No rules of the road — Sovereign citizens concern law enforcement – Members – Mobile Adv

POCATELLO — When Ben Byrne asked a group of about 200 law enforcement and highway officials how many of them had come in contact with sovereign citizens about 25 people raised their hands.

Byrne, a reserve officer with the Apex, North Carolina Police Department and a current anti-terrorism instructor, was the keynote speaker during the two-day Idaho Highway Safety Summit held at the Red Lion this week.

He said sovereign citizens are right-wing extremists that reject the U.S. government and the laws of individual states.

“Members pick and choose what laws apply to them,” Byrne said. “And they’ve decided that most laws — including license plates, driver’s licenses and proof of insurance — do not apply to them.”

The national movement has been around for 50 years, but it picked up momentum beginning in 2008, and Byrne has been investigating the group as part of the Fusion Task Force since 2010.

The FBI classifies sovereign citizens as domestic terrorists and in 2010 the Southern Poverty Law Center estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans were “hard-core sovereign believers,” with another 200,000 just starting out.

A 2014 survey by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism reported that law-enforcement agencies across the U.S. called the movement the single greatest threat to their communities, coming in way above Islamic terrorists.

“They are dangerous people and they believe that they’re smarter than you are,” Byrne told the crowd Tuesday.

In 2011, two Arkansas officers were killed at the hands of sovereign citizens during a routine traffic stop.

“Those officers died because they didn’t know who the sovereign citizens were,” Byrne said. 

Sovereign citizens were also  among the activists drawn to Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with federal authorities last year. The standoff evolved over Bundy’s refusal to pay roughly a million dollars in grazing fees to the Bureau of Land Management.

Sovereign citizens Jerad and Amanda Miller were among the armed protesters who came  to support the cause, but they were eventually forced off the ranch because their views were too radical even for Bundy.

In June 2014, the Millers randomly killed two Las Vegas police officers who were eating at a local pizzeria. A “Don’t Tread on Me”  flag was laid over one of their bodies declaring a revolution. The couple  later died after a shootout with police at a nearby Wal-Mart.

In Dallas last year, 60-year-old Douglas Leguin set fire to a Dumpster before calling 911 and declaring himself a sovereign citizen. He was armed with an AK-47 and attempted to ambush police and firefighters who responded to the blaze. Leguin was arrested by police.

Byrne addressed common language and signs that identified sovereign citizens.

A fraudulent registration plate affixed to a vehicle might be the first clue for law enforcement. 

The plate may look like a slightly altered version of a legitimate registration and often contain words like “indigenous, sovereign, diplomatic, exempt or private property.”

Law enforcement officials who encounter sovereign citizens report that they refused to roll down their window or only rolled it down a matter of inches and then slid out a “Public Servant Questionnaire” asking for the officer’s full legal name, home address and other sensitive biographical information.

When stopped for traffic violations, sovereigns often ask for the officer’s oath of office or ask them to recite that oath, then they attempt to analyze words to differentiate between a “vehicle” and a “conveyance,” or “driving” versus “traveling.”

http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/no-rules-of-the-road-sovereign-citizens-concern-law-enforcement/article_00c67b94-f610-11e4-9461-230fc604c423.html?mode=jqm

Being the nonperson that I am, forced to map out the contours of my environment like a prisoner in a dungeon, my fingers exploring in the dark every last chink and stone in the walls, I always have to ask myself, “Is this about me?”

I am alive today and walking the streets because I am good at figuring out what is “about me.”

Was the FBI’s posting of an agent to my sleepy little town “about me?” Yup. And I guessed right.

Was the milling-about under the canopy at the gas station of two Vermont State Police detectives about me? Yup. It was what I needed to deduce that the feds were installing in my house the equipment I would require to rebroadcast my show. (Don’t forget: I was a critically acclaimed, ticket-selling professional comedian before United Assclown ever bumbled onto the scene to save the day.)

Was the receipt at my cellphone of anomalous text messages five years ago about me? Yup. “Do you go to school?” “Yeah, I go to school –idiot school. I’m on the Dean’s List. And I’m graduating Summa Cum Laude this year.”

I’m pretty good at figuring out what is about me. And I’m guessing this is about me.

Byrne, a reserve officer with the Apex, North Carolina Police Department and a current anti-terrorism instructor, was the keynote speaker during the two-day Idaho Highway Safety Summit held at the Red Lion this week.

“Anti-terrorism instructor?” Is he aware of that 7-series compressor on Murray Street that proves that Flight 175 wasn’t even at the scene of the crime? It’s basic police work. Does he know that Osama bin Laden could not have theoretically had anything to do with the crime? So do you really suppose that Officer Byrne would know the first thing about anti-terrorism? Or anything else for that matter? I love it how people discredit themselves. It makes my job so easy.

He said sovereign citizens are right-wing extremists that reject the U.S. government and the laws of individual states.

If you were to ask Officer Byrne the definition of “sovereign citizen,” he would be hard pressed to deliver an answer. So I will tell you. When the Revolutionary War was won, and when the King of England conceded defeat, he signed a document transferring his sovereignty over the territories of the colonies to the citizens of those states. It is a matter of legal fact, then, that the sovereignty of both the several states and the federal jurisdiction derive from the citizens. The federal jurisdiction did not create its own sovereignty. It possesses sovereignty on loan, revocable at any time. In short, a sovereign citizen is a citizen of one of the several states. That’s it. It’s really not all that dramatic. The term “sovereign citizen” is a legal status. Since I, and you, and ninety-nine percent of Americans are state citizens rather than federal citizens, that means that ninety-nine percent of Americans are sovereign citizens. George Washington was a sovereign citizen. Patrick Henry was a sovereign citizen. Christopher King is a sovereign citizen. Do you think Officer Byrne has what it takes to be a sovereign citizen? Probably not; he spends his time badmouthing some pretty good company while also not knowing what he’s talking about.

Is it “right wing” to be able to take a law book down off the shelf and lick your finger and flip to the page that states that the sovereignty resides in the people as a direct result of the legal document signed by the King of England? Is it extremist to be able to read a law book? Officer Byrne must have been reading the comic book version of terrorism promulgated by everyone’s favorite goofball jurisdiction. Lawyers are extremists now.

“They reject the United States government and the laws of the individual states.” How does a legal status reject anything? And if I were to reject anything, it’s not the concept of government, but the excesses of government like cum parties and torture chambers and 7-series compressors on Murray Street. Officer Byrne apparently also is unaware that citizens have the power to nullify law. It’s right there in the law book. The individual power to nullify law is the foundation of jury nullification. I am in no way morally obligated to countenance whatever ol’ statute may come down the pike, statutes dreamed up by politicians who the NSA knows to like cocaine and hookers. My creator doesn’t like cocaine and hookers. So when the two bodies of law conflict, whose should prevail? Divine law? Or gutter law?

“Members pick and choose what laws apply to them,” Byrne said. “And they’ve decided that most laws — including license plates, driver’s licenses and proof of insurance — do not apply to them.”

“Members?” Like at Sam’s Club? Or the local country club? There’s no being a member. It’s not a club or a “movement.” There’s no membership in meeting a legal status. I’m not a member of being single. I’m not a member of having blue eyes.

“They pick and choose what laws apply to them.” Sovereign Citizens tend to be well read, and they know all the tricks. They don’t like their rights stolen. They don’t much care for the color of law misapplication of statutes. They follow the laws that we have, not the laws that the Justice Department would prefer that we have. They follow the United States Code, not the Code of Federal Bamboozlement.

And on the issue of the drivers license, one possesses a natural right to travel, the exercise of which cannot be converted into a crime. Again, step away from the federal training and crack open a law book. Law is actually quite boring.

Sovereign citizens were also among the activists drawn to Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with federal authorities last year. The standoff evolved over Bundy’s refusal to pay roughly a million dollars in grazing fees to the Bureau of Land Management.

Sovereign citizens Jerad and Amanda Miller were among the armed protesters who came  to support the cause, but they were eventually forced off the ranch because their views were too radical even for Bundy.

The two “sovereign citizens” had been determined by Bundy to be federal provocateurs. That’s why they were escorted off the property, not because they were “too radical.” Bundy confirms that. And Bundy’s family had owned the surface rights to that land for generations. Why would you pay onerous grazing fees when you already own the grazing rights? And the standoff “evolved” because the United States government, clearly outside its jurisdiction, elected to waddle onto the scene and wave guns around when the proper course of action was to file a yawn-inducing lien on the property and let the courts figure it out.

When stopped for traffic violations, sovereigns often ask for the officer’s oath of office or ask them to recite that oath, then they attempt to analyze words to differentiate between a “vehicle” and a “conveyance,” or “driving” versus “traveling.”

I analyze words whenever I point out that I’m single. And I sometimes quibble over words when I wonder if today is Tuesday or Wednesday. Trash pickup day is Tuesday.

“Vehicle” and “driving” are legal terms of art. It is unwise to waive your rights by conceding to meet the definitions of legal terms of art. It’s in the law book.

The FBI classifies sovereign citizens as domestic terrorists and in 2010 the Southern Poverty Law Center estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans were “hard-core sovereign believers,” with another 200,000 just starting out.

Are we talking the same FBI that can’t tell the difference between a dog hair and a human hair? The FBI that pinned the anthrax mailings on a guy who lacked all three of the means, motive, and opportunity? The FBI that –fourteen years later– is still staring at that 7-series compressor sittin’ there on the street corner, just smokin’ away, just waitin’ to be taken for action by some enterprising law enforcement agency? You mean that FBI? Spoiler Alert: The FBI isn’t exactly known for crack police work.

And the Southern Poverty Law Center orchestrated the Oklahoma City Bombing. The cops in my audience know the truth about that.

So. What have we learned? We’ve learned that ninety-nine percent of Americans are state United States citizens. They are state citizens. And since, by that legal document signed by the King of England, sovereignty was transferred to the citizens of the several states, that means that ninety-nine percent of Americans are sovereign citizens. It’s really not all that earth shattering. It’s kind of boring, actually. It’s an extremely dry chapter in a law book.

So why would the FBI –the most corrupt and incompetent law enforcement agency this nation has ever known, by the way; an agency that should have been shuttered in shame five seconds after that crooked, fat old fag founded it– why would the Fag Bureau move their mouths to slander the likes of George Washington and Patrick Henry and Christopher King as domestic terrorists?

Hm?

It’s because the FBI doesn’t want the law followed. They’re crooked, remember? A sovereign citizen is the highest expression of lawful behavior. Sovereign Citizens are American exemplars. And the FBI absolutely cannot stand those who are not corrupt. That is why the FBI calls them terriss.

You’re not going to want to be trained by the likes of the FBI. When they’re done with you, you won’t know your ass from a hole in the ground.

____________________________________________________________________
I am America’s Senior Comedian. Thank you for your kind attention in this matter.

Advertisements