New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Bulletin: Sovereign Citizens

NJ-SovereignCitizensPublic Intelligence


  • 2 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • July 14, 2014


(U//FOUO) The anti-government sovereign citizen movement has been catapulted into the forefront of public attention due to an increase in criminal activity by sovereign citizens nationwide. The movement consists of individuals and small groups throughout the United States, guided and supported by adherents who share the core belief that Federal, state, and local governments are all illegitimate entities.

(U//FOUO) For the most part, the sovereign citizen movement has been nonviolent, and its adherents have engaged in activities that are not illegal, such as renouncing citizenship and self-identifying as sovereign citizens. However, nationwide there have been individual self-identified sovereign citizens who have displayed extreme and sometimes violent behavior. The most notable violent incident between law enforcement and sovereign citizen extremists was the killing of two police officers by Jerry Kane and his son Joseph during a traffic stop in West Memphis, Arkansas, in May 2010. Although no encounters between sovereign citizens and law enforcement in New Jersey have resulted in death, some individuals who have self-identified during traffic stops or during court proceedings have become physical and/or confrontational during their interaction with law enforcement.
Sovereign Citizen Activity

(U//FOUO) Many believers of the ideology conduct illegal activities, such as debt elimination and redemption, document fraud (false passports, birth certificates, and driver’s licenses), insurance fraud, money laundering, and residing in foreclosed homes. Many of the tactics used by sovereign citizens are common occurrences in New Jersey, with the exception of seizing foreclosed homes. In at least two incidents in New Jersey in the past three years, sovereign citizens either attempted to seize a home or successfully did so.

In February 2013, a male identifying himself as a Moorish American National harassed a property owner in Aberdeen Township (Monmouth County) and falsely laid claim to the property.

In July 2011, Jolanda Bordley-Jackson El, age 41, of Vineland (Cumberland County) was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal simulation, and fraud relating to public records, along with other charges, after she filed a fraudulent deed on a foreclosed home and lived there for three months before being discovered. Jackson self-identified as a member of the Moorish Science Temple.

(U//FOUO) The seizing of homes may have an impact on fire personnel, especially those involved in code enforcement, due to the fact that many sovereign citizens who steal homes then place “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs on the property and in some cases threaten to shoot anyone who comes onto the property. While there have been no reported incidents of fire service personnel being targeted or coming in contact with confirmed or suspected sovereign citizens, it is important for them to become knowledgeable about the potential indicators of sovereign citizens and how to report them, using the fire safety reporting process.

(U//FOUO) Indicators of sovereign citizens include, but are not limited to:

Fake or strange license plates or driver’s license;

Unusual modifications to their vehicles, such as placards or signs addressed to government officials;

Use of unusual language regarding self-identity, such as “freemen,” state citizens, non-resident aliens, sovereign citizens, or common law citizens;

Signs on property directed specifically toward law enforcement or government officials, including homemade “No Trespassing” signs;

Making references to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) or common law;

(U//FOUO) Protective measures when encountering violent sovereign citizens, according to Fire Safety protocol:

Maintain total focus on your personal safety;

Avoid arguing;

If the situation is not safe, back away and request law enforcement assistance, and advise that you are dealing with a sovereign citizen.

10 thoughts on “New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Bulletin: Sovereign Citizens

  1. OMG! No trespassing signs! I’ve been a terrorist sovereign citizen all this time and didn’t know it. Can I ever be forgiven my anti-social error? What a load of bollocks! If you can’t find terrorists, make them up.

    1. An appropriate quote:

      “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it…
      “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
      “Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted –and you create a nation of law-breakers– and then you cash in on guilt.
      “Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
      Excerpted from ‘Atlas Shrugged’ 1957
      By Ayn Rand

      1. Ayn Rand, the guru that made a cult out of Eddie Munster, (Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin). He bought his entire staff “Atlas Shrugged” which is a new twist on the old twist, and, if you are able to decipher something out of this Russian woman’s book, the NSA is looking for code breakers. In the meantime, Sovereign American Nationals will determine what will happen in the battle as free men always do, they bring it from the heart and spirit which is impossible to break. I will die a free man. Take that statement any way you want!

  2. So, having a no trespassing sign puts you on another list. Damn, I’m on so many lists I can’t keep track. Guess I start a data-base to keep up to date.

    1. To hell with data-base FarmerDave! Start a fire support base instead! 🙂 Guaranteed to piss them off and make them nervous

      1. Already have a fire support base, along with a medic aid station. Lots of like minded folks around here, unlike the cities. Still need a database though.

        1. Good! In the suburbs of “the city of brotherly love” myself and folks here are waking up little by little as well. A lot of newbees but it’s becoming more evident to many despite their previous unwillingness to see the elephant in the room. Got some with medical experience committed but I am hesitant to bond with anyone who has had so much “education”. Usually heavily brainwashed.

          1. It’s true. Doctors are the most brainwashed of all. In our group we have ex-paramedics, and retired trauma room nurses. Between the two groups we should be pretty well covered. I’m in an area of Idaho where everyone takes self-responsibility to heart. The nurses will hold a monthly seminar to teach more than basic first aid, such as how to treat gunshot wounds. The paramedics teaches everything from poisoning to amputations. Plus a lot of other folks kick in info like how to make potions like 4 thieves oil, how to reload ammo, etc. I wish you luck in the city. Best advice is to try and move out.

  3. I seen this a few days ago on PI. Funny.

    We could all just start calling ourselves “illegal patriots”.
    Then we can get free bus rides and welfare like the dirt bags from central america.

  4. Bahahaha! What a crock of shit!

    Notice how they can only come up with one case and how they say, “While such and such has never happened, it’s important to be on the lookout for these things”.

    Unfrigginbelievable…More see something, say something snitching.

    So I’m a terrorist if I have eliminated my debt and that is illegal?

    Also since when do “sovereign citizens” consider the local, state and federal government to be illegitimate entities? We the people only consider those OCCUPYING the local, state and federal government offices to be illegitimate, not the government office itself. However, as far as the alphabet agencies and DHS are concerned, those are DEFINITELY illegitimate entities, as I don’t remember seeing those alphabet soups in the Constitution or Bill of Rights nor do I remember getting any kind of vote on it being created and continued.

    So if I say, “I’m a freeman” then I’m a terrorist? But if I say, “I’m a slave to the government”, I bet that’s OK, right?


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