St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Highway patrol rescinds report linking conservative groups to militia movement

Jefferson City, Mo. – The head of the Missouri Highway Patrol has quashed a controversial report linking conservative groups with the modern militia movement.

Superintendent James Keathley said distribution of the report has been halted, and that a new system is being created to review future reports before they're released.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said the report unfairly targets conservative Missourians.

"We had a focus on pro-lifers, folks who are concerned about enforcement of our borders and the immigration issue, and other people all on the conservative side of the spectrum, and I think the focus is wrong," Kinder said.

Kinder is calling for an investigation into the report and wants Public Safety Director John Britt placed on administrative leave.

A spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon voiced support for Britt and for the Missouri Information Analysis Center, which produced the report.

Press Secretary Scott Holste said the report's premature release is due to a flawed oversight system that existed long before Nixon took office.