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Monday, August 23, 2010

Funny how when poor people set up in abandoned buildings, the right calls them thieves
Posted by Jill | 7:10 PM
...but when people identify themselves as anti-government "sovereign citizens" and set themselves up in foreclosed mansions, that's supposed to be OK:

Authorities in Georgia are joining forces to hunt down a burgeoning group of squatters who use anti-government ideology to commandeer bank-owned upscale homes with phony deeds and bogus paperwork.

Many are operating as so-called sovereign citizens -- radical-right conservatives who believe that they are exempt from government requirement such as taxes and driver's licenses.

Officials in DeKalb County have arrested five people they described as sovereign citizens, alleging they moved into foreclosed homes and filed phony quit-claim deeds in court, then posted them in the properties' windows as "proof" of their ownership. They are on the hunt for two more.

DeKalb Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin said he believes the seven they've identified are connected with 17 seized properties across the state that were worth about $10 million. One property, he said, was a strip mall where the suspects charged rent.

"It's amazing that these groups of citizens who like to proclaim they're Robin Hood only choose million-dollar homes," he said. "Shocking."

Why is it shocking? Why is it shocking that a bunch of people who think they're going to be invited into the Rich Guys Club would decide to just take over mansions? After all, why appropriate a POS Cape when you can get a mansion?

I just want to stop hearing about how these so-called "sovereign citizens" are just a disappointed group of hard-working Americans who play by the rules. Because when push comes to shove, they may not hold up a 7-11, but they'll hold up a Nordstroms instead. You know, white privilege and all.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey, they're just following Randian philosophy: "I AM EVERYTHING!" That's why it's not theft when a Repub does it.