While most such groups had collapsed after 9/11, the law center noticed an explosion of so-called Patriot groups that began in 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, and reached a peak in 2012, when the group counted 1,360 active Patriot groups and 1,007 hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and neo-Nazis.
According to our database, during this same period, from 2008 to 2013, terror plots and actions by far-right groups outnumbered Islamist domestic terror cases by more than 2 to 1. Far-right extremists also inflicted three times as many deaths as Islamists during this period.
The Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation was not the first instance of a sovereign citizen takeover, according to an annual report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Watch the fun as the “sovereign citizen” repeatedly challenges the cop’s authority — refusing to even show any identification. But nothing — not even the car window he wouldn’t open — can shield him from the full force of the law.