July 23rd, 2013

Oath Keepers Places Pro-Snowden Signs in DC Area, Encouraging More Whistle-blowers

Oath Keepers launches new campaign to place signs and billboards near Washington D.C. area defense and intelligence agencies, praising Edward Snowden for exposing the NSA spying on Americans and urging other government employees to follow Snowden’s example by becoming whistle-blowers.

By Stewart Rhodes

To launch this new campaign, Oath Keepers has placed three back-lit signs on the subway platform in the D.C. Metro Pentagon Station.

The first sign at the Pentagon Station is done in the style of the theater scene from George Orwell’s 1984 and features Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, as “Big Brother” (which we think he was born to play):


That “Big Brother” sign makes it clear  that by exposing the NSA spying on Americans, Snowden honored his oath, and other government employees need to honor their oaths by also exposing unconstitutional actions.   Here is an actual photo of the sign, posted on YAL’s (Young Americans for Liberty) Facebook page:


Thanks YAL!

The URL on the sign, oathkeepers.org/expose, takes viewers to a special landing page where the government employees can learn more about their obligations to blow the whistle on government violation of the Constitution, and more about exactly what the NSA has been doing and how it fits into the larger picture of the ongoing creation of an uncountable, totalitarian police state in America that is outside the Constitution and a grave threat to the survival of liberty in America.  This particular “Stop Big Brother” artwork will also be going on a billboard along a major freeway in Maryland, near the NSA headquarters at Ft. Mead (as close as we can get it).   That freeway billboard should be up within the week.

The second sign now in place at Pentagon Station is aimed directly at CIA employees, reminding them that their oath is not to a “corporate culture of  secrecy” as new CIA director Brennan recently stated, but is in fact to the Constitution:


And yes, we knew exactly what we were doing when we decided to use the J.F.K. swearing in as the graphic for this sign.  Read this.

CIA Director Brennan’s revealing statement came with his announcement of the CIA’s new Orwellian “Honor the Oath” campaign to stop leaks and whistleblowers:

In a memo to the CIA workforce this week, Brennan says the “Honor the Oath,” campaign is intended to “reinforce our corporate culture of secrecy” through education and training.

Brennan is truly outdoing even George Orwell in his novel 1984 when it comes to twisting the meaning of words.  In America, the Oath, and the only oath that is operative within legitimate government under our Constitution, is the oath mandated by Article VI, which is to “support this Constitution.”  Brennan must be talking about some other oath outside of, and contrary to, the Constitution.    Just as in 1984, where the “Ministry of Love” is where you were taken to be tortured, and the “Ministry of Truth” is where lies and propaganda were created, in the CIA, honoring “the oath” means to “reinforce [and obey] our corporate culture of secrecy” by never exposing anything done by “The Company” no matter how heinous, how unconstitutional, how evil, or how much in violation of the oath to the Constitution.   Typical totalitarian ethics.  Help us counter his brainwashing by reminding CIA employees of their actual oath.  We will place this same message on a billboard near CIA headquarters in VA.

The third sign just placed at the D.C. Metro Pentagon Station is intended to reach our military personnel within the Pentagon, and any other government employees who have ever served in the military, using the Iwo Jima flag raising as a backdrop to the message “they honored their oaths.  Honor yours.  Refuse to Violate the Bill of Rights.  Expose unconstitutional acts”:


And  that sign is very similar to the billboard we have placed outside of the Marine Corps base at 29 Palms.  All three signs direct the readers to the same landing page at oathkeepers.org/expose where Oath Keepers has a strong message for them:

When Edward Snowden blew the whistle and exposed NSA spying on Americans, he did the right thing. He honored the oath he swore to defend the Constitution by warning We the People of what was being done to us, by our own government, in direct violation of the Constitution. Snowden could not use the “normal” channels for reporting unlawful behavior because our government is controlled and dominated by oath breaking criminals and Constitution killers, from top to bottom. It is absurd to demand that he report crimes against the Constitution to the very criminals who are committing those crimes. They are not going to hold themselves accountable. The only recourse is to blow the whistle to the real bosses, the American people, so the people can hold them accountable. And that is exactly what Snowden did. And that is exactly what you should do if you have similar knowledge of violations of the rights of the American people and violations of the Constitution you swore an oath to defend. You have a duty to speak out.

The regime, and those complicit in its crimes, want you to think that speaking out and exposing them is “treason.” This should come as no surprise. No oppressive regime in the history of the world, no budding dictatorship, ever acknowledged the illegality and illegitimacy of its actions. To the contrary, every oppressive regime that has infested a nation has perverted the host country’s legal system to make its crimes “legal” and to turn the legal system into a weapon to silence not just dissent, but also to silence those who seek to expose its crimes. It is no different here, in the United States. As Congressman Ron Paul noted, “truth is treason in the empire of lies.” That is what the regime believes. But in reality, silence is treason when our Republic is being destroyed from within.

Read the rest of our statement here.

This latest campaign is part of a broader effort to place billboards at strategic locations throughout the United States.  Currently we have billboards outside of military bases at 29 Palms Marine Corps Base, Ft. Benning, GA, Ft. Hood, TX, Ft. Stewart, GA, and at Hunter Army Airfield, GA.  Go here to see them all.

Oath Keepers, of all the things we have done, and are doing now, there is no more important single effort than getting these billboards up in front of every major military installation in America, and as a secondary goal, in front of every intelligence agency installation as well.   As we have seen, it only  takes one person – one “Snowden” to change history by stepping up and doing what is right.  When we place signs and billboards like this, we never know who will read it, what effect it will have on them, or what  they may do in response.

We do know that each of these billboards will be seen and read by thousands of current serving military, contractors, staff, and employees, and there is not a damn thing that Brennan, Clapper, Holder, or Obama can do about it. Remember, one drop of truth is an antidote and disinfectant to a whole bucket of bull, which is why the powers that be don’t like us reminding the current serving of their oaths, and they greatly fear others following in Snowden’s foot-steps, because they need that “culture of corporate secrecy” to continue to rob our children of their birthright of liberty and to complete the construction of their dream totalitarian machine.

They fear exposure, and  they fear an awakened and angry American people who are still capable of stopping them – otherwise why do they need secrecy?   If they were ready to pull the plug on this Republic once and for all, they would do it now, and would not need secrecy.  They are not ready yet, and are vulnerable and at risk if exposed.  So expose them!   Wake up the troops and teach them what is going on!   Inspire others to expose them.   Shine the light on the cockroaches within both political parties.   Remember, this is not about left or right.  It’s about the Bill of Rights.

And if we wake up enough Americans, especially in the military, it is possible to have an American counterpart to what happened in East Germany in 1989 when the East German military refused to crack down on the peaceful protesters, and without the support of the Army, the Communist Party and the Stasi secret police were done.   The Stasi, who had been so feared, were suddenly exposed and vulnerable, powerless to do anything now that the military refused to support them, and they ran and hid, tearing off their uniforms, trying to avoid the wrath of the people they had oppressed.

NSA, CIA, DHS, FBI, ATF, heed the lessons of history and learn from the fate of the Stasi, who were no match for the people once fully woken up and activated.  The same will happen here, if we have anything to say about it (and we do).   Do what is right, now, because it is right, before your course is set and your fate sealed.  Go down in history as patriots,  rather than as traitors.

Patriots!  Help us put up more billboards across the country.

You can help the billboard campaign in three possible ways:

1.  You  can secure a billboard in your area. You (or you and some friends or a local group) can pay for it directly, and we will provide you with the artwork.   Just contact us to coordinate (select “volunteer” and add “Billboard” to subject line).   You could hold a local fundraiser to raise the money, or perhaps you want to just pay for it yourself (we had one gentleman do just that in Florida).

2.  Make a donation to our billboard fund, which is spent exclusively on billboards.   Not one dime in that fund is spent on anything else, and all money is used to pay for artist Jeff Ford to design the artwork (and he works very cheap), and then to pay the billboard company to up it up (which is by far the greater expense).    That is it.   Major effective and efficient.  Our goal is to maintain billboards at each military base for at least three or four months, and longer if we can (so long as enough donations come in, we will keep going!), changing the message every two or three months, and going down the list of our Declaration of Ten Orders that active duty Oath Keepers are urged to refuse to obey, and/or focusing on other critical issues.

Not long after we launched the billboard campaign, we were blessed with one amazing patriotic lady from Idaho who donated $30,000.00 to our billboard fund, which then brought the total amount in the fund to $45,000.00 (with the other $15,000.00 coming from many small donations), but we  are now down to less than $15,000.00 left to spend, and that will go fast, so please donate what you can to support this vital effort.

3.  Volunteer to hand out educational materials to the troops.   Even if you don’t have money to donate, you can donate your time by volunteering to be “boots on the ground” outside of a base where we have placed billboards.   We need you to help us pass out pocket Constitutions, DVDs, flash-drives, booklets, brochures, newspapers, and other outreach and educational materials, directly to the troops.  Several of our members have already done so, with great success.  Just contact us to volunteer.   Put “boots on ground volunteer” in subject line.

For more on what we think of Edward Snowden exposing the NSA spying, here is what I told Reason Magazine in a recent interview:

He is an example of what needs to be done by anyone who has knowledge of such gross violations of our rights. We need more to stand up, because this is surely the mere tip of the iceberg of the infrastructure for a police state that is being built over us.

This is about far more than supposed attempts to ferry out al Qaeda operatives. This is part of a growing Stasi and Checka style surveillance police state which tags, tracks, and prepares plans to detain dissidents with the “Main Core” database of millions of Americans who the regime considers a “threat.”

And this is also really about the absurd claim that the U.S. is a battlefield and the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply to the President’s “surveillance of the battlefield.” That was the claim of neocon, government-supremacist Bush lawyers, like John Yoo, and that idea that the Bill of Rights is trumped by Executive war powers has also been the consistent claim of Obama lawyers such as Harold Koh, justifying even the targeted killing of Americans.

And that absurd view, that so long as they call it “war’ they can sidestep the Bill of Rights and act like Stalin, is shared by both Republicans (like Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, and Rep. Peter King), and Democrats like Harry Reid (who tells us it’s been going on for seven years, so don’t worry about it).

Unless we the people purge out these oath breakers from BOTH parties, we will find ourselves in a nightmare dictatorship and we will have to fight to throw it off. Sweat now or bleed later. Purge them all. – Stewart Rhodes

And that is exactly what we must do, as I have tried to warn people again, and again.  You have a narrow, and rapidly closing window of opportunity to restore the Republic in a relatively peaceful manner, with little loss of life.  But that window is closing faster with each day, as the totalitarian psychopaths within the regime speed up their plans to attain their goals before too many Americans wake up.  We are in a raceIt is time to sprint for the finish, and also time to prepare for the fight in case we have no choice but to do as our forefathers did.  Wake up all you can, especially within the ranks of the military, as fast as you can, and also work hard to get your local veterans woke up too, and busy helping you get your community squared away and strong, as fast as you can, so that you can best resist the beast if it must come to a fight.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder and President of Oath Keepers

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49 Responses to “Oath Keepers Places Pro-Snowden Signs in DC Area, Encouraging More Whistle-blowers”

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    Cal Says:


    Thank you for standing up for the US Constitution and the whistle blowers who are giving up pretty much everything to bring criminal actions of the federal government, various state governments, the US military, and various law enforcement agencies.

    It is important that Oath Keepers support the exposure of criminal actions by “our” government and – what used to be the US Military but under Obama, Panetta, and Dempsey is (as the flat out stated the senate in a senate hearing) the UN Military which is admitting to treason against the USA whih is why the Pentagon went into “damage control mode” after a few of us started writing about the declaration of treason by Dempsey, Panetta and Obama, and why they were NOT being removed from the positions they were occupying and why they were NOT being arrested and prosecuted.

    What most US Military (which is what our soldiers joined) do not understand is that they are NOT the US Military, nor are they used for the defense of the USA and her people. Once they understand that things will change (I believe).

    The United States ceded control of its affairs to international bureaucrats, foreign entities through Obama, Panetta, and Dempsey which is TREASON against the USA and her people. But hey, what’s a little treason amongst friends, right? About where Murder one is when it is committed by those within the federal government – ignored and swept under the rug.)

    During the hearing Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations and NATO, international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence.

    Panetta was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions, “We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?”

    The Defense Secretary responded “You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.”

    Despite Sessions’ repeated efforts to get Panetta to acknowledge that the United States Congress is supreme to the likes of NATO and the UN, Panetta exalted the power of international bodies over the US legislative branch.

    Panetta’s assertion that he would seek “international permission” before ‘informing’ Congress about the actions of the US military provoked a firestorm of controversy, prompting the Pentagon to engage in damage control by claiming Panetta’s comments were misinterpreted…

    However, this is not the first time that the authority of international bodies has been framed as being superior to the US Congress and the Constitution.

    In June last year, President Obama arrogantly expressed his hostility to the rule of law when he dismissed the need to get congressional authorization to commit the United States to a military intervention in Libya, churlishly dismissing criticism and remarking, “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question.”

    Obama tried to legitimize his failure to obtain Congressional approval for military involvement by sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner in which he said the military assault was “authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council.”

    Panetta’s testimony that the US looks to obtain “international permission” before it acts, allied with Obama citing the UN as the supreme authority while trashing the power of Congress, prove that the United States has ceded control over its own affairs to unelected international bureaucrats, just as the countries of the European Union have done likewise. (Video)


    Alex Jones: “This represents absolute 100 per cent proof that the military industrial complex which runs the United States is under the control of foreign central banks who are imposing a military dictatorship.”)

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    Cal Says:

    Note: and yes I do object strenously to “international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence.”

    America is not a “democratic nation”. America, the USA is a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. There’s an excellent reason that our Pledge of Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and NOT a “democracy”. Notice that our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution do not even mention the word “democracy”.

    From Daneen Peterson, PHD (”America is a Constitutional Republic… Not a Democracy”):
    “The Founders were extremely knowledgeable about the issue of democracy and feared a democracy as much as a monarchy. They understood that the only entity that can take away the people’s freedom is their own government, either by being too weak to protect them from external threats or by becoming too powerful and taking over every aspect of life. Isn’t that where we are today?

    They knew very well the meaning of the word “democracy”, and the history of democracies; and they were deliberately doing everything in their power to prevent having a democracy.

    In a Republic, the sovereignty resides with the people themselves. In a Republic, one may act on his own or through his representatives when he chooses to solve a problem. The people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government is a servant of the people, and obliged to its owner – We the People. Many politicians have lost sight of that fact.

    The goal of a Constitutional Republic was to avoid the dangerous extremes of either tyranny or mobocracy; but what exists in America today is a far cry from the Constitutional Republic our forefathers brought forth.”

    The Oath to support and defend the US Constitution instead of a person is because the US Constitution defines the federal government and its limited powers. It breaks it up into three branches in which each has separate duties and constitutional means of stopping the other two branches from encroachment upon their assigned duties. So when our US military, LEO’s both state and federal, heads of states supports and defends the US constitution from Domestic and foreign enemies they are supporting and defending the document that is our government.

    J. Reuben Clark speaking of the need for a solid support of the US Constitution: “God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run NOT to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan our allegiance and the only allegiance we owe as citizens or denizens of the United States, runs to our inspired Constitution which God himself set up. So runs the oath of office of those who participate in government. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this “land of liberty” from other countries”.

    The Constitution, by both its general design and its terms as written, limits government to the powers delegated. Immunity from accountability to these limited powers it injures in violation of the law is a power not delegated. The Tenth Amendment forbids it. Our Constitution is a closed legal and logical system that declares itself and the laws made pursuant to it, to be the supreme law of the land, and that is the only law that it allows. There is no room in it for “inherent sovereign immunity”. Judge Thomas M. Cooley

    “Legislators have their authority measured by the Constitution, they are chosen to do what it permits, and NOTHING MORE, and they take solemn oath to obey and support it. . . ” Judge Thomas M. Cooley

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln

    If you think that what we have in America today was not planned and implemented, read this:
    1992 Bilderberg Group meeting, Henry Kissinger said:
    “Today, Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow, they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all people of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil….individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by their world government.”

    “Politicians brought the Nazis to power and started the war. They are the ones who brought about these disgusting crimes.” Karl Doenitz, German admiral and would-be fuehrer after Hitler (Are they not doing so here now?)

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    Deborah Says:


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    Charles Says:

    These -like other dates- are indeed trying times. Constitutionality for everyone is different. Granted that, I would encourage everyone to be cautious and careful. Remain firm and clear in our understanding of this huge situation. Cause and effect, like action and re-action -if done with actions expediting un-warranted haste can in fact lead to greater downfall.

    It will always be darkest before the dawn. ‘We the People’ must continue to be ’self-governing’. But, this must be done with ‘exemplary wisdom’. As our world grows ever-more complex, so shall the obstacles that face us all.

    My Fellow Americans, please remain Resolute. Let us lead ourselves not into the temptations of destruction.

    Let us make our choices not our of fear or excitement, but out of our time-tested ability to survive.

    War against War, Violence against Violence, Hate against Hate -things these will not bring our Great Nation any closer to Zion.

    Bless America.

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    M40 Says:

    Like most, I LOVE seeing the Obama administration getting a “black eye”. HOWEVER, let’s get one thing straight… Snowden is a treasonous scumbag, and most definitely NOT a “hero”.

    If he were a “hero”, he’d have simply leaked the NSA cell-snooping program to the media. Instead, he grabbed a huge volume of secret data and is now selling it off to the “who’s who” of American enemies. Think about this for more than two seconds, and you’ll realize that Russia and China
    could care less about your cell phone. But they are VERY interested in all the other secrets Snowden pilfered.

    There’s a vast chasm of difference between a “whistle-blower” and a “traitor”, and Snowden vaulted it with room to spare.

    My membership is up for renewal, but I’m sad to say that if Oathkeepers continues to promote this traitor as a ‘hero’, I can no longer be a member.

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    Jimmy Clay Says:

    I love to read what articulate people have to say. I am not so eloquent but know when I read something that strikes a note of truth within me and expresses thoughts and feelings that I cannot put into words.
    Semper Fi…..

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    bob jones Says:

    Great job, great billboards.

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    Terrill Root Says:

    Although I can appreciate what Mr. Snowdon has accomplished, I am less optimistic he did it for pure reasons. I have proudly been an Oathkeeper for some time ( actually since my military swearing in on April 1979!). This fellow never was “swore” in, and his true motives have yet to be unearthed. You dont “out” things like this and then run to China! And the to Russia?? And ask other state enemy’s for asylum!!. When the whole truth of this guys actions do finally come out it will be an even darker day for our beloved republic than it is already. I think before we jump on the Holleywierd bandwagon ( who by the way think the folks like the murderer Che was a real great guys!).we should bide our time and see just where this leads. I believe in my Oath and the Constitution with my last drop of blood but I just have a gut feeling this guys motives were not to help his fellow Americans ( in fact it appears he has severely endangered the lives of our fellow Oathkeepers working for our behalf in dangerous parts of the world where they may end up dead or worse because of this guy. I’m sure I’ll catch he’ll for this but I really felt the need to speak out- and as a member and an American I have that right. I pray I’m wrong but my heart tells me this is a very dark time for our fellow citizens and us. God Bless us all and especially God Bless America!

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    Dr. Clifford N. Alford Says:

    I pass through Fort Leonard Wood, MO twice every two months, one week apart, and pass out the business card with the 10 Orders we will not obey on the back. Not one soldier has yet refused one, and that includes the MPs at the gate. One MP wanted enough for his platoon, and I gave him 46 more. I am about out so will place another order soon. An apprentice of mine is in the US Air Force, and takes our materials to Dover Air Force Base. Another is at Fort Bragg, NC with the 82nd Airborne, and does likewise there. I believe it is only a matter of time before our military does the right thing, and they know that we “old salts” will stand shoulder to shoulder with them on that fateful day.

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    Terrill Root Says:

    Oh, I almost forgot, M40- you are dead on and I may very much follow your lead of this Snowdon love-in persists before the real truth is finally known. Right on Brother and continue
    To speak your mind, there are others who agree!

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