Utah fusion center warns of Gadsden flags, armed patriots, ahead of LaVoy Finicum funeral

Gadsden_Flag,_Civic_Center_Plaza,_San_Francisco_(6000548743)On Friday, rancher and patriot Robert LaVoy Finicum was laid to rest.  But, Tim Brown reported at Freedom Outpost, the DHS-funded Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center issued a warning, telling police to be on the lookout for (gasp) Gadsden flags and (eek) patriots who might be armed, among other things.

The “sitrep” admitted there is no credible threat to law enforcement, so, one might ask, why issue the warning?

“Recent events surrounding the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County Oregon, have culminated in the fatal confrontation of Northern Arizona rancher, LaVoy Finicum,” the sitrep said.

Wrong.  There was no “confrontation.” Finicum’s vehicle was stopped in what I have been told may have been an illegal stop in the state of Oregon and he was shot multiple times by law enforcement until he died.  While his hands were in the air.

The warning said that “extremists may utilize such a high profile funeral for media attention or to further ideological beliefs.”

“Extremists,” of course, mean those who support the Constitution and think Finicum was gunned down in cold blood by trigger-happy cops.  And of course, they may want to express their opinions, and that simply will not do…

Brown explains:

So, why is the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center issuing such propaganda if there are no threats? They are demonizing Americans who are seeking to stand on constitutional principles of limited government and by the government usurping their constitutional limitations, they are providing funds to the Utah fusion center. So, in the end, it’s all about money and power.

And though there are no threats, the bulletin goes on to state, “Caravans of individuals traveling to the funeral services may be comprised of one or more armed extremists. Law enforcement should remain vigilant and aware that confrontation with these potentially volatile persons, may include more than one individual. These individuals may adhere to a sovereign citizen ideology, and may not recognize law enforcement as a legitimate authority.”

Here’s a photo of what law enforcement is being told to watch for:


Keep in mind the Gadsden flag dates back to the Revolutionary War…

Brown cited report at Reason that shows some in law enforcement have a problem with this “warning.”

One private-sector security professional who received the bulletin worries that it could lead to a kind of profiling. “I work with a young man, 24 years old, three associate’s degrees, volunteer fire fighter, dreams of becoming a police officer,” he says. “He’s also an Armenian-Russian immigrant who just earned his American citizenship. He sports a Gadsden flag on his car because of what it represents in our country’s history.” If a cop sees that car today, the security worker worries, the officer’s “thoughts will automagically flip to profiling him” as a violent extremist.

Mike German, a former FBI agent who infiltrated far-right groups in the 1990s, has a similar objection. “I always try to look at these alerts from the perspective of the police officer on the street,” he says. “What will the officers know after reading this that they didn’t before? Here all they know is to be afraid if they see a Gadsden flag, which could result in an unnecessarily hostile encounter that would increase the chances of violence. There’s nothing here that would help them correctly identify someone who held these beliefs, understand what might trigger hostile reactions, or how to talk to them in a way that would defuse any unnecessary tension.” He also worries that the bulletin “improperly implies holding such beliefs makes them dangerous”; most of the people involved in these movements are nonviolent, he says, and treating them all like budding terrorists just makes a confrontation more likely.

You have to wonder, though… Maybe a confrontation is what some actually want.

Brown concluded:

I’ll encourage those who agree with me, why not send these propagandizers an email or phone call to [email protected] or Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC), 901.256.2360, [email protected] and let them know that their behavior and this propaganda is suspicious and a threat against the American people seeking to uphold the Constitution.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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