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November 23, 2017

“Am I Being Detained?” – Bill Fulton explains what a sovereign citizen is

Back when Bill Fulton lived in Alaska, he had to deal with a lot of crazy people. And when you call someone ‘crazy’ in Alaska, you’re on a whole other level than Lower 48 crazy.

From The Blood of Patriots:

“The strategic geography and readily available space in Alaska means a large military presence in the state, with nine bases. The civilian population is a strange mix of oil-field workers, adventurers, commercial fishermen, federal employees, naturalists, bush pilots, environmentalists, hard-scrabble wilderness survivors, entrepreneurs, those looking for second chances, and those fleeing the law… It is a tug-of-war between those who want to develop and those who want to preserve; those who want to find themselves, and those who don’t want to be found.”

Part of the “don’t want to be found” crowd includes those hiding from cops, exes, people in general – but a lot of Alaskans moved there to get away from big government. Of course, the largest employer in the state is the federal government, and most of the land is in public, not private hands. But with the lowest tax burden in the United States, and full swaths of the state  considered “unorganized,” without things like pesky building codes to get in the way of freedom, it holds strong appeal for anti-government types. Enter ‘sovereign citizens,’ who consider themselves separate from the rest of us. Why? Because as sovereigns, the law doesn’t apply to them. Or so they think. And right now, they are considered by the FBI to be the number one domestic terrorist threat in the United States.

Running a private security firm and fugitive recovery business, Bill Fulton ran into sovereigns regularly. He’s heard, “Am I being detained?” more than most of us ever will. And we should be thankful for that.

The Blood of Patriots: How I Took Down an Anti-Government Militia with Beer, Bounty Hunting, and Badassery by Bill Fulton and Mudflats founder Jeanne Devon will be available in stores September 19th, 2017 – it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. A television pilot is also in the works.

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