As Pressure Mounts To Demilitarize Police, Sovereign Citizens Arm For War

On July 30, 2014, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland released a report entitled “Understanding Law Enforcement Intelligence Processes.”  According to the officers polled for the study, the Sovereign Citizen movement is the number one domestic terrorism threat today, a big jump from just seven years ago when the …

What Las Vegas Police Killings Show About Evolving Sovereign Movement

On June 8, 2014, Jerad Dwain Miller, 31, and his wife Amanda Woodruff Miller, 22, entered a Las Vegas pizzeria and without any provocation or warning, shot and killed two police officers sitting in a booth eating lunch.  The pair dragged the officers to the floor, took their weapons and ammunition, and draped a yellow flag over one of the …

What is a Sovereign Citizen?

On February 6, the Federal Bureau of Investigation held a news conference about a growing problem faced by local law enforcement agencies.   According to the FBI, police all around the country have been contacting the Bureau with requests for information and training on the sovereign citizen movement. Over the next week, the online reaction to the Bureau’s statements ranged …

Sovereign Extremist Injured in Texas Bomb Explosion

On June 20, 2012, a 33-year old Texan named Anson Chi was arrested and charged with a hideous crime. According to case investigators, Chi had manufactured a bomb in his parents’ home and was attempting to blow up an above-ground natural gas pipeline in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Plano, Texas. The bomb had gone off while Chi …

Working for the Man: Anti-government extremists who cash government paychecks

An interesting pair of news stories crossed my desk this week. In North Carolina, a jury convicted a 62-year old woman named Gloria Tatum-Wade on seven counts of state income tax evasion. According to news reports of the trial, Ms. Tatum-Wade had filed a document with Guilford County claiming that she was exempt from all taxes because she was a …

Four arrested in plot to commit mass murder

Two weeks ago, I posted an article on the need for the federal government to take non-Islamic domestic terrorism more seriously because anger in the right wing extremist movement is currently reaching white-hot levels. Four days ago, four right wing extremists were arrested for plotting to kill government employees, law enforcement, and civilians living in five cities around the nation. …

Recent examples of right wing violence

In the last ten years, right wing extremists have been involved in several dozen violent and terroristic plots in the United States. A number of factors have contributed to this crime wave including the economic crisis, high foreclosure rates, election of a Democratic president, increasingly violent rhetoric among politicians, pundits, and on internet forums, and, ironically, the rise of the …

The Politics of Domestic Terrorism

It’s been quite a year for Islamic terrorism news. Bin Laden and radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki were killed. There was a credible threat on 9/11/11 about a potential attack by Al Qaeda, and in Texas, a Muslim American soldier gone AWOL was apprehended with the makings of two bombs. Just last week, the underwear bomber plead guilty to attempting to …

Jared Lee Loughner: Lost in Translation

On Saturday afternoon, my phone was hopping out of its cradle and email started pouring in. A gunman had just shot multiple victims in Tucson, Arizona, including a US Congresswoman and a federal judge, and everyone from friends to press to government employees wanted to know: Was the shooter one of “my guys”? For more than 10 years, I have …

Extremist radio, funny and frightening

Listening to online talk radio is like trying to navigate the Los Angeles freeway system at the peak of rush hour while hitting your forehead repeatedly with a hammer. Even if you make it to your final destination without shooting anyone, you worry that you’ll emerge from the car just a little bit dumber than when you climbed in. The …

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