No, you really can’t legally “secede” from or declare your “sovereignty” with regard to the US government19 February 2011 by Mike Gogulski
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This phenomenon is now big enough that it really needs a name. I propose:
nomikographomania (n.) – A mental disorder caused by reading too many legal(istic) documents.
From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Sarasota detective fired for trying to secede from U.S.
SARASOTA – Last April, a veteran Sarasota Police homicide detective went to the courthouse and tried to secede from the United States of America.
The detective, Tom Laughlin, filed a convoluted document declaring himself a “sovereign citizen.” The filing included a thumb print on each page and a photocopy of 21 silver pieces — the price to become a “freeman.”
In doing so, Laughlin, 42, joined a small but growing group of U.S. citizens who claim they are not subject to federal law, that they no longer have to pay taxes and that their homes are their embassies.
Last week, he was fired for it.
His brother, also a “sovereign citizen” who recently was charged in St. Johns County with trying to extort two Florida Highway Patrol troopers and later with bilking a Sarasota bank of $50,000, convinced Laughlin that he could declare himself a “freeman.”
So Laughlin headed to the courthouse in April to legally renounce his citizenship, telling local, state and federal officials that he would only communicate with them in writing.
The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates there are about 300,000 sovereign citizens in the U.S., and the radical movement has a huge presence online.