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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 21:22:50 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Tacoma, Washington newspaper article on "Paper Terrorism".

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>Date:          Fri, 17 Oct 1997 09:33:25 -0700
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>From:          iRESIST <idzrus@nwlink.com>
>Subject:       TNT covers Paper Terrorism
>Cc:            pjc@p.tribnet.com
>This is almost unbelievable but here it is!!
>Now, do you suppose the TNT will continue and publish the actual document
>that the memo/attachment came from??
>Will questions be asked and answers obtained to why Schmidt sent this
>'memo' out on WSP letterhead?  Is there a problem in this??  If Schmidt
>didn't mean to include Christians that quote Bible passages, WHY was it in
>the list? And, what is extremist about the Citizens Handbook other than it
>contains copies of the Constitution??  Me thinks we are seeing more C.Y.A.
>in full operation here.
>Does 'investigative reporting' live at the Tacoma Morning News Tribune???
>Maybe, just maybe - - - - -we can hope.
>Jackie Juntti
>....tnt article ...............
> 'Paper terror' warning riles lawmakers 
> 9 of most conservative members of Legislature say
> memo is affront to patriotism, Christianity 
> Hal Spencer; The Associated Press 
>State Rep. Karen Schmidt wanted to warn fellow lawmakers
>about anti-government zealots who harass people by filing
>frivolous lawsuits and liens and issuing "common law"
>subpoenas and judgments.
>But the moderate Republican touched off an angry protest
>from nine of the Legislature's most conservative members.
>They told her they were "profoundly" offended at a
>Washington State Patrol memorandum she had sent to all
>other 97 lawmakers. The memorandum described the
>dangers and tactics of people who engage in "paper
>terrorism," as some call it.
>The nine accused her of calling all "patriots or Christians"
>anti-government extremists who engage in paper terrorism.
>The nine, in a letter to Schmidt, said she exploited "the
>antisocial conduct of a few to besmirch the honor" of patriots and
>Christians everywhere, themselves included.
>The nine are Republican Sens. Val Stevens of Arlington,
>Harold Hochstatter of Moses Lake and Joe Zarelli of
>Vancouver, and Republican Reps. Bob Sump, Republic;
>Tom Mielke, Battle Ground; Mike Sherstad, Kenmore; John
>Koster, Monroe; Jim Dunn, Vancouver; and Marc Boldt,
>Brush Prairie.
>In a letter back to the nine, Schmidt, of Bainbridge Island, said she was
>"personally offended" that they had taken offense, saying "nothing could be
>further from the truth."
>She said she simply was trying to make them aware of a
>group of people who increasingly are making life hard for
>elected officials and everyday citizens with whom they
>The exchange, which gave a glimpse of the ideological split
>between ultraconservative and moderate Republicans in the
>House, began in mid-September, when Schmidt sent a note
>to all lawmakers on the subject of "paper terrorism."
>As chairwoman of the state Organized Crime Advisory
>Board, Schmidt wrote that it had been brought to her
>attention "that anti-government organizations have been
>utilizing a tactic called 'paper terrorism' to effectively disable
>government. Commonly, public officials are personally targeted. This
>widespread practice is accomplished by overburdening our communications,
>business or judicial systems with frivolous or repetitive petitions,
>property liens and small claims court actions."
>Schmidt attached a description of the problem prepared by
>the Washington State Patrol Organized Crime Intelligence
>The agency said signs of paper terrorism include everything
>from "bogus liens placed upon personal property" to
>"common law courts that issue homemade subpoenas to
>citizens, businesses and government officials."
>The tactics have been employed around the country by
>extremist groups not only against government officials but
>private citizens as well, the agency noted.
>Among extremist groups using the tactics were the Freemen
>of Montana and the Republic of Texas groups, both of which
>later engaged in lengthy armed standoffs with the FBI.
>The nine lawmakers took particular offense at the State
>Patrol's observation that these extremists identify themselves as
>"patriots" or as part of what they call the "Patriot movement."
>Even worse, the nine said in their letter to Schmidt, the Patrol observed
>that among "telltale" signs of the extremist activity are documents that
>quote "biblical passages."
>"We ourselves are patriots," the nine lawmakers declared in
>their letter to Schmidt. "Today, as ever in the past, American patriots are
>the guardians of American liberty." They are everywhere and they "stand
>ready to defend" against "all enemies, foreign and domestic."
>The nine said they would not "silently consent to the
>intimidation that speaking biblical passages identifies the
>speaker as an anti-government extremist. We recognize this
>as an open attack on individuals with deeply held religious
>Moreover, the nine continued, "this is an attack on our system of law, for
>the Bible occupies a central position in the system of law that secures our
>basic liberty, both in the United States, and in the State of Washington.
>As Christians and citizens of the State of Washington and of the United
>States, we are deeply offended that you would suggest otherwise."
>Schmidt, who was out of the country Thursday and could not
>be reached, said she was "personally offended by the
>accusation" that she or the State Patrol were "characterizing all patriots
>or Christians who speak biblical passages as anti-government extremists.
>"Nothing could be further from the truth," she said.
>Schmidt went on in her retort to attest to her own patriotism and
>membership in the Episcopal Church as proof that she meant no offense
>against Christians or patriots.
>Schmidt, however, disagreed strongly with another assertion
>from the nine - that anti-government sentiment described by
>the State Patrol is reason to convene hearings to determine
>why people are unhappy enough with government to harass
>citizens and government officials.
>"I have no empathy for people who, by their actions, threaten the lives of
>other people, while cloaking their activities behind such legitimate,
>honorable and noble ideals as patriotism or religious conviction. They are
>criminals who should be dealt with accordingly," she said.
>             c Associated Press
>             October 17, 1997

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