FBI Warns Of Threats From "Sovereign Citizens"

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. pspr


    What's a Sovereign Citizen? Is that someone like me or you who don't want to pay more taxes and and don't want more government regulation? Or maybe they are talking about Ron Paul supporters. :D

    By Patrick Temple-West | Mon Feb 6, 2012 7:21pm EST

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday.

    These extremists, sometimes known as "sovereign citizens," believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference.

    The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.

    Routine encounters with police can turn violent "at the drop of a hat," said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director in the FBI's counterterrorism division.

    "We thought it was important to increase the visibility of the threat with state and local law enforcement," he said.

    In May 2010, two West Memphis, Arkansas, police officers were shot and killed in an argument that developed after they pulled over a "sovereign citizen" in traffic.