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March 23, 2009

Are You Pro-Life? The Government May Assume You're a Militia Member

And I'm not talking about St. Maximilian Kolbe's Militia Immaculatae either. The rapid spread of what are known as "fusion centers," government-operated data processing sites (58 of which are currently known to exist across the U.S.) that use highly sophisticated data-mining programs to correlate vast amounts of personal data about U.S. citizens, are raising questions about how that data will be used. This news story is reporting that there may be evidence to suggest that completely non-violent groups, such as pro-life organizations and, for that matter, individual pro-life citizens, are being classified as potentially dangerous. See what you think:

If you're an anti-abortion activist, or if you display political paraphernalia supporting a third-party candidate or a certain Republican member of Congress, if you possess subversive literature, you very well might be a member of a domestic paramilitary group.

That's according to "The Modern Militia Movement," a report by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC), a government collective that identifies the warning signs of potential domestic terrorists for law enforcement communities.

"Due to the current economical and political situation, a lush environment for militia activity has been created," the Feb. 20 report reads. "Unemployment rates are high, as well as costs of living expenses. Additionally, President Elect Barrack [sic] Obama is seen as tight on gun control and many extremists fear that he will enact firearms confiscations."

MIAC is one of 58 so-called "fusion centers" nationwide that were created by the Department of Homeland Security, in part, to collect local intelligence that authorities can use to combat terrorism and related criminal activities. More than $254 million from fiscal years 2004-2007 went to state and local governments to support the fusion centers, according to the DHS Web site.

During a press conference last week in Kansas City, Mo., DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano called fusion centers the "centerpiece of state, local, federal intelligence-sharing" in the future.

"Let us not forget the reason we are here, the reason we have the Department of Homeland Security and the reason we now have fusion centers, which is a relatively new concept, is because we did not have the capacity as a country to connect the dots on isolated bits of intelligence prior to 9/11," Napolitano said, according to a DHS transcript.
"That's why we started this . . . Now we know that it's not just the 9/11-type incidents but many, many other types of incidents that we can benefit from having fusion centers that share information and product and analysis upwards and horizontally." (continue reading)


  1. What's happening in this country really is chilling. How long before we innnocent people are branded as "terrorists"?

    My prints are on file with several agencies due to my work history with them, and the more I learn, the more I am grateful I'm not a government employee anymore.

    But...if I ever make their list, I can't escape as they know who I am. Not a statement of paranoia, just reality.

    so be it.

  2. Well I certainly hope they are monitoring me! I'm not a militia member or anything. But I've long subscribed to something I heard somewhere - I'd love to have some one to attribute it to. "If they ever start prosecuting people for being pro-life, I don't want to be found innocent for lack of evidence!"

  3. thank you patrick for what you are doing. ''most uncultivated and least of all'' i think not

  4. Does that mean that I can be armed as part of a "well organized militia".

    Or does that mean I have to register my rosary as a weapon?

  5. Me too, Adoro. Ages ago, I worked for a bank when I was in college. And all back employees must submit a compete set of fingerprint and palm-prints for the FBI's records. But even without that, there's really not much chance avoiding Guv surveillance, if that's what the Guv really wants to do. And I think it does :(

    Paul, you are right on target. Let's all pray that we would easily be found "guilty" of honoring God's commandments, based on the evidence in our lives.

    Thank you, Joseph. But still, it is true. Let's pray for each other.

    Baron, that's a great idea to register your rosary — at least with Our Lady. She'll grant you a conceal-carry permit and a license to intercede.

  6. *dryly* I'm going to laugh my fanny off if they manage to keep track of just the pro-life former military folks whose prints they have on file digitally-- so anyone in the last roughly ten years-- when they can't manage to do so for multiple-state murderers.

  7. Thank you Fox, that was actually reassuring for me. I don't want the government to think I'm a militia member, but if they do get me filed wrong, at least we know they're inept!