Sovereign Citizen movement subject of shadowy ADL/Ventura County confab
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League to sponsor a quasi-secret meeting in Camarillo, California that characterizes small government activists as violent terrorists.
Entitled The Sovereign Citizen Movement: Exploring Their Ideology & Indicators, the conference is set to take place on January 5th, 2012 and is only open to “Public Safety Personnel”. The precise location of the meeting is only made known to “reviewed and cleared” attendees, a measure of secrecy crafted to imply that members of the Sovereign Citizen movement are a potential violent threat.
Indeed, a flyer for the event written by the ADL’s Joanna Mendelson characterizes the movement as a “right-wing anarchist” fringe group that uses “paper terrorism” to pursue its cause of restoring minimalist government and resorts to harassment, intimidation and violence.
“This seminar is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and facilitated by the Ventura Country Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit,” states the flyer.
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The ADL’s close relationship with the Ventura County Sheriff’s office has prompted accusations that police have acted on ADL orders to harass local activists and Ron Paul supporters.
The Sovereign Citizen movement, which describes itself as “non-violent,” is routinely the target of smear attacks by groups like the ADL as well as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The movement is based around the premise of adhering only to common law and using the legal system to escape from being a “federal citizen” subject to the mandates of the federal government.
In the post-9/11 climate of fear and paranoia generated by the state, distrust of government is defined as ‘homegrown violent extremism’. The establishment media has also been eager to denounce the Sovereign Citizens movement as likely terrorists.
Last year, the FBI admitted that it was spying on members of the movement, characterizing the group as “among the nation’s top domestic terrorist threats, along with animal rights/eco-terrorism, anarchists, and lone offenders with extremist agendas,” while encouraging Americans to act as Stasi-like secret police and inform on its members.
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“First, ‘be crime smart’: don’t fall for the bogus claims and scams of sovereign citizens. And second, if you have information on any suspicious activities or crimes, please contact us,” the FBI told the Homeland Security Newswire last year.
The ADL routinely mixes in non-violent activist movements with white supremacists and genuinely violent and distasteful groups to demonize big government critics, constitutionalists and libertarians as domestic extremists. The organization is obsessed with eviscerating the free speech of its political adversaries.
Groups like the ADL and the Southern Poverty Law Center have created a cottage industry out of promoting fear of domestic extremism, a business model that continues to net such organizations millions in funding every year.
The ADL poses as a civil rights agency yet acts as a political lobbying group representing the interests of the US establishment and Israel. In his book Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Jewish author Norman G. Finkelstein documents how the ADL uses the labels of anti-Semitism and extremism to silence people who expose misdeeds and atrocities committed by the Israeli government.
As Sourcewatch documents, “The ADL also has a history of espionage against US citizens who are critical of Israel.”
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership have vehemently criticized the ADL for lobbying for “Nazi-based” gun laws that eviscerate the second amendment, illustrating how the organization exploits fears over anti-Semitism to push for gun control measures that actually disenfranchise Jewish-Americans.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.