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Better Take that Conservative Bumper Sticker Off Your Car!

By on 3.22.09 | 6:59PM

My friend Ken Marrero, aka the Blue Collar Muse, reports on conservative/libertarian profiling.  Have an inappropriate bumper sticker on your car and the cops are warned that you might be a threat.

Writes Ken:

Missouri State Police have been alerted to be on the lookout for subversive drivers who may be domestic terrorists or members of militia groups. How can Missouri Law Enforcement know the car in front of them might be carrying dangerous people? Why from their bumper stickers of course!

Among the bumper stickers listed as indicative of dangerous, anti-Americans behind the wheel are those supporting Ron Paul or other 3rd party candidates, the Gadsden flag, opposition to the North American Union, opposition to the President's Mandatory Service agenda, the right to Keep and Bear arms and belief that the States are sovereign. All these and more are "identifiers" common to militia movements across the nation and should alert law enforcement to be cautious when dealing with occupants in cars displaying them.

In fact, they are told such people often consider police the enemy. To be fair, the report doesn't claim that all people who hold such views are automatically terrorists bent on shooting cops at traffic stops. However, if you have such stickers on your vehicle in Missouri, tensions just went WAY up.

Sounds like a great case for the ACLU to take on.  You know, individual freedom, civil liberties, and all that stuff.

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