Three Percenters of Missouri Militia Adopts Portion of Highway in Kansas City | United States and world
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A militia group linked to an extremist movement engaged in terrorist activities has passed part of a highway in the Kansas City area.
Missouri’s original three percent adopted a section of Interstate 70 at the Interstate 470 interchange in Kansas City, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. Signs bearing the band’s name recently appeared along a stretch of highway after the band applied and were accepted into the program.
The Adopt-a-Highway program allows volunteers to help clean up trash along Missouri highways, MoDOT spokeswoman Linda Horn said.
When a person or group adopts a section of road, a sign is placed in each direction along the adopted section of road.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, a national anti-hate organization, The Three Percenters is a militia that believes in mobilizing citizens against tyranny. According to the ADL, the group has a history of criminal activity – from weapons violations to terrorist plots and attacks.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls “three centrageism” a common belief that falls under the broader anti-government militia movement. Similar groups are active in several states, including Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and Georgia, among others, according to the SPLC.
The militia could not be reached for comment as they do not appear to have a public information page online.
The right of any group to participate in Adopt-a-Highway programs is protected by the First Amendment, Horn said.
In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the program was protected as free speech after the Ku Klux Klan demanded passage of a section of freeway in St. Louis. The KKK was kicked out of the program in 2001 because it failed to clean up the section of highway it passed.
Missouri started its Adopt-a-Highway program in 1987. Today, more than 5,300 groups with more than 50,000 volunteers work to keep about 6,400 miles of Missouri highways clean, Horn said.
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