'Improvised Exploitation Device'? the Explosive Power of the Words We Choose to Use...

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program date: 
Tue, 04/16/2013

Monday, April 15th, marked Patriot's Day (or Patriots' Day) 2013.  The holiday  commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot's Day is annually held on the third Monday of April. It should not be confused with Patriot Day, held on September 11 to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001.  It especially should not be confused with Patriot Day..  So, putting Humpty Dumpty back together we have Patriots day/ Patriot Day, Tax Day and one of America's pre-eminent sporting events, the Boston Marathon. 


With little official information to guide them and no advance warning, , members of Congress strongly suggested on Monday that the deadly Boston Marathon explosions were acts of terrorism and vowed to bring anyone responsible to justice.

Okay, but whence the terrorists? 


It looks a lot like a Love Letter from the Sovereign Citizens movement. But since consumers of mainstream media are more familiar with the stereotypical Middle Eastern Arabic bad guy with the hot-wired vest, that is exactly what is being sold to a cowed and highly suggestible public.

Why the plain hell did they have to call the things “I.E.D.”s?  Most people’s first thought upon hearing those three little letters, is ‘Yikes! Iraqis!’



Before you think too hard and too long about the answer to that one, take a look at this:

A 36-year-old software engineer who shot and killed a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer last fall was bipolar and held antigovernment “sovereign citizen” views, an investigation by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office has concluded.

Christopher Lacy’s ideological ties to the sovereign citizen movement, whose adherents generally believe they are immune to federal tax and many criminal laws, were documented with more than 100 interviews and search warrants. But the seven-month investigation failed to determine why he shot CHP Trooper Kenyon Youngstrom on September 4th.


The trooper was fatally shot at close range moments after stopping Lacy’s vehicle, which had an “obstructed license plate” as it traveled on busy Interstate 680 near Alamo, Calif., the sheriff’s office said in a just-released summary statement. That was only the latest murder of a law enforcement official during a traffic stop by a sovereign citizen, most of whom believe the government has no right to regulate their driving. On May 20, 2010, two West Memphis, Ark., police officers were slain by a father-son team of sovereigns during a routine traffic stop.

The FBI has publicly classified the sovereign citizens movement as “domestic terrorist” in nature.

As part of their investigation into the police shooting, Contra Costa County sheriff’s detectives searched Lacy’s trailer in Corning, Calif., about 200 miles from the shooting, where they seized six computers containing encrypted files.

“Investigators found a large amount of literature on Libertarianism and the sovereign citizen movement,” the sheriff’s office summary statement said.  Lacy, it added, “had strong views” about gun rights and didn’t “agree with the role of government.” “Lacy downloaded literature on sovereign citizen [beliefs],” Detective Sgt. Jose Beltran of the sheriff’s homicide squad said in the statement.  “Although he never declared himself a ‘sovereign citizen,’ he certainly shared those viewpoints.”


On Lacy’s computers, investigators found what they described as a “wish list” that included a reference to putting “mud on [a] license plate,” the statement said. Also on Lacy’s list were references to solar panels, water filters, sleeping bags and bulletproof vests. He also had visited a website describing how to make homemade explosives, it said.

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