The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued an intelligence assessment regarding the threat from Sovereign Citizen Extremist (SCE) ideology, with a particular focus on threats to law enforcement when responding to calls at SCE homes, when conducting routine traffic stops, or specifically targeting government facilities.

DHS defines SCEs as “groups or individuals who facilitate or engage in acts of violence directed at public officials, financial institutions, and government facilities in support of their belief that the legitimacy of US citizenship should be rejected; that almost all forms of established government, authority, and institutions are illegitimate; and that they are immune from federal, state, and local laws.”

According to DHS, of 24 SCE encounters since 2010, 19 of them occurred within the three defined parameters (home, traffic stops, and government facilities. Law enforcement officers were targeted in 83 percent (20 of 24) of violent sovereign citizen incidents between 2010 and 2014, according to a review of DHS, law enforcement, and open source data. Per DHS projections, Law Enforcement will remain the number one target of SCE violent encounters.

In April 2014, OODA issued a report on the American Redoubt movement and the implications for homeland security that focused on elements of SCE ideology (OODA Report on American Redoubt and Homeland Security).

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