‘Sovereign Citizen’ Arrested, Bombs Found in Home

Here’s another one of those “sovereign citizens” who think the government is evil and has no authority over them at all. Mark Kulis was arrested in Ohio and his house was full of bomb-making material and actual IEDs, some of which had to be exploded on site.

Then, after investigators found flash powder and at least five assembled improvised explosive devices while serving a search warrant at the suspect’s home, nearby homes were ordered evacuated. One of the homemade bombs, rigged to a motion sensor, was found in an oven in the kitchen, WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

It wasn’t clear what purpose the bombs were meant to serve.

One of the improvised explosive devices, deemed too unstable to move, was neutralized in the home with a small controlled explosion carried out by bomb squad technicians, authorities said.

Neighbors told Hatewatch that Kulis has spouted antigovernment rhetoric for a decade or more. Windows in his home, along with a front screen door and a tree in his front yard, were plastered with hard-to-decipher signs and references to sovereign citizens, most of whom believe they are immune to many tax and criminal laws. Inside walls and ceilings also were covered with antigovernment scribblings, including references to various politicians like President Obama and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Other neighbors said they viewed Kulis as a harmless loner, perhaps a victim of mental illness — but all expressed surprise when told of the bombs fond in his home…

“From the beginning, we took extreme caution during this incident knowing the suspect was a sovereign citizen,” the sheriff told Hatewatch. “The potential for the loss of life is great when weapons and explosives are involved.”

“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office takes situations involving explosives very seriously,” Scott added. The sheriff credited his department bomb squad with handling the situation “quickly and professionally.”

These people are scary as hell.

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  • Michael Heath

    “From the beginning, we took extreme caution during this incident knowing the suspect was a sovereign citizen,” the sheriff told Hatewatch.

    No Sheriff, the suspect was not a sovereign citizen, he only claimed he was.

  • dingojack

    Michael – Whew! Lucky you’re here to point out he was only claimed to be a unicorn or a libertarian, or somesuch…

    That makes all the difference! All those bombs must have been complete fakes then, right? @@

    Dingo

  • Doug Little

    These people are scary as hell.

    Yes and the rhetoric spewed by the right wing media just gives these type of people a reason to do what they do. It would be nice if certain “news” agencies had to at least adhere to some standards when it comes to reporting and if not then they legally can’t be called news but have to go with opinion instead.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    One of the homemade bombs, rigged to a motion sensor, was found in an oven in the kitchen, WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

    It wasn’t clear what purpose the bombs were meant to serve.

    I’m guessing it was not an attempt to make a souffle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/teve.tory Teve Tory

    “These people are scary as hell.”

    Piffle. ‘Sovereign Citizens’ are about as likely to kill me as an errant tennis ball.

  • DaveL

    It took me a little bit to realize that this was an entirely different guy who got arrested in the Columbus area for having a bunch of bombs in his possession, the second one this month.

  • raven

    This sort of thing happens a lot. Seems like somewhere, we here about it maybe once a week.

    This one just happened 2 weeks ago.

    Daily Kos: Man arrested with 48 bombs: NRA member & ex-College …

    www. dailykos .com/…/-Man-arrested-with-48-bombs-NRA-member-ex-C…‎

    Jan 7, 2014 – An Indiana man pulled over for speeding in Ohio had 48 bombs and four guns in … Boguslawski was stopped by state troopers while westbound on Interstate 70 in ….. by david78209 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 05:58:45 PM PST.

    Boguslawski had 48 bombs in his car. I’m not quite seeing why even a terrorist needs 48 bombs. My guess is that he was going to sell them or something.

  • dogmeat

    No Sheriff, the suspect was not a sovereign citizen, he only claimed he was.

    Michael,

    The sheriff recognizing someone as a member of a wack-a-loon movement and using their terminology for themselves doesn’t quite mean he is granting that person or that movement legitimacy. ;o)

  • illdoittomorrow

    From the linked article: “It wasn’t clear what purpose the bombs were meant to serve.”

    Christ Jeebus, some people are unwilling to think.

    Raven @7: “Daily Kos: Man arrested with 48 bombs: NRA member & ex-College …”

    Yet another Law-Abiding Gun Owner ™, I presume?

  • eric

    Boguslawski had 48 bombs in his car. I’m not quite seeing why even a terrorist needs 48 bombs.

    I’m guessing there’s a strong overlap between sovereign citizen belief and survivalist notions, and they stockpile weaponry because they think the government is going to fall any day now.

    Either that or they expect the authorities to come disarm them, and they fantasize about having some grand showdown.

  • caseloweraz

    Raven: Boguslawski had 48 bombs in his car.

    What’s in a name?

    Mr. Boguslawski, meet your district attorneys: Mr. Clapuinironski and Mr. Throwawaythekeyski.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Does anyone remember when several years ago the conservative movement collectively shit their pants because the DHS put out a report on violent right-wing extremists? As in, how dare they think anyone right-of-center could be a terrorist? Yeah, me neither.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Mr. Boguslawski, meet your district attorneys: Mr. Clapuinironski and Mr. Throwawaythekeyski.”

    And their temp employee, Tom and Ray (“Click’n’Clack” of NPR’s “Car Talk”) Magliozzi’s Russian chauffeur, Pikop Andropov

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    *snorf* democommie!

  • Michael Heath

    dogmeat writes:

    The sheriff recognizing someone as a member of a wack-a-loon movement and using their terminology for themselves doesn’t quite mean he is granting that person or that movement legitimacy. ;o)

    As an educator I would think you’d be particularly tuned-in on how authority figures sometimes perpetuate and legitimize a falsehood, contra their obligation to not misinform but instead inform. Law enforcement officers have a particularly strong duty to be precise and from my experience, typically are.

    Here we have a sheriff using the bully pulpit in a manner that’ll help popularize the idea with the zealots and perpetuate it with the ignorant. That rather than leverage access to the media to falsify the very notion. It’s similar to a journalist calling Anthony Watts or Chris Monckton climate change skeptics; no, they are not they are something altogether. In this case this person was a potential terrorist, a right wing nutball, who has the loony, idiotic, and false idea he’s a sovereign.

    I understand the failure here by the sheriff is trivial. I’m concerned enough about the aggregate to speak-up, and not just with the so-called sovereign citizens, but instead with sloppy rhetoric that perpetuates all kinds of false framings.

  • comfychair

    Wow, looks like da gubmint really was out to get him. Amazing how accurate a self-fulfilling prophecy can be, ain’t it?

    illdoittomorrow @ #9:

    From the linked article: “It wasn’t clear what purpose the bombs were meant to serve.”

    Christ Jeebus, some people are unwilling to think.

    He didn’t want to blow anybody up because he hated them, he wanted to blow them up to save them. With Freedom. Freedom Bombs.