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Monday, April 08, 2013

The Unitede States Government Identify 300,000 Americans as Terrorists

Joe Wright
Activist Post

Do you hate paying taxes? Are 


you fighting foreclosure? Do 

you feel like no one should be 

allowed to commit violence 

against you and don't always 

blindly follow the commands of the authorities? Do you film 

encounters with police or believe gold makes better currency 

than Federal Reserve Notes? Well you might be part of a 

domestic terrorism movement and not even know it.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Times posted an article 


attempting to define a domestic terrorist movement 

consisting of as many as 300,000 Americans. Some are even 

labeled as non-violent "paper terrorists". 

Is there a more Orwellian term than "non-violent terrorist"?  If 


you can think of one please share it in the comments below.

They refer to this so-called terror group as "sovereigns, 


zealots who refuse to recognize government authority in 

virtually any form."

When attempting to further define and identify individuals in 


this movement, some very broad and dangerous stereotypes 

appear.

"Sovereigns believe U.S. currency has no value but 


recognize precious metals as valid currency," wrote the LA 

Times, much like the US Constitution does.

"A central tenet of the sovereigns movement is that its 


adherents believe they owe no income taxes," also much like 

the Constitution forbids.
What's more, federal and state law enforcement are being 


trained that anyone who disobeys their commands falls into 

this terrorist movement and may pose a violent threat to 

them.

"Sovereign citizens are more likely not to obey their 


commands and more likely to commit violence during a 

traffic stop," said Detective Rob Finch who's made a cottage 

industry of anti-sovereigns police training.

"They refuse to recognize your authority, and that creates a 


dangerous situation," Finch emphasized.

The LA Times piece points to a handful of colorful examples 


of people who defended themselves against police 

aggression, or who were plain crazy, as to why the 

movement should be considered violent.

But they don't stop there. The FBI has even invented a new 


form of terrorism committed by nonviolent sovereigns called 

"paper terrorism".
Even nonviolent sovereigns can cause headaches
 through what Finch calls "paper terrorism." Some squat in f

foreclosed homes and file phony deeds claiming ownership, 

"paying" with photos of silver dollars.

Who knew fighting foreclosure was a form of terrorism? 

Paying taxes and mortgages with hand-written notes and 

photos is just funny, not really a threat to anyone.
However, self-described "sovereign 

citizen" James Turnerfaces "a potential 

maximum prison term of 164 years, a 

maximum potential fine of $2,350,000, 

and mandatory restitution" to the state 

for the nonviolent act of paper 

terrorism.


A blog for law officers, PoliceOne.com, also tries to help 

cops identify sovereign citizens, saying they'll "likely to be 

argumentative with police authorities...may attempt to 

videotape your encounter...may refuse to give you their 

name or documents..."

To his credit, the article's author states that the "Sovereign 

Citizen movement is not an organized civil or criminal 

enterprise. It’s a fractured series of loosely affiliated 

individuals who adhere to anti-government ideologies."

It should be noted that the Feds and local law enforcement 

all received these characteristics and tactics from one 

original source: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). 

The SPLC has been on a publicly-funded partisan crusade 

to demonize so-called rightwing or patriotic extremists.

In 2010, SPLC put together a short documentary about 

"sovereign citizens" and the threat they supposedly pose. To 

help identify potential sovereigns, they warn about certain 

bumper stickers and challenges to authority in a 

professionally produced propaganda video.

Significantly, the video below has three times as many 

down-votes on YouTube as up-votes.  Watch it below:



Many believe that SPLC gets paid to make mountains out of 

mole hills to keep the terror-industrial complex thriving. After 

all, when are bumper stickers and paperwork a threat to 

anyone? And only an extreme minority react defensively 

when they are threatened by men in costumes they don't 

worship as authority.

What's confusing is that those who would try to either lump 

people with these characteristics into a collective group are 

either operating out of ignorance or with an agenda, or a 

little of both. The adjective "sovereign" when referring to a 

citizen or a state is defined as "enjoying autonomy, or 

independence".
The most extreme sovereigns would 

certainly not adhere to the authority of 

any collective that aims to define them 

as a group. And just because one 

person who adopts this philosophy 

ends up shooting a cop, doesn't mean 

all people who hate taxes or fight 

foreclosure are violent threats. To think otherwise smacks of 

a demonization agenda, nothing more.

The few examples of "terrorists" who committed violence are 

used as examples in every single article about Sovereign 

Citizens clearly aiming to smear the entire ideology as 

inherently violent. Yet, in every case, who initiated force 

against whom?

Some may argue that if an armed stranger forced you to pull 

over your car, or demanded entry into your home at the 

threat of shooting you or putting you in a cage, it could be 

considered an act of aggression or violence against you as a 

free and sovereign human no matter what assumed authority 

the aggressors think they possess. Strip away labels and 

you are defined by your actions.  What does that say about 

actions of the cops or the feds?

Is that really too complicated to add to these articles? The 

problem with doing that of course is that too many people 

may then sympathize with these people and the label of 

terrorist may not stick very well. In fact, it may expose the 

entire war on terror as a complete fraud, looking under 

cracks for perceived threats against people who just want to 

be left alone.

It's unclear where the Feds came up with number 300,000 

for potential terrorists wrapped in this label, but the number 

may not even be half of it.  Now, anyone who protests the 

government can be considered anti-government which is 

also now considered domestic terrorism. And, apparently, 

everyone fighting the banks in foreclosure with creative 

paperwork are also terrorists.

This begs the question, who isn't a terrorist?

If the fraudulent banks and the guys with the badges, guns, 

armored vehicles, drones, surveillance equipment, and 

torture cages are the good guys in this plot, while 

foreclosure victims and advocates of individual liberty are 

terrorists, our society is in very big trouble.

1984 is here.
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