FBI Won't Monitor Columbia for Nazi March

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Wednesday, March 07 2007 Mar 7, 2007 Wednesday, March 07, 2007 5:12:11 PM CST March 07, 2007 in News

The FBI does not plan on sending agents to monitor Saturday's parade by the National Socialist Movement.

In fact, the FBI is not even very involved in preventing hate crimes, which are attacks motivated by bias.

Instead, they react and prosecute violations of civil rights.

The closest division headquarters for the FBI is in Kansas City.

Agents will stay home this weekend despite concerns about the possibility of violence surrounding the neo-Nazi parade.

"Just conducting a parade that may be designed to intimidate people in general probably would not cross the line into criminal activity," FBI agent Jeff Lanza said.

Lanza admits the FBI keeps a list of groups that espouse hate, but he said it cannot track these groups based on their ideologies.

"The FBI does not track or monitor any groups, we investigate criminal activity," Lanza explained.

Though the National Socialist Movement clearly supports bias against ethnic groups, the FBI said simply sharing those opinions is not a problem.

"The line gets crossed when the intimidation is done to affect the victim's rights," Lanza said. "Their right to practice their religion, to live where they want, to go where they want to go to school. The freedoms we enjoy as American citizens."

The Patriot Act makes it easier for the FBI to communicate with other agencies to keep an eye on hate criminals and possible terrorists, but the first amendment still protects free speech and demonstration.

"I think I would rather have those freedoms than to have those types of things forbidden and live in a country like that," Lanza said.

The FBI will be involved if hate crimes do result from Saturday's march.

You can contact the Kansas City FBI to report hate crimes by calling (816) 512-8200.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The 81-year-old mayor of a St. Louis suburb is accused of submitting fraudulent absentee voter... More >>
38 minutes ago Thursday, November 21 2019 Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:19:29 PM CST November 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County SWAT team and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force conducted a drug search Tuesday, arresting... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, November 21 2019 Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 1:46:00 PM CST November 21, 2019 in News
FULTON - Deputies arrested a man Wednesday afternoon while conducting a drug search, according to Callaway County Sheriff's Office. ... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, November 21 2019 Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 1:36:00 PM CST November 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Wednesday's fire at the Missouri State Penitentiary started as a result of a training burn by the... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, November 21 2019 Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 1:03:00 PM CST November 21, 2019 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday to setting a fire at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, November 21 2019 Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:02:00 PM CST November 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The first annual Dementia Caregiver Retreat is helping the loved ones of dementia patients prepare for the... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, November 21 2019 Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:24:00 AM CST November 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A scooter rental pilot program in Columbia is soon to expire. Now, the scooter company is seeking a... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, November 21 2019 Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:34:00 AM CST November 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle Wednesday night, according to MU Police spokeswoman Sara Diedrich. It... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:53:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
FULTON - The only hospital in Callaway County could be in its final days of serving the community. Fulton Medical... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:19:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Regional Airport is one step closer to getting a new terminal. The city Airport Advisory Board... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:51:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - In its first season of competition, the University of Missouri Esports team were crowned champions after winning the... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:08:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at the Missouri State Penitentiary. According to fire personnel, the... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:37:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is moving forward with the creation of a new solar field after the city... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:14:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia Police source confirmed officers were following up on leads Wednesday in Cooper County in relation to... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:45:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After testimony and a three hour jury deliberation this afternoon, Matthew McMillan has been found guilty of murder... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:41:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department and Callaway County Sheriff’s Office assisted the M.U.S.T.A.N.G drug task force with a narcotics... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:18:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - 6,157 out of 6,987 sexual assault kits went untested in Missouri, the state's SAFE Kit initiative revealed Wednesday.... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 1:02:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
OSAGE COUNTY - A man on the run since Friday in Maries County was captured Wednesday morning in Osage County.... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:51:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 48°
3pm 54°
4pm 53°
5pm 50°
6pm 48°