Anti-government ‘sovereign movement’ on the rise in U.S.
by Deanna Lutz
from the article:
Although the FBI does not track sovereigns by number, the bureau does not dispute the law center’s estimates, which have swelled dramatically within a national anti-government network of related “patriot” and “militia” groups. Since 2008, the number of groups surged from 149 to 1,274 in 2011, the law center reported this month.
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
TRINIDAD, Texas – Gary Thomas will never forget the letter he received in early 2000. It was from John Joe Gray, a suspect in a felony assault case, offering a not-so-subtle warning to the area’s chief criminal investigator: He had no intention of answering charges that he had attacked a state trooper.
“What he said was this: ‘If y’all come to get me, bring body bags,’ ” said Thomas, now a local justice of the peace.
Thomas remembers the message clearly, not because of its unvarnished threat, but because — after 12 years — Gray, who doesn’t acknowledge the authority of any government, continues to dare police to come and get him.