Missouri Gov. Nixon Backs Down on Report Putting Pro-Lifers in Criminal Profiling

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 26, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Missouri Gov. Nixon Backs Down on Report Putting Pro-Lifers in Criminal Profiling

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 26
, 2009

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is backing down from his original support for a report generated by the Missouri Information Analysis Center that targets pro-life residents.

A national scandal emerged in Missouri, after their MIAC Fusion Center issued an eight page document which made many false claims. The documents attempted to politicize police and cast suspicion on millions of Americans.

The ‘Missouri Documents’, as they came to be called, listed over 32 characteristics police should watch for as signs or links to domestic terrorists, which could threaten police officers, court officials, and infrastructure targets.

The report targets pro-lifers as potential threats to public safety and specifically warns law enforcement that displaying “anti-abortion” material may be a sign of a potential threat.

Nixon originally defended the report saying that getting such information was something “we’re going to continue to do.” On Thursday, the head of the Missouri Highway Patrol retracted the report and said it would no longer be sent to state law enforcement officials.

But Nixon said Thursday that he isn’t responsible for the report and blamed it on former Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration.

"I was not governor, I did not hire any of the people there and nobody in my administration — the director of public safety — saw this stuff before it went out," Nixon told reporters at a press conference.

"We’ve got enough bad guys to catch. We shouldn’t spend our time looking at good guys," he said.

The MIAC was created in 2005 during Blunt’s administration, but two weeks ago Nixon briefed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the workings of the center.

After the March 11 tour, Nixon said the center is an important tool helping law enforcement.

Meanwhile, the report is dated February 20, coming after Nixon took over control of the state government in January from his pro-life predecessor.

The fallout relating to the report has seen Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder call for Nixon’s Director of Public Safety, John M. Britt, to be placed on administrative leave for abusing state law enforcement.

Kinder is also asking for a House and Senate investigation of Governor Nixon and his administration over the report.

Missourians United for Life tells LifeNews.com it is also calling on Governor Nixon, who is pro-abortion, to publicly apologize for the creation of the report.

“Jay Nixon and his administration are abusing state law enforcement by targeting pro-life Missourians and violating their civil and political rights,” said Ed Martin, president of the group.

“Missourians United for Life strongly supports Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s call for Jay Nixon’s cabinet director of public safety to be placed on immediate administrative leave as this matter is investigated. Jay Nixon should publicly apologize to all Missourians for his abuse, his terrible management of a critical department and to the pro-life Missourians his administration has targeted who are now worried that state law enforcement is profiling them for their views on life," he added.

On Monday, Missourians United for Life filed a complaint with the Americans Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against Governor Nixon and asked the ACLU to apply instantly for a temporary restraining order against Jay Nixon in U.S. District Court.

"What Governor Nixon is telling Missourians is that 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 could be sent to a law enforcement analysis center," martin said.

"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 his perceived political enemies and chill speech and open debate for those who disagree with Jay Nixon on public policy," he added.

Related web sites:
Missourians United for Life – https://www.MissouriansUnitedforLife.com

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