There is a good probability we will not see too many more documents similar to the controversial Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report that suggested certain individuals or group members might be likely to engage in unlawful activities. That’s the word from Missouri State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Dave Hall, the Director of MIAC, in comments made to a Missouri House committee that held its first meeting Wednesday at the State Capitol.
"The strategic-type reports as you’re referring to," Hall told the committee. "They are no longer being produced by the Missouri Information Analysis Center. We are not currently working on strategic reports and we are not going to be working on strategic reports."
The hearing was an organizational meeting designed to set the stage for examining, reviewing, and reporting on the necessary procedures for enhancing legislative oversight of the methods of state intelligence gathering, analysis, and distribution to law enforcement agencies. The mandate of the committee is not to rehash the controversial report, but the contents of that report played a big role in the testimony and comments offered, including comments offered by Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel James Keathley.
"I don’t know if we will ever get back in the business of producing strategic reports, to be very honest with you." Keathley told the panel. "This report created us a lot of harm, a lot of problems. I’m not going to stand here and say anything other than that."
Committee members were then taken on a tour of the MIAC Center in Jefferson City. Plans call for future meetings to be held in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield. A schedule has not yet been finalized.