That Silly Thing About the FBI Classifying Juggalos as a Gang? It's No Joke.

This is an actual figure from a U.S. government document.

Last week, the U.S. Marshal's Service issued a press release with this headline: "Gang Member Removed from New Mexico's Most Wanted." The apprehended menace in question was 20-year-old Mark Anthony Carlson, a white 140-pound male wanted on a felony bench warrant for missing probation. His gang affiliation? The "Insane Clown Posse 'Juggalo'" gang.

Some context: The FBI apparently believes Insane Clown Posse fans are a threat to America. No, really. The government agency made this abundantly clear last fall, when the bureau released its "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment" report on emerging trends and, for the first time publicly, officially classified Juggalos as one such threat--"a criminal organization formed on the street" lumped in with the Crips, Bloods, and MS-13. In a footnote, the 98-page document categorized Juggalos as "traditionally fans of the musical group the Insane Clown Posse" who belonged to a nebulous "hybrid gang" category explained thusly [page 22]:

Because of their multiple affiliations, ethnicities, migratory nature, and nebulous structure, hybrid gangs are difficult to track, identify, and target as they are transient and continuously evolving.
That same definition could be applied to, I dunno, college undergrads, hipsters, off-duty garbage men. But here it's strapped on Juggalos, along with the Latin Kings. ("Social networking websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate and expand," the document also helpfully noted.)

Initially, this seemed amusingly ludicrous, another example of a federal agency looking foolish for its cultural ineptitude. "The FBI has recently had difficulty distinguishing ordinary American Muslims from terrorists," wrote Wired's Spencer Ackerman, who first wrote about the FBI's Juggalo gang-list inclusion. "Now it appears it has a similar problem distinguishing teenage fads from criminal conspiracies." Except that a seemingly silly judgment tucked away in a federal document is beginning to have tangible consequences.

Carlson, whose name wasn't important enough to spell correctly on the press release announcing his capture, had already served a two-year sentence in county jail for convictions related to two armed robberies, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Whether or not he would've been put on New Mexico's Most Wanted List without the Juggalo association is unclear--we're still waiting to hear back from the U.S. Marshal's Office. But the first press release announcing his highly-sought fugitive status suggests Carlson's dangerous because of his explicit affiliation to two face-painted clown rappers.

Mark Anthony Carslon A.K.A. Mark Carlton is wanted on two felony warrants for failing to comply with the terms of probation both on underlying armed robbery cases. Carlson is a member of the Insane Clown Posse "Juggalo" gang. The "Juggalos" were recently classified as a gang by the Albuquerque Police Department Gang unit and it is believed that Carlson is still actively committing armed robberies in the Albuquerque Metro area.

Even more mind-boggling, Carlson's Most Wanted poster:


The Wanted Poster actually says the band name Insane Clown Posse. Do these look like kingpins to you?


Meanwhile, today is the second day of the Gathering of the Juggalos, which has gone smoothly after some initial arrests. Hardin County Sheriff Joyce Cullison, whose jurisdiction includes the festival's Cave-In-Rock location, told us on Tuesday that the FBI hadn't been in touch with her office. "I'm sure they're following them," she said. "They know every move they're making."

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omg that juggalette is using her 2nd amendment right....arrest her now!!!!!!!, dumb ass fbi and atf can suck my dick!!!!!


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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!


Seriously? I happen to personally know several juggalos. The ones that are closest to me are a couple that has 2 children, owns their own house in the suburbs, has a dog and a cat, own their car, have steady long term full time jobs....oh, and squeeky clean criminal records. Neither of then have so much as a traffic violation. Try and tell me that they are gang members, neither of them had to be "beat in", sell dope, or participate in any kind of criminal activity. People are stupid if they believe that all juggalos are gang members and criminals.


i agree I think that if you don't want to be labled as a gang then you should stop acting like one. The area I live in has a good amount of juggalos and juggelettes and I do not know anyone of them to not be involved at some point in some kind of illegal activity that was a direct result from being in their hybrid version of a gang based off of insane clown posse.


 @karma_bestrong Look further than your backyard, then. Not all of us do that stuff. I have never even gotten a speeding ticket. I am what they call straight edge (no drinking or drugs). And I am in college. There are many others like me, too.


If ICP fans don't want to be labeled a gang, they need to stop acting like a gang. Everyone knows about Juggalo beatdowns and ICP fans selling dope. The band has to start exerting some control over their own fanbase. How? Maybe by denoucing criminal activity, something that they have NEVER done.


 @modelbabe2008 ICP fans aren't the only ones selling dope and giving beatdowns so that really has nothing to do with anything....


 @modelbabe2008 hahahahaaha you think so? Try getting to know some of us that dont do that stuff? (: Not all of us are like that.


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