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The FBI’s Gang Of Clowns

August 14, 2012 by  

The FBI’s Gang Of Clowns
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According to the FBI, fans of these guys are gang members.

The Insane Clown Posse, an oft-kitschy rap group whose members paint their faces in a clown-like manner, likely doesn’t come immediately to mind when you think of groups fighting against police state intrusions upon liberty by the Federal bureaucracy. But the group has become a perfect example of the height of ridiculousness that America’s everyone-is-guilty society has reached.

Die-hard fans of the rap outfit, known as Juggalos, would likely be viewed by someone unfamiliar with the culture with a fair amount of skepticism. After all, the “music” produced by Insane Clown Posse is rife with often-offensive lyrics that describe acts of violence and decadent behaviors. The FBI, however, took it a step further last year by describing Juggalos as members of a “loose-knit gang” on par with the likes of Crypt, Blood and MS-13 gang members in its “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.” Before the FBI classification, four States — California, Pennsylvania, Utah and Arizona — had classified the band’s fans as such.

In its report, the FBI describes the “gang” as follows:

The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although recognized as a gang in only four states, many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence. Law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets, according to NGIC [National Gang Intelligence Center] reporting.

NGIC reporting indicates that Juggalo gangs are expanding in New Mexico primarily because they are attracted to the tribal and cultural traditions of the Native Americans residing nearby.

Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism.

The gang classification of Insane Clown Posse briefly made headlines last year when WIRED contributor Spencer Ackerman pointed out the FBI’s report, but faded in relevance until this month. On Aug. 1, the U.S. Marshals Service issued a press release lauding the arrest of probation violator and “gang member” Mark Anthony Carlson in Texas. Carlson had violated the terms of probation stemming from a previous arrest for armed robbery and was on New Mexico’s most wanted list.

The release states that Carlson is a member of the Insane Clown Posse “Juggalo” gang.

The government’s classification of its fan base as a massive gang, brought back to light by the press release, has prompted Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler) of the rap group to seek legal action against the FBI.

Utlser said of the action: “It’s been almost a year since Juggalos were put on the National Gang Threat Assessment and we are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble it’s causing them. Just because you like a music group, doesn’t make you a criminal.”

With the backing of the legal counsel that represents the record label that produces Insane Clown Posse’s music, the band is seeking self-described Juggalos that have been affected by the FBI’s classification of the fans as gang members.

They said in a recent press release:

We are seeking individuals who have experienced any of the following based on a government employee or other’s knowledge of the Juggalo ‘gang’ status as stated in the 2011 National Gang Assessment:

1. Stopped by Border Patrol (U.S., Canadian or otherwise)

2. Stopped or denied ability to fly on an airline

3. Increased criminal sentencing or denial of parole

4. Transfer of a juvenile criminal offender from juvenile court to circuit (“adult”) court

5. Denial of job opportunity, loss of employment

6. Denial of permit to march, boycott, assemble

7. Denial of a vendor to sell Juggalo merchandise

8. An injunction preventing the Juggalos from congregating in any area, wearing Juggalo clothing, displaying tattoos

9. Pulled over or detained by law enforcement

10. Any other denial of a right, liberty, property

While the classification of people who enjoy the strange music of Insane Clown Posse as gang members may not seem like a problem that pertains to the vast majority of Americans, some people note that it brings up a much broader issue imposed upon the public by the police/surveillance state.

The FBI embarked on a massive “Communities Against Terror” campaign in the past few years and distributes flyers to businesses in a variety of industries to help business owners spot terrorists. The flyers do not identify distasteful music and obnoxious Juggalo tattoos, however, as possible indicators of dangerous persons; they list several innocuous activities that implicate preppers, conservatives, privacy advocates and dissidents as potential terrorists.

The agency, in the same broad manner, has said that disdain for taxes, a dislike for the green movement and support of a gold standard are indicators that an individual could be a ticking time bomb and should be viewed as extremely dangerous by law enforcement officers.

This vitriol toward right-leaning Americans who support smaller government and less bureaucracy is intensified each time any criminal who can be even remotely linked to conservative philosophy by the FBI makes headlines for a horrible atrocity.

It may seem like no big deal that Insane Clown Posse fans are listed as gang members simply for being drawn to a less-than-tasteful genre of music. But what is a big deal is Federal law agencies’ willingness to make broad indictments against people who hold views not of the mainstream to legitimize complete government surveillance.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://www.cindynel.co.za peter

    Just another bunch of badly behaved individuals influencing those of similar iq’s which means they should have an enormous following.

    • http://keith@paintballpartyz.com keith

      you know peter , a long time ago a bunch of bad drunk dudes—WITH PAINTED FACES tossed tea into a boston bay allowing our nation to expand. Back then the british were standing in the way of your forefathers expansion to the west , solution….ANARCHY=FREEDOM. So then the U.S. policy of your grandparents would be to break indian treates, enslaved blacks and others, killing who ever stood in the way of progress. weather you like it or not your DNA is the byproduct of anarchy. and now YOU in your snuggle little world—steady –low-paying job, and your–eye-for-an-eye apple-pie-eaten outa-shape god-fearin friends,,,, want to deny the next generation free speach, because it isn’t —what? AMERICAN!

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Your claim to Freedom of Speech may make you a slave by your own actions since you are posting nonsense. There is a chip on your shoulder but from your one posting cannot tell the size of it. It may be just a chip or it could already be a yoke that you put on all by yourself.

    • eddie47d

      Some of those Tea Party folks in Boston Harbour wanted to make it look like the Indians did it thus the painted faces. (gotta blame someone if the plan fails so why not the Indians). Besides I think most folks can tell the difference between a street gang and protesters standing up for their rights. I’m sure the British looked at those tea dumpers as thugs or troublemakers just like today the Tea Party folks look at OWS as thugs and loudly say so.

  • hooder

    No more freedom of choice, music, thoughts or ideas.

  • jim

    I believe that this band of retards was the very same ones that constanly demanded that a convicted cop killer be set free to murder again. Anything to make a buck.

  • dan

    I suppose all college fraternities
    ( like SKULL AND BONES ) are on the gang watch list ?!

  • Steve

    It would be okay except that several of the Juggalos killed a woman in Ohio and cut her body up to hide it.

    Try looking up any of their song lyrics and read them while watching the YouTube video.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      They just got free publicity from you because there will be idiots that curiousity gets the best of.

  • Tom Cook

    Whoa! I’m a terrorist and never knew it. I thought I was a community serving doctor, former Marine who volunteered for a second tour in RVN. I think Steve Forbes and others are correct and that we should return to the gold standard. I think most of the so-called “green movement” is just hypocritical liberals and youthful stupids who do not pay their way so have no clue about reality. Taxes? The income tax is unConstitutional and the rest of the taxes inflicted on the hard-working by the numbskulls who we allow to get into positions of power by ignoring the danger they pose because they are mostly stupid are for the most part just wasted by those stupid people. All this time I have believed strongly in the wisdom or the founders and the specialness of America and now I find I am a terrorist.

    • Mikey

      No, Tom, you are a patriot! I salute you sir.

  • angel

    this is not new for icp fans, this is the same old game played because they dont fit into modern idealistic model of what america should be in both demos and rep minds. the gang classification is a new low, taste in music does not make someone a gang member. i have listened to icp all my life, i have icp hats, shirts, and etc. i dont believe in gangs, nor do i appreciate being slumped into by social engineering laws. i grew upon icp, i live in the burbs, have a good job happy family healthy kids, and respect the law. indapendent think is considered gang activity then all liberty groups are gangs too, as well as demo and rep for thier hive like mentalilty and sheepish nature. its sad when they cant find anything wrong to crinnimalize kids which this is going to do in the long run. stupid laws, stupid directive, by stupid ppl the same stupid ppl over and over. ignorant

    • eddie47d

      As the article said Angel the Insane Clown Posse uses offenses language,encourages violent acts and decadent behavior. Do you approve of what they advocate or is it strictly the antics that impress you,(like with Kiss).My Son-in-Law’s brother also likes ICP yet he is one violent dude,always drunk and in jail. The music of Happy Days,Perry Como and folk singers are long gone. Some will say good riddance but is the ICP verbiage what we really want.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “angel,”

      I HAVE SOME “GANGSTA RAP” IN MY CD COLLECTION – WHICH INCLUDES ALL GENRES OF MUSIC. RAP MUSIC IS AN “ARTFUL” STORYTELLING OF URBAN LIFE ACCORDING TO [ORIGINALLY] YOUNG-NEGRO MALES. YES, IT CONTAINS PROFANITY, VIOLENCE AGAINST FEMALES, DRUGS/ALCOHOL USE AND DESIRES TO KILL POLICE. YET, THIS IS THE VIEW OF YOUNG NEGRO MALES [AND, OTHER URBAN YOUTH].

      AS A MUSICIAN, I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE ART OF “SAMPLING;” “REAL” MUSICIANS SHOULD SING AND/OR PLAY AN INSTRUMENT. I CONSIDER RAP MUSIC TO BE A FORM OF CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE. SIMILAR ART FORMS ARE THE PRODUCTIONS OF, Russell Simmons – LIKE, “Def Poetry” AND “Def Comedy Jam.”

  • http://personallibertydigest gottaplenty

    Dip as low as you like but you are (what you think) . Brilliant people ,that achieve a proper type of life style pass on that low ebb style of music.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Leftists do not have a perception of humans as Individuals and since they lump all of us in particular groups they only see the attributes and defects of those particular groups.
      So if what comes out of a group is profanity and obscenity and their body “art” from head to toe and parts unknown and particular uniforms, the “goodness” if any is not regarded as existing.
      We have groups that are considered “pious” by the frumpy clothes they wear, the frumpy hairstyles and their busybody works lifestyles. Their souls may be as black as coals but they will be considered good people.

    • eddie47d

      Your first sentence Nadzieja is an oxymoron and not true. Now we could say Conservatives lump all people into categories and that would be more honest. You all consider gays as all the same and a scourge and don’t give a tinkers damn whether it is true or not. That all Mexican Americans are bonafide illegals. That all blacks are members of the Muslims Brotherhood and some say that without hesitation.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “gottaplenty,”

      I AGREE. BUT, IF YOU HAVE AN APPRECIATION FOR MUSIC THAT APPRECIATION SHOULD INCLUDE ALL GENRES. I LOVE WESTERN-ART MUSIC AND COUNTRY MUSIC. I HATE “ELEVATOR MUSIC” [CLASSIC EASY-LISTENING], BUT, I HAVE SOME IN MY COLLECTION.

  • J. Galt

    WELL>>> they are being made a “patsy” group by the man – arrest a Juggalo or two anytime there is a demand for “results” in a case full of dead ends.”Round up the usual suspects” so the agency can look more effective. Not very clever

  • HWLONE

    Where is the tea party on that gang list? Surely as terrorists we are also on that list if not big sis better correct the oversight.

  • Franklyn Molina

    As a 30 year old man who has been a Juggalo since I was 17, I can safely say that I have never been a gang member of any sort, never committed any crimes that they describe, nor have I engaged in vandalism, violence and the like. I’m just a huge fan of their music. As a boy who grew up during the 80′s and 90′s I can very much say that this article reminds me of a dystopian future that I played in an arcade video game that had Aerosmith as part of the cast: Revolution X. Basically, the New World Order of the game, had taken over and pretty much enslaved and brainwahsed young women and children. They had convinced us that everything we liked was wrong; “No video games, no magazines, no music, no television, we have no choice, we have no voice.” It’s starting very much to become a reality, because they want to prohibit any sort of freedom.

    Also let me comment to those who might be reading this and agree that this kind of music is wrong and pretty much agrees with the article. Johnathan Ian Mathers said it best: “Dude, just because it doesn’t conform to YOUR standard concept of musical and lyrical content doesn’t make it BAD. At least they’re pushing musical boundaries rather than sucking on the testicles of ‘normality.’”

    ‘Utlser said of the action: “It’s been almost a year since Juggalos were put on the National Gang Threat Assessment and we are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble it’s causing them. Just because you like a music group, doesn’t make you a criminal.”’

    Well said Shaggy. Well said. Even though I’m too old to dress in the Juggalo fashion; exchanging hoddies and jeans for polo, dress shirts, and slacks, I will continue to be a fan of ICP until they retire. Long live the Constitution, praise the founding fathers, god bless America, Juggalos for life mother lover!

  • SJJolly

    To the straight-laced, establishment types in the FBI, **anyone** at all different is possibly criminal, subversive, or terrorist. (As welll as a good excuse to milk more funding out of Congress).

  • http://PERSONNALLIBERTY MURRAY

    Another Nazi State when the government can turn anything they don’t like or understand
    into something else WE THE PEOPLE MUST LOOK OUT FOR THESE DANGEROUS
    MORONS WITH A LOT OF POWER AND INFLUENCE WITH THEIR SUPER POWERED COMPUTERS. EVERY DAY WE LOSE ANOTHER ONE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. NOW IT MUSIC NEXT IT WILL BE ART THAT YOU SEE IN A MUSEUM OR ON THE STREETS.

  • Ghost

    The government is criminal, and they commit terrorist acts towards other countries, and nobody seems to give a [expletive deleted] at about that.

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