Reason has shared an intelligence assessment from within the Department of Homeland Security this month that CNN had reported was about the potentially dire threat posed by right-wing extremists.
The publication challenges some of the conclusions of that CNN reporting, about a group known as “sovereign citizen extremists”:
In short, the DHS report presents sovereign-citizen violence as a fairly rare risk that officers should nonetheless be prepared for should it arise. It does not claim that the threat to police is growing, it does not conflate the sovereigns with other anti-government groups, it makes no broad claims about terror on the right (the word “right-wing” appears nowhere in the document), and it does not compare the sovereigns to ISIS or to any other foreign terrorists.
It should be noted that the “SCEs” overlap with some views of right-wing extremists, but otherwise, the report indeed doesn’t seem to view these types as a severe threat. “Sovereign citizen” groups and individuals deny the authority of federal, state or local governments.