August 6th, 2014

NEW YORK OATH KEEPERS REFUTE ACCUSATIONS BY STATE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY


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Our New York State Chapter has written a letter of demand to the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC). Our New York Oath Keepers officers seek a public correction of that report which would exclude the use of our name in conjunction with “extremists” who may be considered “threats to law enforcement” and may be considered “anti-government”.

The document to which NYOK is responding is available at the Infowars website:

http://www.infowars.com/leaked-counter-terrorism-bulletin-warns-police-of-impending-far-right-violence/

It is also available on the New York Oath Keeper website. It’s a quick read, but an important one:

http://www.newyorkoathkeeper.com/NYSIC-Bulletin-2014-0612.pdf

Further, Bill Cooper has sent to me a link which shows the NYSIC to function with the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion center for the State of New York, which of course means that the SPLC’s influence graces the perceptions presented in that report on dangerous extremists – you know, people who voted for Ron Paul or who disapprove of U.S. involvement with the United Nations, etc. Here is that link:

http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oct/prevent-protect-prepare/index.cfm

From that page:

“The Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) supports federal, state, local, tribal and private sector efforts to prevent terrorism in variety of ways. Through the Safeguard New York program, OCT educates public and private sector stakeholders on how to spot and report suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism. Safeguard New York promotes the “See Something, Say Something” campaign and the State’s terrorism tips line (1-866-723-3967). Members of the OCT Intelligence Unit also staff the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC). Managed by the New York State Police, the NYSIC serves as the State’s Fusion Center, bringing together federal, state and local agencies to analyze and share information related to terrorism and other crimes. Additionally, OCT provides terrorism threat briefings, counter terrorism training and grant resources used for programs and initiatives aimed at preventing and/or mitigating acts of terrorism.”

Did we pay attention to that part which said, “Managed by the New York State Police, the NYSIC serves as the State’s Fusion Center, bringing together federal, state and local agencies to analyze and share information related to terrorism and other crimes.” Fusion Centers, more than 70 of them at last count, are the connection between the Federal government and your local cop on the beat. Fusion Centers also are in liaison relationship with the U.S. Military and the U.S. Intelligence community. They are also in a cozy relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s psychotic geniuses who sell profiles of American social institutions, peoples, and cultural habits to the DHS and Pentagon. The SPLC not only helps DHS create the “new enemy” (Domestic Terrorists), it also trains police forces around the nation – maybe your own local police force.

The fingerprints of the SPLC are all over this NYSIC report to which New York Oath Keepers are objecting, and Oath Keepers national stands firmly behind the New York chapter in this request for a correction. It is very important that government error be confronted in meaningful ways. Our good neighbors in New York Oath Keepers have done so with this letter to the NYSIC.


Oath Keepers national salutes the good work of the New York Oath Keepers leadership. They’ve given the national Oath Keepers mission a great example. All Oath Keepers will enjoy reading, below, this firmly-hitting letter to the New York State Intelligence Center. We hope that the NYSIC will accept NYOK’s request for a meeting, and if NYSIC does agree to that meeting, I will ask Bill Cooper and his officers to furnish us with a detailed report of the outcome. Below is the text of their letter to the NYSIC.

Salute!

Elias Alias, editor

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NEW YORK OATH KEEPERS REFUTE ACCUSATIONS
BY STATE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

On June 12, 2014, the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC), which is managed by the New York State Police, issued New York State Counter Terrorism Bulletin: CTM 14-07: Recent Spike in Violence Targeting Law Enforcement. In that bulletin, the NYSIC referred to three recent attacks on Law Enforcement Officers in the month of June, one in Canada and two in the United States. The bulletin stated:

“Based upon reporting it appears all the suspects in these incidents were motivated by elements of a far right anti-government ideology with a particular fixation on law enforcement.”

Here is a summary of the three incidents that the NYSIC used to justify their unwarranted connection to the New York Oath Keepers and other constitutional Liberty groups in New York State.

Incident #1: On June 4, 2014, Justin Bourque, a 24-year-old male in New Brunswick, Canada, with no criminal record, shot and killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers and was later captured. The report states: “…he struggled to hold a job, turned to drugs, and became increasingly obsessed with guns (particularly the ongoing U.S. gun debate which has spilled over to a lesser degree to Canada) and abuses by police.”

In reviewing Incident #1, where, exactly, is the connection to the New York Oath Keepers and other NY Liberty groups?

Incident #2: On June 6, 2014, Dennis Marx, a 48-year-old male in Forsyth County, Georgia, was shot and killed by Deputies trying to enter the county courthouse with a so-called “assault” rifle, body armor, an assortment of grenades, ammunition, food, water and flexible handcuffs. The NYSIC bulletin states: “Marx was scheduled to appear before a judge at the courthouse that morning on eleven felony drug and weapons charges. As to motive, Marx had long running issues with law enforcement and was a self-identified sovereign citizen.”

Again, in reviewing Incident #2, where, exactly, is the connection to the New York Oath Keepers and other NY Liberty groups?

Incident #3: On June 8, 2014, Jerad and Amanda Miller shot and killed two police officers, and a civilian who tried to stop them in Las Vegas. “…the Millers draped a Gadsden flag (‘Don’t Tread on Me’) over one dead officer, left a swastika on the other, and a note that said: ‘This is the start of the revolution.’” They then fled to a local Wal-Mart with the officers’ guns and ammunition. Additionally, they had: MRE-style food, knives and first aid supplies. They died in a shootout with police at that Wal-Mart.

The NYSIC bulletin also stated: “Jerad Miller had over a decade long criminal history in multiple states, including misdemeanor battery and drug trafficking.” Additionally, the bulletin indicated that, “Jerad and Amanda Miller had also traveled to Bundy’s ranch in Nevada, although they were reportedly asked to leave for being too radical and due to Jerad’s criminal record.”

In reviewing Incident #3, we again ask: Where, exactly, is the connection to the New York Oath Keepers and other NY Liberty groups?

The NYSIC bulletin goes on to assert: “Michael Brian Vanderboegh, a longtime militia member and founder of the III Percent Patriot Movement, which was supported by Jerad and Amanda Miller, traveled to NYS at least once in 2013 to speak to the Liberty Oath Keepers meeting in Monticello, NY.”

NOTE: For the sake of accuracy, Mr. Vanderboegh founded the “National III (Three) Percent Movement,” NOT the “III Percent Patriot Movement.” They are different entities. Plus, Vanderboegh is on record saying, what he created is “a movement, NOT a militia, NOT an organization that can be infiltrated, co-opted or broken up …it’s an ideal.” Also worthy of distinction, the Millers were NOT his supporters.

NO RATIONAL CONNECTION

So, what exactly caused those who authored the NYSIC bulletin to make the determination that we are a far-right extremist organization, posing a threat to police, when the New York Oath Keepers had absolutely nothing to do with the aforementioned incidents?

Are the good people of New York State expected to go along with NYSIC’s faulty logic and misstatements of fact? Are they expected to ignore the truth—that there is absolutely no rational connection between these three incidents and New York Oath Keepers? Further, can the good people of New York have any confidence in an “intelligence” center that uses such faulty logic to publicly demonize an organization whose clearly stated purpose is to encourage OUR Military and Law Enforcement Officers, and others, to honor their oath? Can any reasonable person conclude that any or all of these three incidents justify the NYSIC classifying the New York Oath Keepers as a far-right extremist organization?

Are we now to presume that the County Sheriffs, District Attorneys, law enforcement officers and other public officials, who regularly speak at New York Oath Keepers’ meetings, are also now, by association, far-right extremists? Using the connecting methodology of the NYSIC, the Sheriffs and other invited guest speakers of New York Oath Keepers must also be considered far-right extremists. After all, they spoke before the same group as Mr. Vanderboegh and are, therefore, connected.

EVIDENCE?

Here is another important piece of so-called “evidence” outlined in this bulletin that caused this State agency to wrongly identify the New York Oath Keepers as far-right extremists: “The Oath Keepers is an organization composed of current and former military and law enforcement personnel, who take a pledge to ‘not obey unconstitutional orders such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as enemy combatants.’”

Is NYSIC suggesting that it is extreme and threatening to encourage our officials to honor their oath and refuse to obey unconstitutional orders?

Perhaps the people who wrote this NYSIC bulletin are unaware that U.S. military personnel, local law enforcement officers, and private armed government contractors illegally searched for and seized firearms from law-abiding citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, making them vulnerable to looters or other criminals and unable to protect themselves. (The actions of these officials were later found to be unconstitutional.)

Perhaps the people who wrote this NYSIC bulletin are unaware that New Orleans police officers shot six American citizens, two of whom died, simply for crossing the Danziger Bridge trying to survive the devastation and death that Hurricane Katrina brought to New Orleans. (Five New Orleans police officers were later convicted of murder.)

Perhaps the people who wrote this NYSIC bulletin are unaware of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, 2013, and 2014, and the dangerous provisions that authorize the federal government or their appointees the power to detain, indefinitely and without trial, any person suspected of terrorist activity or associations, or thought to “represent an enduring security threat to the United States.”

OVERLAPPING MEMBERSHIPS?

Here is the final charge outlined in the NYSIC bulletin that caused them to identify the New York Oath Keepers as far-right extremists:

“There have been multiple observed instances of overlapping membership in the Oath Keepers and the III Percent Patriots, and the Oath Keepers’ founder has spoken supportively of the III Percent Patriot Movement.” (As cited previously, the National III Percent Movement that Vanderboegh founded is an ideal or goal to be reached. Again, Vanderboegh does NOT have an organized membership and is NOT connected to the “III Percent Patriots,” as incorrectly implied by the NYSIC.)

INTIMIDATION TACTICS?

It appears that the NYSIC bulletin is using the same cookie-cutter formula used in the infamous report from the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC): MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement, dated February 20, 2009. The MIAC report indicated that if someone is opposed to abortion, illegal immigration, the United Nations, and other issues, this justified considering them a potentially dangerous “militia member,” simply because of his/her stance on these issues. Furthermore, under the heading, “Political Paraphernalia,” the report stated, “Militia members most commonly associate with 3rd party political groups. It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material. These members are usually supporters of former Presidential Candidates: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr.” It is important to note that after a nationwide swell of public outrage, on March 25, 2009, the Missouri State Highway Patrol rightly removed the MIAC report from circulation.

Are we to believe that the NYSIC is consciously engaging in the same type of misinformation campaign, and largely, for the same reasons: to harass, profile, and intimidate those they deem as political opposition? Why would anyone, especially public officials, intentionally slander New York Oath Keepers? The Oath Keepers are simply encouraging those currently serving to honor their oath, which always provides the benefits of protecting the natural rights of their fellow New Yorkers—as mandated in the Constitution. We are NOT far-right extremists, nor do we pose a danger to law enforcement.

GOOD GOVERNMENT

This nation was founded on the principle that free men had the right and duty to act according to their conscience, and to support and speak about the means to achieve the most honorable representation in government. But instead, those not interested in honest debate seek to divert attention from real issues by routinely mischaracterizing their opposition as: rogue, subversive, uncaring, racist, extremist and anti-government.

The New York Oath Keepers fully understand that the Law Enforcement Officers in New York State are one of the last lines of defense against the growing lawlessness of our own state and federal government officials. So please keep in mind that we are your fellow law enforcement officers, military members, firefighters and other first-responders. We are your brothers and sisters, your fathers and mothers, your relatives, your friends, your neighbors down the street. We are small business owners and a multitude of other honorable New Yorkers who are committed to supporting and obeying constitutional laws.

REACH. TEACH. INSPIRE.

The New York Oath Keepers’ mission is to encourage and persuade all Law Enforcement Officers and all sworn government officials, to honor their oath.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with the good people of New York—including honorable Law Enforcement Officers—in defense of Liberty and in opposition to unconstitutional laws that deny the People and their Posterity their natural, unalienable, God-given rights.

IN CLOSING

If the goal of NYSIC is to achieve a high-standard of credibility, which is based on truth and fairness, we highly suggest, and in fact insist, that the officials at this agency initiate a public correction, indicating their error of classifying New York Oath Keepers as a far-right extremist group and/or a threat to law enforcement.

Lastly, New York Oath Keepers formally request a meeting with officials at NYSIC and the agencies associated with them. We will answer questions and clarify the Oath Keepers’ Mission. Of course, we will have questions as well.

Respectfully,

William Cooper, President, New York Oath Keepers (former Sgt. US Air Force)

John Wallace, Vice President, New York Oath Keepers (US Army-NYARNG; Lt. Col. NYSP Ret)

Dan Devlin, Vice President, New York Oath Keepers (MP US Army; PHX, AZ PD)

Frank Morganthaler, Vice President, New York Oath Keepers (USMC; Lt. FDNY Ret)

John Mahoney, Special Advisor, New York Oath Keepers (Sgt NYPD Ret; USMC; Special Forces Trainer, US Army Ret)

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Link to the New York Oath Keeper Reply to NYSIC Bulletin in pdf format:

http://www.newyorkoathkeeper.com/NYOathKeepersReply-to-NYSIC-Bulletin-2014-0806.pdf

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44 Responses to “NEW YORK OATH KEEPERS REFUTE ACCUSATIONS BY STATE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY”

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    w68 Says:

    You people just can’t wrap your mind around reality of current situation in O Amerika.
    “Anyone and Everyone who LOVES: AMERICA, FREEDOM. LIBERTY, JUSTICE, rule of law,
    or the Constitution, ARE ALL CONSIDERED ENEMIES of the Tyrant King O.
    Tyrant King O and goons, will try to threaten and intimidate you into silence.
    You must understand, “O HATES America and middle class America.”
    O is a CRIMINAL TRAITOR.
    -They are in control of most ALL media.
    -They are in control of politicians. There are NOT two parties. They are the SAME.
    -They are PURGING the USA Military.
    -They have built up a “Republican Guard” called DHS.
    It is called TREASON.
    Impeach and Arrest.

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    zellie Says:

    Awesome…let us see what the true perverters of truth have to say for themselves. They need to start with a retraction then an apology and then a statement of truth. America is waking up…we can see and read and smell the lies now very quickly and easily. The propaganda does not work anymore.

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    Orvell Froloff Says:

    It is evident the Constitution and those who stand by it are black listed by the present administration. It stands in the way of their power to rule over us. It bothers them that Americans want to be free. There has been a 180 degree turn by our government from what our founding fathers gave us in 1787. Those principles were what made America a nation free from tyranny. Our Oath signifies our loyalty to our country and it’s people. We will not back down and turn against what we believe to be the Rule of Law. We will keep our Oath and uphold it to the letter.

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    RK Says:

    Thank you to the NYOK for engaging the NYSIC with this letter. It is a testament to the peacefull intentions of our organization to work with and for honorable law enforcment and military personnel who wish to uphold their oaths to preserve and protect the constitution.

    Wile the report is troubling and the three incidents above had nothing to do with our organization, to say there is no connection is not correct. Some of the ideals and symbols we hold dear are present, all be them perverted by these criminals. The it is easy for them to draw these misguided and possibly politically motivated conclusions, that we are connected or substantially similar. To those uneducated in the ideals of liberty and freedom or opposed to them altogether we may seem extreme in our beliefs.

    It is my sincere desire that this letter does not fall on deaf ears.

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    James Stamulis Says:

    In Obama’s first few months as president he had DHS tell all law enforcement that veterans and disabled vets could be right wing extremists and domestic terrorists which told me what Obama was all about. This to me is a prelude to a civil war that Obama wants. Everything i have witnessed shows me Oath Keepers are honorable patriots and i am glad you are here!

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    David Farber Says:

    This is disturbing,

    When I joined O.K. is was to pledge that I would not obey unconstitutional orders against American citizens. No where does it state in the bylaws that I would use force against authorities to fulfill that oath. I agree that this document should be amended, but I am pretty sure that any retraction would be like the newspaper where they put it on the back page in fine print which no one reads.

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    Robert E. Celentano Says:

    Oath Keepers are exactly what the words say and imply .
    It is within the oath taken by every Cop, Soldier that they not obey an unlawful order.
    I hope we never have to decide what we need do to be right but if we do, I know we will not only be right but we will be lawfully right , morally right and not intimidated by a lawless congress, populace or any other group that is willing to dismantle our constitutional rights.
    Respectfully,
    R.E. Celentano

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    Matt W. Says:

    USAF Veteran. 30 year municipal street cop. Numerous comendations for valor. I support my brothers and sisters in New York. You have more friends in the law enforcement community than you know. Stay safe and keep speaking the truth.

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    Dave Evans Says:

    It seems that more attention and innuendo on organizations similar to the Oath Keepers is being used by law enforcement as has been prescribe by AG Holder via President Obama to nullify and ostracize these organizations and strengthen their position for a military take over if they deem necessary. I believe each city needs some type of counter and protective measure in case of a government mandated law enforcement takeover. Gun confiscation, road checks and illegal and mistaken home invasions which seems to be occurring frequently over the country. In the days of Paul Revere, it was a “call to arms” via horseback, and with the intrusion of gov’t on the internet we may have to resort to a similar type device.

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    Dr. Clifford N. Alford Says:

    There are people in New York Oath Keepers from all parts of the political spectrum. Congressman Tom Reed rants about the “Ithaca (NY) Mindset” in his speeches, and a lot of us live in the Ithaca area precisely because we like a lot of that “mindset”. Personally, I have ran a non-profit Native American religious association since 1994, moved to New Mexico in 2002, and by 2005 I was running the only successful Minute Man organization (in that the State and Feds were forced to secure the
    New Mexico border with Mexico, and it is till so.) New Mexico Border Watch was vetted and sanctioned by Jim Gilchrist. At the same time, I was also the President of the Board for the Southern Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union until the National ACLU kicked all of our 550 members who said that I had a Constitutional right to be a Minute Man if I wanted to. The point here is, most people who know me would call me a moderate to possibly liberal “tree hugger” Libertarian who loves the US Constitution, and honors his Oath to uphold and defend it. And, we have lots of other Oath Keepers here in New York who have some similar views with four of us being in the Oath Keepers of the Southern Tier Chapter.

    There is also proof of this nationwide. In any number of discussions on this website, when some people have expressed far-right wing ideas then there are usually a fair number of us who set them straight about our not being like them. I recall one such discussion where someone said that this is a Christian nation, and Jews, Hindus and Native Americans all set hi straight on that one. I personally know a large contingent of retired US Special Forces soldiers in Oklahoma, with
    whom I served, who are Democrats and members of Oath Keepers.

    All of this proves that the people who wrote this spurious report are bunch of ill informed idiots who don’t know what they are talking about. Pity them for their ignorance.

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