August 2, 2014 5:55 pm -

Karoli has the report that has “ranked various terrorist threats in terms of the perception of those that pose the greatest current national security risks. Sovereign citizens topped the list, shifting from Islamic extremists in prior years.” (PDF)

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).


I would argue that there’s very little daylight between the self-dubbed sovereign citizens like Cliven Bundy and the groups they mention in the first paragraph. I think it’s a mistake to separate the two and pretend there’s no overlap, particularly in the context of law enforcement agency perceptions.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to America’s Top Terrorist Threat: ‘Sovereign Citizens’

  1. tiredoftea August 2nd, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    This is after the DoJ was forced by Republicans to retract this determination how many years ago?

  2. Obewon August 2nd, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    GWB’s 2008 terror report proven true. 2/3 of all U.S. and Gobal domestic terrorism is from sovereign citizens, militia/patriot movement’ groups and Christian Identity members. Terrorism Directed At ‘Liberal’ And ‘Government’ Targets July 2008-2011. Europol Report: All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 99.6% that Aren’t.

    • mmmjv August 3rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Is that the report the rightwing made a big stink over and Obama folded and withdrew almost everybody keeping an eye on rightwing groups? That really sucks. Right now if you’re a liberal group like for example a Save the Whales organization or a group dedicated to woman’s health or working people you’re much more likely to have the CIA keeping an eye on you than the rightwing militia down the street that holds meetings on how to overthrow the government

  3. Ron Jackson August 2nd, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    So in other words the avg faux news viewer is a terrorist threat to nation,everyone knows this.

  4. arc99 August 2nd, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    As I have said on several occasions, should the sad day ever come that I have to use my firearm against another human being, I think it is far more likely that it will be against one of these far right wing extremists, as opposed to any agent of federal or state government.

  5. mmmjv August 3rd, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Those people are dangerous. What makes them even more dangerous is they’re cheered on by the likes of Slanthead. And even worse, Obama listens to people who say we shouldn’t bother these people because after all they’re conservatives, and we all know conservatives would never commit acts of terrorism. Yeah right

  6. Arturo Jacobo Saiz August 4th, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Why not shave their heads and have them wear yellow stars sewn on their clothing?

  7. Infowars Dan Bidondi August 5th, 2014 at 12:47 am

    IF ME BEING A PATRIOT & CONSTITUTIONALISTS, Christian, me being against the United Nations, and against the New World Order a terrorists..
    Than I stand guilty and proud to be a terrorist!
    Dan Bidondi

  8. Infowars Dan Bidondi August 5th, 2014 at 12:54 am

    BOTH Republican & Democratic parties are EQUALLY corrupt!
    Stop letting these corporate controlled parties divide America!
    BOTH parties equally attack the Constitution, both parties equally want a world government, both parties equally brought in the Federal Reserve to bankrupt America.
    Our Founding Fathers where Independent Constitutionalists, NOT Republicans and Democrats!
    THOMAS JEFFERSON was a real Liberal, George Washington was a real Conservative.. NOT what the trash that destroyed America that hi-jacked the term Liberal and Conservative is today..
    Everyone needs to swallow their idiotic Conservative-Liberal pride and start realizing that both parties are controlled by the same Elite, two sides to the same coin.
    You all need to start uniting together as AMERICANS! We all should have one thing in common and if you don’t, your not American, and that is the Constitution SO START ACTING LIKE AN AMERICAN and stop being Liberal and Conservative Nazi’s!
    Unite together and stand against these two corrupt corporate parties and take back our country!
    If our Founding Fathers came alive today, they would immediately abolish both parties.
    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SPIRIT OF 1776 AND SMELL WHAT BEING A REAL AMERICAN IS ALL ABOUT! The Constitution NOT the Republican and Democratic Nazi/Communist agendas.

    • mea_mark August 5th, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Both parties are not equally corrupt. If you are going to begin with a false premise your conclusions are more than likely going to be wrong. There is corruption in both the republican and democratic parties, however, the republicans seem to be encouraging it and the democrats are trying to remove it and clean things up as much as possible. That is an awfully big difference. We do need to stress that all ordinary Americans should be on the look-out for the corrupting influence of the Oligarchy that thrive on instability and don’t owe allegiance to any country. When you can ground yourself in reality and see things more more clearly come back and we might take your opinions more seriously. Right now though you sound more like a crazy person shouting crazy stuff to get attention, your points where they are valid are being drowned out by the stupid.