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Monday, August 20, 2012

Suspects in deadly Louisiana sheriff shootings 'linked to violent anarchist group on the FBI domestic terror watchlist'

Police suspect that some of the seven suspects arrested in connection with the shooting of four Louisiana sheriff's deputies, including two who were killed, have links to a group on the FBI domestic terror watch list.

Seven people - who appear to be members of the same family - are suspects in the deadly rampage.

Police say some of the perpetrators could have been heavily influenced by the sovereign citizens movement, a group deemed to be violent anarchists who believes they are not under the jurisdiction of U.S. law and don't need to fulfill duties, like pay taxes.

The group has been under surveillance for allegedly making threats to judges and law enforcement officers, using fake currency and impersonating police and the movement is listed on the FBI's domestic terror watchlist.

'The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement, which, scattered across the United States, has existed for decades, with well-known members, such as Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bombing,' the agency said in a 2011 brief.

'Although the sovereign-citizen movement does not always rise to violence, its members’… activities…make it a group that should be approached with knowledge and caution,' the agency advised. Read More