|Paper terrorists are everywhere|
|Paper terrorists are everywhere|
|Written by Mark Nichols|
Maybe one of the reasons Lady Justice is wearing the blindfold is because she doesn’t want to see who’s using the system as a weapon. If you read American Police Beat you already know about so-called sovereign citizens and the deadly threat they pose to law enforcement professionals. But high-powered weapons are just one the threats. Another is death by paperwork and legal fees.
Sheriff Richard Stanek knew something was wrong when he got a call from the mortgage company handling his refinancing. The loan officer told him that someone had placed liens totaling more than $25 million on his house and on other properties he owned.
Sheriff Stanek quickly found out this was just the beginning.
The liens and legal claims on property to secure the payment of a debt, were just the earliest shots fired in a war of paper, waged by a couple who had lost their home to foreclosure in 2009.
The tactic that the couple used against the sheriff is common among adherents of the so-called sovereign citizen movement.
And as anyone who’s dealt with the legal system knows, once paperwork is filed, there’s very little victims can do but wait and hope.
Thomas and Lisa Eilertson, filed more than $250 billion in liens, demands for compensatory damages and other claims against more than a dozen people, including the sheriff, county attorneys, the
Hennepin County registrar of titles and other court officials over a period of three years.
But who would listen to some whack-jobs that file lawsuit after lawsuit and lien and after lain? Lawyers- that’s who.
“It affects your credit rating, it affected my wife, it affected my children,” Sheriff Stanek said of the liens. “We spent countless hours trying to undo it.”
While the filing of liens for ridiculous figures in the billion and other seemingly frivolous claims might appear silly it’s no joke for the victims.
That’s why it’s called “paper terrorism.”
According to the NYT article:
“In Gadsden, Ala., three people were arrested in July for filing liens against victims including the local district attorney and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew. And in Illinois this month, a woman who, like most sovereign citizens, chose to represent herself in court, confounded a federal judge by asking him to rule on a flurry of unintelligible motions.”
Terry L. Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombing conspirator, counted himself a sovereign citizen. But in recent years so-called sovereigns have turned to the courts to wage war rather than bullets or bombs.
People always talk about reforming the system but rarely have any specific ideas for change.
Here’s an idea. Right now sovereign citizens who file creditor claims are enabled by most states where the secretary of state must accept any lien that is filed without judging its validity. That’s got to change.
But the system resists change. Anti-government extremists with cops in their crosshairs on the other hand are fast learners.
Like many so-called sovereigns, the Eilertsons learned how to file the liens and other acts of paper terrorism from one of many sovereign citizen “gurus” who offer instruction online. There are even seminars offered across the country.
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