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Gun Owners Criticized By FBI, While Agency Tries To Divert Attention Away From Its Dirty Laundry

[See also the GOA Press Release]

The FBI issued a report on Monday, November 2 1999, entitled Project Megiddo. The report tries to shift public attention away from their own long list of scandals to a problem of their own invention-- namely, the threat of "right wing" terrorism after the new year.

The report itself admits there are "very few indications" of specific threats to domestic security. Nevertheless, the report goes out of its way to take a whack at the President's political opponents.

In an attempt to demonize Clinton's political opposition, the FBI has listed gun owners as being crucial to "understanding the phenomenon of domestic terrorism." In fact, the report criticizes an article written by GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt that states in part that "gun control-- meaning civilian disarmament-- is high up on the agenda of the U.N." The FBI opines that "speculation like this only serves to fuel the already existing paranoia of militia and patriot groups."

Well, one does not have to be a member of the "paranoid right wing" to be concerned about the registration of firearms. The FBI must be hoping that Americans are not aware of what the UN is saying about its plans to disarm the world's civilian population.

For example, on September 25 of this year UN Secretary General Kofi Annan issued a report recommending that the world's governments, "Adopt gun control laws including a prohibition of unrestricted trade and private ownership of arms." This would be facilitated by "sharing information on the registration of guns and on sales."

The registration of firearms that Mr. Annan is calling for is being used right now in California as the basis for confiscating rifles that were legally registered at the time of purchase. The FBI is the very agency registering every American who buys a gun from a dealer. These buyers have broken no law. The FBI is not supposed to keep a list, but they nonetheless insist they need the names of decent people for law enforcement purposes.

This is the same ethically challenged agency whose laboratory has become infamous for withholding or tampering with evidence to obtain convictions of innocent people. The FBI is also the group that has been maintaining files on leading Americans. This came to light in the Filegate scandal when they illegally provided these files to the President for his personal political use. It took the FBI six years to discover they had withheld information about Waco from Congress, including the use of pyrotechnic devises and use of the military the day the Davidians were burned to death.

"The FBI terms the UN plans for civilian disarmament which are being made in open meetings 'speculation,'" said GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt. "But how much more evidence do they need? Clearly the FBI wants to take our eyes off their dirty linen."

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