Occupy Wallstreet mobsters have been arrested in the thousands, carry signs like “kill the cops”, and are threatening major violence against conservative and financial institutions, yet the FBI is putting its resources into investigating a group called “Sovereign Citizens”. It’s true that some of Sovereign Citizens’ members (10 and 18 a year over the past few years) have committed white collar crimes, but is this really the threat our FBI should be wasting our money on? It smells to me like a Clinton-style attempt to point the finger at “militia types” again, and draw attention away from the OWSies that are becoming a real threat to public safety and the rule of law. We can’t have Obama’s community organizers being investigated now, can we?
The FBI has been paying closer attention to “sovereign citizen” extremists around the country out of concerns that they will react violently when they interact with government officials. But if you dig deeper, the FBI’s attention raises questions about why focus on this group as opposed to others.
But first, who are sovereign citizens? They’re a mixed bag. Some reject their U.S. citizenship and don’t recognize government authority, like laws and taxes. But others don’t, and are more concerned with private property. The website Sovereigncitizens.org explains:
Our goal is to educate and inform the American public about the very real threat to the United States of America as we have known it – coming from many different institutions that make up our government and policy infrastructure. We hope to teach those who wish to remain free how to recognize this threat and disarm it in their communities.
We do NOT endorse non-payment of taxes or violence to achieve these changes. We do NOT endorse giving up a social security number and we do NOT endorse violence against the police or the government.
In 2009, the FBI started paying closer attention to the movement, which previously had been grouped with the militia movements in the bureau’s domestic counter terrorism operations. Many people who claim to be followers of this movement are involved in white collar crimes like tax evasion schemes and making fraudulent documents, the FBI said.
In fact, a Reuters report sheds more light on what a majority of this group has been up to recently: “Legal convictions of such extremists, mostly for white-collar crimes such as fraud, have increased from 10 in 2009 to 18 each in 2010 and 2011, FBI agents said.” That’s an increase of eight crimes.
In light of the horrors occurring on the border, to include the infiltration of Hezbollah and the beheadings of U.S. citizens, this looks simply ridiculous, to put it mildly.
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