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FC: FBI flyer links defenders of Constitution with terrorists
From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 11:44:08 -0500
A disturbing flyer puportedly authored by the FBI's Phoenix anti-terrorism
task force has been circulating in the conservative community. The flyer
instructs the reader to report as a possible terrorist anyone who asks why
they were stopped by police or anyone who dares to defend "the U.S.
Constitution against federal [sic] government." See it for yourself:
So I gave the FBI field office a call. FBI spokesman Ed Hall confirmed the
flyer was produced by the joint anti-terrorism task force in Phoenix. But
he said it dealt with domestic terrorism: "That flyer was put out two years
ago. Someone picked it up, and put it on the Internet like it was put out
Hall admitted the section that said anyone spotting a defender of the U.S.
Constitution "should call the Joint Terrorism Task Force" was perhaps a
tiny bit ill-advised. "It could have been a bit better foundation worded
saying you're not a right-wing extremist if you defend the Constitution...
or if you ask a police officer why they're stopping you. There's some
He added: "Not that a person who defends the Constitution is a criminal or
terrorist, or a person who askes you, 'Why did you stop me' may be a
terrorist, but certain things, I don't want to use the word common, certain
characteristics that these people who were legitimately investigated
The FBI, Sheriff & County Attorney are Going After "Constitutional Terrorists"
by Angel Shamaya - KeepAndBearArms.com
The Phoenix Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maricopa County
Sheriff's Office (Greater Phoenix, Arizona), and the Maricopa County
Attorney are handing our flyers asking the recipients to help them
fight domestic terrorism. Called the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the
program was created, presumably, to help preserve the American
way of life, right? - Nope.
Public Servants Going After "Constitutional Terrorists"?
by Angel Shamaya
November 14, 2001
KeepAndBearArms.com -- The Phoenix Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (Greater Phoenix, Arizona), and the
Maricopa County Attorney are handing out flyers asking the recipients to
help them fight domestic terrorism. I received one of these flyers this
past weekend at the Arizona "Freedom in the 21st Century" gathering. One
member of the Sheriff's Posse Reserve in attendance said he'd seen the
flyer before and that it is legitimate. [I will be getting verification
before this report goes live on our site, including recording phone calls
to these people.]
Called the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the program was created,
presumably, to help preserve the American way of life, right? In part,
probably. However, it also looks like it's a disinformation campaign to
paint least a few groups of Real Americans as domestic terrorists. Among
other things, the dynamic trio is asking people:
"If you encounter any of the following, Call the Joint Terrorism Task Force":
"defenders of the US Constitution against federal government and the UN"
[That describes many civil liberties groups and most gun rights and
American Sovereignty groups in existence -- and, by extension, their members.]
"Groups of individuals engaging in para-military training"
[Such as, perhaps, shooting your semi-automatic "assault weapon" with some
friends out in the desert?"]
Also being sought are "Common Law Movement Proponents" who
"Request authority for a stop"
[That's illegal now?]
"Make numerous references to the US Constitution"
[That's illegal now?]
"Attempt to 'police the police'"
[That's illegal now?]
And let's not forget the other potential "domestic terrorists" being
sought. We really need to watch out for these people:
[Do you meet that description?]
[Know any gun rights activist who doesn't have at least a touch of rebel
pumping through the old bloodstream?]
Be sure and notice the following two things on the flyer, as well:
1) There is NOT ONE MENTION of "Islamic Fundamentalists" anywhere.
2) Defenders of the US Constitution and the common law from which it grew
are being classified on the same level as the bottom-feeding Skinheads,
Nazis and the KKK.
READ THE FLYER FOR YOURSELF
The flyer is a tri-fold, so you'll have to turn your head sideways to read
one of the sections.
NOTE: The far right side of the above "Front Page" is the actual front of
the tri-fold flyer.
The far left side of the above "Back Page" -- the part that mentions the
'defenders of the
US Constitution' -- is the inside flap... the first thing you see when you
open the flyer.
CONTACT THE PEOPLE PUSHING THIS "PROGRAM"
FBI Phoenix Office
Email: phoenix () fbi gov
Special Agent in Charge - Guadalupe Gonzalez
FBI's "Civil Rights" Website:
FBI's "Counterterrorism" Website:
FBI Arizona Regional Offices:
The Maricopa Sheriff's Office
Feedback form for Sheriff Joe "Give 'em green lunch meat" Arpaio:
Via Website: http://www.mcso.org/submenu.asp?file=public
Via Email: complaints () mcso maricopa gov, information () mcso maricopa gov
Maricopa County Attorney
Richard M. Romley, who shamelessly promotes himself on this taxpayer-funded
site as "America's Unsung Hero":
You can tell him what an American Hero you think he is at:
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