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Insane Clown Posse files lawsuit against FBI to protect the Juggalos

Insane Clown Posse is becoming masked — or at least, face-painted — crusaders in filing a lawsuit against the FBI. In the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, the federal government indicated that the group’s fan base is an emerging criminal gang.

Affectionately alled “Juggalos,” the ICP fans were classified as a “non-traditional gang.” At the annual Gathering of the Juggalos last month, ICP announced it would be seeking legal action against the FBI and their labeling.

On Tuesday, ICP and Psychopathic Records filed a lawsuit fighting for their fans’ rights. In the press release, other large fan groups are named, such as Parrot Heads (Jimmy Buffet fans), Little Monsters (Lady Gaga fans), Beliebers (Justin Bieber fans) and Dead Heads (Grateful Dead fans, of course). The argument, of course, being that none of those fan groups are considered a gang by the FBI.

The website juggalosfightback.com, “a place for ‘los and ‘lettes to be heard,” asks for fans to contribute their stories about any negative consequences as a result of their status as a Juggalo.

Juggalo lawyer, Farris Haddad, is a legal advisor for the case. In the press release, he said, “The FBI either does not have much information backing up their labeling of Juggalos as a national street gang, or if they do, it is so flimsy they are certainly hesitant to share it — because music fans are, simply, not the same thing as a gang.”

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  • 5280BroncosFan

    “because music fans are, simply, not the same thing as a gang.”

    The FBI didn’t make this stuff up and decide to target them. These kids chose to engage in a counter-culture where many of the members commit crimes to feel closer/more in step with the music and movement. We’ve seen this story before, expect it was with inner-city kids that listen to gangsta rap and dress like gang members then try to act appalled when Police treat them gang members. Don’t dress like freaks and associate yourselves with criminals or the Police will treat you like one.

    • TROLL OF BEAST ENT

      Being part of a counter culture is not a crime. COUGH* hippies COUGH.. Most juggalos are not criminals. Gangster rap by definition, involves gangs smart guy, this article specifically refers to the fact they are labeled a ‘gang’ because of the music they are listening to. They should go after the bad apples because using a blanket statement and label is lazy police work and only serves to hurt the fans who haven’t committed any crimes at all.

      • Pixie18

        finally troll someone gets it . I agree with you 100% just like i was telling that one guy that said we were all terrible i mean out of millions of us juggalos and juggalettes . i mean at least 100 to 500 are gonna commit a crime thats there fault and there life they didnt do it because they were a juggalo or juggalette they did it because of them the stuff they did but that one guy wanted to say its all just like the fbi is doing to us.

    • tina hagerling

      The FBI’s categorization of Juggalos as a “gang” is ridiculous. The report cites TWO instances of “suspected Juggalo associates” who were charged with assault and robbery, along with a diffuse description of their criminal activity
      as “sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involving simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism”. Do Juggalos love their counterculture activities, music and reputation? Yep. Are they
      zealots who live, breath and tattoo the hell out of themselves with all things Juggalo? Absolutely. But a threat to America that warrants inclusion on the “National Gang Threat Assessment”? Um, no.

      I spent four solid days with thousands of Juggalos (literally) this August. I didn’t see one fight, instance of violence or anything that made me think I was in any type of danger. And bear in mind that the Gathering takes place on private land – from which any and all law enforcement are prohibited.

      Of course, if it wasn’t Insane Clown Posse fans, it would just be someone else in the crosshairs. If nothing else, the FBI’s choice
      of photos to include in their report should tell you something:

      http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/images/fbi-report-juggalo.jpg

    • mr.hatchet

      dude you know nothing about juggalos were not gang members were faimly it is people like you that dont understand us and fear us because you cant understand us.were faimly world wide whoo whoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mr.hatchet aka michael griffin@miee420247@yahoo.com dont bag on us cuz you dont understand us

    • Pixie18

      We are not a gang and not all of us do horrible stuff im an 18 year old girl that has a love for icp and twiztid music never been arrested once the most trouble i have gotten into is i stayed out past 12 when i was 16. Not all of us are like that and what childish remark saying we dress like freaks we are the outcasted so yes if you think we dress like freaks ill take that but comment on something you know about instead of being judgemental on all people might as well be coming from a person who judges on as all . sense we are all so bad why are me and my friends going to collage at uga one of the top schools in ga. with a 4.0 . dont judge all by a few. You seem like a smart person yet you have the wrong idea.

  • jason blevins

    maybe the tenth time I rolled through Tina’s pics here. Amazing. Captivating. Insightful. Kinda scary, too. I wish there were 100 more.

  • TheLostClown

    Juggalos Need to stand up togeather we are the only big citazin goop that could do anything i am TLC from texas Juggalos who have any ideas what we can do hit me up

    December 1st, 2012 | 102 Comments

    A rumor states that American citizens will be required to be implanted with a microchip in their hand or forehead as part of Obamacare. Is this real or a hoax?

    It’s not true.

    The Rumor: Microchipping and the Book of Revelations

    The rumor states that Obamacare will require all US citizens to be implanted with a tracking microchip. It is often related to prophecy in the book of Revelations in the Bible.

    Revelations 13 states:

    16. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

    17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    One variant of the online rumor states:

    This new Health Care (Obamacare) law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this, Page 1004 of the new law (dictating the timing of this chip), reads, and I quote: “Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment”. It is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin and this chip will be link to our bank accounts as well as have our personal records and tracking capability built into it…

    This is actually two unrelated images: A blood glucose monitor and a diagram of a pet microchip.

    HR 3200

    What rumor mongers are circulating is a complete misinterpretation of part of an earlier bill that was never even passed.

    One of the first attempts at Obamacare was HR 3200, also known as America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. In this bill, there was a section that called for a “National Device Registry.” This was meant to keep a registry of all medical devices. A couple of phrases within this section apparently raised eyebrows of conspiracy theorists:

    ‘‘(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; and

    ‘‘(B) is—

    2 ‘‘(i) a class III device; or

    3 ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining.”

    Seeing “in or on a patient” along with “implantable” are the only things that anywhere resemble the “embedded microchip” rumor.

    This, however, is merely legalese for stating that any devices – inside or outside of a patient – would be subject to the device registry. There was no requirement for a device to be implanted in humans.

    And let’s not forget that HR 3200 was not passed and did not become law. The legislation that eventually became law did not contain the “device registry” nor does it mention RFID chips or implantation of devices.

    The Photo

    A photo is often circulated with the RFID story as “proof” that these microchips exist. The photo, however, is doctored and combines two unrelated images. The first image shows fingers holding a microchip. This is actually microchip to be used in continuous glucose monitoring in humans. The rest of the graphic is taken from a 2008 illustration by How Stuff Works which describing pet microchipping. The words “Pet Microchip” in the original were replaced with “RFID Chip” in the hoax version.

    Sources of original photos: Glucose and Pet Microchipping.

    Full text of HR 3200 here.

    Have you heard this rumor? Give us your take on it!

  • TheLostClown

    Just think Juggalos We are the biggest grope of citizens that could realy do something we are world wide i have faith in my Juggalo Fam