Ala. authorities arrest 2 believed to be in sect

October 28
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a man and his son who are believed to be members of an extremist anti-government sect that threatens law enforcement officials.

Police say 62-year-old Donald Joe Barber is charged with intimidating a witness. His son, 34-year-old Donald Jason Barber, is charged with possession of a forged instrument, possession of burglary tools and attempted burglary.

Police say the two are members of extremist group Sovereign Citizens, which uses “paper terrorism” to threaten law enforcement with false liens, arrest, trial and imprisonment. An investigation into the Barbers lasted 11 months before their arrest.

Donald Joe Barber’s wife, Brenda, told The Associated Press that the two men are not a danger to anyone. She said her husband has bonded out of jail but was unsure about her son.

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