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FBI Increasing Its Monitoring of 'Sovereign Citizens' -- But Why?


"We started to notice a heightened potential for violence."

The FBI has been paying closer attention to "sovereign citizen" extremists around the country out of concerns that they will react violently when they interact with government officials. But if you dig deeper, the FBI's attention raises questions about why focus on this group as opposed to others.

But first, who are sovereign citizens? They're a mixed bag. Some reject their U.S. citizenship and don't recognize government authority, like laws and taxes. But others don't, and are more concerned with private property. The website Sovereigncitizens.org explains:

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