Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Lesson in Protecting Your Personal Liberty

This happened about a week or so ago at this point, and since, as I begin writing this, there are about 200,000 views of the segment on Youtube, I am going to find it doubtful that I'm presenting you with any new information here. However, the situation certainly demands commentary. I speak here of Campaign for Liberty's Steve Bierfeldt, and his warrantless detainment at the hands of the ever-meddlesome TSA.

I hope everyone will immediately notice that this detainment took place in St. Louis, Missouri. This is important following the February issuance of what has come to be known the MIAC Document.

Word-for-word from the document, officers are instructed to identify Americans as "Militia" via the following:
It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material. These members are usually supporters of former Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr.

Likewise, people are classified as extremist militants if they question the Federal Reserve, or if they perhaps have bumper stickers that are anti-abortion. The document is extremely disjointed, and in my opinion, purposefully so. It is written in such a manner that the reader is led to believe anyone who might have these characteristics is merely a step away from being the next Timothy McVeigh.

There was a massive grassroots response to this information's becoming public via its leaking to Alex Jones. Since then, the coverage grew quickly and the document was purported to have been retracted by the Governor of Missouri on March 26th.

It's important to note here that MIAC, the Missouri Information Analysis Center, is a subset of the Department of Homeland Security, and as such, that its agenda is a federal one. It essentially is a communications hub in Missouri, utilizing local information gathered via local resources, such as the Highway Patrol, to report back to the federal level.

As such, it would seem to me that it essentially makes absolutely no difference to anyone with Homeland, or associated with MIAC in any way, whether the Governor of the state retracted the document. The controlling interest in MIAC's activity is Homeland, and is therefore federal.

This is reflected fairly clearly in the actions of the TSA and local airport authorities and their dealings with Steve Bierfeldt. They detained him simply for the fact that he happened to have a medium sized amount of cash on him, around $4,700, which he had collected during activities at Campaign for Liberty's national conference. Wary of the recent directives in the MIAC report, Bierfeldt calmly continued to ask merely what it was he was being detained for, and whether he was required under the law to answer the questions being posed to him.

I have written on several other occasions about the surreal Orwellian state we are stumbling forward into, and this recent chain of events only adds to the list. Pay attention to the recording played, and you will notice that the men interrogating Bierfeldt never accuse him of anything, and never once explain why they are asking him the questions they are asking. Even though he repeatedly asks only to know why it is they are interested in him and the money in his possession, the men resond only with intimidation and threats. After nearly thirty minutes of being berated by obviously overzealous officers, threatened with potential persecution by local police, the FBI and even the DEA, a man apparently with the FBI gave word that he be released.

Steve Bierfeldt has provided us all with a now very public lesson in protecting our own personal liberties. Remain calm in the face of those who are not. Remain rational in the face of the irrational. Above all else, offer no more information than the law requires of you. Now, more than ever, it seems, anything you say can and will be used against you, whether in a court of law, or just in a back room with no windows.

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