Editor’s Note: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) characterizations of sovereign citizens are extremely simple-minded. Furthermore the CNN spin on the report as noted below was grossly distorted. Most of the sovereign citizens I’ve had contact with over the years were non-violent, posed no threat to the government, were sincere in their efforts to restore accountability in government, justice in the courts and liberty to the country. For the record the founding fathers were sovereign citizens of their respective states.
Within the CNN analysis they claim serious threats:
[…] ”from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS”.
Except, there’s something very divergent – The actual report does not claim that the threat to police is growing, it does not conflate sovereigns with other anti-government groups, it makes no broad claims about terror on the right, and it does not compare the sovereigns to ISIS or to any other foreign terrorists.
There is absolutely nothing in the report to suggest such an interpretation. Heck, the words “right-wing” do not even show up in the report anywhere.
[…] The document declares on its first page that most sovereign citizens are nonviolent, and that it will focus only on the violent fringe within a fringe—the people it calls “sovereign citizen extremists,” or SCEs. It describes their violence as “sporadic,” and it does not expect its rate to rise, predicting instead that the violence will stay “at the same sporadic level” in 2015. The author or authors add that most of the violence consists of “unplanned, reactive” clashes with police officers, not preplanned attacks. (more)
Here is the actual report. You can compare it to the CNN interpretation and decide for yourself.