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Uncommon law: understanding and quantifying the sovereign citizen movement

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Authors
Mallek, Michelle M.
Subjects
sovereign citizen
domestic terrorism
terrorism statute
social identity theory
behavioral markers
common law
Posse Comitatus
militia
Patriot Movement
redemption theory
Bundy ranch
paper terrorism
uniform commercial code
false lien
Moors
Advisors
Brannan, David
Date of Issue
2016-12
Date
Dec-16
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis examines possible reasons why some organizations overuse the term sovereign citizen. To do so, the thesis discusses various behaviors that sovereign citizens typically undertake, describes activities that the law enforcement community and researchers classify as sovereign citizen-related, and demonstrates the incongruity in some of those attributions. This thesis also explores how various organizations at times incorrectly apply the domestic terrorist label to sovereign citizens, at variance with both state and federal law. The conclusion proposes behavioral markers as a common language for identifying and quantifying anti-government behavior. The conclusion also demonstrates ways in which organizations should apply the markers to better calculate and assess the sovereign citizen movement.
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National Security Affairs (NSA)
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