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Homeland Security Warns of Right-Wing Threat to Officers

February 23, 2015  | 

A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism.

Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to -- and in some cases greater than -- the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.‚Äč

The Homeland Security report, produced in coordination with the FBI, counts 24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010.

The government says these are extremists who believe that they can ignore laws and that their individual rights are under attack in routine daily instances such as a traffic stop or being required to obey a court order.


Comments (9)

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Retired Chief @ 2/23/2015 3:10 PM

I live in a region where there is a group of "sovereign citizens". Yes they can be a PITA with their refusal to get drivers licenses, register their vehicles, etc. However in years of dealing with them neither I nor any other officer have ever been threatened by them and they generally keep to themselves.
In my opinion this is another effort by a corrupt and dangerous DC regime to divert attention from the real threat which is Islamic terrorism---something the administration simply refuses to acknowledge

jon @ 2/23/2015 4:01 PM

The only extremists we Americans need to worry about are the "Left wing, Socialists, Communist, Liberal, democrats who are destroying this country...

Larry @ 2/23/2015 4:20 PM

NEVER, take Your Eyes Off the Prize, Stay Safe & Avoid Mindless Distractions. Brought to You by an Administration that Mandates Social Justice NOT Equal Justice

Larry @ 2/23/2015 4:21 PM

NEVER, take Your Eyes Off the Prize, Stay Safe & Avoid Mindless Distractions. Brought to You by an Administration that Mandates Social Justice NOT Equal Justice

Concerned Citizen @ 2/23/2015 5:26 PM

The government says these are extremists who believe that they can ignore laws and that their individual rights are under attack in routine daily instances such as a traffic stop or being required to obey a court order. < Eh? Illegal Aliens ignore the Law(s) and trespass on the Sovereign Ground of the USA and it's more than Breaking and Entering. Heck it drains Tax Dollars and makes taxpayers poorer. But there is no punishment for them. Right Wing Extremist? Coming from a HARD LEFT MARXIST WH? Oh my! I know many Sovereign Citizens personally who have been selected for Jury Duty! So not showing up to Court is total BS! There have been many Issues resolved "Peacefully" between citizens, I have seen in the Justice System! But I don't think Eric Holder Henchman and BO would love a Sovereign Citizen on a Jury, ruling against an Encroaching Government. And for Ma and Pa Citizen. Barry and Holder forgot their Oaths. But the Oath Keepers haven't! You tell me who ignores Laws and Honor?

PBro @ 2/23/2015 10:07 PM

From what I have seen most sovereign citizen related attacks are pretty small scale and usually when they feel that their land is being threatened. I am not standing up for them at all. I just think that other extremist groups are more of a threat because they choose to attack people and create mass casualties. A couple of crazies living on a compound that don't want to pay taxes doesn't affect public venues or the average citizen in general. I think it just shows how skewed priorities have gotten.

Chuck W @ 2/24/2015 10:10 AM

Right, we should always believe the deflecting Washington bureaucrats. Funny how all of the sudden these "Right Wing Christian Sovereign Extremists" are as big a threat or as great a threat by refusing to get driver licenses, registration etc... as a bunch of "Radical Left Wing Islamists" that cut your head off, burn you alive and kidnap and sell children. The FBI counts 24 violent attacks by these Sovereigns over the past four to five years, 24. those jihadists do more than that in a day, and they say the Christian extremists are the same as the Islamic extremists. Not saying the Sovereigns are right nor are they (always or even sometimes) justified in what they do, but come on, comparing our American citizens (although there are those that need to be dealt with and dealt with decisively) to those Islamic extremists is just a bit over reaching. I also find it kind of funny how up to this point, the federal government didn't consider these folks that big of a threat.

Richard Hightower @ 2/25/2015 5:20 AM

I believe it is apporpriate to quote Thomas Jefferson who said "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."

These Soverign Citizens activists are simply doing what they think appropirate and their duty in the face of an increasingly abusive Federal government that has become Fascist in nature.

Aftter over 10-years on the street in East Texas (SCM contry) I have yet to experience any threat to me as a LEO or a person for Soverign Citizen proponents.

THEY ARE NOT A DANGER TO OUR SOCIETY -- the current Administration, that is another matter.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/25/2015 5:55 AM

The the GOP is the biggest right wing group I know of. I will beware of them, as I always have been.

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