Are Sovereign Citizens a domestic threat to Law Enforcement? Does the fact that Sovereign citizens believe that the current system of government is illegal provide a security risk? Although sovereign citizen beliefs are not mainstream yet, they are not committing crimes!
Sovereign citizens do not believe that the income tax laws of the United States were legally ratified. They also do not believe in asking another human being for permission to engage in legal activities. they do not believe in the necessity of acquiring licenses, permits, etc.
They also vocally acknowledge the fact that United States currency is based on debt and holds no intrinsic value. This does not equal a violation of Law. These beliefs do not pose any threat to the nation!
There are self proclaimed sovereign citizens that do violate the Law. This is true of any demographic in the country. Simply stating a status as sovereign does not make the person a threat to anyone or anything. There can be a multitude of stories posted of Law Enforcement officials violating the Law and doing major harm to individuals. This does not equate to all Law Enforcement agents being a threat to the United States!
There is a very small number of sovereign citizens that are charged and found guilty of financial fraud, impersonating Law Enforcement agents, even threatening Officers of the Law directly. This does not hold true for every sovereign in the country.
Just because an individual questions the legality of traffic stops or vehicle registrations, does not make them extremists. Since when does questioning authority equate to illegal activities. Of course it will be true that there are sovereign citizens that are a threat, there are also government agents that could resort to violence if provoked!
Sovereign Citizens and Violence!
There have been altercations between Law Enforcement and Sovereign Citizens which have resulted in deaths on both sides. Any violence that is committed is wrong, it matters not which side initiated the violence. There are extremist individuals in all walks of life, no sane person would condone violence in any form!
Six agents from Law Enforcement have been killed since the year 2000 during conflicts with individuals that have claimed their status as sovereign. Each instance of violence is a tragedy that no person in their right frame of mind would condone.
The most discussed incident occurred in 2010 in Arkansas. This atrocity happened when Jerry Kane and his sixteen year old son Joseph was stopped by Law enforcement officers on Interstate 40 during a routine traffic stop. Joseph Kane exited the vehicle with an AK-47 and opened fire, killing two officers. No self respecting Sovereign citizen would ever pardon such actions, as this gives cause to Law Enforcement to single out Sovereign citizens as a threat to society.
Sovereign Citizens and Law Enforcement.
The sovereign citizen movement is sure to gain in the number of individuals declaring their sovereign status, as more people become aware of the facts. Due to the internet, information is readily available for those interested in truth! Many people will also attend seminars on the subject. Once again, this does not make these people domestic threats in any way. Only through actions can someone be declared as an extremist. Just because someone holds a particular belief, this alone does not constitute a threat.
The threat occurs when uneducated government agents are not properly trained to deal with sovereign individuals. Although many sovereign citizens make claims upon the government in an attempt to access government held accounts, this by itself does not make them dangerous. If the activities these people engage in are illegal, then it would be up to a Common Law Court to address the infractions. The claims of fraudulent activities are completely false until proven beyond a reasonable doubt within a Court of Law!
The chance of violence during Police confrontations increase as the number of self proclaimed sovereign-citizens rises. This is due to the individuals themselves, the larger number of individuals taking part in this movement also increases the chances that violent individuals will become part of the movement. There is also a responsibility upon Law Enforcement to treat these people with the respect and courtesy that they deserve as an individual!
Both Law Enforcement agents as well as Judicial Officials need to understand the movement of the sovereign citizen. The sovereign citizens also need to show these individuals the respect that they deserve. There is no reason that either side would have to resort to violence during any incidents of sovereign/police interactions. Labeling every individual that has declared a sovereign status as a threat is not conducive to civil encounters.
Sovereign citizens, of the United States
Sovereign Citizens are labeled by the F.B.I.!
Do Sovereign Citizens Pose A Terrorist Threat?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has chosen to categorize Sovereign Citizens as a domestic terror threat.
Why has this label been placed upon individuals seeking to regain their natural status in this world? Because Sovereign citizens are a threat to the illegal systems operating within the government of the United States. This is not a threat of violence. In fact if enough people become aware of the facts, the current system of government would be abolished and replaced with a new form of governance that holds the people in high esteem instead of kowtowing to their corporate masters!
To get society to believe in this threat the F.B.I. has used Oklahoma city bomber Terry Nichols as the poster boy for the movement. This is ridiculous! That would be like portraying Timothy McVeigh as the poster boy for returning veterans. Both of these concepts do nothing but insult both groups. Of course veterans returning home from defending their nation have also been marked as potential threats.
Sovereign citizens are not all militia members, although some may be. Neither are they anarchists, although some may be. The same can be said for Law Enforcement. Is there any proof that there are not Police Officers or F.B.I agents that do not consider themselves sovereign individuals?
In fact members of the Sovereign movement have no central leadership, they live as individuals! Thus the title of Sovereign is applied! Sovereign citizens do come together occasionally to share information and educate the interested in the details of the movement.
These human beings may also consider themselves to be Constitutionalists or Freeman on the Land. This does not mean these people are members of any organization, it means that they consider themselves to be FREE, they are free from government control. Free from ownership and contracts that they never consented on entering in to! Sovereigns refuse to be considered property!
They follow Common Law! Statutes, Codes, and Bylaws, although having the power of Law in an Admiralty Court, have no jurisdiction over a Freeman! Every Sovereign citizen will hold their own beliefs and these beliefs may vary greatly between individuals. But their core beliefs will remain constant. Although government will claim that Sovereign individuals do not hold respect for Law, this is not true! Sovereigns cherish Common Law.
One of the theories that most sovereign individuals study is the Redemption of their government created corporate strawman. This theory is supported by the bankruptcy of the United States in the year 1933. It was at this time that the United States abandoned the gold standard for a worthless currency based on fractional reserve banking. The elimination of a National currency for the emergence of a private Federal Reserve Note that is backed by nothing but air. It was at this time that the Federal government created bonds backed up by their living, breathing, human population in trade agreements with governments of foreign nations! The population is used as collateral!
The sovereign citizens know that the Federal government of the United States serves corporate masters, ignoring the well being and financial security of its people. The belief that the Income tax laws have no basis in legality. Sovereigns do not believe that Income tax laws are legal or necessary. The acquisition of licenses, permits, etc are also unnecessary as it is silly to believe that an individual would need permission from another individual or group of individuals to engage in activities that are not illegal to begin with.
To claim that the sovereign citizen movement does not honor Laws is also a lie. These people honor Common Law. Do no harm to others, do not take or damage another's property, and be honest when entering into contracts!
Who are the Sovereign Citizens?
More on the Redemption Process!
The Redemption Theory is one that believes that by using certain tactics, the bond placed on an individual can be accessed for the purpose of discharging debt.
The belief in this bond emanated from the teaching that the United States became bankrupt during the 1930s. At the same time the Federal government altered the nations currency from one that was backed up with gold to one that had nothing to base its value on. This belief holds that the United States dollar is in fact a worthless piece of linen!
Having nothing to present to foreign governments for collateral, the government used the ability to tax the time, energy, and labor of its citizens to backup loans to the Federal government. Using the lure of a benefit from acquiring a social security number combined with the responsibility of a mother to inform the Federal government of the issuance of a new piece of chattel, by endorsing the Certificate of Live Birth. Once done the child is a registered piece of property belonging to the Federal government. Later the government issues a Birth Certificate so that a bond can be created using the child's name in CAPITAL letters as a fictional corporate entity.
FBI CLAIMS: Sovereign Citizens a Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement
The belief is that the bond placed upon each individual holds a worth of between half a million to three million dollars. Sovereign citizens believe this money is located within a U.S. Treasury Direct account. It is in an account under the name of a fictional straw-man, which can be accessed. This strawman is the humans name spelled with capital letters.
Whether or not this is true is open to debate, yet the Federal government accuses those that try to access this account with extortion. Sovereign citizens will use IRS and Uniform Commercial Code forms in an attempt to discharge debt through the U.S. Treasury.
Whether these actions are successful or not is not the issue, the clogging of Courts and other government agencies with these documents is what is actually causing any disruptions. There are some individuals that use the Strawman Redemption theory to defraud other individuals. They do this by charging fees to file these documents or teach others how to file them.
Sovereign Citizens and Law Enforcement
F.B.I., Indications that you are dealing with a Sovereign Citizen.
The F.B.I. warnings that you might be dealing with a sovereign individual.
Sovereign citizens will use legal documents in an attempt to access their Treasury Direct Account. They may use strange language on these documents to try to fulfill their Redemption Process. They may also use certain colors, such as red marker.
Other signs that the Federal Bureau of Investigations claims are signs of a Sovereign citizen:
- If an individual uses Biblical references.
- If an individual uses references to the United States Constitution.
- If an individual cites Supreme Court decisions.
- If an Individual references Treaties with foreign governments.
- If an individual uses personal names spelled with all capital letters. They may also use colons within their name. (e.g. Doe: John or John Doe)
- Personal endorsements using the terms "under duress" or "Sovereign Living Soul" (SLS) or using a copyright symbol on their endorsement. (©)
- The use by an individual of personal seals, personal stamps, or a thumbprint in red ink.
- An individual that uses the term : "Accepted for Value"
Sovereign citizens will travel in vehicles without believing that a drivers license is necessary. They do not drive per se but use the term travel in place of drive. While not engaging in any commercial activities the sovereign citizen does not believe it is Constitutional to require a license to engage in travelling on public through-ways If they consent to acquiring a drivers license, they may write "No liability accepted" next to their endorsement on the drivers license. The sovereign individual does not believe that a drivers license is acceptable as a legitimate form of identification!
Killing The Presumptions That Sovereign Citizens are Guilty
Claims against the Sovereign individual!
The claims made against the Sovereign citizen movement include attempting to harass or intimidate Law Enforcement personnel, the Court systems, and employees of financial institutions. This alleged harassment and intimidation takes the form of a refusal to cooperate with requests from these entities. They may also demand an Oath of Office or evidence of jurisdiction. The sovereign citizen may also attempt to film interactions with Law Enforcement that is later posted to the internet to document all confrontations with authority. They might also file lawsuits or liens against real property.
Sovereign individual may use their own Court systems to issue forms of indictments, warrants, and various other documents. They often will use official government documents to alter certain individuals credit and financial histories. Although these attempts may appear to be fraudulent, they cannot be ignored as the documents can be detrimental to the targeted individual.
In 2007, the Court Security Improvement Act created a form of protection for the individuals that have been targeted by a sovereign citizen! Under Title 18, the provisions that were created made it a criminal offense to file fraudulent liens against real or personal property of Law Enforcement officers and other government employees. This would also include Judges and Prosecutors. This Act would make a criminal offense of disclosing to the public any personal or identifying information used to intimidate or inspire violence against any of these individuals.
Even though it is rare for a Sovereign citizen to resort to violence, the F.B.I. has issued warnings to Law Enforcement agencies to become educated as to how to deal with a sovereign individual. It does not need to be stated that Police Officers should be cautious when dealing with any individual, they are recommended to be extra vigilant when confronting a sovereign.
There are definitely some sovereign individuals that will attempt to operate fraudulent scams. Police Departments need to protect their citizens from these activities. They will also need to become aware of these scams in order to perform their duties. Police Officers should be alert to blow-back from these scammers as they might use legal documents for the purpose of placing liens on the Officers.
It would be prudent for Police departments to train their Officers to understand the concepts of the sovereign movement. Understanding these individuals will help Police to properly deal with them. Just because a person declares themselves sovereign, this alone does not make the person a threat. Only through actions can someone be declared a criminal. What if the sovereign movement is correct in their theories? What if the Federal government does see its population as property? Would it surprise anyone to learn that their government has used propaganda to hide the truth? What is the Truth?
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Sanxuary on February 01, 2017:
Its nice to think that someone claims they are simply humans stuck on Earth. I wonder how they handle not paying child support? We have a lot of people who do not belong to a lot of things. Unfortunately we still have to pay our dues. None the less you never have to support the idea. I did not vote for Trump and I do not consider him to be my leader at all. None the less he is the Defacto leader but still disagree with everything he has done so far. I disagree mostly because he does not follow the proper legislation in implementing any legal policy. If you are not following the rules of the land then you have no entitlements to anything. If you do not honor are monetary system or anything else how can you legally defend your right to not honor it? Most of these people get in trouble with the law eventually because they took from something that had dues for taking it in the first place. If you do not take from the system then find a way to make it legal to say you owe them nothing.
Be American on July 20, 2014:
O:K No police, fire protection. No social security check, no health insurance, no protection in our courts. You will be treated as a foreigner in your own country. Have at it. We should advertise youyr names and addresses so if ypou need th epolice or fire department they need not respond as U.S citizens are not going to foot the bill. Unless Congress can vote on a package to help you Ha-Ha.
Scott Belford from Keystone Heights, FL on March 14, 2013:
NZ, how does "i am as free and un regulated as i was the day i was born, " differ from an nation in anarchy, which, by definition is no nation at all?
If you live in the "state of nature", which Hobbes and Locke use as the basis for liberalism, without taking the next step of giving up some (in Locke's case) or all (in Hobbes' case) of those liberties in a contract made with a set of fellow citizens chosen to govern the society, how does your society differ from the hunter-gatherer society who populated the earth 10,000 years ago?
January Moon from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga on March 12, 2013:
I've been reading and going to seminars for about a year now to become a sovereign citizen, after some long research and thinking, I think the time is now! Great Hub
nz sovereign freeman on February 17, 2013:
as a sovereign i can confirm that although not all of us are in this to make trouble, a quick buck of just get away with unlawful activities, as with anything ni life you do have those individuals, but then we are controlled by a whole bunch of them, they call themselves the government.
i am as free and un regulated as i was the day i was born, that makes me no more a threat to anybody than i was on that day, the threat the governments of the world preceive with sovereigns is the threat to their illusion of power being stripped away as more people learn the truth and claim their own personal sovereignty back from the ursurpers calling themselves governments.
we live in a world of lies and we should be less concerned about weapons of mass destruction and more concerned about the weapons of mass deception that are being utilised against the population each and every day
Reality Bytes (author) from Freeman On The Land United States of America. on June 14, 2012:
My Esoteric, I have written about the Gold Confiscation extensively.
Scott Belford from Keystone Heights, FL on June 14, 2012:
You would have to show me where gold was ever confiscated. We just stopped trading greenbacks for the actual metal on demand.
And yes, I do understand we are all indivually sovereign as it is part and parcel of the concept of Republicanism which is the foundation of this country. However, as in all things, there are many variations along that spectrum of individual soveriegnty, not just a single definition of it as you so elegantly explain in your piece.
Reality Bytes (author) from Freeman On The Land United States of America. on June 14, 2012:
My Esoteric, First, the Gold Standard, yes we have been on and off the Gold Standard many times. Yet it was in 1933 that private ownership of gold was outlawed and confiscated. One of the largest thefts of the peoples wealth in history! The people were not allowed to hold gold or even have the guarantee of Gold behind their currency.
As to the sovereign, whether you realize it or not, your status in society is that of a sovereign individual unless you consent to waive that status.
Scott Belford from Keystone Heights, FL on June 13, 2012:
An extremely well written hub, Reality, I enjoyed it; didn't agree with a lot of the fundamental premises, but enjoyed it very much. When I boil it all down, what I see is the Soveriegn people basically want to separate from the United States and form their own country, so to speak, much like the South did back in the 1800s. They don't want to abide by the Constitution and Laws of the US, so they aren't going to if it conflicts with their own sense of right and wrong. That is my take.
BTW, on the gold standard, you have your facts somewhat wrong. The U.S. has been on and off the gold standard throughout its history, 1933 was just one such episode; that was on of the two ingredients for pulling us out of the depression. The gold standard is provably bad economics because it exascerbates instability in the eonomy. Anyway, the last time we officially left the gold standard was in 1974 under President Nixon.
Reality Bytes (author) from Freeman On The Land United States of America. on May 05, 2012:
KT Banks, thanks for stopping by. There are people that will place plants within groups to give them a bad name. This can be seen in many of the protests that occur. I have seen Police dress up as protesters to try and initiate violence. Violence is what the establishment uses as a control mechanism. They do it very well!
It is funny how government uses force, coercion and the threat of duress to get the people to fall in line. When an entity uses fear for control, and causes terror in people they are a terrorist organization!
KT Banks from Texas on May 05, 2012:
I wonder how many lists a person may be put on, if we leave comments on this hub? ;)
It is crazy just how much time and money is spent each year, standing in lines to make payments to renew our driver's license, and apply for permits, pay fees and surcharges, mail our taxes, etc. for things that we should have, just through common sense.
Once we pass a driver's test and prove we know how to drive, why do we have to waste so much time and effort on it for the rest of our lives? They make fun of it all the time in movies and on TV. If they want to show someone having a bad day, they show them at the DMV.
I realize that is just lightly touching on the subject, but it is just one simple example.
Without any else making comments yet, I already know how the arguments will go on both sides of the issue. It's just awful how some bad people insert themselves into the middle of a group and give the whole thing a bad name. It happens with every group, from Republicans, to Occupy Wall-streeters, to Christians, to Jewish People, to Muslims, to every group there is. So - many people will just choose to see only the bad elements and equate that behavior with the whole.
My biggest belief is to do no harm to others, and live your own life to the fullest.