Federal Government Circulates “Sovereign Citizen” Training Program Targeting White Males, Veterans

(Jul. 30, 2012) — The Post & Email is in possession of a training curriculum which advises law enforcement officers across the country as to how to deal with individuals suspected of belonging to the “Sovereign Citizen Movement.”

A CD containing different instructional tools supporting the overall course of instruction identifying so-called “sovereigns” was produced between June and September of last year by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and state and federal law enforcement entities.  In October 2010, it was reported that the SPLC was acting as an advisory agency to the Department of Homeland Security.

All of those depicted as “sovereigns” are white males and include veterans.  An April 7, 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security contended that “the return of military veterans” and “possible passage of new restrictions on firearms” could create a rise in “right-wing extremism.”

Two Navy veterans, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) and Darren Wesley Huff, are pictured in the PowerPoint section of the program below the caption “What do They Believe?”  A resident of Tennessee, Fitzpatrick has been exposing endemic corruption in the state over the past three years, particularly within the judiciary.  Most recently, he discovered that laws passed in 1984 by the General Assembly mandating the redistricting of the criminal courts were never observed, casting doubt on an unknown number of criminal convictions over the 28 years since the law’s passage.

Fitzpatrick condemned all forms of violence in voluntary face-to-face meetings on March 4, March 10 and June 28, 2011 totaling approximately eight hours at his local FBI office during which he left documentary proof of judicial corruption in his county.

Huff is incarcerated after having been convicted last fall of transporting a firearm in interstate commerce with the intent to use it in a civil disturbance on April 20, 2010, a charge he denies.  Unbeknownst to him at his trial, the training program portraying him as a “sovereign citizen” was already in use by local law enforcement.  The Post & Email possesses proof that other evidence damaging to the federal government’s case was withheld at the trial.  In May, Huff was sentenced to four years in federal prison and two years’ probation even though the judge was provided with evidence of the circulation of the training materials prior to Huff’s trial.

Prior to the release of the training program, a TIME Magazine article dated September 30, 2010 described Huff and Fitzpatrick as “twisted patriots.”  Although author Martin Gellman claimed to have conducted numerous interviews before publishing his piece,  “The Secret World of Extreme Militias,” he did not interview Huff or Fitzpatrick, both of whom have told The Post & Email that they are “standing up against local corruption.”

Gellman cited Fitzpatrick’s attempt to carry out a citizen’s arrest of the “real grand jury foreman,” but Fitzpatrick’s subsequent discovery of the 1984 redistricting laws confirms that the “grand jury foreman” was acting illegally.  A local newspaper has repeated the information in the TIME article, citing incorrect dates and reason for the citizen’s arrest despite Fitzpatrick’s having contacted the editor to correct the record.

On November 17, 2011, Capt. Pat Wilson of the Monroe County, TN Sheriff’s Department told Fitzpatrick that he was a subject of the training curriculum.  Fitzpatrick has told The Post & Email that he has “uncovered a crime syndicate in Tennessee state” and that the training program is an attempt to obstruct his efforts.  “As we got closer to exposing more and more corruption, the government reacted by putting together this ‘Sovereign Citizen’ campaign to stop us,” Fitzpatrick said.

The CD contains another category of “Sovereign Citizens” which is labeled “the Birthers,” who “contest President Obama’s constitutional eligibility to hold office…based on the belief he was not born in the United States and has provided a forged Hawaiian birth certificate.”  On March 1, 2012, Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse declared that there was probable cause to believe that the image presented to the public on April 27, 2011 as Obama’s long-form birth certificate is a “computer-generated forgery.”  A second press conference on July 17 indicated that the birth certificate is “definitely fraudulent” and called for a congressional investigation.

On March 17, 2009, Fitzpatrick brought the first criminal complaint naming Obama in the commission of treason, triggering a Secret Service response.  Fitzpatrick is convinced that he has been named a “sovereign citizen” in retaliation for the complaint, which has never been answered.  Fitzpatrick has attempted to present the complaint to a grand jury but has been obstructed by the U.S. Attorney in Knoxville, TN, an Obama appointee.

A local prosecutor who has called Fitzpatrick and Huff “dangerous” is now himself under investigation by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

Dr. Terrence Lakin, a 17-year decorated Army flight surgeon, was imprisoned at Ft. Leavenworth for five months last year after questioning whether or not Obama was constituitonally eligible to serve as president.  Fitzpatrick and a co-author have written a chapter on the intended power of the grand jury in Lakin’s newly-released book, Officer’s Oath.

Other agencies identified as having assisted in developing the training curriculum include the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the FBI, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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