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Gregory Hicks: “I Swore an Oath to Uphold and Defend the Constitution”

Gregory Hicks: “I Swore an Oath to Uphold and Defend the Constitution …

I am Here to Honor That Oath.”

by Stewart Rhodes * May 09, 2013

One of the most moving statements made by star Benghazi witness Gregory Hicks during yesterday’s hearing was about his oath.  During his opening statement, Hicks said, “On February 19th, 1991, I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.  I am Here to Honor That oath.”

And honor it he did, with frank, honest, and heartfelt testimony that laid bare the horrendous fact that two inexplicable stand-down orders were given that left Hicks and Special Forces personnel in stunned disbelief and outrage, and left their brothers in Benghazi to fend for themselves.

Stand-down order #1 was when Hicks requested deployment of the special incident Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST), which is specifically designed to handle such attacks.  Hicks testified that the FEST team had dedicated aircraft capable of responding within four hours – which is exactly why that team was created after the attack on the USS Cole.  When asked why the FEST team was not deployed, Hick’s answered, “I don’t know.”

Stand-down order #2 was when the Special Forces team in Tripoli was all set to jump on a C-130 and fly to Benghazi and rescue their brothers, when their commander, Lt. Col. Gibson, was ordered to stand-down and stay in Tripoli.

As Hicks said, “I told him to go get our people and that is what he wanted to do.” When asked how Colonel Gibson reacted to being told to stand-down, Hicks said he “was furious.”

The SF Colonel also told Hicks, “this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than a member of the military.”

As to why the team had been ordered to stand-down and NOT try to rescue their brothers, Hicks said “I don’t know.”

Clearly, Colonel Gibson needs to be called to testify, and that testimony could be explosive, especially if that career Special Forces officer is still furious about he and his men not being allowed to do what they are trained to do, and what they LIVE to do.

Taking the fight to the enemy to save comrades in arms or hostages is something that every special operations warrior would be chomping at the bit to go and do, and being told to inexplicably stand-down and let your brothers hang in the wind, when you are their only known chance of rescue, goes against every instinct and creed of such men.

Frankly, under such circumstances, I’m surprised they didn’t have a sudden, inexplicable failure of commo when talking to the ball-deficient general – “sorry sir, you are breaking up, I can’t hear you” and just carry on with what was right, and needed to be done to back-up fellow Americans already engaged in combat.

The media has been focusing on the obvious cover-up and spin afterwards, with the disclosure that the Administration knew, the very next day, that it had been a well organized attack, not a spontaneous riot, but nonetheless insisted on repeating that false “riot” talking point in numerous interviews and press conferences.

Certainly, that is important, but nowhere near as important as finding out why the FEST team was not deployed and why the Special Forces personnel who were on their way to conduct a rescue were ordered to stand-down.

This is only the beginning, and who knows what else may come to light, but that intentional withholding of life-saving military support is a smoking gun all on its own.

Stewart Rhodes
Founder of Oath Keepers

PS – I am at the Boston Bombing Hearing in DC, which is beginning now.

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Oath Keepers to Muster on Lexington Battle Green, MA on April 19, 2013: Stewart Rhodes Will Conduct Oath Renewal Ceremony

Lexington

Original article at oathkeepers.org

Captain John Parker:  “Stand Your Ground.  Do Not Fire Unless Fired Upon.  But If They Mean To Have A War, Let It Begin Here.”

Oath Keepers will be mustering on Lexington Green, in Lexington Massachusetts, this April 19, 2013!  Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, has been invited to speak at a rally being held on the Green by the Massachusetts chapter of Gun Rights Across America.   The organizers of the rally have also extended an invitation to all Oath Keepers to attend the rally and take part in honoring our fallen heroes of the first battle of the American Revolution, and in taking a stand in defense of our right to bear arms.

At the conclusion of Stewart’s speech, he will lead the audience in an oath renewal ceremony.

EVENT UPDATE:   Pastor Chuck Baldwin (Oath Keepers National Chaplain) will speak at both the Lexington Battle Green event, and at the later rally in West Springfield, Massachusetts.   He is a dynamic speaker, and will add tremendously to both events.

Here are the details on the Lexington gathering:

Gun Rights Across America “Muster on the Battle Green” Rally.

Lexington Battle Green, Lexington, Massachusetts

APRIL 19, 2013

12pm to 4pm

From Gun Rights Across America: Massachusetts:
Gun Rights Across America: Massachusetts, cordially invites one and all to attend our Pro-Second Amendment Rally.

Please join on us on April 19th, from Noon to 4:00pm, on the Lexington Battle Green, in Lexington MA. for the “Muster on the Battle Green” rally.

We will have many keynote speakers to charge the rally. We want our elected officials to hear the voice of the majority, the law abiding, Constitution loving Patriots.

Tell one and all that we will be rallying on the Battle Green that changed America forever. Where the famous “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” occured. It’s time to call on the ghosts of our ancestors and forefathers to engergize us into continuing the good fight to protect our 2A rights.

Like and share this, lets make this a rally to be remembered!

Please remember concealed carry only. No open cary of any type of firearms.

Go to the Muster on the Battle Green Facebook Page for more info.  And here is a local newspaper write up about the event.

Pastor Chuck Baldwin, the Oath Keepers National Chaplain, will also be speaking.    Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, has also been invited, and we are waiting on confirmation that he can make it.    Other speakers are being lined up now.

Please note that there will also be an additional rally on April 19th 3 – 7 PM, at the West Springfield Town Common, West Springfield, Massachusetts, conducted by Massachusetts Oath Keepers (see below for details).

NOTE FROM STEWART:

Oath Keepers, I never expected to have another chance to stand on Lexington Battle Green and conduct an oath renewal ceremony, like we did back on April 19, 2009 (which is listed as our official birth-date and place, as an org).  But here we are, in 2013 and we have been handed yet another opportunity to do something remarkable, yet again.   Hat’s off to Stephen Redfern of Gun Rights Across America, Massachusetts for jumping through all the hoops to get the permit to use the Green, and for inviting us to participate.

If you missed the chance to stand on the Lexington Battle Green  in 2009 and renew your oath, you now have that chance, this April 19.   And if you can make it, I urge you to do so (we apologize for the short notice, but that really couldn’t be helped).

I can tell you that it is a very moving, powerful experience to stand on the exact spot where Captain Parker and his men stood, where patriot blood watered the tree of Liberty, and the “shot heard round the world” was fired on April 19, 1775.   And even more powerful to do so on the anniversary of that battle, April 19, and to then stand on that “venerable spot” and renew your oath to defend the Constitution – a truly amazing, once in a lifetime kind of experience.

When we conducted an oath renewal ceremony on the Battle Green in 2009, we were not doing something novel that had never been done before.  To the contrary, we were following in the footsteps of men of the Founding generation who had also stood on Lexington Battle Green in 1798 to renew their oaths.   Men of the First Brigade of the Third Division, Militia of Massachusetts  – some who had fought in the battle back in 1775, along with their sons who now served in the militia – stood on Lexington Battle Green in formation and renewed their oaths, and then sent a proclamation to President John Adams, describing what they had done, and why.   It is President Adams’ formal, written response that we quote on the back of our green “Lexington” shirt:
Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken and so solemnly repeated on that venerable spot, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government. – President John Adams

The men of the Militia of Massachusetts had felt compelled to gather on the Battle Green and renew their oaths in a time of crisis in America, during the Quis-War with France, when many Americans were very divided politically, and passions were high.   The men considered it essential that in that time of crisis they should come together and make it clear that their loyalty was first, and foremost, to the Constitution they swore to defend.   And it should be noted that similar oath renewal ceremonies were conducted in multiple states, and by both Federalists and by Jeffersonian Republicans.   Americans of both political parties renewed their oaths.

So, when we stood on Lexington Battle Green on April 19, 2009, to renew our oaths, we were merely honoring our forefathers and walking almost directly in their footsteps.   And from that day forward we have conducted similar oath renewal ceremonies wherever we gather, as Oath Keepers.

It came as no surprise (a sad sign of the times) that immediately after our muster on April 19, 2009, we were viciously attacked by the radical left, and in particular by the Southern Poverty Law Center.   Apparently, current serving and retired police and military are not supposed to renew their commitment to defend the Constitution, and specify certain things we will not do if ordered.   The radical left considers that dangerous.  Instead, according to them, we who are still serving have a duty to “just follow orders” and do whatever we are told to do.   And the very existence of this organization, devoted to sincere keeping of oaths, and the improvement of constitutional knowledge among the current serving and veterans, is considered “dangerous” by the Marxists on the far left.  So be it.   We expected it.

But oddly enough, we have also at times been criticized by people on the Right for conducting oath renewal ceremonies, with some of them asserting we are asking people to take some additional oath, to Oath Keepers, or that we are being foolishly redundant.  I have heard some say “I already took the oath, so why are they taking it all over again?”  They are, of course, free to do as they please, but they display their ignorance of our own history when they condemn us for doing exactly the same thing the Founding Generation and their sons did back in 1798.  Again, a sad sign of the times.

I invite you to join me on the Battle Green, on April 19, 2013, and renew your oath on that venerable spot, and by doing so, help revive and expand, and make it once again true, that fundamental requirement that “Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations.“    We know that among the political class in this country, that is certainly not the case, but we can make it so among the warrior class – among our brothers-in-arms. And by doing so, we can change history.  Let us lead by example.

And let us also revive the tradition of showing honor and respect to our war heroes of 1775, by making April 19 a day of remembrance and celebration for their having the courage and sense of duty to take up arms, in resistance, against tyranny.  Let us honor them.  April 19 – Patriots Day – SHOULD be celebrated across the land, just as solemnly and energetically as we celebrate Veterans Day or Independence Day.  Let us make it so.

If you cannot join us, this April 19, on Lexington Battle Green or at the following rally by Massachusetts, then hold a gathering of remembrance and celebration wherever you are this April 19.   Hold  a rally if you can.  But even if it is just you and a few friends at the shooting range, or having beers in a pub, take a moment to remember the men who stood their ground and only fired when fired upon, and their brothers who turned the tide at Concord Bridge, and then chased the bloody Regulars back to Boston, with their tails between their legs.  Say a toast to them, give them a cheer, and then pledge to each other your mutual commitment to make sure that all their sacrifice was not in vain, and that you will do your part to keep alive the Sacred Fire of Liberty.

As you know, this nation is now following almost exactly in the same footsteps our Forefathers experienced in the lead-up to the American Revolution.  Like them, we have suffered a long train of abuses, and our backs have been pushed up against the wall.   Let us look for strength and courage by remembering their example, and by seeing clearly how we are standing in an unbroken line of defenders of liberty, that began at Lexington and Concord, and stretches through history to us here, today.

It is our watch now.  Let us pray to God for the fortitude to do as they did, to defend home and liberty, at all costs, when our moment comes.

For the Republic!

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS OATH KEEPERS RALLY ON APRIL 19, 2013, from 4pm to 7pm

Oath Keepers

Massachusetts Chapter

Press release: For Immediate Release

Contact: Bryan Doe 413-348-7190

Date/Time: Friday, April 19th 3 – 7 PM

Location: West Springfield Town Common, West Springfield, Massachusetts

Local group announces Rally to Support Second Amendment

A local group has organized a rally in support of the Second Amendment. The Massachusetts Chapter of Oath Keepers will hold a rally on the West Springfield Town Common on Friday, April 19th from 3 to 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

The rally is being held in reaction to hastily passed and poorly written laws and proposals proven to have no effect on criminals and public safety, infringe on the Second Amendment, and turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, according to the event organizers.

For more information, contact

Bryan Doe

Oath Keepers

Massachusetts Chapter

413-348-7190

oathkeeper4liberty@gmail.com

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Oath Keepers of Orange County Presents: A Night of Resistance – Featuring: Stewart Rhodes

MARCH 12 FLYER

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Click here for Black & White version for printing. – PDF Download

Please visit the links of our Sponsors:

Oath Keepers – www.oathkeepers.org

Orange County Archery

The Old World – www.oldworld.ws

Civilian Arms Training Source – www.civilianarmstraining.com

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Stewart Rhodes Speaking in Grass Valley, California – February 19, 2013

Grass Valley Rally

 

 

Stewart Rhodes, Chuck Shea, and John Oetken will be gathering with the Oath Keepers in the area to formalize a Northern California Chapter. Please get the word out and spread this information and share the picture.

We will also be fundraising for the Oath Keeper Billboards to put up near Beale AFB California.

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California Sheriffs’ Posse Call & Fundraiser – Restore Our Constitutional Sheriffs

Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 6:30PM

Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel

The Knott Room
7675 Crescent Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90620
Phone: 866-752-2444

DOORS OPEN 6:30 PM

Speakers: 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Speakers:

Sheriff Richard Mack (Ret AZ), Chairman of CSPOA and leader of the Constitutional Sheriffs movement.

Stewart Rhodes, President & Founder of Oath Keepers – Will address the intolerable acts including ‘indefinite detention’ and the current NDAA 2012, Expatriate Act, Patriot Act, Assassination of American Citizens by our government and other oath keeping issues.

Gary Stein, Marine Corps Veteran and Founder of the Armed Forces Tea Party – Will address why he will not follow illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional orders and why & how he honors his oath to the Constitution.

Sheriff Jon Lopey of Siskiyou County, California & Member of the CSPOA Board of Directors- Will address protecting the property rights of the farmers, ranchers and citizens in his county.

Eventbrite - California Sheriffs’ Posse Call & Fundraiser - Restore Our Constitutional Sheriffs

Important Information

County Sheriffs and Peace Officers are uniting to free America from State & Federal tyranny. The Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) are protecting Americans on issues such as Agenda 21 land, water & mining rights, fraud, property rights, IRS, health freedom and the Police State. They are focusing on their Oath of Office and the 10th Amendment.

Northern California Sheriffs are leading the way back to the Constitution.
Thank you Sheriffs for waking up and fighting for truth, freedom and liberty.  Story is at: ocoathkeepers.org

In Las Vegas, NV,  on Jan 29-31, 2012, Over 100 Sheriffs & Peace Officers from across the country came together for the first ever CSPOA Convention to be educated on a wide variety of topics relevant to their powers, rights, Constitutional Duties and Oaths of Office.
Full coverage and videos at: CountySheriffProject.org  and CSPOA.org

CALL TO ACTION
Donate and sponsor the next CSPOA Convention by attending
our fundraisers and/or donating.
And join Oath Keepers at: oathkeepers.org

Eventbrite - California Sheriffs’ Posse Call & Fundraiser - Restore Our Constitutional Sheriffs

ADMISSION
Pre-event Donations:
$15
Donation includes: Admission and 5 Liberty Raffle Tickets.

$15 Donation at the door only includes admission.

VIP POSSE SECTION
$30 Donation includes: Classroom-style seating in the front of the event, priority line for pictures with speakers, Sheriff Mack’s booklet “Victory for State Sovereignty” and 15 Liberty Raffle Tickets.

LIBERTY GROUP TABLES
$50 Donation includes: Listing in program, table with skirt, two chairs, two admissions and 20 Liberty Raffle Tickets.

Eventbrite - California Sheriffs’ Posse Call & Fundraiser - Restore Our Constitutional Sheriffs

Liberty Raffle Begins at 7:00 PM and will continue through the evening.
(Must be present to win)

Free Parking. Coffee & Dessert will be served. Cash bar available.

For more information please go to: CountySheriffProject.org

Make Donation Checks out to CSPOA and send to:
Alicia Lutz Rolow, 27068 La Paz RD., Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Donations for prizes are being sought. Contact Alicia at:
Phone: 949-322-1999
Emailtheplanetruth1@yahoo.com

Eventbrite - California Sheriffs’ Posse Call & Fundraiser - Restore Our Constitutional Sheriffs

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Oath Keepers of Orange County General Meeting for Tuesday March 13, 2012 with Speaker: Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, Former Army Ranger, Marine Consultant, and OC Deputy Sheriff will be updating on the Kelly Thomas/Fullerton PD case.

We will also discuss and update on the Fullerton oaths that were pulled and the Rawesome Foods raid & case. NDAA updates & Oath Keeper Ham network also on agenda.

Here are some previous posts about the Kelly Thomas/Fullerton PD case:

Kelly Thomas Memorial Rally and Protest
Update on the Kelly Thomas Beating and Death

Orange County Archery LLC
18792 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA

The OC Archery is on Brookhurst between Ellis and Garfield in Fountain Valley (Near the 405 FWY Brookhurst off-ramp)

Visit our Meetings page for information and schedule of our General Meetings.

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Kelly Thomas / Fullerton PD Case: Recap & Invalid / Fraudulent Oaths of Office of Police Chief & Officers and City Officials

Fullerton CA Police Beat and Kill Homeless Man, Kelly Thomas

Recap: On July 5th, 2011 Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten into a coma by six Fullerton Police officers.

He never regained consciousness. After several days in intensive care, his family was forced to make the awful decision to remove him from life support and he passed away.

Reason.TV documentary short:
‪Cops Vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media‬

Oath Keepers of Orange County, CA, Oath Keepers and people from all over Southern California, were present to show support for the Thomas family and to stand up peacefully to protest against the unconstitutional behavior of the 6 Fullerton police officers who beat Kelly Thomas to death:

9-21-2011:

From previous posts on ocoathkeepers.wordpress.com: Update on the Kelly Thomas Beating and Death

From this PDF file: Kelly-Thomas-Charges.PDF

SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas filed charges this morning against two police officers from the Fullerton Police Department (FPD) for their criminal participation in the beating-death of a homeless man, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.

Officer Manuel Ramos is charged with one felony count of second degree murder and one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted. Corporal Jay Cicinelli is chargedwith one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of the use of excessive force. He faces a maximum
sentence of four years in state prison if convicted.

The defendants surrendered this morning to OCDA Investigators and will be arraigned today, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Per the statutory bail amounts, the People will request $1 million bail for Ramos and $25,000 bail for Cicinelli.

Due to a lack of evidence, as described below, criminal charges were not filed against the remaining four officers involved in the incident including Officer Joseph Wolfe, Officer Kenton Hampton, Sergeant Kevin Craig, and Corporal James Blatney.

The decision regarding the filing of criminal charges was made by District Attorney Rackauckas following an extensive investigation and thorough legal review by the OCDA. The District Attorney will be announcing the trial team at a later date.

….Please read the rest of the PDF file from the above link which includes the DA’s remarks.

Invalid and Fraudulent Oaths of Office of Police Chief & Officers and City Officials

An Interview on Republic Broadcasting Network:

Common Sense Revisited Archive Interview by Todd McGreevy with guest Corey Eib on Third Rail Blog

Corey explains how the infamous “Fullerton Six” police officers embroiled in the murder of a homeless man have invalid and fraudulent oaths of office and brings us up to speed on their status. His research is at the link directly below:
http://www.easu.org/FullertonPD.html

Legal Document for Obtaining Copies of any Oath of Office in California:

White Paper on California Public Records Act - PDF Download (this is also located on our Documents page)

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Rawesome Foods Raid – Venice, California

The Fight For the Right To Eat What You Want

In the Summer of 2010 armed government agents raided Rawesome Foods, a Venice, California health food co-op. What were the agents after? Unpasteurized milk, it turns out.

Raw milk raids are happening all over the United States. The Food and Drug Administration warns that raw milk consumption can cause health problems, but a growing community of raw foods enthusiasts are ignoring government recommendations and claiming that they are getting tastier, more nutritious food by going raw.

Reason.tv visited Rawesome to examine the circumstances of the raid and discovered that this particular raw foods case stretches across county lines and involves at least five separate government agencies, despite the fact that not a single member of Rawesome has complained or been harmed by the raw foods. In fact, members have to sign a contract stating that they understand and accept the risks of consuming raw foods before they are allowed to step inside.

Rawesome Foods Raided… Again!

On August 3, 2011, Rawesome experienced another multi-agency raid, but this one resulted in the arrest of the establishment’s owner James Stewart.

Stewart, and Sharon Palmer, the farmer who supplies him with raw goat milk, are being held on bails in excess of $100,000 and are each charged with four felonies and several more misdemeanors. Some examples of the charges are “processing unpasteurized milk,” “improper labeling of food,” and “improper egg temperatures.”

The government has kept pursuing Stewart and his club for years, despite a lack of any reports of illness or injury from consumption of his foods. Rawesome members argue that they are part of a private club, not subject to government regulation, and that they are being persecuted for their alternative lifestyles.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office would not comment for this video.

Today’s RAID on RAWESOME FOODS : Video Montage

Police Begin “Guns Drawn” Raids on Organic Food Stores in California

An Interview on Republic Broadcasting Network:

Common Sense Revisited Archive Interview by Todd McGreevy with guest Corey Eib on Third Rail Blog

Corey explains how the California Health Department “official” who issued the search and arrest warrant on Rawesome Foods owner James Stewart, Michele Lecavalier, does not have an oath of office on file, as required by California state law. His research and documentation is here below:
http://www.easu.org/rawesome.html

The Rawesome Foods raid in 2010 made headlines all over the internet and mainstream news alike.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/rawsome-raid-_n_917540.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/033224_Rawesome_Foods_search_warrant.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/08/04/the-rawesome-raid-and-ra…

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Oath Keepers of Orange County General Meeting for Feb 28, 2012 with Speaker: Ron Thomas

Update on General Meeting Tonight -  Ron Thomas will NOT be speaking due to not feeling well and will speak at our next scheduled meeting.

Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, Former Army Ranger, Marine Consultant, and OC Deputy Sheriff will be updating on the Kelly Thomas/Fullerton PD case.

We will also discuss and update on the Fullerton oaths that were pulled and the Rawesome Foods raid & case. NDAA updates & Oath Keeper Ham network also on agenda.

Here are some previous posts about the Kelly Thomas/Fullerton PD case:

Kelly Thomas Memorial Rally and Protest
Update on the Kelly Thomas Beating and Death

Orange County Archery LLC
18792 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA

The OC Archery is on Brookhurst between Ellis and Garfield in Fountain Valley (Near the 405 FWY Brookhurst off-ramp)

Visit our Meetings page for information and schedule of our General Meetings.

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