Friday, May 6, 2011

Oath Keepers: Obeying the Constitution

Oath Keepers is an organization of active duty military and police forces who recognize that, upon joining, they have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States (and in the case of police forces, that of the state in which they are working). In support of that oath, there are certain orders they will not obey. Here is the short list. Additional comments, made by Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, may be found at DumpDC.

1. We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey any order to conduct warrantless searches of the American people, their homes, vehicles, papers, or effects — such as warrantless house-to house searches for weapons or persons.

3. We will NOT obey any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to trial by military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state, or to enter with force into a state, without the express consent and invitation of that state’s legislature and governor.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty and declares the national government to be in violation of the compact by which that state entered the Union.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control” during any emergency, or under any other pretext. We will consider such use of foreign troops against our people to be an invasion and an act of war.

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies, under any emergency pretext whatsoever.

10. We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

Oath Keepers understands that the purpose of the military is to protect the lives, liberty, and opportunity of a free people, not to crush them. Now, if we can get the American people and their elected officials on the same page...

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