Sovereign Citizen Extremists

2019 Threat Assessment Series: Domestic Terrorism - A Changing Environment

Domestic extremists’ wide-ranging ideologies pose unique challenges to New Jersey and the surrounding region, as they employ a variety of robust methods to conduct attacks, have varying motivations, and are often willing to engage in violence.

Tune in to the next installment of our 2019 Threat Assessment series as our analysts sit down and discuss the evolving tactics of domestic extremists in 2018 and what the threat landscape posed by these groups will look like this year.

Episode 4: Sovereign Citizen Extremists - Circumventing State Law

Paper terrorism is a tactic sovereign citizen extremists use to intimidate public officials. Some seek relief from criminal charges, demand money, or protest government action. They flood courts, government offices, and law enforcement agencies with bulk fraudulent legal documents, file targeted liens to harass public officials, or submit fictitious paperwork to get unlawful judgments approved. In this episode, Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Preparedness Bureau Deputy Chief Allison Toll sit down to discuss how criminal penalties in New Jersey for filing false liens are unlikely to deter sovereign citizen extremists as they adopt new methods to circumvent laws.