Oct 19 2009
“We’re watching you. We’re coming after you,” warns Homeland Security. In a July report titled “Return of the Militias,” the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center singled out OATH KEEPERS as “a particularly worrisome example of the Patriot revival” that calls Obama “the domestic enemy the Constitution is talking about.”
I recently reported on the pro-Constitition group, OATH KEEPERS, a nonpartisan group of thousands of current and retired law enforcement and military personnel who vow to fulfill their oaths to the Constitution, by pledging to disobey orders they deem unlawful, including directives to disarm the American people and to blockade American cities.
Here’s the latest from Review Journal via Drudge:
READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States
Depending on your perspective, the Oath Keepers are either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia.
Launched in March by Las Vegan Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers bills itself as a nonpartisan group of current and retired law enforcement and military personnel who vow to fulfill their oaths to the Constitution.
More specifically, the group’s members, which number in the thousands, pledge to disobey orders they deem unlawful, including directives to disarm the American people and to blockade American cities. By refusing the latter order, the Oath Keepers hope to prevent cities from becoming “giant concentration camps,” a scenario the 44-year-old Rhodes says he can envision happening in the coming years.
It’s a Cold War-era nightmare vision with a major twist: The occupying forces in this imagined future are American, not Soviet.
“The whole point of Oath Keepers is to stop a dictatorship from ever happening here,” Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper and Yale-trained lawyer, said in an interview with the Review-Journal. “My focus is on the guys with the guns, because they can’t do it without them.
The Homeland Security report said that “disgruntled military veterans” might be vulnerable to recruitment by right-wing extremist groups. “They’re accusing anybody who opposes Obama of being a racist or a potential terrorist,” he said. “What they’re saying is, ‘We’re coming after you.'”
The motto of Oath Keepers: “Not on our watch!”
The message Rhodes hears from the government: We’re watching you.
READ MORE: REVIEW JOURNAL
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