“…charged with a felony and face jail terms of from two to ten years under what the Statesman calls “an obscure statute that prohibits using a device that is manufactured or adapted for the purpose of participating in a crime.”
The ruling masters of the USA use many institutions, bureaucracies and other embedded systems to maintain their lofty positions within society.
Disobey the master or their lackeys and your freedom, wealth and even your life may be forfeit.
I have no problem with law enforcement keeping an “eye” on “things” to assist in keeping We, the People safe BUT…
When law enforcement becomes jack-booted thugs ensuring the despised commoners obey their masters the proverbial line has been drawn.
“…Judge Campbell has threatened to dismiss the case unless the required documents and the real names of the two other undercover officers, “Dirk” and “Rick,” are presented…”
Luck crept in to assist those the citizens confronting HUGE systems so often functioning to protect and preserve the ruling masters.
The luck aspect is Judge Campbell who is assuredly possessing a mind-set of We, the People is in charge of the legal system aspect of this event instead of a sadly too-common “those scum, vile, worthless commoners are not behaving as they should” attitude/belief.
We are fortunate our culture and sub-cultures that created the USA is generally a benevolent, mostly peaceful way of life though the greedy rulers have and will use vicious methods to preserve their lofty positions atop the socio-economic hierarchy.
Some countries/cultures are exceedingly cruel and the oppressed folks of those places should use any method to free themselves from tyranny, evil, enslavement.
The USA is in the throes of an ongoing class war and the ruling scum, too many HUGE corporations and other individuals, groups and their lackey cohorts, minions and others are well-prepared to continue the War as long as needed to ensure the privileged few continue to skim much of the national wealth from those creating that wealth.
I am convinced the majority of federal-level politicians are well-behaved lackeys of the rulers.
Hang in there Occupiers / 99 %ers.
You appear to mostly be fighting a “good fight.”
Take care to do all possible to not allow the actions of outside agitators or ignorant individuals acting on their own demented reasoning or non-reasoning to give your cause a bad name.
The elite-owned media can and will make your movement appear to be evil, a threat and a multitude of brainwashed citizen-sheep are read to bleat out their anger at those “lazy welfare bums” not behaving as good citizens do.
“Love it or leave it,” I envision the brainwashed bunch bellowing.
Typical implanted illogical knee-jerk rhetoric.
Beware the jack-booted thugs infiltrating the cause.
Look to the past and learn how the ruling masters used their awesome power to contain real or perceived threats to their fiefdom.
The serfs need to be controlled at times and that controlling can cost you mere despised commoners your wealth, your freedom and even your life.
Look to those within your movement with knowledge and who think and react to events logically and rationally.
Look for specialist in legal matters, public relations, sociology, psychology, marketing and the many specialties that can assist your cause and maximize its effectiveness.
Watch those scum, putrid, vile political office candidates spewing their froth, their ignorance…
BS intentionally tossed at the masses of citizen-sheep because that is how the majority of folks in the USA function!!!
Appeal to emotions. Omit logic and words above the 8th-grade level.
Occupiers, you are trying to influence masses of brainwashed idiots.
The elites use their specialists to ensure they keep their social positions as rulers.
There are mighty forces arrayed against you.
You MUST shun idiocy and actions/behaviors that assist the enemy.
Do not provide the masters and/or their lackeys with the ammunition that defeats you!!!
Locally, I attended several Occupy organizing meetings back during the advent of the movement.
There were well-educated, trained folks present with years and decades of experience.
The non-experienced vocally loud emotional portion of those assembled quickly to charge and held that “authority.”
As the weeks passes I saw qualified folks ready to assist walk away and not return.
Basically, immaturity took control and logic was tossed to the wayside.
I observed, kept my mouth mostly shut but did insert a few general comments of bits of advice that were ignored.
I left the group.
Let them play their game and maybe it will be a learning experience for them. Maybe.
A couple years or so have passed by and their actions achieved nothing but some localized negative publicity that only harmed their aspirations… except in their own befuddled minds that interpreted their losses as wins!!!!
Time to move on.
Good luck Occupy / 99 percenters
For those new to this site here are some of my favorite quotes directly related to much of what I write about in this blog:
“There’s class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning”
“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.” – Billionaire Warren Buffett, in a New York Times op-ed on Aug. 15.
“There has been class warfare going on,” Buffett, 81, said in a Sept. 30 interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. It’s just that my class is winning. And my class isn’t just winning, I mean we’re killing them.”
“While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks,” Buffett wrote in a Sunday New York Times Op-ed.
“One reason companies are so profitable is that they’re paying employees less than they ever have as a share of GDP. And that, in turn, is one reason the economy is so weak: Those “wages” are other companies’ revenue.
In short, our current system and philosophy is creating a country of a few million overlords and 300+ million serfs.” Blodget
And encourage those with police and military power to follow the Oath Keeper philosophies.
Declaration of Orders We Will NOT Obey
Recognizing that we each swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and affirming that we are guardians of the Republic, of the principles in our Declaration of Independence, and of the rights of our people, we affirm and declare the following:
1. We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people.
The attempt to disarm the people on April 19, 1775 was the spark of open conflict in the American Revolution. That vile attempt was an act of war, and the American people fought back in justified, righteous self-defense of their natural rights. Any such order today would also be an act of war against the American people, and thus an act of treason. We will not make war on our own people, and we will not commit treason by obeying any such treasonous order.
Nor will we assist, or support any such attempt to disarm the people by other government entities, either state or federal.
In addition, we affirm that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to preserve the military power of the people so that they will, in the last resort, have effective final recourse to arms and to the God of Hosts in the face of tyranny. Accordingly, we oppose any and all further infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In particular we oppose a renewal of the misnamed “assault-weapons” ban or the enactment of H.R. 45 (which would register and track gun owners like convicted pedophiles).
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.
One of the causes of the American Revolution was the use of “writs of assistance,” which were essentially warrantless searches because there was no requirement of a showing of probable cause to a judge, and the first fiery embers of American resistance were born in opposition to those infamous writs. The Founders considered all warrantless searches to be unreasonable and egregious. It was to prevent a repeat of such violations of the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects that the Fourth Amendment was written.
We expect that sweeping warrantless searches of homes and vehicles, under some pretext, will be the means used to attempt to disarm the people.
3. We will NOT obey any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to trial by military tribunal.
One of the causes of the American Revolution was the denial of the right to jury trial, the use of admiralty courts (military tribunals) instead, and the application of the laws of war to the colonists. After that experience, and being well aware of the infamous Star Chamber in English history, the Founders ensured that the international laws of war would apply only to foreign enemies, not to the American people. Thus, the Article III Treason Clause establishes the only constitutional form of trial for an American, not serving in the military, who is accused of making war on his own nation. Such a trial for treason must be before a civilian jury, not a tribunal.
The international laws of war do not trump our Bill of Rights. We reject as illegitimate any such claimed power, as did the Supreme Court in Ex Parte Milligan (1865). Any attempt to apply the laws of war to American civilians, under any pretext, such as against domestic “militia” groups the government brands “domestic terrorists,” is an act of war and an act of treason.
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.
One of the causes of the American Revolution was the attempt “to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power” by disbanding the Massachusetts legislature and appointing General Gage as “military governor.” The attempt to disarm the people of Massachusetts during that martial law sparked our Revolution. Accordingly, the power to impose martial law – the absolute rule over the people by a military officer with his will alone being law – is nowhere enumerated in our Constitution.
Further, it is the militia of a state and of the several states that the Constitution contemplates being used in any context, during any emergency within a state, not the standing army.
The imposition of martial law by the national government over a state and its people, treating them as an occupied enemy nation, is an act of war. Such an attempted suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights voids the compact with the states and with the people.
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.
In response to the obscene growth of federal power and to the absurdly totalitarian claimed powers of the Executive, upwards of 20 states are considering, have considered, or have passed courageous resolutions affirming states rights and sovereignty.
Those resolutions follow in the honored and revered footsteps of Jefferson and Madison in their Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, and likewise seek to enforce the Constitution by affirming the very same principles of our Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights that we Oath Keepers recognize and affirm.
Chief among those principles is that ours is a dual sovereignty system, with the people of each state retaining all powers not granted to the national government they created, and thus the people of each state reserved to themselves the right to judge when the national government they created has voided the compact between the states by asserting powers never granted.
Upon the declaration by a state that such a breach has occurred, we will not obey orders to force that state to submit to the national government.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
One of the causes of the American Revolution was the blockade of Boston, and the occupying of that city by the British military, under martial law. Once hostilities began, the people of Boston were tricked into turning in their arms in exchange for safe passage, but were then forbidden to leave. That confinement of the residents of an entire city was an act of war.
Such tactics were repeated by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto, and by the Imperial Japanese in Nanking, turning entire cities into death camps. Any such order to disarm and confine the people of an American city will be an act of war and thus an act of treason.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
Mass, forced internment into concentration camps was a hallmark of every fascist and communist dictatorship in the 20th Century. Such internment was unfortunately even used against American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Whenever a government interns its own people, it treats them like an occupied enemy population. Oppressive governments often use the internment of women and children to break the will of the men fighting for their liberty – as was done to the Boers, to the Jewish resisters in the Warsaw Ghetto, and to the Chechens, for example.
Such a vile order to forcibly intern Americans without charges or trial would be an act of war against the American people, and thus an act of treason, regardless of the pretext used. We will not commit treason, nor will we facilitate or support it.”NOT on Our Watch!”
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.
During the American Revolution, the British government enlisted the aid of Hessian mercenaries in an attempt to subjugate the rebellious American people. Throughout history, repressive regimes have enlisted the aid of foreign troops and mercenaries who have no bonds with the people.
Accordingly, as the militia of the several states are the only military force contemplated by the Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, for domestic keeping of the peace, and as the use of even our own standing army for such purposes is without such constitutional support, the use of foreign troops and mercenaries against the people is wildly unconstitutional, egregious, and an act of war.
We will oppose such troops as enemies of the people and we will treat all who request, invite, and aid those foreign troops as the traitors they are.
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.
One of the causes of the American Revolution was the seizure and forfeiture of American ships, goods, and supplies, along with the seizure of American timber for the Royal Navy, all in violation of the people’s natural right to their property and to the fruits of their labor. The final spark of the Revolution was the attempt by the government to seize powder and cannon stores at Concord.
Deprivation of food has long been a weapon of war and oppression, with millions intentionally starved to death by fascist and communist governments in the 20th Century alone.
Accordingly, we will not obey or facilitate orders to confiscate food and other essential supplies from the people, and we will consider all those who issue or carry out such orders to be the enemies of the people.
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.
There would have been no American Revolution without fiery speakers and writers such as James Otis, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and Sam Adams “setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
Tyrants know that the pen of a man such as Thomas Paine can cause them more damage than entire armies, and thus they always seek to suppress the natural rights of speech, association, and assembly. Without freedom of speech, the people will have no recourse but to arms. Without freedom of speech and conscience, there is no freedom.
Therefore, we will not obey or support any orders to suppress or violate the right of the people to speak, associate, worship, assemble, communicate, or petition government for the redress of grievances.
— And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually affirm our oath and pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. Oath Keepers
The above list is not exhaustive but we do consider them to be clear tripwires – they form our “line in the sand,” and if we receive such orders, we will not obey them. Further, we will know that the time for another American Revolution is nigh. If you the people decide that you have no recourse, and such a revolution comes, at that time, not only will we NOT fire upon our fellow Americans who righteously resist such egregious violations of their God given rights, we will join them in fighting against those who dare attempt to enslave them
More About Oath Keepers
Oath Keepers is a non partisan association of currently serving military, peace officers, fire-fighters, and veterans who will fulfill our oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.
Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and not to any political party. In the long-standing tradition of the U.S. military, we are apolitical. We don’t care if unlawful orders come from a Democrat or a Republican, or if the violation is bi-partisan. We will not obey unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law. We won’t “just follow orders.” Our motto: “Not on Our Watch!” or to put it even more succinctly, in the words of 101st Airborne Commander General Anthony McAuliffe at the Battle of the Bulge, “NUTS!”
There is at this time a debate within the ranks of the military regarding their oath. Some mistakenly believe they must follow any order the President issues. But many others do understand that their loyalty is to the Constitution and to the people, and understand what that means.
The mission of Oath Keepers is to vastly increase their numbers.
We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our own troops.
Help us win it.
Hey, Obama, Mitt Romney and all you other current or want-to-be lackey figureheads of the ruling class, corporate USA, etc. AND you anti-We, the People filth, scum, disgusting ruling masters who scrape so much wealth from those actually creating the wealth… us despised mere commoners…
Does the Oath Keepers scare you?
Is that why so many lackeys within the mass media portray Oath Keepers as a hate group, as a threat to all that is sacred, holy and all-American?
Does Oath Keepers scare you?
If the organization is effective maybe your jack-booted thugs will not be so quick to send a slug through the brain of an innocent mother, a threat to nobody, holding her infant to her bosom.
Maybe your thugs will not be so quick to murder scum, despised commoner filth not obeying you or your lackeys.
Standing up to you.
Of course you will do anything necessary to maintain your lofty positions.
Mitt Romney wants to be your lackey.
Compared to me he is very wealthy but compared to the USA’s truly rich folks and entities that punk Romney’s wealth is nothing… a mere pittance.
Obama has been behaving well, doing nothing to upset his ruling masters and he will be well-rewarded when departing office.
All rewarding legal.
The rulers ensure those methods are legal.
And the HUGE scam continues with so many idiotic citizen-sheep supporting that which is scamming them.