Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sovereign Criminals

Timeline of the West Memphis shootings » The Commercial Appeal

The two men who murdered two police officers in West Memphis are apparently some kind of anti-government rebels. For at least forty years there have been people who are claiming they are sovereign and independent of the authority of the Federal Government. Sometimes they are part of various racial hate groups and sometimes they stockpile weapons and turn violent.

People who form these kinds of groups generally support themselves by a variety of white collar criminal activity. They scam mortgage holders, they don't support the banking system and so they look at financial crimes as no crime at all. They often commit other kinds of bank scams, claiming that the money is not valid because it is not backed by gold, so crimes against banks are not actual crimes.

When confronting suspects in this type of situation, keep in mind that while they generally commit non-violent white collar crime, they are frequently armed. They often have connections to militia movements and other fringe elements. If you have to serve a warrant on them or if you contact them during a traffic stop, use extreme caution; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
What cheeses me off about people like this, is that if they're ANTI-government, then they MUST be for NO government...
With no government (or any real "authority"), you wind up with something even MAD MAX would feel a little uncomfortable in.

And that's one scenario I don't even want to begin to think about.
(Post-Katrina thugs come to mind for some strange reason)

In an anarchistic society, even the ANARCHISTS are the prey...
You'd think they'd figure that one out by now, hmm?

Apparently not.

Stay safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

They often oppose primarily the Federal Government, but seldom recognize the local government either. In reality, they are just criminals, hiding behind political rethoric.