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1Sovereign Citizens: What You Should Know Presentation to: NAPHSIS WebinarPresented by: Ken BramlettDate: July 29, 2013
2What is a Sovereign Citizen? Self-describedAnswerable only to common lawNot subject to any statutes federal, state , localDo not recognize U.S. currencyFree of any legal constraintsReject most forms of taxation as illegitimate
3Federal Bureau of Investigation The FBI classifies "sovereign citizens" among domestic terror threats as anti-government extremists.
4Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC According to the SPLC:Approx. 100,00 Americans are “hard core sovereign believers”Another 200,000 just starting outResist everything from speeding tickets to drug charges
5Revoke and Rescind U.S. Citizenship Remove any evidence of U.S. citizenship by relinquishing:Social Security numberDriver’s licenseCar registrationMarriage licenseVoter RegistrationBirth Certificate
6Sovereign Citizen Encounters What should/could I expect:Attempt to distract/confuse with paperworkMay identify self as an official of the stateBeing uncooperativeCarrying concealed weaponsDangerous
12Frequent Tactics May provide strange response to questions: “No not personally”May present some form of homemade IDUnconstitutional to ask for a drivers licenseMay state picture on DL is not them, is not human, is a “non-breathing extraterrestrial”
13Red Flags @ symbol or copyright symbol after their name Name in all capital lettersPutting punctuation before the surnameUsing initials after name such as “sui juris” meaning “of one’s own law”No zip code or brackets around zip codeUse of term “Employee ID Number” rather than Social Security numberReference to Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
14Housing ScamsA recent twist in sovereign citizen tactics has been seizing foreclosed homes through the use of phony documents
15Significant GrowthAlthough the sovereign citizen's sister movement, the militia movement, has garnered more publicity, the sovereign citizen movement is also growing, is larger than the militia movement, and engages in a much greater amount of criminal activity.
16Potential for Violence Sovereign citizen criminal activity includes violent acts, exemplified recently by the brutal murder of two West Memphis police officers at the hands of a father and son pair of sovereign citizens in May Spontaneous sovereign citizen violence, especially during traffic stops and visits to residences, poses a significant risk to law enforcement officers and public officials.
22Paper TerrorismWhen sovereigns are angry with government officials, their revenge most often takes the form of "paper terrorism." Sovereigns file retaliatory, bogus property liens that may not be discovered by the victim until they attempt to sell their property. Sovereigns also file fake tax forms that are designed to ruin an enemy's credit rating and cause them to be audited by the IRS. In the mid-1990s, a period when the sovereign movement was also on the rise, several states passed laws specifically aimed at these paper terrorism tactics.
23Pass Laws to prevent “Paper Terrorism? Aiming squarely at the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement, Georgia’s governor on Monday signed a law that will make it a felony to file fraudulent liens against public officials or employees, a tactic known as “paper terrorism.”
24O.C.G.A"Public employee" means every person employed by the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government, or any department, board, bureau, agency, commission, or authority thereof, and any person employed by a county, municipality, consolidated government, or local board of education. (2) "Public officer" shall have the same meaning as set forth in Code Section (b) Notwithstanding Code Sections and , it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly file a false lien or encumbrance in a public record or private record that is generally available to the public against the real or personal property of a public officer or public employee on account of the performance of such public officer or public employee's official duties, knowing or having reason to know that such lien or encumbrance is false or contains a materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation. (c) Any person who violates subsection (b) of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than one nor more than ten years, a fine not to exceed $10,000.00, or both.
25Questions? Ken Bramlett Deborah Aderhold Inspector General GA Dept. of Public Health 2 Peachtree St. NW Suite Atlanta, GAState Registrar GA Dept. of Public Health 2600 Skyland Drive Atlanta, GA