The Greatest Homeland Threat?
THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR COMMUNITIES,
RANKING ABOVE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND JIHADISTS?
Terrorism, Lone-wolf, domestic terrorism, sovereign citizen …
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (National Consortium for the Study ..
According to a 2014 report by (START) the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a survey of law-enforcement officials and agencies across the United States concluded that the movement…..
SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT WAS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO THEIR COMMUNITIES,RANKING ABOVE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND JIHADISTS.
FEB 23, 2015 – A NEW DHS intelligence assessment, released earlier this month, focuses on … The threat of domestic terrorism posed by SOVEREIGN CITIZENS, armed …
CNN reports that a NEW DHS INTELLIGENCE ASSESSMENT, released earlier this month, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing SOVEREIGN CITIZEN EXTREMISTS.
Just saying… Just asking?
(under that freedom of speech thing) FOR CLARIFICATION….
WAS THERE ANY SPECIFIC SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT?
IN MARCH 2014, after Cliven Bundy lost a second U.S. District Court case in a 20-year court battle, he sent letters entitled “Range War Emergency Notice and Demand for Protection” to county, state, and federal officials. In his court filings, depositions, and subsequent statements, he said he does not recognize the US Government because he is a citizen of the State of Nevada.
In media interviews, Bundy used the language of the SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT as a rallying call, beckoning support  from members of the Oath Keepers, the White Mountain Militia, the Praetorian Guard, and other like-minded individuals to join his Bundy militia in a fight against the US Government. Armed militants from Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, California, and other areas responded with a show of force by joining the Bundy militia at a heavily armed militia camp near Bunkerville, Nevada in early April 2014.
Approximately 1000 militia members and supporters joined the fight. On April 12, 2014, and consistent with THE SOVEREIGN CITIZEN credo and without success, Bundy ordered Sheriff Gillespie to confront the federal agents, disarm them and deliver their arms to them within an hour of his declaration.
May 4, 2014
HOLD YOUR HORSES: NEVADA STANDOFF REVEALS BIGGER FIGHT OVER FEDERALLY OWNED LAND
By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Sunday, May 4, 2014
DENVER — Behind the hoopla surrounding Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management is a growing resentment over the federal government’s status as the largest landowner in the West.
“THIS IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN ONE RANCHER IN NEVADA,” Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, who heads the American Lands Council, said in an April 23 online debate sponsored by The Salt Lake Tribune.
How much land does the federal government own? A 2012 Congressional Research Survey said the federal government owns about 640 million acres, or 28 percent of the nation’s land mass. Roughly 90 percent of that property is in the West.
Put another way, one out of every two acres in the West is federally owned. In Nevada, the figure is 81.1 percent; in Alaska, 61.8 percent; in Utah, 66.5 percent; in Oregon, 53 percent. In Connecticut and Iowa, the federal government owns 0.3 percent of the land.
“The federal estate is larger than France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom combined,” said Robert Gordon, a senior adviser for the Heritage Foundation. “It is too big and was never intended to be preserved as one big park, but the left is strangling use of it and with it, rural America.”
Although Nevada has received most of the national attention since Mr. Bundy’s clash last month with BLM agents, the heaviest push to wrest control of federal lands is coming from Utah. In 2012, Gov. Gary Richard Herbert, a Republican, signed a bill demanding that the federal government relinquish control of more than 20 million acres of federal land within Utah’s borders by 2015.
The federal government hasn’t shown any inclination to do so, but support for the idea is growing. Last month, Mr. Ivory and Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder hosted more than 50 legislators from nine states at a Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands in Salt Lake City.
“It’s time the states in the West come of age,” Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke said in The Salt Lake Tribune. “We’re every bit as capable of managing the lands in our boundaries as the states east of Colorado.”
There is a reason Utah is leading the drive. In September 1996, President Clinton cordoned off 1.8 million acres of federal land for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Critics decried the move as a federal land grab designed to boost Mr. Clinton’s stock with environmentalists in an election year.
Those opposed to giving federal land to the states argue that the locals aren’t up to the task of managing that property, either because they lack the sophistication or they are too beholden to private interests.
At the Salt Lake Tribune debate, former BLM Director Patrick Shea said he opposed the movement to put states in charge of federal land within their borders.
“I don’t think states are capable of the complexity of managing these lands, and I think people like Rep. Ivory get off on these rhetorical pitches that don’t have a historical basis and they certainly don’t have a scientific basis,” Mr. Shea said.
State officials argue that the federal agency is herding rural Westerners off the land by tightening restrictions, many of them driven by the Endangered Species Act, as well as lax management.
At last year’s Western Governors’ Association meeting, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, linked wildfires to federal land management of the forests. “There’s a real high degree of frustration when it comes to management of our federal forest lands,” he said.
Many states added to the union during the 1800s were largely federally owned, but the government was actively trying to give land to homesteaders and settlers. By the early 1900s, when Western states were still new to the union, the focus began to shift to conservation of public lands.
In 1976, Congress touched off the first Sagebrush Rebellion by approving the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which declared that federal land within state borders would remain under federal control until further notice.
Advocates on both sides have been arguing over the legalities ever since. Advocates of federal land insist that the issue is settled, but critics call for Congress to treat Western states the same as other states.
“You don’t change these solemn compacts of statehood as the Supreme Court unanimously said in 2009 by a unilateral policy from Congress,” Mr. Ivory said at the debate.
On Friday, about two dozen members and supporters of the Bundy family filed with the Clark County sheriff criminal complaints against federal agents. Accusations included assault and threats with a deadly weapon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Mr. Bundy, 68, lost significant public support two weeks ago when he wondered aloud whether black Americans were “better off as slaves” than on public assistance and said black social misery today was “because they never learned how to pick cotton.” He did not accompany his son Ammon Bundy and others in filing the complaints.
“We expect the sheriff to investigate the crimes,” said Ammon Bundy, who was hit with a stun gun during an April 9 clash with BLM agents at the ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
May 5, 2014
NEVADA DEM CALLS FOR PURGE OF ‘ARMED SEPARATISTS’ FROM BUNDY RANCH
By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Monday, May 5, 2014
A congressman who represents the area of Nevada that’s home to Cliven Bundy’s ranch says HIS CONSTITUENTS ARE DEMANDING HE ASK STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO GET RID OF MILITIA MEMBERS WHO HAVE COME TO STAND BY THE RANCHER’S SIDE IN HIS GRAZING DISPUTE AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
DEMOCRATIC REP. STEVEN HORSFORD told participants of the Clark County Democratic Convention in Las Vegas this past weekend that residents are worried — and government officials need to act.
“I am calling on [Gov.] Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller, the [Clark County] sheriff and any other elected official in Nevada to do their part to get rid of these armed separatists,” he said, the Associated Press reported.
Mr. Bundy’s dispute over ranching fees ultimately led agents with the Bureau of Land Management to take up arms and encircle his property, cutting off road access to the land. A national uproar ensued, and militia members from outside states arrived on scene to join forces with other local activists and help Mr. Bundy.
Mr. Horsford characterized such armed resistance against the government as unwarranted and said remaining supporters of Mr. Bundy should now go home.
He told the delegates at the Las Vegas convention that a fifth-grade girl referred to Mr. Bundy as having a “sense of entitlement” who was skipping out on grazing fees that other ranchers had to pay. Another person referred to Mr. Bundy as a “welfare rancher,” Mr. Horsford said, AP reported.
Mr. Horsford’s petition may fall on deaf ears, however.
Sen. Dean, Mr. Heller has previously labeled Mr. Bundy’s supporters as “patriots,” while Mr. Sandoval said it’s not likely that the sheriff would force the activists to leave the area any time soon, AP reported.
April 10, 2015
‘LIBERTY CELEBRATION’ AT BUNDY RANCH MARKS ONE-YEAR SINCE ARMED CONFRONTATION WITH BLM
Posted 9:53 pm, April 10, 2015
NEVADA — It’s been one year since Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy made headlines after an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agents, and, in the end, the government backed off from seizing cattle in connection with the more than $1 million they claim Bundy owes them for grazing fees.
To commemorate the date this weekend, Bundy and his family are hosting a “Liberty Celebration” at their ranch. Among those invited are cowboys, politicians, the militia, anyone who ‘enjoys freedom’ and the media.
However, despite the party, the government’s case against Bundy remains open.
“I SUSPECT WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE FINAL SHOE DROP ON THIS, AND THE NEXT SHOE TO DROP MAY WELL BE SOME SORT OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION,” said Bob Keiter, a law professor at the University of Utah.
THE BUNDY SHOWDOWN GENERATED HEADLINES LAST APRIL AND FOUND ITS WAY INTO KEITER’S LECTURES, WHERE THE FOCUS IS ON PUBLIC LANDS DISPUTES.
“Mr. Bundy asserts that the federal government does not own these lands, and he’s simply wrong,” Keiter said.
The land in question, according to Keiter, has been under federal control since the 19th century. However, in 1993, there was a move toward more stringent grazing regulations, due to wildlife concerns. That is when Bundy stopped paying, according to the BLM.
“IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT THERE ARE SOME CONFLICTS,” KEITER SAID.
“THE SCOPE AND DEPTH OF THIS PARTICULAR CONFRONTATION, THAT INVOLVED FIREARMS AND THE LIKE, SEEMS TO HAVE GONE BEYOND WHAT I CAN RECALL HAPPENING IN THE PAST.”
But federal agents have remained mum about where their investigation into Bundy stands.
FOLLOWING THE STANDOFF ON APRIL 12, 2014, THE BLM STATED SAFETY CONCERNS HAD FORCED THEM TO WITHDRAW FROM THE AREA. THEY RELEASED NEARLY 400 CATTLE BELONGING TO BUNDY AND LEFT.
FOX 13 News reached out to the agency for comment, Friday. Celia Boddington, assistant director for communications, sent the following statement:
“The Bureau of Land Management remains resolute in addressing issues involved in efforts to gather Mr. Bundy’s cattle last year and we are pursuing the matter through the legal system. Our primary goal remains, as it was a year ago, to resolve this matter safely and according to the rule of the law.”
FEBRUARY 2015/1ST EDITION – PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE 21 IMPLEMENTATION: AN INTERAGENCY SECURITY COMMITTEE WHITE PAPER
The Presidential Policy Directive 21 Implementation: An Interagency Security Committee White Paper provides a current assessment of issues addressed in Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21), which affirmed the federal government’s responsibility to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against threats and address cyber threats in relation to physical security measures for federal facilities. The PPD-21 Working Group analyzed The Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities: An Interagency Security Committee Standard to identify any issues that could potentially create vulnerabilities and obstacles to security and resilience efforts for federal critical infrastructure supporting primary mission essential functions in an all-hazards environment.
The Greatest Homeland Threat?
Terrorism, Lone-wolf, domestic terrorism, sovereign citizen …
According to a 2014 report by (START) the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a survey of law-enforcement officials and agencies across the United States concluded that the movement….. SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT WAS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO THEIR COMMUNITIES, RANKING ABOVE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND JIHADISTS.
FEB 23, 2015 – A new DHS intelligence assessment, released earlier this month, focuses on … The threat of domestic terrorism posed by SOVEREIGN CITIZENS, armed … U.S. Department of Homeland Security (National Consortium for the Study ..
In the media
U.S. Justice Department
In OCTOBER 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had created a NEW POSITION within the Department to counter domestic terrorism. At a terrorism seminar at George Washington University, John Carlin, head of the Department’s national security division, stated that in talks with local law enforcement officials, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAD FOUND THAT THE TOP TERRORISM CONCERN OF LOCAL OFFICIALS CONSISTED OF INDIVIDUALS WHO CALL THEMSELVES “SOVEREIGN CITIZENS.”
OCT 8, 2015
Interagency Security Committee Policies, Standards, and Best
United States Department of Homeland Security
OCT 8, 2015 – U.S. Department of Homeland Security seal … ISC standards and best practices can be used to help federal security …
AN OUTLINE FOR A NEW POLICY REQUIREMENT FOR ALL NONMILITARY FEDERAL FACILITIES
within the Executive Branch of the government. … The Design-Basis Threat: An Interagency Security Committee …
Interagency Security Committee | Homeland Security
United States Department of Homeland Security
The Interagency Security Committee develops policy for enhancing the quality and effectiveness … OTHER SENIOR EXECUTIVES FROM 54 FEDERAL AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS MAKE UP THE ISC MEMBERSHIP. … Last Published Date: September 21, 2015 …
Obama’s directive establishes national policy on critical infrastructure security and resilience. This endeavor is a shared responsibility among the Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities, and public and private owners and operators of critical infrastructure.
Aug 26, 2015
There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any …Aug 26, 2015
The 16 critical infrastructure sectors of the Department of Homeland Security
Emergency Services Sector
The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Emergency Services Sector. A system of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery elements, the Emergency Services Sector represents the nation’s first line of defense in the prevention and mitigation of risk from terrorist attacks, MAN-MADE INCIDENTS, and natural disasters.
The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Chemical Sector.
Commercial Facilities Sector
The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Commercial Facilities Sector.
The Communications Sector is an integral component of the U.S. economy, underlying the operations of all businesses, public safety organizations, and government.
Critical Manufacturing Sector
The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Critical Manufacturing Sector.
The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Dams Sector. The Dams Sector comprises dam projects, navigation locks, levees, hurricane barriers, mine tailings impoundments, and other similar water retention and/or control facilities.
Defense Industrial Base Sector
The Defense Industrial Base Sector is the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements.
The U.S. energy infrastructure fuels the economy of the 21st century.
Financial Services Sector
The Department of Treasury is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Financial Services Sector.
Food and Agriculture Sector
The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are designated as the Co-Sector-Specific Agencies for the Food and Agriculture Sector.
Government Facilities Sector
The Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration are designated as the Co-Sector-Specific Agencies for the Government Facilities Sector.
Healthcare and Public Health Sector
The Department of Health and Human Services is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector.
Information Technology Sector
The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Information Technology Sector.
Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector.
Transportation Systems Sector
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation are designated as the Co-Sector-Specific Agencies for the Transportation Systems Sector.
Water and Wastewater Systems Sector
The Environmental Protection Agency is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector.
Last Published Date: August 26, 2015