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Aug. 4, 2014

Study Finds Shift in Security Threats

A study finds that local law enforcement agencies consider sovereign citizens a greater threat to the nation than radical Islamists, with patriot groups coming in third on the threat level assessment. Professors from Michigan State University and Indiana University authored the study, “Understanding Law Enforcement Intelligence Processes,” for the Department of Homeland Security. The report reads: “[L]aw enforcement perceptions about what is a serious threat in their community has changed significantly over time. Law enforcement is much more concerned about sovereign citizens, Islamic extremists, and militia/patriot group members compared to the fringe groups of the far right, including Christian Identity believers, reconstructed traditionalists (i.e., Odinists), idiosyncratic sectarians (i.e., survivalists), and members of doomsday cults.” While law enforcement increasingly looks domestically for terrorists, real and imagined, they cannot forget the threats growing in Syria, Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. More…

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