A new FBI initiative based on Britain's "anti-terror" mass surveillance program instructs high schools across America to inform on students who express "anti-government" and "anarchist" political beliefs.
"High school students are ideal targets for recruitment by violent extremists seeking support for their radical ideologies, foreign fighter networks, or conducting acts of targeted violence within our borders. High schools must remain vigilant in educating their students about catalysts that drive violent extremism and the potential consequences of embracing extremist belief," states an unclassified document released in January by the FBI's Office of Partner Engagement, the agency's primary liaison with the law enforcement community.
The document claims public school educators "are in a unique position to affect change, impart affirmative messaging, or facilitate intervention activities," including informing on students. It calls for "observing and assessing concerning behaviors and communications" of students "embracing extremist ideologies."
In addition to "designated foreign terrorist organizations," the FBI program targets "domestic violent extremism movements," including anti-government groups.
According to the FBI "some adults embrace domestic violent extremist ideologies [and] their beliefs can permeate family norms, oftentimes influencing their children. This dynamic fosters biases leading to hatred and intolerance, and drives the need for action."
Conflating Sovereign Citizens and Constitutionalists
The FBI and federal and local law enforcement groups categorize many libertarians, constitutionalist and other groups and individuals as "sovereign citizens."
According to an FBI counterterrorism analysis, sovereign citizens "may refer to themselves as 'constitutionalists' or 'freemen,' which is not necessarily a connection to a specific group, but, rather, an indication that they are free from government control."
The FBI considers the Redemption Theory (the abandonment of the gold standard in favor of fiat currency), emancipation "from the responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen, including paying taxes," and "conspiracy theories," including the formation of global government and a police state, as indicators of extremist or sovereign citizen ideology.
A National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) report produced by the Office of University Programs, Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security in 2014 lists sovereign citizens as the primary domestic terror threat in the United States, followed by Islamic jihadists, "militia/patriot" and "extreme anti-tax" groups.