by el cid
03/07/2010, 4:29 PM #
And for those more inclined to politics...."by other means"..........
The Oath Keepers: The Militant and Armed Side of the Tea Party Movement (Mother Jones)
The Oath Keepers: The Militant and Armed Side of the Tea Party Movement
Meet the fast-growing "patriot" group that's recruiting soldiers to resist the Obama administration.
March 6, 2010
THE .50 CALIBER Bushmaster bolt action rifle is a serious weapon. The model that Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pray is saving up for has a 2,500-yard range and comes with a Mark IV scope and an easy-load magazine. When the 25-year-old drove me to a mall in Watertown, New York, near the Fort Drum Army base, he brought me to see it in its glass case—he visits it periodically, like a kid coveting something at the toy store. It'll take plenty of military paychecks to cover the $5,600 price tag, but he considers the Bushmaster essential in his preparations to take on the US government when it declares martial law.
His belief that that day is imminent has led Pray to a group called Oath Keepers (1), one of the fastest-growing "patriot" organizations on the right. Founded last April by Yale-educated lawyer and ex-Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes, the group has established itself as a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement that includes Tea Partiers, Birthers, and 912ers. Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Pat Buchanan have all sung its praises, and in December, a grassroots summit (2) it helped organize drew such prominent guests as representatives Phil Gingrey (3) and Paul Broun (4), both Georgia Republicans.
There are scores of patriot groups, but what makes Oath Keepers unique is that its core membership consists of men and women in uniform, including soldiers, police, and veterans. At regular ceremonies in every state, members reaffirm their official oaths of service, pledging to protect the Constitution—but then they go a step further, vowing to disobey "unconstitutional" orders from what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government.
Pray (who asked me to use his middle name rather than his first) and five fellow soldiers based at Fort Drum take this directive very seriously. In the belief that the government is already turning on its citizens, they are recruiting military buddies, stashing weapons, running drills, and outlining a plan of action. For years, they say, police and military have trained side by side in local anti-terrorism exercises around the nation. In September 2008, the Army began training (5) the 3rd Infantry's 1st Brigade Combat Team to provide humanitarian aid following a domestic disaster or terror attack—and to help with crowd control and civil unrest if need be. (The ACLU has expressed concern about this deployment.) And some of Pray's comrades were guinea pigs for military-grade sonic weapons, only to see them used by Pittsburgh police against protesters last fall.
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Then-Freditor, Geoff, posted to the fray that, indeed, the Secret Service had been in contact with Slate, and went through their stuff. As expected, Slate.com was not held responsible for el cid/Doggydevil's post. The only person they held responsible was the white separatist preacher making that post, calling for someone to "assassinate that nigger."
Email me, and I'll give you his legal name and his place of residence. I think criminals like this should be exposed.
BFD states that el cid is not another nick of doggydevil's. So, (obviously) until I see evidence to the contrary (and i'm stating this for the poster whose reading comprehension skills are that of a first-grader), the name and address i'm willing to share will not be el cid's, but that of predicto/captain greybeard/doggydevil.