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Another Hero Cop Risks Career To Defend Constitution

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This comes from the We Are Change website.

This is the sort of story I look for every day. Here is a Constitutional-minded Cop who is well spoken, highly intelligent, and presently on administrative leave because – well, because he believes in the Constitution and practices his rights under the Bill of Rights. Oath Keepers, stand by. I’m thinking that most who will watch this video will want to do something to help this guy. He’s beautiful in his righteous defense of our Constitution. I can’t shake his hand from this ice-bound valley in the middle of Montana, but I can send him Oath Keepers’ finest…


Elias Alias, editor


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In honor of the 238th anniversary of the Marine Corps (OORAH!), Oath Keepers is placing billboards outside of Marine Corps bases across the United States. We have already placed a billboard outside of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California (see photo below).

Now we need to do the same at Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, MCB Quantico, outside the Recruit Depos at San Diego and Parris Island, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, the Mountain Warfare Training Center, etc, with the ultimate goal of billboards outside of every Marine Corps base in America. Each billboard will send Marines to a special page on our site dedicated to outreach to Marines.
We have set a goal of $25,000, which should be enough to put up billboards outside of at least four bases, for several months, but if we raise more than that, it will mean we can put up even more billboards, and keep them up longer.


Oath Keepers Billboard on way into MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California.

All funds raised in this campaign will be used exclusively to outreach to current serving Marines, and will be kept separate from our general billboard campaign fund. Every penny will be used first, for billboads outside of Marine Corps bases. That is priority number one. We already have two billboards scheduled to go up outside of Camp Lejeune this next week! Here is what they will look like:

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Off to a great start! The above billboards will go up this next week just outside of two entrances to Camp Lejeune.

Then, once the billboards are up, if we have enough funds left, we will run ads in the Marine Corps Gazette, and then any funds left after that will go to supply our Marine veteran volunteers with outreach materials that they can hand directly to current serving Marines on the way into the bases, such as pocket Constitutions, booklets on particular issues (such as booklets on each of our ten orders we Oath Keepers commit to refusing to obey, beginning with gun confiscation), DVDs, flash drives, and brochures.

We will be doing a similar focused fundraising drive for Army billboards, asking Army veterans and family members to donate for billboards outside of Army bases. So, Marines, don’t let the Army show you up!


Oath Keepers has a well established, strong track record of running a very effective, ongoing billboard campaign. In addition to the existing Marine Corps billboard at Twentynine Palms (which was one of our first), we have successfully placed billboards at: Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas (to protest a Ft. Leavenworth instructor who characterized the Tea Party as a future domestic military enemy); in the Washington D.C. Metro subway station near the Pentagon and at the D.C. Metro stop near the White House (directly calling on Federal employees to blow the whistle on what really happened at Benghazi, and also protesting against NSA spying on Americans); in addition to billboards placed outside of Army bases such as at Ft. Hood, Texas; Ft. Benning, GA; and Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, with the help of Oath Keepers Army veterans in Georgia and Texas (who also passed out thousands of pocket Constitutions at Ft. Hood). Now we need more billboards outside of Marine Corps bases!

From the beginning of Oath Keepers, Marines have had a strong presence within our org. As our dedicated Marines page says:

Here at Oath Keepers, you will find many brother Devil Dogs, both current serving and veterans. Four Marines sit on the Oath Keepers National Board of Directors: Rand Cardwell – a Scout Sniper veteran (who’s son is a current serving Scout Sniper); Jay Stang (son of the late, great anti-communist firebrand and radio host, Alan Stang) who also serves as our Texas Chapter President; David Rivers -Vietnam combat vet who serves as our General Counsel; and Franklin Shook (aka “Elias Alias”) – also a Vietnam combat vet who serves as our site Editor and Montana Chapter President. Other Marines serve in our state chapter leadership, such as Vietnam combat vet Steve Homan, our Nebraska President.

“For me, the Marine Corps is the epitome of all for which the United States stands. Duty and honor to the Constitution, as written, creating a system under which a Nation of Sovereign States are governed by a Sovereign people bound by the freedom to act and take responsibility for those acts. A group of individuals making up a whole, sworn and dedicated to the preservation of the American way of life so help us God.” - David Rivers. Marine Infantry, Vietnam Combat Veteran, Oath Keepers General Counsel

The mission of Oath Keepers is to honor the oath we all took to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to restore the Founders Republic.

That mission is dedicated to the memory of World War II Marine John Adams, who, at the age of 16, lied about his age to join the Marine Corps to fight the Japanese. His enlistment date was December 10, 1941 – just three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He fought across the Pacific, including at Iwo Jima. Read more about him here.


John Adams. Patriot, Marine, and Oath Keeper Extraordinaire


Marines, although I served as an Army Paratrooper (following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, who fought at the Battle of the Bulge), there are many Marines in my family. My father and uncle were Marines, and three of my Great-uncles on my mother’s side of the family fought as Marine riflemen in the Pacific during WWII. Throughout our family history on both sides, we have pretty much gone back and forth between Army Airborne and Marines. And I had the great honor of knowing WWII Marine combat vet John Adams, who was my Father-in-law.

So, I understand the esprit de corps and brotherhood you share, and it was no surprise to me that when I started Oath Keepers, we saw a bunch of Marines and a bunch of Army Airborne step up to the plate to say “here I am, send me.” And ever since, there has been a friendly rivalry between those two groups of dedicated American warriors within Oath Keepers, which only fires them up and furthers our mission.

Now it is your turn to help us use billboards to reach your current serving Marine brothers and wake them up to the danger our Republic is in from domestic enemies. The hour is late, and there is a storm coming. We know those young Marines have courage and honor, because we have seen it in person. But do they know enough about the Constitution to know where the lines are, to know when to refuse unlawful orders, amidst crisis and emergency, here at home? Did they learn enough about our history and heritage in High School, to not be fooled by modern power elites who are repeating history by following in the footsteps of King George, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao?

Don’t think American Marines would ever obey such orders? It is sad to say, but true, that in response to the infamous Twentynine Palms Survey, by Navy Lt. Cmd. Ernest Guy Cunningham, 26.2% of the Marines polled answered either “agree” or “strongly agree”when asked the following in the final question of the survey:

  1. The U.S. government declares a ban on the possession, sale, transportation, and transfer of all non-sporting firearms. A thirty (30) day amnesty period is permitted for these firearms to be turned over to the local authorities. At the end of this period, a number of citizen groups refuse to tum over their firearms. Consider the following statement:I would fire upon U.S. citizens who refuse or resist confiscation of firearms banned by the U.S. government
(_____) (____) (_____) (______) (____)
Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree No opinion

You can read more about that survey here, at our original site.

And here is Commander Cunningham’s speech at our rally on Lexington Green, April 19, 2009:

Sadly, over one-quarter said they would, even in the Marine Corps, who’s motto is Semper Fi.

But over a third also said not just no, but HELL NO. And that is great news. We just need to make more of them!

And we all saw what happened during Hurricane Katrina, where active duty police and military obeyed blatantly unconstitutional orders to confiscate the firearms of peaceable American citizens who were just trying to protect their property and their lives against violent looters. Thankfully, there were some current serving there who refused to go along with such orders. Our mission is to increase the number of those who know what is right, so they will do it.

Let’s make sure what happened during Katrina (or worse!) never happens again. Let’s make sure our Marines know the Constitution well, and let’s encourage them to think in advance about what they will do if such orders come down from command. The domestic enemies of the Constitution, no matter their lust for unlimited power and subjugation of the American people, cannot do it if enough of our active duty refuse to be their muscle.

Because the American people are armed, and because so many of us are veterans, there are just not enough “American Stasi” secret police loyalists to get it done without the U.S. military. And the bad guys know it, which is why they are trying to brainwash our current serving into thinking constitutionalists are enemies of our nation, with recent disclosure of briefings at Fort Hood and Fort Shelby confirming this trend. Read one of the lesson plans here.

That came as no surprise to us, as we had already seen the same indoctrination being conducted by instructors at West Point and at Ft. Leavenworth, which relentlessly tries to conflate and artificially associate constitutionalists with racists and terrorists, which is right out of the Southern Poverty Law Center playbook (also, see this, and this).

The domestic enemies of the Constitution are preparing to make war against traditional, constitutionalist Americans and they are attempting to shape the “future battle-space” in their favor by conditioning the troops to see us as the enemy.

We need to counter that program and shape the future battle-space in favor of the Constitution and the rights of the people. Let’s make sure our warriors know what is right, so they can do what is right. Together, we can save our Republic.

For the Republic!

Stewart Rhodes

Founder and President of Oath Keepers


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Stewart Rhodes at Brave New Books – (Video)

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Stewart Rhodes gave a talk, recently, at Brave New Books in Austin, TX. He talked about our Civilization Preservation Teams concept. If you have committed, or are thinking of committing, to one of these teams. we encourage you to watch this video. – Shorty Dawkins, Oath Keepers Associate Editor

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SPC Cody J. Patterson

Calling all Oath Keepers to stand as Honor Guard this Sunday October 20, 2013 in Corvallis, Oregon for Fallen Soldier SPC Cody J. Patterson

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Oath Keepers along with the Patriot Guards, many students of Oregon State University and many others have been asked to help stand as honor guard to support the family of SPC Cody J. Patterson of Philomath, Oregon to have a proper funeral and to help in building a human shield to protect the family from the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church who is said to be there to protest the funeral.

The sister and aunt of SPC Cody J. Patterson are very pleased that we will be there, they are very thankful for the support.

SPC Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Oregon, died Oct. 6, 2013 in Zhari district, Afghanistan of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Below is video from KEXI 9 TV in Eugene, OR about the Motorcade procession for SPC Cody J. Patterson passing through Philomath, Oregon on October 17, 2013:

We need all able bodied Oath Keepers including friends and family members to join us at Reser Stadium at OSU in Corvallis at NOON on Sunday October 20, 2013. There is a parking structure there where everyone is meeting including the Patriot Guard and many students of Oregon State University.

Address for Reser Stadium: 660 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331

Asking all Oath Keepers to wear Oath Keepers hats and T Shirts and any other Oath Keepers gear you may have. If possible, bring a 3×5 American flag on an 8′ pole to stand in the flag line.

The Corvallis Police are on our side and there will be 80 Army Rangers from Washington coming in support of the family.

There will be Oath Keepers there from all over Oregon and many from Washington State as well.

On Facebook, there are already over 1500 people from all over the state saying that they will be in Corvallis, Oregon on Sunday October 20, 2013. The Facebook event page is called: OSU Supports Cody J. Patterson


Motorcade procession for SPC Cody J. Patterson passing through Philomath, Oregon 10-17-13

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Oath Keepers Remove Barricades from WWII Memorial on Last Day of “Shutdown”

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In keeping with our solemn obligation to preserve the liberty that our World War II heroes fought for, Oath Keepers posted an Honor Guard at the WWII Memorial, beginning on Wednesday morning, October 16, led by 91 year old WWII Army Airborne combat veteran Renn Bodeker, to ensure that the Memorial remained open and accessible to the WWII veterans on Honor Flights, and open to the public, for the duration of the absurd “shutdown” of the Memorial (which made no sense at an open-air memorial made of concrete and stone).

Our concern was that in between large demonstrations, there was a risk that WWII veterans would be denied access.  We made sure that didn’t happen.

WWII veteran Renn Bodeker flew in from Montana on Wednesday morning and promptly led the Oath Keeper Honor Guard in dismantling the silly ‘Barrycades’ and carrying them across the street, where they were left on the grass on the other side, in front of the Washington Memorial.  People were already ignoring the barricades and walking around them to enter the Memorial, but Renn found the presence of barricades around the WWII Memorial so offensive and absurd that he couldn’t stand to see them up.  So, they came down!


WWII Airborne Hero Renn Bodeker Leads the Way in dismantling the “Barrycades,” Assisted by Navy SEAL Veterans Ben Smith and Shannon Rusch, and Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes


Renn attracts a journalist during his “2nd jump behind enemy lines”

Stewart’s Account of What Happened:

When Renn and I arrived at the Memorial, he told us he couldn’t stand the sight of the damned barricades so we resolved to remove them.  Nobody tried to stop us (frankly, we did it so fast we were inside the reaction time of the police).  Some police officers did finally show up, just as we were finishing.  They were very polite and respectful when speaking with Renn.  When the lead officer asked “if we bring all these back, you’re not going to do it again, are you?” Renn replied, “won’t promise anything.”

The officers let us know that they were veterans too, and understood why we were doing this.  Clearly, they were in no hurry to see the barricades back up, and for most of the day, there were NO barricades up at the WWII memorial at all, as it should be. Mission accomplished.  An eye-sore and blight upon the honor of our veterans had been removed, yet again. On Sunday, thousands of veterans had “stormed the ‘Barrycades’” and had torn them down, marked them “Return to Sender,” and marched to the White House, where they deposited them in front of the fence, but those barricades had been promptly replaced on Monday, and had been up again since.

We enjoyed a peaceful, serene day at the Memorial, and talked to many WWII veterans, Honor Flight volunteers, and High School students on tour, who very much enjoyed hearing Renn’s account of how he and his brother paratroopers parachuted in behind enemy lines to rescue 2,100 POWs at the Los Banos prison camp in the Philippines before the Japanese guards could kill the prisoners.

Unfortunately, late in the afternoon, a work crew showed up in trucks with NEW barricades and put them in place, yet again annoying the hell out of our WWII veterans and their families.

We had some spirited debate with the work crew about how they were “just following orders”  much like was done in Germany, and were getting ready to take the new barricades down when a police Captain arrived and talked to us, very respectfully, telling us that a “compromise” to end the shutdown was in the works, and asked us to hold off on removing the barricades again until we saw whether that happened, and assured us that people would have access to the Memorial, with some wide space at each side of the barricades for folks to get in.  Renn agreed to that, and said he would wait till Thursday morning to see what happens.  He was our “commander” for the day, and we deferred to him.  If the barricades had remained up on Thursday morning, we would have taken them down again.


Police Captain speaking with Renn and the other Oath Keepers (we were getting ready for a group photo before starting “round two” when he walked up)


Felt damn good to take down those stupid ‘Barrycades’ and dump them across the street.

All, in all, it was a good day.   The primary purpose was to make sure the WWII veterans had access to their memorial, and we also managed to remove the eye-sore of the ‘Barrycades’ for most of the day.   Many people thanked us,  and especially thanked Renn, and he had a blast.  He did an interview with ABC, and a Norwegian news crew, and we have more video and pics that we will post ASAP.

The Obama Administration had amply demonstrated its desire to shut down the Memorial and deny access, including trying to keep out WWII veterans on once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight trips.    To their honor, from day one the WWII vets ignored the stupid signs and barricades, and went in anyway, and that set the precedent for all others to follow, with thousands of Americans ignoring the signs and entering the Memorial each day since.

We did not want to risk even the chance that a WWII veteran would be denied access, so we established the Honor Guard.  The “shutdown” is now apparently over, and the barricades have finally been removed by the government work crews, but the fiasco and absurdity of placing barricades around the WWII Memorial has awakened many Americans to the arbitrary, Alice-in-Wonder Land mentality that dominates in D.C., and rekindled the spirit of civil-disobedience – lead by our WWII veterans.   It is sad that in their twilight years those who fought arbitrary, capricious, oppressive government abroad had to fight it here too, but we are glad they led by example and reminded us of our great obligation to preserve what they fought so hard for.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers

Note: Stewart flew World War II hero Renn Bodeker to D.C. from Plains, Montana, to join the action.   Renn is one of Oath Keepers’ cherished – and distinguished – members. In this video Renn is talking about his combat parachute jump into the Japanese prison camp at Los Banos, Philippines, in early 1945.   Last year Renn went on his own Honor Flight to the memorial, and Stewart flew there with him.  Now Oath Keepers has flown Renn back for an unexpected 2nd trip from Montana to D.C., so Renn could lead the Oath Keepers Honor Guard.

Enjoy as Renn recalls his famous parachute jump which saved over two thousand American lives in 1945.  We apologize for the terrible audio.  Unfortunately, the camera mic picked up surrounding conversations, but the content is still worth a listen:

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Calling All Patriots! Oath Keepers Establishing Rotating Honor Guard to Ensure WWII Veterans’ Access to Their Memorial

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Time to Back Up World War II Vets as They Continue to Storm ‘Obama Beach’

First Honor Guard Shift:

Wed., October 16 to Sunday, October 20

Every Day, Dawn till Dusk (you pick the day(s) you can serve)

World War II Memorial, Washington D.C. (and other D.C. area war memorials, if we have enough volunteers)

To Volunteer, RSVP by posting a comment to this article, giving us at least your first name, and telling us what day(s) and times you can be there, at the WWII memorial. See below for more details.

In yet another intolerable act, the Obama Administration has ordered the barricades back up at the World War II memorial, even after angry veterans, Oath Keepers, and dedicated citizens tore down the barricades at the World War II memorial on Sunday, and dumped them at the White House gates.

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Barriers Back Up on Monday Morning. Some men you just can’t reach … Obama Needs Another Trip to the Woodshed.


Clearly, Obama thinks that what happened over the weekend was a mere flash in the pan, and now he can get back to his perverse, calculated, vindictive insult to our WWII veterans, by yet again shutting down their memorial.  We need to prove him wrong.

On Sunday, the veterans made sure the Memorial was open to the WWII vets, and many Oath Keepers were there, directly helping.  There were no Honor Flights on Monday, and on Tuesday there will be another mass protest by The Military Coalition, so, they have Tuesday covered.  But our concern is that on Wednesday, and thereafter, when the crowds and cameras are gone, the barricades will go back up yet again, as they did today.   There are Honor Flights scheduled for everyday this week, and those WWII veterans need to be guaranteed access too.

Therefore, starting Wednesday, October 16, Oath Keepers is establishing a rotating “Honor Guard” of volunteer veterans and concerned Americans at the WWII Memorial, to ensure that WWII vets can get in to pay their respects to their fallen brothers in arms.   They risked all, in combat, to stop arbitrary, oppressive governments over there.  We need to step up and keep them from being victimized by arbitrary, oppressive government here.  Let’s get it done!

Oath Keepers will take the first shift of this rotating standing Honor Guard, from dawn to dusk each day, from Wednesday, October 16, through Sunday, October 20.  All veterans, and all concerned Americans, are invited to join us in this vigil.

We also call on other veterans groups to commit to taking the next shift, starting Monday morning, October 21, so we can maintain an unbroken Honor Guard, dawn till dusk, for as long as this Shutdown lasts.   Please contact us if you are part of a veterans group that can take over on Monday, or thereafter, and please put “Group Volunteering to Take Over Honor Guard,” in subject line.

World War II Airborne combat veteran Warenn (Renn) Bodeker, from Plains, Montana, will be leading the Oath Keepers standing guard Wednesday at the WWII Memorial.

On February 23, 1945, Renn, along with his brother paratroopers of Co. B, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, parachuted in at dawn’s early light, 40 kilometers behind enemy lines, into the Los Banos prison camp and rescued 2,100  prisoners of war – men, women, and children – from their brutal Imperial Japanese guards, before those guards could slaughter them, as they had planned (read more about Renn, and that daring rescue, here).

Now Renn will be making one last “jump” behind enemy lines, this time into Washington D.C., with bolt-cutters in hand, to make sure his brother WWII veterans can continue to get into their memorial.


Ready to Stand in the Door One Last Time, at Age 90

I will be escorting Renn on this final mission to help liberate the WWII Memorial.   I had the honor of escorting him on an Honor Flight to D.C. last year, and Renn understands what those flights mean to the veterans, and he knows first hand the reality that many of his fellow WWII vets on those Honor Flights are in ill health and that for many of them, it will be their last trip, and they will have only that once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the memorials.   There will be no do-overs for them, and with approximately 60 WWII vets dying every day, some of them won’t even be around when this damnable shutdown ends.  So, the time is now to stand with them, and help them to get into their memorial, and any other veteran’s memorial they want to visit.

As I said the other day, in our previous call to action, you volunteers need to place yourselves under the command of the World War II veterans, and go there to be their “arms and legs” to get done WHATEVER they want done so they can see their memorial.   Go with the conviction that you are not under the command of the police, not under the command of the Park Service, and not under the command of Obama.  You are under the command of the World War II veterans, and only the World War II veterans.

Don’t try to stop the Park Service employees from putting up the barricades, but when a World War II veteran needs to get in, help them get in just as was done over the weekend.

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Best Way to Thank a WWII Vet for His Service is to Make Sure He is Treated With Simple Decency and Respect, by Being Able to Visit the Memorial Erected in His Honor, the Politicians be Damned.

We will start first with the World War II memorial, but if we have enough volunteers, we will also post Honor Guards at other memorials, such as the Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine vets are, of course, welcome to put their focus on establishing a Marine vet Honor Guard there, if they want), the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, etc.   Please come to the WWII memorial first, if at all possible, to coordinate with us, and to be sure that at least the World War II memorial is open to the WWII vets.  Many hands make light work, so please join us in this effort.   While veterans have a special obligation to keep the memorials open, you don’t have to be a veteran to volunteer – just a dedicated American who wants to see our WWII veterans respected and honored.

If you are certain that you will be answering the call and will be there, please RSVP below in the comments, letting us know what day or days you can be there, in D.C. to help.  Please don’t commit to it unless you are certain you will follow-though, since we will be counting on you.

We know that many people have fallen on hard times, and while willing to go to D.C. to stand guard, they may be financially strapped.  So, as part of this effort, Oath Keepers is establishing a special, dedicated fund to help cover volunteer’ travel expenses, with every cent donated going to that purpose only, just as we have done in previous special fundraising campaigns, such as our billboard campaign (which places billboards outside of military bases).   So, even if you cannot join us in DC to stand guard over the WWII memorial, please consider making a donation to help others get there.

To donate to that special travel expense fund, please go here:

To volunteer to be an Honor Guard, RSVP by posting a comment below, letting us know at least your first name and what day(s) and times you can be there, at the WWII memorial.   See you there!

We are confident that our members and supporters will step up to help out, as they have done in the past, but we don’t know how big the response will be, and therefore cannot promise that every volunteer will be reimbursed for 100% of their travel expenses, but we can promise that whatever funds come in will be used exclusively to reimburse volunteers.

Maryland Oath Keepers Chapter President Bob Shirley will be in charge of distributing the reimbursement funds (most likely in the form of cash).  We only ask that volunteers commit to at least one full day of standing guard, and if your travel expenses go over $200.00 we ask that you commit to two days, if at all possible.  And volunteers are asked to please bring receipts for travel expenses (gas, food, lodging, airline tickets, etc.) and give them to Bob Shirley or his designated assistants.  we MUST have some kind of receipt, or at least a copy, in order to reimburse you.

Once this mission is accomplished, if there are any funds left over in that special fundraising account, those funds will be donated to Honor Flight.

We have a chance to help the World War II veterans continue to set the example for other Americans to follow, to turn the tide and begin the long, hard road of restoring our Republic.  They fought, and defeated, the foreign enemies of our Republic.  Let’s help them fight the domestic enemies.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers


WWII Heroes Getting Ready to Jump in Behind Enemy Lines. Time for One More Jump!



To better understand what a visit to the Wold War II Memorial means to a WWII veteran, watch this video, and then help us make sure the memorial stays open, no matter what:

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Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams


Oath Keepers is instructing it’s 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and eventually to assist in forming and training town and county militias (established by official act of town and county elected representatives). We want our chapters to organize themselves as a working model that we can then take to other veterans organizations, such as the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, etc. in each town and help them establish such teams within their already existing veterans halls.  And likewise, to serve as a model and training cadre to help churches, neighborhood watches, and any other civic organization organize.

We are basing this on the Special Forces model, which has a twelve man “A team” of specially trained soldiers who are inserted into a community to train and lead that community in resistance to oppressive regimes (hence their motto: “De Oppresso Liber).   SF’s primary mission is to teach, organize, and lead, rather than to directly fight. They can fight, of course, but they are most dangerous as a force-multiplier by helping an entire community to fight. We will do the same – be force multipliers to help prepare communities so they can preserve civilization by providing their own security, disaster relief, infrastructure preservation, emergency communications, strategic food reserve, and medical care.

In an SF team, there are:

Two communications experts.

Two Medics.

Two Combat Engineers (who can do more than demolitions. They can also build bridges, dig wells, install water-treatment, irrigation systems, etc. ).

Two weapons experts.

An Operations NCO.

An Assistant Operations NCO who also does intelligence.

A commanding officer, and his assistant commanding officer.

Each SF soldier is first trained to be light infantry. They all go through Army Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT)(usually at the Infantry School at Ft. Benning), Airborne School, and then the SF Selection course, where they learn land navigation (including a difficult timed night land-nav course), wilderness survival (including a graded field “survival” exercise), and patrolling (including reconnaissance, ambushes, raids, reacting to ambush, movement to contact, etc), along with a timed ruck march, obstacle course, rappelling out of helicopters, and hand-to-hand. And then they learn their specialty of one of the above – medic, commo, engineer, weapons, etc. Then they put it all together in a field training final phase where they are dropped into the fictitious country of “Pineland” (in the mountains and forests of North Carolina) and have to teach and lead the indigenous people (played by other recruits waiting to enter the training) in irregular warfare against the enemy.

Then, once they graduate and make it to Group, they all cross train, each specialized team of two training the others so they are all pretty good at all tasks, but experts within their chosen specialty. They bring each-other up to a high standard of capability. And by having two of each specialty, they have redundancy (two is one, and one is none) and the ability to split into two teams of six if needed. They can function as a very capable fighting squad if they need to, but their primary mission is to train and lead others in irregular warfare.

Oath Keepers is using that successful model and adapting it to our mission, to form Oath Keepers “Civilization Preservation Teams” (we have already received critical input from some of our Special Forces members, and are actively seeking more input from others within the Special Forces community)

The following is a preliminary draft of what we intend to do, to be further modified and improved with our members’ continued input. This is not written in stone – it is just a start.   All who read this, please help us make it better by leaving in the comments your suggestions for improvement.  What are we missing?  What needs to be changed?  How can we make it better?

So far,we plan to have the following in each Operational “Field” Team:

Two Communication Experts

Two medical experts (with a special focus on grid-down emergency medical and wilderness medicine)

Two Engineers To assist with fuel, shelter, emergency power, clean water, sewage, etc. build bridges, clear roads, construction, facilitate field distribution of supply and logistics, etc.

Two Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) specialists (who focus on the critical need for food reserves for the whole team, dependents, and especially for the community and who distribute food aid in the field).

Four to Six “Scouts.”

All Scouts will train extensively in tracking, land navigation, search and rescue, reconnaissance and observation, precision rifle shooting, wilderness survival and other “bush skills,” camouflage, small unit tactics, and patrolling (and then will serve as a teaching cadre to cross-train all other team members in the basics of all of those skills). But within each Scout sub-team will be, ideally:

a. Two tracking experts

b. two precision shooting experts

c. Two close combat and small unit tactics experts

Those are the operational specialties and sub-teams within each field team at this time. Each specialty will train in-depth and become true experts in those sub-category skills.

As of now, our intent is for each field team of 12-14 people to elect their team leader and assistant team leader themselves, from within their own team. But let us know if you think it should be done a different way, and if you think that once a team leader and ATL are elected, that their slots need to be filled with other people joining the team. Can they lead and still do their specialty, or is it important enough that they concentrate on leading (including intelligence functions and liaison with military, police, local government, state, other groups, etc.) that they should not be expected to perform field duties within their specialty, but instead an additional person should be added to the team to fill those slots? Let us know what you think.

Within each chapter will also be a Support Team (Logistic Supply/Support Group (LSG).

This will be an auxiliary to assist the Field team with supplies and transport. The people within that support team will also train extensively with the field team. Picture older veterans with extensive knowledge, but who no longer feel fit enough to go out into the field. They can serve as trainers, and then as support for operations, and as part of a field HQ to give direction and advice over the radio to the field units. They can also drive vehicles, prepare shelter and rear -recovery area for the teams, etc. For example, imagine an old Marine Scout Sniper vet with bad knees, or an old Special Forces vet with a bad back. Neither of them will likely be interested in humping a ruck up and down mountains, but they can sure train the hell out of the younger guys.  Ditto for retired medics and communications/radio men.  Their knowledge is priceless, and can and will save lives and could save our country, if properly applied and then amplified and spread.  They can train the Field Teams, and make sure they really know what they are doing, with no bull allowed, and then they can be there as part of the Support Team, and as part of the HQ element that is likely going to be with the Support Team.

Within that support team, will be critical supply and logistics personnel, such as strategic food reserve, who get the food ready to go and help deliver it to the field SFR personnel, and same for back-up and support for the other Field Team specialists. And also within that team will be general supply and logistics, motorpool, and base station and portable HQ communications experts, an intel team, and a base station medical team which may even be able to set up a mobile field hospital (presuming the expertise is available, and the supplies).    Along side the support team will be a chapter headquarters unit, consisting of the local chapter leader and assistant chapter leader.  We will flesh this out with more formal structure shortly.

So far, that is it for the field team(s) an the support team. What  are we missing? Anything need to be added, or changed?

Within each chapter should also be the following sub-teams for use both during “normal” times and also during emergencies:

Peace Officer Liaison and Sheriff /posse Team. Focused on making sure the local Sheriff is a “constitutional Sheriff” who understands the Constitution and the duty to defend it, and making sure there is a posse to back the sheriff up, but also reaching out to city police and deputies. This team would preferably be led by a retired peace officer, who will get to know all local police.  That team will also serve as the HQ liaison between the chapter HQ and local, state, and federal law enforcement (with a focus on the locals).

Military and National Guard Liaison. To communicate with and build relationships with local military and national guard units, and serve as liaisons during operations.

Neighborhood Watch Team. To help form neighborhood watches throughout the local community and liaison with them.

Local Government Team. To get to know the local town council, county government, judges, county attorney, etc, and observe each town and county government meeting. This is the team that will draft and introduce militia bills, posse bills, and nullification bills, among other items to support liberty at the local level, and will help liaison with them all during emergencies.

Intelligence Team.   To gather, analyze, and disseminate intelligence on who is doing what, where, when, and why.

Chapters can form additional teams as needed in their own area and circumstances, but those are the basics.

Like SF, all Oath Keepers will be expected to learn light infantry skills
. They will all be encouraged to attend an Appleseed Rifle Program and shoot to “Rifleman” standards. Just as the Marines say that every Marine is a Rifleman (even the cooks) so will every Oath Keeper be a rifleman. After learning solid rifle marksmanship, they will learn individual movement and tactics, then buddy team, fire-team, and squad movement and tactics (shoot, move, communicate). All of you infantry veterans need to step up and teach these skills to everyone else. So, it is not just the Scouts who will learn those skills – everyone on a field team will learn them, and even the support team members should at least train in the basics so they can defend themselves.

All will learn land navigation, basic wilderness survival, basic first aid and combat lifesaver skills, and basic patrolling and small unit tactics.

as in SF, each will pick one (or two, if they have the time) specialty sub-categories to train in-depth in, and then each will cross train in other specialties. Ideally, all would at least be exposed to training in tracking and precision shooting. With other team members training to a high state of capability, and available to cross-train other members, the only real limitation is time to train. Each has a focus, but is encouraged to cross-train extensively.

Within a chapter, when you get enough people to form more field teams, you do it. Replicate and multiply them like cells dividing and multiplying.

All who are interested in each specialty will train together for two months, and then form the field teams and train as a whole team.  For example, if ya chapter had four or five people interested in the medical specialty, they would all train together, to set training goals, standards, gear selection, SOPs, etc (with bonafide medics, corpsmen, and EMTs taking the lead, but anyone would be welcome to train for the team who commits to that track).  They train together for two months before you set up any Field Teams, but even after they are sent into field teams, those medical track personnel still get together for ongoing training among themselves. Within each two man sub-team, the one with the most knowledge is the lead between the two. For example, a prior service medic or corpsman would be paired up with a newbie who would serve as his apprentice while the newbie gets trained up. All would be encouraged to seek formal training, such as local college EMT classes, Wilderness Medicine classes, and tactical medicine classes (which are rare, but do exist for civilians). But no one would be turned away just because they are new to the field. All who are committed to that specialty track will be welcome, but expected to train their butts off, and they will be under the direct supervision of those with more training (by the way, this is how volunteer fire departments do it. The older and wiser guys train the newbs).

And the same for all the other specialties. What will be of utmost importance is that those with real-deal experience and professional training in any of the above need to step up and help train up these specialties and sub-teams within their local chapter and community. Duplicate yourself, replicate yourself! Teach others what you know, and help them form up into working teams. Even if you are too old, injured, or whatever to go out into a field situation humping a ruck, you can still teach, and help them get squared away.

And remember, the primary mission is to build up a competent training cadre, as force multipliers, with a working model, to then get the local veterans groups to form up similar teams within their local veteran hall, and then to go out and help the community form similar teams in neighborhood watches, mutual aid associations, within churches, and then within the broader town and county. Therefore, all the medics, even the older guys who are not able to go into some field conditions, will be on the teaching team when they go out to teach others during “normal” times. Ditto for all the other specialties.

And so, you should not just be forming these teams within your local Oath Keepers chapter and helping local veterans halls do the same, but also within your own family and circle of friends, and within your own neighborhood (who’s on your buddy team, who’s on your fire team, who’s on your squad?). Start a neighborhood watch and then build a solid field team and a support team within your own neighborhood.

When the crap hits the fan, you need well-trained people around you, with complementary skills, who can help you get through. Like Kevin Reeve of Onpoint Tactical says: “training trumps gear. And community trumps both training and gear.” You can’t know it all, or do it all, and you have to sleep sometime.   So build a team, build community, and preserve civilization.It starts with you, your family, your small circle of most trusted friends, then your neighborhood, your church, your veterans halls in your town, the Sheriff’s posse, the local search and rescue, volunteer fire, etc., and then out to your county and state. WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:

In addition to this being part of our mission anyway, we feel like we are flat running out of time and we need to get as prepared as possible as fast as possible. The Oath Keepers national Board of Directors war-gamed what we think is the most likely move by our enemies to scrap the Constitution. On the BOD at the time were a Special Forces Major, an Army Ranger, and a Marine Scout-sniper veteran, as well as a retired Navy Commander and several Vietnam combat vets, and several other combat arms veterans. Playing devil’s advocate, and putting themselves in the enemy’s shoes, we estimated that the most effective course for “them” to follow would be to:

1. Intentionally trigger a catastrophic economic collapse as an economic “neutron bomb” (kills the people, but leaves the land intact). With the current intentional lack of a Strategic Grain Reserve, our population is in a strategic “checkmate” position where an economic collapse could be a near-extinction event for our population. During the Cold War, the U.S. government maintained three years worth of grain in a Strategic Grain Reserve for the entire US population because they knew that in the wake of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union, it could take three years to recover and grow crops again. Without that reserve, those who survived the exchange would starve to death before they could possibly restart growing enough food. We now have no such Strategic food reserve, which means that any catastrophic interruption in food delivery could kill millions of Americans. Such a disruption could occur because of even a limited nuclear exchange, an EMP strike (either man-made, or natural, as a result of solar activity), or, an economic collapse.

Currently, our economy is in such a weak state that an economic collapse could be intentionally triggered at any time. Because of the lack of a food reserve, and because few Americans store food on their own, such a collapse would lead to mass starvation, just like in the aftermath of a nuclear exchange.

The US government is spending billions of dollars on ammunition, armored vehicles, and weapons for DHS and local police. It is spending nothing on food for the people. They are preparing to control and contain us, and to shoot us, but not preparing to feed us. Why is that?  You know the answer.

2. Let the country descend into chaos. A national economic collapse would be like a “national Katrina” but lasting far longer, and because it is nation-wide, it would be far more intense. The cities would implode. All the government would have to do is contain them and let them implode. in the midst of that chaos, they could also do a decapitation strike on the leaders of the liberty movement, but other than that, “They” could just sit back and wait a month, two months, or three to be really sure the people are at a maximum level of starvation, weakness, and chaos, and then:

3. Ride in like the cavalry, to “save” us by means of martial law and scrapping our constitution once-and-for all. They could blame the collapse on the so-called “free market” and on not having enough government power, and they could blame delays in relief on the “extremists” in the patriot movement (i.e. “we would have gotten the food trucks in sooner, but the extremists were ambushing our safety check-points and resisting the necessary relocation to relief camps”). Their ready to go solution would be a world-wide version of the Fed, and a world wide government. People would be told to “just turn in your guns, and you’ll get food” and “just turn in the extremists, and you’ll get food.”

ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS: To the above, we now add Brandon Smith’s insight that with a war in Syria, the elites can trigger an economic collapse with a war – with Russia and China using economics as a weapon in retaliation. All China would have to do is dump US treasuries and refuse to trade with US dollars. That would begin the final death-spiral of the dollar.

The Chinese would be blamed for the collapse, rather than the banksters. “They” would tell the American people that the evil Chinese are to blame for the death of the dollar, and anyone who resists the “emergency measures” by the US government would be accused of aiding the enemy. They would say “domestic extremists took advantage of the Chinese economic attack on us to push their own racist and extremist anti-government agenda, making the collapse worse by attacking peace-keepers and international relief volunteers, and by attacking and resisting US officials who were trying to restore law and order.”

It is because of the systemic weakness of the American people, and our strategic checkmate position of having no strategic food storage and no effective local security, that we feel the need to take Oath Keepers operational and put our focus on each chapter being a training cadre to get their communities as prepared and organized as possible in whatever time we have left.

We urge you to presume the worst in the short term, and to work in three or four month sprints – assume that a collapse will be triggered this fall/winter and do all you can to get yourselves and your communities ready.

If it doesn’t happen in the next four months, then do another sprint, of three or four more months of preparation. And keep going until it happens – which it will eventually, no matter what anyone does. The dollar is doomed.

We encourage each individual to build a food reserve, to set aside food for their neighbors (10% of their food is for others), and to have basic communications (at least a hand-held dual band radio), basic medical, and water purification, shelter, and weapons and ammo.   We will post more details on our recommendations for preparedness in a follow-up post.

Everyone is encouraged to use the above team building model and template to build a team within their family, extended family, and friends, and to then do the same in their neighborhoods, and in their civic organizations. From the individual, to the family, neighborhood, civic org, town, county, and state. Bottom up.

OK. Let us know how to improve the above.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes
Founder and President of Oath Keepers

PS -    As a reminder and clarification, from the beginning of Oath Keepers we have had two prongs to our mission:1. Reinforce the oath-keeping of the current serving.2. Reinforce the oath-keeping of the veterans (and any citizens who want to join us in our efforts).

From the start, we have been about more than just RTI to the current serving, and well over a year ago we launched our Operation Sleeping Giant, to help put more focus on waking up veterans groups and on the critical need for people to implement preparedness, security, economic independence, and local sovereignty, in their local communities as part of our effort to restore the Republic from the ground up.

However, that aspect of our mission has still not gotten the attention it deserves among our members. All too often I see and hear members describing their mission as just “RTI” to the current serving and not fully implementing the other half of our strategy.

So, to bring that second prong of our mission back where it belongs – with equal attention paid to it along with RTI to the current serving – we will be including the Operation Sleeping Giant mission on our main website, rather than having it on some sister-site (which is not getting it done).

And, most importantly, we will be instructing our members, and our local and state chapters, to form up into operational mutual-aid and community-aid teams, just like we are asking the veterans groups to do. Some of our local chapters are already doing this, but we need to make it a nation-wide effort, and a main part of our mission.

We have been asking VFW halls, Marine Corps League halls, etc. to see themselves as a unit, as a source of stability and aid to their communities, as the pool of manpower that can serve as a civil defense unit for their town and county, as the Sheriff’s Posse, and as a pool of manpower that can serve as the militia for their community (preferably established by formal act of their city or county government). Likewise for churches, neighborhood watches, etc.

If we are going to ask veterans groups, and neighborhood watches, to see themselves as such a unit, then we need to do the same within our own org, and especially within our local chapters at the town and county level. That way, when we talk to veterans groups, we won’t be asking them to do anything that we are not doing ourselves, and we can also work out the bugs and have a working model for what we want them to do.

The ultimate goal is not to have all the veterans join Oath Keepers and have a bunch of Oath Keepers teams doing all the work in each town and county. Instead, the ultimate goal is for us to help them get their already existing veterans orgs organized into well trained (and training), well equipped, and organized teams. And, even broader than that, the goal is to enlist their help in then establishing strong neighborhood watches throughout their community, and then strong town and county level civil-defense units, posse, and ultimately, strong town and county militia, on the way to fully restoring the state militia.

As I said above, think of this as a Special Forces type mission. SF can do direct action, but their primary job, and what makes them a serious force multiplier, is to train and then lead others.

An SF A team is first and foremost a cadre of teachers, who help organize and train others to take care of themselves.

That is how we should see ourselves. Our primary job is not to have Oath Keepers try to be the security force in our towns and counties, but to help the entire community, and key parts of it, get their crap wired tight so they can take care of themselves. That way, we are a force multiplier, much like SF. Trust me, our enemies will not be happy about us doing this! They would much rather we try to form ourselves into some exclusive, members-only “militia” that will only get so big. They don’t want us going into already existing veterans orgs and reactivating those veterans and helping them turn their local VFW into a working unit. Nor do they want us to help folks establish effective neighborhood watches (with teeth) and effective mutual aid associations in churches, Tea Party groups, and at the town and county level. Nor do they want us to help form up a posse to back a good sheriff.

So, let’s do what they don’t want us to do.

And let’s lead by example for the following reasons:

1. So we walk our talk. We can say with a straight face that we are not asking anyone else to do anything we are not doing ourselves.

2. So we have a working model of what we want other groups to do, where we work out the bugs on what works, and what doesn’t, and which they can adopt as an easy, “turn-key” solution, with our recommended structure, SOPs, recommended training priorities, and equipment lists. Of course, they can adapt and modify what we do to their particular needs, but at least we can offer them a good start by our own example.

3. So we have a solid training cadre of specialists in key skills who can then work to replicate themselves both within our org and also within the broader community. And a big part of that replication will be to get other veterans orgs to realize they already have members of their halls who have unique knowledge who can serve as their own version of an operational team as well as a cadre of trainers who then go out and train others in the community.


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DHS Detains Oath Keepers Heading To Gun Rally

Come and take itThis video was originally produced by

Liberty lovers gathered at the Texas capitol building to show appreciation for the U.S. Constitution.

Some arrived late however, having been detained by the Department of Homeland Security for using a public walkway to pass by a federal building.

One of the DHS agents was not even aware that in Texas, it is legal to carry a longarm.

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Many Orange County Events Coming Up!

We have many events coming up starting this Friday August 30, 2013. Please visit our EVENTS page for more information.

global_101683592Friday, August 30, 2013 9:00 AM
Orange County Superior Court – Dept C40 – RE Kelly Thomas.


Saturday, August 31, 2013 and Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Civil War Reenactment – Huntington Beach Central Park


Sunday, September 1, 2013 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Labor Day Picnic – Potluck Dinner – At: Pittsford Park in Lake Forest


Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Calling all HB Residents to attend HB Task Force Meetings
At: Main Street Library in Huntington Beach, CA


Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM
The Restoring Responsibility Tour with Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman

Please visit our EVENTS page for more information.

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Oath Keeper Founder, Stewart Rhodes, Speaks At The Inaugural Oath Keepers Sponsored, “Northwest Patriots And Self-Reliance Rally”

Stewart Rhodes speaks at the Northwest Patriots and Self-Reliance Rally in Athol, Idaho.

This article and video come from the Northwest Liberty News.

by James White.

Athol, Idaho (NorthWest Liberty News) – Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, puts it all into perspective Saturday evening while speaking at the event his organization sponsored.  Over 1300 guests passed through the gates during the 3-day gathering held at Farragut State Park in northern Idaho, while over 100 volunteers and vendors handled the grunt work and showcased their wares.  Workshops were held throughout the day, while featured speakers held the audience captive during the late afternoon hours, and into the night.  Live music was provided by Moses Wiley Bluegrass Band, and patriot rocker, Jordan Page, who gained many, many new fans (me included) with his smorgasbord of patriot rock tunes. Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and Oath Keepers declare that they will not obey unconstitutional orders, such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as “enemy combatants” in violation of their ancient right to jury trial. Oath Keepers

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