A “Pile On” For Oath Keepers Activists! Oregon Runs The Ball!
Back in September 2013 Raphael O’Neil posted at PandaUnite about the town of Coos Bay, Oregon:
City Council Vote: U.S. Liberty No Business of Coos Bay, Oregon
On Tuesday September 17th 2013, the Mayor and City Council of Coos Bay, Oregon unanimously voted down a resolution not only condemning, but clarifying the duty of city officials to interpose against, the possibility of indefinite military detention without trial (on mere suspicion of terrorist affiliations) opened up for Coos Bay residents by the federal government’s passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Tom McKirgan (S.W. Oregon Coordinator of Oath Keepers) and Rob Taylor (of the activist group Coos County Watchdog) were only allowed a total of three minutes each in which to present their “Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution,” with Mayor Crystal Shoji aggressively chastising them, saying they had already expressed their views at a September 12th work session – one which neither she nor two thirds of the councilors voting had chosen to attend. Councilor Mark Daily, who had arranged, yet neglected to attend the work session, made the initial motion to vote against the resolution.
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Then in October 2013 the SPLC took aim at Tom McKirgan and his Southwest Oregon Oath Keepers with a hit piece that puts Tom on the map as a true liberty fighter. Look at the vile childishness with which SPLC regards Tom McKirgan and Oath Keepers:
Oath Keepers Pushing Oregonians to Resist Gov’t Concentration Camps
David Neiwert on October 18, 2013, Posted in ‘Patriot’ Groups, Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda
A statewide organization of conspiracy-peddling Oath Keepers has been gaining traction in small-town Oregon by convincing a series of county-level officials that they need to speak out against the enactment of the National Defense Appropriations Act by passing official resolutions defending the constitutional rights of their citizens.
Among the concerns that these county officials cite is the alleged threat, raised by the Oath Keeper activists who promote these resolutions, that federal authorities are planning to round up American citizens and incarcerate them in concentration camps.
EA Note: At this point in the article they have inserted this video:
The SPLC volley then went wild. Here is more from their article: Quoting:
Most of these resolutions are the handiwork of Tom McKirgan, who heads up the Oregon chapter of the Oath Keepers from his home in rural Coquille. He first convinced the Coos County commissioners – after months of activism – to pass a resolution in late July opposing the NDAA because of its supposed violations of the Fourth Amendment’s requirements for due process. (The national Oath Keepers organization also promotes NDAA-related conspiracy theories on its website.)
McKirgan has been working in tandem with activists from the state chapter of People against the National Defense Authorization Act (PANDAA) to promote the resolutions. And while PANDAA’s portion of the presentations have remained within the realm of the rational concerns about civil liberties related to the bill, when the Oath Keepers have spoken up, it has veered into the wildly conspiratorial.
Among the dire warnings these commissioners heard during the process were allusions to the Oath Keepers’ oft-stated belief that the NDAA creates the legal pretext for federal authorities to begin rounding up right-wing citizens and placing them in concentration camps, or that they might begin labeling Tea Party leaders “enemy combatants” and start assassinating them. At times – particularly in Klamath County – it seemed some of the commissioners shared those fears.
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Well that was a month ago. Today Tom and his NDAA Brigade got a break when a local newspaper published an op-ed written by a Battery of Our Guys. Here are the guilty parties:
Richard D. Fry, General Counsel of The Patriot Coalition; Connie Martin; Tom McKirgan, Regional Director of Oregon Oath Keepers; Steve Noorlander, Chair of the Americans for Prosperity of Coos County; Shane Ozbun, Oregon State Team Leader of PANDAA; Jason Payne, Chair of the Republican Party of Coos County; Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers; and Rob Taylor, Founder of the Coos County Watchdog.
Yes, even Stewart Rhodes got in on that one. And The World published it. Here is the article’s link, where you’ll want to go leave your comments. And remember, your comments will be monitored by the SPLC. Fire for effect. Do it now!
From that op-ed:
Your View: NDAA sections threaten freedom
Are Americans safe from the threat of indefinite detention and should local representatives do something to ensure the right to trial?
The Department of Defense’s budget is funded with the annual passage of The National Defense Authorization Act. With each year’s passing Congress adds more provisions to the law, compounding the already controversial nature of its intent. In 2012, Congress added Sections 1021 and 1022 to the bill, which codified the indefinite military detention without charge or trial of citizens for the first time in American history.
The application of the “law of war” covers all U.S. citizens. The law purports to reaffirm the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which was a poor substitute for a legitimate declaration of war for the invasion of Afghanistan.
The NDAA has three targeting profiles describing persons against whom military force may be applied….
Meanwhile groups like Oath Keepers and PANDAA are trying to convince local boards and councils to pass a resolution titled The Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution that opposes the specific illegal segments of the NDAA.
Regretfully, the self-proclaimed uninformed and constitutionally illiterate city councilors of Coos Bay rejected their sworn duty and failed to pass this resolution against these unconstitutional provisions. They refused to do the very least of their duties and vote on it, but that would have created a record of their failure… Tom McKirgan of Oath Keepers intends to file a city initiative against the NDAA, in conjunction with members of PANDAA, Americans for Prosperity of Coos County, The Republican Party of Coos County and The Coos County Watchdog. People who want to take back their rights and get involved can sign up at www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com.
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Please do go read the whole article and then draw your pen and leave a comment thanking The World for publishing it and thanking Oregon Oath Keepers for keeping Ignorance at bay in Coos Bay. A thousand comments by our side will send a grave message to some replaceable City Councilmen.
Additionally, here are some targets for speaking truth to ignorance-in-authority:
Concerned citizens are urged to phone/email the Mayor and City Council using numbers and email addresses at http://coosbay.org/government#mayor-and-city-council (although Dr. Muenchrath should not be phoned at the medical clinic number listed for him). City Manager Rodger Craddock and Police Chief Gary McCullough can also be emailed at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Elias Alias, editor
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