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‘Free Citizens’ Arrested Over Homemade License Plate

Picture: National Archives and Records Administration (PD)

Picture: National Archives and Records Administration (PD)

These ‘expatriated’ individuals are in a little bit of trouble after disregarding thee laws of the United States.

They came to Tennessee from California for cheap land with plans to build a “natural home.”

But after getting pulled over for violation of Tennessee car registration law, not signing the citation and being accused of resisting arrest, Dustin Rosondich and Xylie Eshleman have spent the last month in jail. They have been incarcerated at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex since May 13.

Neither Rosondich or Eshleman provided police with identification, so police haven’t been able to confirm their identities.

The two, who call themselves partners, say they were quickly profiled by local authorities as “sovereign citizens” and as people who don’t obey any laws.

The two say they’re peaceful people who obey common law, or God’s law, and that they don’t associate with so-called “sovereign citizens” who have been connected to acts of violence.

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Tennessee ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Convicted Of Mail Fraud

WSMV Channel 4
Former minister Mark Manuel of Franklin, TN is one of three defendants who have been convicted of helping to swindle millions of dollars out of people desperate for relief from their debts. Manuel is part of the sovereign citizen movement. Individuals associated with the movement often believe they have the right to opt out of the statute law of civil authorities in favor of common or natural law. (More about the Manuel case at the FBI website.)

Via NBC affiliate WSMTV:

Mark Manuel, the former minister at the Community Life Fellowship in Franklin, and two others were convicted in federal court in South Carolina for what prosecutors describe as a scheme concocted by Manuel and his fellow sovereign citizens.

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Freeman-on-the-Land: Canada’s ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Movement?

I'm aware of the seemingly growing movement of Freeman in Canada, I've done a little research of the idea in Canada and the UK, but Americans might be more familiar with the idea of a Sovereign Citizen. The ideas are interesting and appealing to many who see the take over of society by corporations and the erosion of citizens right, plus the ever increasing regulations being forced upon the general public. I'm neither for or against Freeman, I'm not sure if what Freeman say is true, you're better researching it for yourself. Full report by the CBC is available here:
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The Rise of ‘Sovereign Citizens’ (Video)

A slanted, but interesting story from CBS' 60 Minutes:
This is a story about a group of Americans you've likely never heard of: they're called "sovereign citizens." Many don't pay taxes, carry a driver's license or hold a Social Security card. They have little regard for the police or the courts, and some have become violent. The FBI lists them among the nation's top domestic terror threats. By some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 sovereign citizens in the U.S. And with the sluggish economy and mortgage mess, their ranks are growing.
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