DHS Funded Report: Sovereign Citizens Greatest Threat To U.S.

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By Brandon Turbeville

Back in April, 2014, I wrote an article entitled “FBI Visiting Gun Shops To Investigate ‘People Talking About Big Government,” where I reported the fact that FBI Counterterrorism agents were visiting South Carolina gun shops in order to gain information regarding potentially “suspicious” customers. These “suspicious” people were not those suspected of Muslim extremism but Americans who were concerned with big government.

The agent who approached the gun shop discussed in my article was actually quoted as saying “If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in. You don’t have to be so worried about that. What we’re really looking for are people talking about being sovereign such as sovereign citizens or people talking about Big Government.”

At the time, I received a substantial amount of skepticism from those who found the agents words to be too unbelievable to be legitimate.

However, with the revelation of a recent survey conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), all doubt should be removed as to the veracity of the original report.

This is because the START survey “Understanding Law Enforcement Intelligence Processes,” has determined that the Sovereign Citizen movement – not Islamic extremism – is the number one threat for domestic terrorism inside the United States.

RT reports that the survey “found that “52 percent of respondents agreed and 34 percent strongly agreed that sovereign citizens were a serious terrorist threat” as opposed to 39 percent of respondents who agreed and 28 percent who strongly agreed that Islamic extremists were the most serious threat.”

To be fair, Islamic extremism was considered as one of the top three greatest threats to domestic internal security. Also in the top three, was the American Patriot Militia movement, a favorite target of the FBI for 25-30 years despite the fact that the American militia movement is only connected to terrorism in the fantastic realms of propaganda pushed by government agencies.

The report reads that:

First, law enforcement perceptions about what is a serious threat in their community has changed significantly over time. Law enforcement is much more concerned about sovereign citizens, Islamic extremists, and militia/patriot group members compared to the fringe groups of the far right, including Christian Identity believers, reconstructed traditionalists (i.e., Odinists), idiosyncratic sectarians (i.e., survivalists), and members of doomsday cults. In fact, sovereign citizens were the top concern of law enforcement, but the concern about whether most groups were a serious terrorist threat actually declined for most groups (e.g., the KKK; Christian Identity; Neo-Nazis; Racist Skinheads; Extremist Environmentalists; Extreme Animal Rights Extremists).

This response, of course, is also interesting considering the fact that mainstream media outlets as well as politicians and other commentators have been promoting the idea that there is not only the possibility but the probability that terrorist attacks will occur here in the United States and in Europe as a result of Western-backed death squad fighters returning from the battlefield in Syria and other locations.

Other groups considered potential domestic terrorists include

1. Sovereign Citizens

2. Islamic Extremists/Jihadists

3. Militia/Patriot

4. Racist Skinheads

5. Neo-Nazis

6. Extreme Animal Rightists

7. Extreme Environmentalists

8. Ku Klux Klan

9. Left-wing Revolutionaries

10. Extreme Anti-Abortion

11. Black Nationalists

12. Extreme Anti-Tax

13. Extreme Anti-Immigration

14. Christian Identity

15. Idiosyncratic Sectarians

16. Reconstructed Traditions

According to RT

The officers surveyed said the most useful law enforcement entities in combating terrorism include state/local fusion centers, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force(s), the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

In addition, the officers said that the most valuable open-source materials they use to gather information are the Internet, human intelligence sources, and the media.

START is funded by the US Department of Homeland Security with an initial $12 million grant in 2005 which was subsequently renewed in 2008. The DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate supports START but the program also receives funding from other agencies, universities, and private organizations.

Regardless of what one may think of the Sovereign Citizen movement, the fact is that the Homeland Security police state behemoth that was justified under the pretext of protecting Americans from Islamic extremism and al-Qaeda (which is funded and directed by the very same government), is now fully turned inward toward the American people and all who may dissent from the dictates of the State.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 

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  • Cracker122049

    The real greatest threat to the sovereignty of this entire country is garbage like DHS,TSA,and all of the LEO’s standing in line to help with the tyranny! There has to be a special place in hell for these bastards if there even is a hell. Those who say gawd is in control must be totally blind to what is happening! Every time they behead some poor fool the ones doing it say it’s for gawd so where is all this control they blindly speak of?

  • whitefeather

    Extreme Environmentalists? Then Jail The Nobel Peace Messiah, Gore and Gina McCarthy……

    • Voncent

      I would like to see the entire Goreleoni crime syndicate investigated and possibly indicted.

  • Kevin G.

    Their final day is quickly coming,They are afraid of us!….
    Remember what ol Baby Bush Jr said, “Your either with us, or your with the terrorists!”

  • USA inc. is the terrorist , We the People – as a whole are THE sovereign and of course the greatest threat to the slavedriver corporate entity.

    God bless the usA, and to blazes with the USA INC murder regime

    sovereign citizen is antithetical. citizen means a slave, sov means completely independent, only God is such

    Deregister from the voting roll to rescind your slave status, just contact the clerk of the township/county/whatever in the flesh or writing, request to be removed with a confirmation letter. IT IS SIMPLE.

    Then We the People can reboot the Republic which is dormant for decades,

    • Voncent

      Liberals use these antivoting arguments under the guise of libertarianism. They call it “withdrawing consent from the system” to fool the professing libertarians. But, union members, welfare recipients, gays, lesbians, members of the media, immigrant communities, Muslims, students and public sector employees will ALWAYS vote for their favorite progressive candidate. You only want conservatives to stay home. Nice try! So, if you want to surrender your rights to hardcore marxist demagogues, then stop voting.

      • That dang Declaration of Independence !!

  • I question the validity and integrity of the referenced START survey. Anybody can do a survey and structure it to get the results that they want. Sounds to me like the survey was structured to be biased towards domestic groups and individuals. Who participated in the survey, what was the sample size? If I were asked, I would say that the top three greatest threats to our national security are 1) an unsecured national border, 2) uncontolled immigration and almost non-existent enforcement of immigration laws, and 3) the threat of foreign-influenced terrorist attacks (while the FBI is dreaming up “sting” operations, the real bad guys are laying low and waiting). All of those three are related. If we had secure borders and a proper accounting of who is in our country, we could significantly decrease the likelihood of a foreign-influenced terrorist attack on US soil. But the focus of our primary law enforcement agencies is, unfortunately, focused on the easier targets – because the WH fears The People more.
    “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

  • Dear Clerk:

    Please remove me from the voter roll and send a confirmation letter stating such.

    That’s it!

    For Fun : a quote from the following website:

    stop chasing all these patriot/freedom law programs etc. Stop trying to jump through hoops finding a loop hole to separate yourself from the corp. and filing 1,000 page documents at the Sec.of State, County recorders, etc. and simply OCCUPY the Office of the Executor. This denies everyone else of having the presumption of having authority over anything having to do with the estate.

    “They are (Gov’t, IRS, etc.) presuming to have authority to administer the estate because they have no letter from the executors office giving them that authority.

    “The executor letter is calling them to task by asking ‘Where’s your authority to Administer for the Estate’? …”

    https://4.hidemyass.com/ip-1/encoded/Oi8vd3d3LmZyZWVkb21zcGhvZW5peC5jb20vTGV0dGVyLXRvLUVkaXRvci5odG0_RWRObz0wMDEmSW5mbz0wMjc3OTU0

    • Without a vote, you have no voice. By renouncing your right to vote, you thereby renounce your right to complain. You must vote, in conjunction with being an activist for the rule of law. Voting is not slavery, the system being perpetuated by those who are SUPPOSED to represent The People is what enslaves us. Break free of the system by voting with your wallet and enlightening others to do the same. Self-reliance is what they fear, dependence on the state is what they need. Dependence gives them purpose and power. When you take that away, they are nothing.

      • you can ONLY vote for corporation members, not statesmen for the Republic. see USA vs usa

      • Ed

        “A ballot is just a substitute for a bullet. If your vote isn’t backed by a bullet, it is meaningless. Without the bullet, people could ignore the election outcome. Voting would be pointless. Democracy has violence at its very core!” ~Muir Matteson, “The Nonviolent Zone”

  • absolute statements require absolute knowledge of the subject, you are really REALLY impressive since u must possess ultimate subject matter jurisdiction of God or no God,,,, tell us more Oh Almost Omniscient One