"Paper Terrorism" directed at LE E-mail
If you read American Police Beat, you already know about so-called "sovereign citizens" and the deadly threat they pose to local law enforcement professionals.

But in Albany, New York, police officers and other officials were not targeted by anti-government extremists using weapons. Instead they were buried under mountains of paperwork. Fake liens, warrants, and other phony documents are one of the favorite techniques used by sovereign citizens to harass and intimidate the people they perceive as the enemy. An anti-government group member apologized recently for using bogus legal papers to intimidate and attack government officials in Ulster County.

According to Albany Times Union, Ed Parenteau was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for filing false property liens against police officers, an assistant county prosecutor and a town justice.

The 53-year-old Chenango County resident said he was very sorry and even promised to help federal authorities investigate other so-called "paper terrorists."

The convict sounded very much like a child as he addressed the court. "I have learned my lesson and will never do anything like this ever again," Parenteau told U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy.

Parenteau is or was part of the nationwide sovereign citizen movement. Its members believe that governments, whether they are federal, state or local, are "fictional corporations," that have no authority to enforce laws.

Parenteau started fighting government officials in March 2009 when town of Lloyd police arrested him and co-conspirator Jeffrey Burfeindt for trespassing.


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