August 25, 2010
CNN’s Rick Sanchez and the tireless propaganda minister of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mark Potok, have teamed up to demonize the Sovereign Citizen movement. In the intro to the piece below, Sanchez displays an overt disgust for the growing movement.
The FBI and Ministry of Homeland Security consider the movement a form of domestic terrorism. “The agency has already outlined two separate domestic terror threats — eco-terrorists/animal rights extremists and lone offenders — and its latest addition is a discussion of the Sovereign Citizen Movement,” the Homeland Security Newswire reported in April. “Members of the Sovereign Citizen Movement are anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or ‘sovereign’ from the United States. As a result, they believe they do not have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, or law enforcement.”
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Naturally, because they refuse to obey the government, these folks are terrorists and the government is eager to have citizens who reflexively obey the government — and buy into what Sanchez and Potok say about the movement — rat them out. “You can help,” says the FBI. “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.”
In May, the corporate media had a field day with the sovereign citizen philosophy when Joseph Kane and his 16 year old son were gunned down by cops. According to police, Kane handed sovereign citizens paperwork to Arkansas police after he was pulled over. It is said Kane’s son then pulled out an AK 47 and killed two police officers. “West Memphis police recently finished training on how to identify the groups by peculiar license plates or bumper stickers. They were also taught how to best approach them during a traffic stop,” Fox News reported.
The Missouri Information Analysis Center document leaked to Alex Jones last year specifically instructs police to be on the look-out for patriot bump stickers. Dangerous terrorists, according to MIAC, include Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin supporters. The Department of Homeland Security produced a similar document at approximately the same time warning officialdom and police of the threat posed by constitutionalists, advocates of the Second Amendment and returning veterans.
In the above clip, Potok is so eager to demonize the movement he claims it began as the progeny of white supremacists. The FBI does not go that far, but instead creates its own fallacious mythology.
The “FBI lists this extremist movement as a domestic terrorist threat, saying some ‘sovereign citizens’ murder, threaten judges, use fake currency and engineer various mortgage fraud scams. Many don’t pay taxes,” reports the Memphis Fox affiliate.
A cursory Google search of the claim sovereign citizens murder judges produces zero results, but there are plenty of instances of sovereign citizens eschewing federal and state paperwork, not paying taxes, ignoring laws and even going up against banksters in foreclosure cases — all terrorism, of course, according to the state.
Bankster minion Timothy Geithner didn’t pay taxes either, so I guess he is also a terrorist who secretly desires to kill judges and squat expensive condos.
Sarcasm aside, the sovereign citizen movement is considered a direct and dangerous threat by the government because it rejects out of hand its authority. That’s way Sanchez and the propagandist Potok talked about the movement in such strident terms.
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.