Monday, June 08, 2009

MIAC Hearings Begin Wednesday

A special House committee will begin holding hearings on the "function and procedures" of the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) this Wednesday.
The first hearing will be held in the Capitol's House Hearing Room 3 at 2 p.m.
It's expected to focus on "an informational overview" of MIAC.

"This interim committee and the public hearings reflect our responsibility as legislators to examine how state agencies are operating within the parameters set for them," said Committee Chairman Bob Dixon. "Law enforcement needs the proper tools and information to prevent unlawful activity, but it's our duty to safeguard civil liberties and privacy and make sure sufficient public accountability exists."
The committee was created by Speaker Ron Richard in response to the controversial MIAC report that labeled some right wing groups as potential terrorists. Additional hearings are expected in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield.
For more of KY3's coverage of the MIAC controversy, click HERE and HERE.

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