Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League to sponsor a quasi-secret meeting in Camarillo, California that characterizes small government activists as violent terrorists.
Entitled The Sovereign Citizen Movement: Exploring Their Ideology & Indicators, the conference is set to take place on January 5th, 2012 and is only open to “Public Safety Personnel”. The precise location of the meeting is only made known to “reviewed and cleared” attendees, a measure of secrecy crafted to imply that members of the Sovereign Citizen movement are a potential violent threat.
Indeed, a flyer for the event written by the ADL’s Joanna Mendelson characterizes the movement as a “right-wing anarchist” fringe group that uses “paper terrorism” to pursue its cause of restoring minimalist government and resorts to harassment, intimidation and violence.
“This seminar is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and facilitated by the Ventura Country Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit,” states the flyer.
Click here to see the document in full.
The ADL’s close relationship with the Ventura County Sheriff’s office has prompted accusations that police have acted on ADL orders to harass local activists and Ron Paul supporters.
The Sovereign Citizen movement, which describes itself as “non-violent,” is routinely the target of smear attacks by groups like the ADL as well as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The movement is based around the premise of adhering only to common law and using the legal system to escape from being a “federal citizen” subject to the mandates of the federal government.
In the post-9/11 climate of fear and paranoia generated by the state, distrust of government is defined as ‘homegrown violent extremism’. The establishment media has also been eager to denounce the Sovereign Citizens movement as likely terrorists.
Last year, the FBI admitted that it was spying on members of the movement, characterizing the group as “among the nation’s top domestic terrorist threats, along with animal rights/eco-terrorism, anarchists, and lone offenders with extremist agendas,” while encouraging Americans to act as Stasi-like secret police and inform on its members.