Transportation Seminar Series
Transportation Security and the Sovereign Movement
Oct. 4, 2011 (2:00 - 2:50 p.m., IACC 422)
Through its transportation security program, UGPTI has begun conducting training for law enforcement, first responders, border, and homeland security professionals on a growing threat posed by an extremist movement across the United States known as the Sovereign Citizen Movement. Adherents to the Sovereign ideology believe that the United States government has no jurisdiction over them and, therefore, they can behave as they deem fit. Sovereigns "de-register" their motor vehicles with the state DMV, refuse to obtain drivers licenses and stop paying taxes. In some cases, Sovereign traffic stops have escalated into violence and even resulted in the murder of two state troopers. With most of the Sovereign incidents occurring during routine traffic stops, UGPTI's program is gaining momentum quickly among security professionals eager to understand and prepare for this threat.
Jarret Brachman, Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute – NDSU
Dr. Jarret Brachman is a specialist on counterterrorism, transportation security and extremist groups. From 2004 to 2008, Brachman served as the founding Director of Research at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center. Before that, he was a Fellow in the CIA's Counterterrorist Center. He released his first book, Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice, in 2008 and is currently working on a new book as well as routinely publishing articles on terrorism strategy and messaging. Brachman has provided expert testimony before multiple Congressional committees - most recently on AQAP's strategic messaging this March - as well the British House of Lords. Brachman has headlined multiple government counterterrorism conferences. He teaches the Terrorism course at NDSU as well as Enterprise Resource Planning and Transportation Systems Security.