Iden­ti­fy­ing ter­ror­ists in our trust­ing midst

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Joseph Farah

Are you a ter­ror­ist sus­pect? Did you sup­port Ron Paul for pres­i­dent last year? Do you be­lieve there are peo­ple ac­tively work­ing to merge the U.S. with Mex­ico and Canada?

Do you dis­play an Amer­i­can flag? Did you ever dis­play a Lib­er­tar­ian Party bumper sticker on your car? Do you buy gold?

Any of th­ese char­ac­ter­is­tics might lead law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties to con­clude you pose a dan­ger to the repub­lic. You are more likely to be a mili­tia mem­ber or a do­mes­tic ter­ror­ist, ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment dis­trib­uted to Mis­souri po­lice and, po­ten­tially, law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties na­tion­wide.

That is the stun­ning news from a Feb. 20 re­port called “The Mod­ern Mili­tia Move­ment,” which iden­ti­fied th­ese “red flags” or warn­ing signs. Of course, I want you to no­tice what are not con­sid­ered red flags and warn­ing signs by the Mis­souri In­for­ma­tion Anal­y­sis Cen­ter that works with re­sources from the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

You are not a sus­pect if you have an “I like Osama” bumper sticker on your car. You are not a sus­pect if you reg­u­larly at­tend a Wah­habi mosque.

You are not a sus­pect if you are preach­ing hate and an­tiAmer­i­can­ism in church for­merly at­tended by the pres­i­dent of the United States. You are not a sus­pect if you are a mem­ber of the Mus­lim Brother­hood. Do you get the pic­ture? Wel­come to the Obama World. And the scary thing is that cops are go­ing along with this.

Lt. John Hotz of the Mis­souri State High­way Pa­trol said the re­port comes from pub­licly avail­able trend data on militias: “All this is an ed­u­ca­tional thing,” he said. “Troop­ers have been shot by mem­bers of groups, so it’s our job to let law en­force­ment of­fi­cers know what the trends are in the mod­ern mili­tia move­ment.”

The Mis­souri In­for­ma­tion Anal­y­sis Cen­ter, which opened in 2005, was set up to col­lect lo­cal in­tel­li­gence to bet­ter com­bat ter­ror­ism and other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, he said.

Mr. Hotz as­sures the pub­lic that us­ing fac­tors in the re­port to de­ter­mine whether some­one could be a ter­ror­ist is not pro­fil­ing. He said peo­ple who dis- ev­ery­body who sup­ports th­ese candidates is in­volved in a mili­tia. It’s not even say­ing that all militias are bad.”

So then how is this mis­in­for­ma­tion help­ful? Mr. Hotz doesn’t of­fer a clue.

All of this smacks of some- the form of Project Megiddo.

The name “Megiddo” came from the bib­li­cal lo­ca­tion in Is­rael as­so­ci­ated with the Bat­tle of Ar­maged­don, the fi­nal great bat­tle be­tween the forces of good and evil as some be­lieve is fore­told in the book of Rev­e­la­tion.

Sent to po­lice chiefs through­out the coun­try in an ef­fort to warn them of po­ten­tial dif­fi­cul­ties they may en­counter in their lo­cal ar­eas, the con­tro­ver­sial FBI re­port de­scribed a num­ber of Chris­tian-based groups that os­ten­si­bly posed a vi­o­lent threat to so­ci­ety. By the way, this all came af­ter Is­lamic ter­ror­ists bombed the World Trade Cen­ter and de­stroyed the Kho­bar Tow­ers.

And how did all that para­noia work out? Two years later, a small band of Is­lamic ter­ror­ists, plot­ting in the U.S. un­de­tected, de­stroyed the World Trade Cen­ter and at­tacked the Pen­tagon, down­ing four com­mer­cial air­lin­ers along with them.

We’re still await­ing the first ter­ror­ist at­tack by flag-wav­ing, gold-buy­ing Ron Paul sup­port­ers.

Joseph Farah is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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