Characteristics of a Terrorist Suspect

By Joseph Farah

March 17, 2009 5 min read

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 anti-Americanism 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.

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 display signs or bumper stickers from third-party groups are not in danger of harassment from police.

"It's giving the makeup of militia members and their political beliefs," Hotz said of the report. "It's not saying that 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? Hotz doesn't offer a clue.

All of this smacks of something I recall from the days of Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton administration. Back then it was the highly politicized FBI that was warning conservative Christians posed a danger to the republic. That astute warning came in 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's newest book, "None of the Above: Why 2008 Is the Year To Cast the Ultimate Protest Vote," is available now. To find out more about Joseph Farah and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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