From the FBI website here there is an article titled:
“DOMESTIC TERRORISM The Sovereign Citizen Movement [dated 04/13/10]“
Where the someone at the FBI writes the following:
“Domestic terrorism—Americans attacking Americans because of U.S.-based extremist ideologies—comes in many forms in our post 9/11 world…
“Today, we look at a third threat—the “sovereign citizen” extremist movement. Sovereign citizens 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 don’t have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, or law enforcement.
“This causes all kinds of problems—and crimes. For example, many sovereign citizens don’t pay their taxes. They hold illegal courts that issue warrants for judges and police officers. They clog up the court system with frivolous lawsuits and liens against public officials to harass them. And they use fake money orders, personal checks, and the like at government agencies, banks, and businesses.
“That’s just the beginning. Not every action taken in the name of the sovereign citizen ideology is a crime, but the list of illegal actions committed by these groups, cells, and individuals is extensive (and puts them squarely on our radar). In addition to the above, sovereign citizens:
- Commit murder and physical assault;
- Threaten judges, law enforcement professionals, and government personnel;
- Impersonate police officers and diplomats;
- Use fake currency, passports, license plates, and driver’s licenses; and
- Engineer various white-collar scams, including mortgage fraud and so-called “redemption” schemes.
Some of the stuff listed above are crimes no matter who commits them, member of the so called and labeled sovereign citizen movement or not. But, some of what is written here makes it sound like if you try and exercise your rights; if you don’t let the government control you each and every way they say, then it follows that you are a “domestic terrorist”.
I was reading aloud to myself from the Book of Psalms today out of Bear’s Prayers and came across Psalm 17:4-13 which is my answer to law enforcement who write or agree with articles like the one excerpted above. In pertinent part it reads:
4Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent; the paths of the destroyer. 5My steps have held closely to Your paths to the tracks of the One Who has gone on before; my feet have not slipped. 6 I call upon You, O Jahuwah, for You hear me; incline Your ear to me and hear my speech. 7 You show me Your marvelous loving-kindness; You save me by Your right hand from those who rise up against me since I trust and take refuge in You. 8 You keep and guard me as the pupil of Your eye; You protect and defend me and give me safe refuge (9) from the those guilty of Torah violations and hostile to You; the mixers who would strip me of my possessions and valuables and attempt to rob, plunder and pillage me using injurious or destructive force; and attempt to burden me with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints that if allowed to would lie heavily upon my mind attempt to destroy me; these deadly adversaries who surround me. 10 They are enclosed in their own prosperity and have shut up their hearts to pity; with their mouths they make exorbitant claims and proudly and arrogantly speak. 11They track us down in each step we take; now they surround us; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground, 12Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places. 13Arise, O Jahuwah! Go before me and hinder them, cast them down! Deliver my life from those guilty of Torah violations and hostile to You by Your sword, (14) from men by Your hand, O Jahuwah, from men of this world; these poor moths of the night whose portion in life is idle and vain.
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