable information was included in the report on militia groups in Missouri,” Britt wrote. “While the intent of the report was only to identify certain traits that are sometimes shared by members of militia organizations, this report is too easily misinterpreted as suggesting that militia members may be identified by no other indicator than support for a particular candidate or political organization.”

“I have ordered that the offending report be edited to excise all reference to Ron Paul, Bob Barr or Chuck Baldwin,” the letter concludes, without a promise to retract the report altogether, much to the chagrin of the multitude of other banal groups demonized as potential domestic terrorists.

Missourians United For Life, an anti-abortion group, has filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union against Governor Nixon following his public support of the document.

“What Governor Nixon is telling Missourians is if you disagree with him on the issue of life or display a pro-life bumper sticker or wear a pro-life pin, you may subjected to action by state law enforcement or your personal information might be sent to a law enforcement analysis center,” said Ed Martin, President of Missourians United for Life. “This is a clear violation of Missourians civil rights. The only intent of such a report by Nixon’s Administration is to harass and intimidate the governor’s perceived political enemies and chill speech and open debate by those who disagree with Jay Nixon on public policy.”

State Rep. Shane Schoeller of Willard added his criticism to the furore, stating, “I don’t want to evolve into a society where people are watched just because they’re out participating in some freedom of speech activity.”

The fact that the bulk of the report, which equates pro-life groups, political activists and people knowledgeable about the Constitution with domestic terrorists like Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph, will not be redacted, proves that the battle is not over.

Outrage over the wholesale defamation of some of the most patriotic and informed groups of American citizens and attempts to educate police that they should be treated as an “enemy” should not subside just because the state has issued a meek apology to Paul, Barr and Baldwin alone.

The entire report needs to be repudiated in order to create a precedent that educating police with this kind of garbage is an insult to the very oath that they swore by in the first place.

 

Wednesday
Mar252009

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Hold Conference Call with Reporters to Discuss Education Reform in the President's Budget Proposal 

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hold a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, March 25th to discuss the education reforms laid out in the president’s budget proposal. The call will take place at noon. An RSVP is required to participate.

 

WHAT: Conference call with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25 at noon

 

HOW: To receive dial-in information, please RSVP to

tskoczek@who.eop.gov

Wednesday
Mar252009

Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes World TB Day

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recognizes World Tuberculosis Day, sponsored by the Stop TB Partnership, which aims to eliminate tuberculosis in the world. Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which, contrary to popular belief, can attack any part of the body, but usually shows up in the lungs. TB is most often spread when an infected person coughs and the bacteria become airborne.

 

There were 19 identified cases of TB in New Hampshire in 2008. In the United States, there were 12,898 in the same year. In 2007, the U.S. reported a rate of 4.2 cases per 100,000 population, the lowest rate since reporting began in 1953. However, despite this good news, the rate at which the number of cases in the U.S. is decreasing every year is slowing so there is concern that there is not enough progress being made. “Many people may think of tuberculosis as an old-time disease or a disease that is only seen in other countries but unfortunately that is not the case,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “It is important for people to be aware of this disease, but to know that it is treatable.”

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also recently released a report about U.S. trends in tuberculosis. For more information about TB, visit www.cdc.gov/mmwr , the NH Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.nh.gov , the Stop BT Partnership at www.stoptb.org or Breathe New Hampshire at www.breathenh.org .

Wednesday
Mar252009

DHHS is Reaching Out to Youth on National Kick Butts Day

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announces March 25, 2009 is National Kick Butts Day (KBD). DHHS is helping spread the word about KBD, a day when youth come together to raise awareness about the risks of tobacco use and the ways in which tobacco companies market towards youth.

 

“We are committed to helping youth raise their voices about serious health issues that effect both them and the people they care about,” said DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “Reducing youth initiation of tobacco use is one of the four primary goals of our Tobacco Prevention & Control Program (TPCP).”

 

The DHHS supports youth efforts across the state as they work towards educating both youth and adults on the dangers of tobacco use. Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of premature death and disease in the US and in NH. Cigarettes kill more than 440,000 Americans every year – more deaths than from AIDS, alcohol, car crashes and accidents, murders, suicides, drugs and fires combined. Currently 19.3% of NH adults smoke and 19% of high school students smoke. Sadly, 1,800 NH kids start smoking each year and increasingly, NH youth are using smokeless tobacco products, such as chew tobacco or the newest product, snus.

 

Governor Lynch recently met with members of the New Hampshire Youth Network’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to sign a document proclaiming March 25, Kick Butts Day in New Hampshire, a highlight of the importance of the issue. Breathe New Hampshire www.breathenh.org is a non-profit organization that recently established this statewide youth network.

 

For more information about KBD visit: www.KickButtsDay.org. For more information on free services and resources to help quit tobacco use call the TPCP NH Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-Try-To-Stop or visit www.trytostopnh.org. There are free educational materials that can be tailored to youth, pregnant women, etc.

Tuesday
Mar242009

WH Media Affairs - EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S OPENING REMARKS AT TONIGHT'S NEWS CONFERENCE 

REVISED EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S OPENING REMARKS AT TONIGHT’S NEWS CONFERENCE

 

[W]e’ve put in place a comprehensive strategy designed to attack this crisis on all fronts. It’s a strategy to create jobs, to help responsible homeowners, to re-start lending, and to grow our economy over the long-term. And we are beginning to see signs of progress.

 

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The budget I submitted to Congress will build our economic recovery on a stronger foundation, so that we do not face another crisis like this ten or twenty years from now. We invest in the renewable sources of energy that will lead to new jobs, new businesses, and less dependence on foreign oil. We invest in our schools and our teachers so that our children have the skills they need to compete with any workers in the world. We invest in reform that will bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses, and our government. And in this budget, we have made the tough choices necessary to cut our deficit in half by the end of my first term – even under the most pessimistic estimates.

 

At the end of the day, the best way to bring our deficit down in the long run is not with a budget that continues the very same policies that have led to a narrow prosperity and massive debt. It’s with a budget that leads to broad economic growth by moving from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest.

 

That’s what clean energy jobs and businesses will do. That’s what a highly-skilled workforce will do. That’s what an efficient health care system that controls costs and entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid will do. That’s why this budget is inseparable from this recovery – because it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity.

 

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We will recover from this recession. But it will take time, it will take patience, and it will take an understanding that when we all work together; when each of us looks beyond our own short-term interests to the wider set of obligations we have to each other – that’s when we succeed. That’s when we prosper. And that’s what is needed right now. So let us look toward the future with a renewed sense of common purpose, a renewed determination, and most importantly, a renewed confidence that a better day will come.