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New task force to target ‘anti-government extremists’

– Aaron Klein

With almost no media coverage, the White House last week announced its new Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence that will target not only Islamic terrorists but so-called violent “sovereign citizens.”

The FBI defines “sovereign citizens” as “anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or ‘sovereign’ from the United States.”

The law enforcement agency noted such citizens believe they don’t have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments or police.

The FBI warned that sovereign citizens commit murder and physical assault; threaten judges, law enforcement professionals and government personnel; impersonate police officers and diplomats; and engineer various white-collar scams, including mortgage fraud and so-called “redemption” schemes.

The new online working group will be chaired by the national security staff at the White House with input from specialists in countering what the Obama administration calls violent extremism.

Also included in the group, according to a White House release, will be “Internet safety experts, and civil liberties and privacy practitioners from across the United States Government.”

The new group says its initial focus will be on raising awareness about the threat and “providing communities with practical information and tools for staying safe online.”

The working group says it will coordinate with the technology industry to “consider policies, technologies, and tools that can help counter violent extremism online” while being careful not to interfere with “lawful Internet use or the privacy and civil liberties of individual users.”

Today, Obama is reportedly poised to issue an executive order aimed at thwarting cyber attacks against critical infrastructure.

The Hill reported the executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.

Because of the troubling ideology of some Obama officials, the question arises as to exactly which citizens are considered threats by the government.

For more of the article go to: http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/big-brother-to-monitor-sovereign-citizens/#Qt8KJ2Cv2AI5kCuZ.99

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