by Sam Hieb
What do the two have in common, you might ask. Greensboro News & Record has the answer:
When anti-government activists seized an Oregon wildlife refuge Jan. 2, people around the world found themselves glued to news of the takeover.
Greensboro police officers Kory Flowers and Rob Finch are part of that group with one distinction: When law enforcement and journalists go looking for experts, it’s likely one or both of these local men are on the shortlist to call.
Both have spent the past eight years studying groups who describe themselves “sovereigns,” men and women the FBI describes as domestic terrorists.
Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen rounds out the story, commenting on sovereigns who file false liens against public officials. Thigpen describes these sovereigns as “people who have been beat up by the economy and feel that politics have failed them….(i)t’s those people who are most open to and vulnerable to certain ideas they believe are most helpful to them and their lives and get taken advantage of, and we don’t want that.”