"Public Servants" Going
After "Constitutional Terrorists"?
KeepAndBearArms.com — The
Phoenix Federal Bureau of Investigation
created a flyer some time back during Clinton's Presidency, 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"
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
(Greater Phoenix, Arizona) and the
Attorney were placed on the flyer, as well — before they saw the
actual wording of the flyer — in an effort by the FBI to "work jointly
with local law enforcement."
Called the Joint Terrorism Task
Force, the program was created, presumably, to help preserve the American
way of life. This flyer was created — by the feds — to disseminate
information about who the bad guys might be. However, its wording made it look
like a disinformation campaign to paint at least a few groups of Real Americans
as domestic terrorists. Among other things, the FBI was 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
[Such as, perhaps, shooting your
semi-automatic "assault weapon" with some friends out in the
Also being sought are "Common Law
Movement Proponents" who
"Request authority for a
[That's illegal now?]
"Make numerous references to the US
[That's illegal now?]
"Attempt to 'police the
[That's illegal now?]
And let's not forget the other potential
"domestic terrorists" being sought. We really need to watch out for these
[Do you meet that
[Know any gun rights activist who
doesn't have at least a touch of rebel pumping through the old
Be sure and notice the following two
things on the flyer, as well:
1) There is NOT ONE MENTION of "Islamic
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
The flyer is a tri-fold, so you'll have to
turn your head sideways to read one of the sections.
Front Page Back Page [Both pages in PDF]
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.
HISTORY OF THE FLYER
According to Terry Chapman of the Maricopa
County Sheriff's Office — whose name is on the flyer as the MCSO contact
— the FBI created the flyer and printed the MCSO and Attorney's Office
before the text was approved. He said it was created as a full color
brochure to hand out to officers, not for the general public — and that as
soon as he saw it, he urged them not to use it, knowing it had some
"The flyer never got off the ground," said
Officer Chapman, "but it did manage to make it's way out — and maybe it's
right that it did." He genuinely didn't like this piece of junk, and he showed
true concern about my issues with the flyer, too. "We were not happy with it.
It was formulated, I think, for legitimate purposes, but it fell on stony
ground because of the way it was worded — the unfortunate profiles that
were put in there outraged a number of people who received it."
"It's dead in the water as far as I know,"
said Chapman. "I just can't imagine the FBI putting it out there again. It
wasn't for the public. The fact that it's circulating again has gotta be by
Mr. Chapman couldn't name the FBI agent
who created the flyer, saying the individual who created it was no longer with
the FBI's Phoenix branch, which he described as having "revolving doors."
Sheriff's officers didn't like the flyer, either. Said Chapman, "I had a
Lieutenant from our own office call me and ask 'Am I on your list?' Am I a
threat?' for supporting the constitution?'" Chapman was embarrassed by the
seeming targeting of "decent, honorable segments of the community" by the flyer
— he hoped it would never be handed out or go anywhere at all.
According to Chapman, the FBI approached
the Sheriff's Office saying they wanted to put a flyer together to help local
law enforcement raise officer awareness about who to watch out for. They asked
for a local contact name and number for use of a flyer they wanted to produce,
and because Terry Chapman heads up MCSO Intelligence, he was the likely
candidate. Possible lesson for Chapman: don't let yourself get used by
misguided federal agents again.
The big question: Why the hell does the
FBI have someone running around promoting that Defenders of the
Constitution (and the common law from which the Constitution was born) are
The FBI has not returned phone calls on
this matter. But suffice it to say that there has been at least one unAmerican
weasel running around their camp urging people to turn against We The Real
American People. We'd sure like to know this fool's name and location within
the Bureau. If you track that information down,
contact me personally; we've got a bone to pick with him and his boss, U.S.
Attorney General John Ashcroft.
CONTACT THE AGENCIES MENTIONED ON THE
FBI Phoenix Office
Special Agent in
Charge - Guadalupe Gonzalez
FBI's "Civil Rights" Website:
FBI's "Counterterrorism" Website:
FBI Arizona Regional Offices:
The Maricopa Sheriff's
Feedback form for Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
Via Email: email@example.com,
Maricopa County Attorney
Richard M. Romley