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Open Letter of Warning to Governor Nixon From Missouri Oath Keepers

Ferguson police pointing weapons at man with hands up

This is an Assault on the Bill of Rights

There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. – Marine General Smedley Butler – Two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Governor Nixon:

The events in Ferguson have shown us daily that the looting and violence by a few is not being stopped, while the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition government for redress of grievances is not being respected. The current riot control tactics of the local police, rooted in outmoded techniques developed in the 1950’s – and only made worse by the ongoing militarization of our police – are failing the people of Ferguson, giving them a false choice between rampant looting on the one hand, and hyper-militarized police and curfews on the other (which also fail to stop the looting, leaving the mistaken impression among many of the American people that even more militarization and curtailment of free speech and assembly is needed).  Our local boots on the ground, made up of retired police officers, military veterans, and intelligence workers (with critical input from current serving Missouri police officers) have answers that could provide the people of Ferguson the relief they need and deserve while respecting their rights.   It is time to change a losing game.

The militarized police response we saw in Ferguson did not work.  All it did was violate the rights of peaceful protesters and media, alienate the community, and make our country look even more like a police state, with big, intimidating displays of heavily armed, militarized officers, in full “battle-rattle” and backed by BearCat type armored vehicles, firing CS gas and rubber bullets into peaceful protesters and even at media personnel, while failing to stop those relative few who were actually looting, throwing Molotov cocktails, and shooting.

The police focus on peaceful protesters, with lines of policemen equipped in riot gear, in fundamentally static positions – at best, slow, plodding, on-line advances – are easily thwarted by modern looters and thugs with cell phones and team work.  Such outdated tactics fail to apprehend those actually looting and shooting.

What they do succeed in doing is alienating the local population while risking additional shooting incidents due to unsafe gun-handling.  There were multiple instances of police officers pointing M-4s and sniper rifles at unarmed, peaceful protesters, media, and local residents just going about their business, in displays of spectacularly unsafe weapons discipline and methodology.   As one of our police sniper veterans pointed out, even police snipers deployed in response to prior incidents of shots fired should have used spotting scopes to observe the crowd and search for potential threats, not their rifle scopes.

Even worse were the well-publicized incidents of officers routinely pointing M-4s at unarmed protesters at close range for no apparent reason other than to intimidate.  An officer facing an actual lethal threat should be moving to cover, not standing there in a static bunch with other officers, using the rifle as a threat display.  And a properly trained and disciplined professional keeps his rifle pointed down, where it is pointed in a safe direction but still ready to bring up on target within a second at close range, and it stays pointed down unless and until he identifies an actual lethal threat, while he uses his presence and voice, first and foremost, to control the situation – all without covering anyone with his muzzle.

Such over-the-top threatening displays, with rifles pointed-in indiscriminately at protesters and residents, only anger and frighten the people and reinforce the perception that it is “the police vs. the people” rather than the police vs. a small number of criminals, while risking the lives of the very people our police are supposed to be serving.

And much like over-the top and indiscriminate threat displays and use of force in Iraq lost the hearts and minds of the locals, so too does it lose the battle for hearts and minds here at home – assisting in the agendas of those who wish to divide us along racial lines and create an “us vs. them” mentality among both the people and the police.

The overt displays of heavily armed officers lined up to intimidate the crowds were also tactically unsound for the officers themselves, leaving them exposed in the streets.  The more skilled the opposition, the more such tactics fail.  So far, it has only been random, inaccurate, handgun fire directed at the police in Ferguson, not rifle fire.  Against rifle fire, a long line of exposed officers standing in the open would be a disaster for the police.  One active duty police sergeant told us, “I don’t want my guys stationary – they just become targets for the thugs throwing bricks and taking pot shots at us with their pistols.”  The analysts in our group take this kind of feedback from the rank-and-file very seriously, and you should too.  And, again, it doesn’t get the job done.  It doesn’t secure the arrest of those who are looting and shooting.  It leaves the officers exposed while it only punishes and threatens those who are there to protest –  those who are not looting and shooting.

Likewise for the imposition of curfews, which violate the right of the people to peaceably assemble, while also failing to stop the looters and shooters who ignore such decrees.  The First Amendment prohibits “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” period.  It doesn’t add on “unless a politician declares a state of emergency and imposes a curfew.”   Nor does it say “unless other people are looting and being violent, in which case all of you lose your right to peaceably assemble.”  Curfews punish the peaceable majority for the actions of a violent few, and again, alienate the community and send the message that the police see them all as the enemy and seek to trample on the rights of all of them.

The local police are capable of handling the current situation in a way that both respects the rights of the people and gets the actual criminals off the streets, but only if a paradigm shift in strategy and tactics can be made.  The leadership, starting with you, Gov. Nixon, and on down the chain of command, must make the changes that are needed to bring sane, effective, and constitutional policing to this situation.

A Constitutional and Effective Strategy

One retired Special Forces veteran in our group suggested that instead of grouping the police officers in large blocks (50 to 100 men), that  you should break up these groups into rapid reaction teams of 20 to 25 officers and disperse them, staging them in places spread around Ferguson, with a focus on the looters, not the protesters.  Our intelligence and police veterans concurred, and added that you should also task some officers to go out in street clothes to blend in to the crowds and work as Scouts, identifying threats and looters.  The plainclothes Scouts should be directing the rapid reaction teams to protect the businesses from the ongoing crime, and refocus the police assets away from unconstitutional activities like shooting CS gas at peaceful protesters and enforcing curfews, and get to the business of putting the real criminals behind bars.   If you think you need more minority officers for this role, you could easily find them in the St. Louis County Police Department, St. Charles County Sheriff Department, and other local municipal police departments.  The plainclothes officers can identify and locate the trouble-makers and their caches and resources, such as gas cans and bottles for Molotov cocktails, bricks, etc., and they can also film the trouble-makers in support of later arrests and prosecutions.

Those plainclothes Scouts can also be directly backed up by small teams of five to seven additional plainclothes officers to take down identified looters in a manner that uses minimum force along with effective surprise applied only to the actual suspected looter.  And those plainclothes small reaction teams can be further backed up by the uniformed rapid response teams, if needed, as they apprehend the looters and shooters.   If possible, each officer should have a small, discrete camera – such as a badge camera – pinned to their clothing and running at all times, so that there is a recording of all that occurs.

An additional recommendation from one of our members was that, rather than closing portions of West Florrisant Avenue and ordering protesters to disperse, officers could place cones on the street to reserve the center lane for police use only (warning that any others entering that lane will be arrested), staging officers at various points along that center lane and using it for police vehicles, while leaving traffic free to move North and South (with appropriate turn lanes interspersed), leaving the sidewalks open for protesters and media, and not trying to confine either to any particular area.  That preserves the middle lane for police to move freely back and forth along that critical two mile stretch while not restricting free speech and assembly rights.

The initial response of the Highway Patrol, to deescalate and demilitarize the situation, was on the right track.  However, it also failed to secure the arrest of the looters.  In fact, officers were explicitly told to not go after the looters.  De-escalating of militarized policing against peaceful protesters was a good idea.  But the “de-escalation” toward the looters and shooters – intentionally NOT going after them – was insane and failed to protect the people and businesses of Ferguson.  Backing off and letting the looters run free failed to solve the problem and actually made it worse, with the success of the looters drawing trouble-makers from all over the country, who came to Ferguson to loot and shoot and incite more violence.  As evidence of the failure, we now have local business owners having to hire private security to protect them from looting because the police in their community are failing to do so.

De-escalation and demilitarization must go hand-in-hand with effective policing that stops the looters and shooters.  The officers must be told that if they see an act of looting or violence, they must arrest that man.   That needs to be the policy from the beginning to the end.  Again, we recommend the use of plainclothes officers and small reaction teams to effectively arrest looters and shooters while respecting the rights of the peaceable protesters.

With hundreds of criminals stealing the businesses of Ferguson blind and damaging private property, how many arrests of actual looters took place?   The percentage is embarrassing (and arrests of otherwise peaceful protesters for “failure to disperse” or “failure to keep moving” don’t count).  The Highway Patrol’s tactics did not work, and it is time to admit it.   It was a mistake to remove St. Louis County from a command role.  Instead, Governor, you should have directed them to use their considerable assets to go after the looters while respecting the right of the people to peaceably assemble.

Likewise, bringing the National Guard in for “force protection” secured the Command Location, but what about all the other locations where people’s lives were being destroyed?  The National Guard was not the answer.  Effective, smart, focused policing was.  You did the right thing by finally pulling the National Guard back out.  Now you just need to direct the application of effective, focused policing.

We need officers focused on looters, not on bullying the media and protesters.  We need officers to put violent criminals in jail, not shoot tear gas and rubber bullets at reporters too ignorant to not shine lights in the officers’ eyes while they are trying to work.  We need a Governor smart enough to reject the riot control tactics developed before cell phones – tactics that are now failing catastrophically – and smart enough to not try to stifle free speech and violate our Bill of Rights.  We need a Governor to show enough wisdom to lead our state by the Constitution rather than against it with ineffective abuses like curfews.  Governor Nixon, tell us you are wise enough to defeat the criminals without violating our rights. No, SHOW us you are wise enough to change your failing tactics and demand from your men that they discern between peaceful protesters and looting thugs.  SHOW US, you will protect the rights of the FREE PRESS and have the courage to demand your officers arrest the real bad guys.   Stop gassing the innocent and start arresting the looters!

Wisdom and discernment will go a long way on the streets of Ferguson, and it is time you focus the police on putting real criminals behind bars, not reporters and peaceful protesters.   It is time the people of Ferguson look up and see a beautiful moon, instead of a cloud of smoke and tear gas.  Truth demands change.

A Critical Warning

In closing, we must warn you that you are making a grave mistake by continuing the pattern of militarization and abuse of rights that we saw during Occupy Wall Street (with curfews imposed on peaceful protesters, who were wrongly ordered to disperse and then pepper-sprayed at point-blank range); with the egregious death of Marine combat veteran Jose Guerena at the hands of a Tucson SWAT team while serving a mere search warrant; during the response to the Boston Bombing (with families being ordered out of their homes at gun-point, with many veterans telling us that the people of Iraq were treated with more respect and consideration than they saw in Watertown, Massachusetts); and with the recent horrendous use of “First Amendment Areas,” military trained snipers, and militarized, heavy-handed Federal law enforcement at Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada that galvanized veterans from all across America to travel there to prevent that ranching family from being “Waco’d” (with the Washington Times later disclosing that the Obama Administration did, in fact, consider using military force against the Bundy family and their supporters, but thankfully decided not to).  Those examples only scratch the surface of a systemic problem that has been ratcheting up over the years in nearly every community in America, as Washington Post journalist Radley Balko has exhaustively documented.

The rapidly escalating militarization of America’s police is fundamentally incompatible with our Constitution and incompatible with a free nation, and inevitably leads to violence against We the People and gross violations of our rights, for which so many of our brothers have fought, bled, and died throughout this nation’s history.

For us, this is not about race.  This is about defending the Bill of Rights, which is a shield against government abuse that is meant to protect ALL Americans, of whatever color.  Those of us who served as Marine or Army infantry learned to see only one color: green.  Some of our brothers in our fire-teams and squads were dark green, while others were medium or light green, but they were all our brothers, and in combat, they all bled the same color – red – in defense of this nation and in defense of the Constitution, which each of us swore an oath to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  And the same can be said for those constitutional Sheriffs and police officers among us who still know what it means to be a peace officer, not a “law enforcer.”

The militarization of our police is not a “black problem.”  It’s an American problem, and it affects all of us.  Senator Rand Paul is right.  We must demilitarize our police.  Governor Nixon, you stand at a critical moment in history.  You must reverse course and set the example for other states to follow, to demilitarize our police and bring police methods back within the bounds of the Constitution.  A failure to do so will further place millions of us American veterans who still take our oaths seriously on a fateful collision course with a burgeoning police state that is going down the same road that other nations have traveled, with tragic ends.

Our grandfathers and fathers fought against totalitarian police states overseas.  Please don’t force us to fight against one here at home.   Demilitarize the police now, and let us all live in peace under the Constitution, with liberty, and justice, for all.

Missouri Oath Keepers

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  1. so.. has the FBI, DHS, or NSA knocked on the door yet? cause this is a thinly veiled threat to them one that if initiated could cost MANY lives on both sides of the fence, and no one wants to be the one to go first or if they do they have no idea which way to go to do so.

    I hope you really are ready for the burden of responsibility this will bring.

    [Editor’s Note: moman, you’ve missed the meaning in the title. Oath Keepers is not threatening the Governor. Try to think of why we used the word “warning” after you read the article again, more carefully, and perhaps you’ll see how we really meant that word in a new light. It was not a warning given as a threat against the Governor. It was a warning to all police departments in cities, and we gave that warning to save lives and reduce the militarization costs to taxpayers everywhere.
    Let me know, here in this comments thread, if you still have questions and I’ll look for a spare minute to type in a water-proof explanation for why it’s okay for us to have worded that title that way, okay? Thanks Bro.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

    NOTE FROM STEWART: It is called a letter of warning because we are warning the Governor that he is making some very grave mistakes that only perpetuate the growing police state and help to speed us all faster toward the coming conflict between that police state and liberty loving people. We wish to avoid that conflict if at all possible, but the only way to avoid it is if those in government realize where they are going and reverse course. So, yes, that is a warning. Sorta like “hey buddy, I gotta warn ya, the bridge is out down that road, so you aughta stop driving that way before you go over the edge.” Except, in this case, we are all along for the ride, and we can see that the bridge is out ahead, but the “drivers” – both Republican and Democrat, are so far refusing to listen. – Stewart

  2. I have two grave concerns. First, why woulidn’t Oath Keepers endorse this plan? And, why would Oath Keepers allow a public speaker like Dan Page to address the members and not take out the trash? Embrace one or the other. Embrace and endorse this plan and be true to your oath. Or, applaud the mentally ill Dan Page and be an abomination.

    [Okay. Before you go any further in your condemnations, I must let you know that there is a very solid explanation as to that video, and please believe me when I tell you that members of our Board and Stewart are bringing all the pieces together right now, with the help of Duane and other Missouri Oath Keepers. We will have a statement for CNN very quickly, and I hope you will read it as soon as it hits your inbox. (Presuming that you are on our mailing list.) One hint – Dan Page is not a member in Oath Keepers, and the second hint is that there are other factors we now have which will smooth a lot of ruffled feathers amongst our membership who are freaking out over the CNN thing. I’m suggesting a bit of patience for just a very little while, and then I think you’ll find that we’ve solved this PR problem. Thanks, Bro!

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

    NOTE FROM STEWART: Don Gray said ” why wouldn’t Oath Keepers endorse this plan?” We do endorse this plan. That is why it is on our main site, and why we sent it out to all our members and all our readers. And that is why I am asking our Missouri Oath Keepers to pass this letter out to everyone on the ground in Ferguson, as well as pass it out to police a National Guard all over Missouri, and deliver it to the Governor’s office. Remarkable that you would think we don’t “endorse this plan.” It was formed by our Missouri members, but we here at national were fully aware of it and in support of it, on several phone calls, and we are doing all we can to spread it around. – Stewart

  3. While watching the news coverage on tv, The first thing I noticed was how much the police looked like a bunch of red coats standing in ranks on the battle field. Talk about a target rich environment..!!!

    They might just as well had hung bullseyes on themselves. These guys would not have lasted long if there had been any reasonably trained rifle shooters in that crowd. And these guys are supposed to protect our rights…??? They will have a hard enough time protecting themselves if they continue to be that stupid.

  4. Dear Oath Keepers,

    I am not a Veteran, my Grandfathers, Father, Uncles and Father in Law were. They are gone now which I believe is a mercy to them as they would be horrified at what is happening to the America they defended and loved so very much. As I watch our Once Great Nation fall into total chaos, into a Totalitarian/Communist State I have to wonder what will be the fate of our next generation, it saddens me to think they will never know Freedom. I am writing to you because I want to thank you, for giving this old woman hope, hope for the people and hope for the next generation of Americans. May the Angels on high surround you all in the Light of God keeping you all safe, protected from those who would darken our Nation and the World. God Bless you All

  5. It all sounded great until I got to Order #5. In fact it sounded terrific, but need I remind you, we have already fought a war to settle the issue of secession. If you love this country, surely you would not be a party to its dismemberment.

    I gave you my email address, but don’t bother me with your rational for supporting a state’s right to secede.

    [Editor’s Note: P.J. Jacobs, you may want to read over our Order #5 in our list of “Ten Orders We Will Not Obey” once again. It says nothing at all about any State seceding from the Union, now does it? You have made a leap of ignorance, my Friend. State sovereignty has nothing to do with secession. State sovereignty is laid out very nicely by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1997 majority opinion in the Mack/Printz v USA (Bill Clinton) ruling. From Sheriff Mack’s booklet entitled “The Victory For State Sovereignty” Justice Scalia lays out the support for the Tenth Amendment. I will quote for you from pages 7 & 8 in Sheriff Mack’s booklet:

    It is incontestable that the Constitution established a system of “dual sovereignty”…. Although the States surrendered many of their powers to the new Federal Government, they retained “a residuary and inviolable sovereignty”…. Residual state sovereignty was also implicit, of course, in the Constitution’s conferral upon Congress of not all governmental powers, but only discrete, enumerated ones. Article 1, Section 8, which implication was rendered express by the Tenth Amendment’s assertion that “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. The Framers’ experience under the Articles of Confederation had persuaded them that using the States as the instruments of federal governance was both ineffectual and provocative of federal state conflict. The Framers rejected the concept of a central government that would act upon and through the States, and instead designed a system in which the state and federal governments would exercise concurrent authority over the people. The great innovation of this design was that our citizens would have two political capacities, one state and one federal, each protected from incursion by the other” – “a legal system unprecedented in form and design, establishing two orders of government, each with its own direct relationship, its own privity, its own set of mutual rights and obligations to the people who sustain it and are governed by it.”… The Constitution thus contemplates that a State’s government will represent and remain accountable to its own citizens. As Madison expressed it: “[T]he local or municipal authorities form distinct and independent portions of the supremacy, no more subject, within their respective spheres, to the general authority than the general authority than the general authority is subject to them, within its own sphere.” ….This separation of the two spheres is one of the Constitution’s structural protections of liberty.”

    There is a big difference in a State exercising its sovereignty and a State deciding to secede from the Union. Let me know if you have further questions, but for the time being, please know that our order #5 has nothing at all to do with secession – it deals with States Rights as provided for in the Constitution for the united States. Thank you for reading.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  6. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. – Marine General Smedley Butler – Two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor.

    AMEN. God bless. That is why we Fight and are willing to Die.
    That was then.

    But today: This man would NEVER be allowed to become General in todays king O environment.
    He would have been PURGED. Just like the America hater, poser president O, has done to other LOYAL, PATRIOTIC, US officers.
    Poser president O thinks if they put yes men and weaklings, commies, in charge as officers, that they can turn the troops against American citizens. From my experience I predict that these newly installed “commie” vetted officers will get FRAGGED once they tell troops to fire on American People. The officers may have “changed,” But the boots on the ground have more in common with General Smedley Butler. We Love our country, and Love the Bill of Rights. Unlike the poser president, “We Love the American people.”

    We have AMERICAN values. Not NWO commie, or weather underground ideology, as poser president O.

    No disrespect meant. Not meaning to be a wise ass. But to speak freely SIr.
    The letter you fine men sent is too long.
    The letter falls on DEAF ears. They just don’t care. They are bought. Paid for. The politicians have a NWO collectivist communist agenda. They WANT to kill us Americans. Look at how Ferguson PD pointed guns at unarmed peaceful protesters.
    Pissing against the wind trying to reason with TRAITORS. Pointless.

    It is impossible to reason with thugs trying to rob you, or kill you.
    When a thug puts a gun in your face.
    You either die quietly or FIGHT LIKE HELL.

    If you people won’t fight for your homes or the Bill of Rights.
    Then just be rounded up peacefully, quietly, by the DHS thug wanna be’s in black thug wear.
    We will ALL be rounded up one at a time, separately, just like Nazi Germany and the times of commie Stalin.

    The TREASONOUS O government is NOW setting up another FALSE FLAG.
    They need you to be distracted and afraid.
    FEAR is how the weak masses are controlled by despot TREASONOUS governments.

  7. Wow!

    you all found an excellent spokesman in Dan Park.

    I don’t think communism is what we have to worry about in US.

    [Editor’s Note: First, the name is “Dan Page”, not Dan Park. Yes, that police officer did indeed speak at an Oath Keepers meeting in Missouri, and yes that meeting was recorded and placed online so members who were not present at that meeting could replay it. But the officer is not, nor has been, a member in Oath Keepers. Nor does he represent us or speak for us. It would be wonderful if CNN would take that much time to search for the heart of our message about the Oath and play that over and over again for their audience – but they won’t do that. You, yourself, should know better than to think that this one disgruntled officer represents Oath Keepers. He was a guest speaker on the recommendation of a radio show host, and being as he was a police officer our Missouri Oath Keepers presumed that he would make a good presentation. Please don’t be so quick to judge, eh? Thanks Brother.
    Finally, just as an “fyi” for you personally, Oath Keepers fully endorses LEAP and is supportive in ending the idiotic and tragic so-called “War on Drugs”.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

    @@@@@@@@@@@Post Script@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    [Note by editor: Dan Park, it’s now the early hours of August 24, and I am out of minutes here but wanted to note that since I posted the above comment in reply to your comment, I have taken time to watch the video in full. It now appears that CNN has misrepresented what Dan Page actually said. In other words, CNN has lied to the public, and the proof that they have lied is in the actual video of the speech.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  8. @ moman, “so.. has the FBI, DHS, or NSA knocked on the door yet?”

    They have also been acting in an unlawful manner. Just because some person who serves within the government creates a “law” or “bill” does not make it lawful here. There are many that have been created that are actually what is called “color of law” (PRETEND laws), they have no basis in the US Constitution which is the REQUIREMENT here in the USA.

    What that means is that if those fake laws, bills are enforced it makes those doing the enforcing criminals – federal or state. The Oath they take makes them PERSONALLY responsible for their actions and “just following orders” and/or “just doing their job” is not a defense here in the USA (Read up on the Nuremberg Trials for precedents. Plus look up military and judges, etc that have been prosecuted even though the order came from a superior, the Oath is their PERSONAL guarantee that they understand the US Constitution and that they will support and defend it or can be held and charged, prosecuted.

    The Bill of Rights are “forbiddens”, they forbid those who serve within our governments from doing certain things or ALLOW certain things to be done ONLY under specific listed circumstances. Examples:

    Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    The ONLY way a warrant is lawful is if it is created in specific ways such as probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation has to be present. Then particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized is required or here in the USA it is criminal in action on those serving it in any other manner no matter what a person higher in the government says, be it a president or AG, etc. They are given the authority ONLY under those conditions listed.

    Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

    This flat out says that those who wrote the NDAA, Patriot Act, etc were actually committing a terrorist activity against the USA (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”), and quite possibly treason.

    Why? Because “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed… and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense”.

    It says exactly what HAS to occur to be lawful here in America. Again, anyone who is serving within our governmental bodies that do anything except those things listed are actually committing a terrorist activity against the USA, and quite possibly treason.

    So that warning lets those who should KNOW that those things are NOT allowed here in the USA to not enforce them or be made criminals, terrorists and traitors against the USA and her people. You see, that Oath says the conditions under which they are ALLOWED to occupy the position they are in. When they break it they no longer have any lawful authority, just force (like gangs, mafias, etc).

    Hope that helps you to understand better.

  9. this letter looks excellent, my thanks to them.

    dan page – i haven’t heard his entire 1hr speech yet (the one referenced) but plan to, but i already see a few things wrong with the guy and i don’t yet know if he serves God or satan, here’s why:
    1 – he talks of how to “win” earthly battles, i fight for good, not for a win, i don’t care if i lose my earthly life, EVERYONE WILL infact die and God will judge each of us individually. every life and death fight is about the afterlife – not this life, but those that aren’t seeking God always fail this test, i see it every day, i see it in the overwhelming majority of humans, i try to warn them, few listen.

    2 – he is too full of pride and people just aren’t awake what a serious sin that is; study the NDE of soldier Mario Lopez, he wasn’t even overly prideful at all just a pretty regular guy/soldier, and he found out how much sin this really is to God. page’s words about some people doing combat for a living being so much more dangerous than part-timers, yeah we all saw the movie 300 with the conversation between Leonidas and the Acadian, we get it. see #1.

    3 – the illuminati have shown they live by an odd set of rules and codes, one of which is they have to make some public display of what they are going to do (false flags), often in movies, etc. Page spoke of a ferguson-like incident long before it happened; was page simply following nwo orders?

    there’s only 3 kinds of people on earth,
    you either seek to serve God, or you seek to serve satan or think you are safe sitting on the fence; the latter 2 groups have already lost this spiritual war, all that’s left is their screaming.

    for me the jury is out on page until i study further, but first impressions aren’t good.

    – –

    P.J. Jacobs
    “we have already fought a war to settle the issue of secession. If you love this country,”

    this country is not your creator, i caution you seek God and love God instead, but that’s up to you, the results will be your own. the secede-we-fail argument is again fretting about earthly demise; no concern to those who seek Jesus. and if you think you still live in “america” you are utterly in denial, this has not been america since at least 2001 NDAA. i love americans, this govt is fake, it is comprised of puppets serving the nwo, i will protect good people “from all enemies foreign and domestic”. i am not offensive i am defensive, i ignore bad people unless they attack me or someone i know to be good – for example if i saw a crip beating a blood i would not intervene, i am not of the mindset to “shoot anything that moves”, this may put me at higher risk of being killed – only from this already temporary life, see how this works?

    my prepping is spiritual; my earthly preps are merely to provide temporary protection, comfort, and assistence, to those in need in our last days.

  10. I have to agree with Toby about the letter being too long and may I add, redundant. As for the tactics to bring order and peace to Ferguson. I don’t think the Governor is going to take it under advisement. Most he will do is to confer with the head of the departments who have their own ideas about crowd control. To confront peaceful protesters in military combat gear intimidates and agitates those who are already angry and should not have been used. Arresting the looters and violent protesters should have been their main objective and not pointing rifles at the peaceful marchers, hitting them with tear gas and rubber bullets served no purpose and only instilled more anger at the police. It is my understanding that there were trouble makers in the crowd who were trying to provoked the people to react with violence. It would have be wise for the police to have undercover men spotting these agitators and remove them quietly.

    Let the people assemble peacefully and have their march. It is what they do to express their anger in a peaceful manner. Those who get violent should be arrested immediately.

  11. Very well written.

    I was dismayed and disappointed that we didn’t see the same response in Ferguson that we did for the Bundy’s. IMO, the protestors argument that Michel Brown was murdered by an out of control cop bent of persecution is wrong and will be proven wrong as more evidence comes out. That said, those people still have a right to assemble and the government has no right to restrict them. They way the were waving their M4’s around was dangerous and menacing.

    Who among us would not take it as a mortal threat if confronted with somebody pointing a gun at us? Those officers are lucky they didn’t encounter an honest citizen that felt in fear of his or her life and responded to their heavy handed irresponsible threat with lethal force.

    Americans need to take the blinders off. Stop speaking out for only those that support a particular viewpoint. The free exercise of speech, regardless of viewpoint, is what needs to be protected. Left vs Right. Black vs White. Rich vs Poor. These are false divisions that are perpetuated for the sake of financial and personal gain.

    All Americans should stand with the people of Ferguson or the tactics used there will come to their towns someday soon.

  12. Though it was great to read such a well thought out and insightful letter…

    I must submit the observation that it, while valid if not masterful in content, is by virtue of the true nature of its recipient; Folly ignoring reality.

    “The local police are capable of handling the current situation…, but only if a paradigm shift in strategy and tactics can be made.”

    Sir, the strategy and tactics served most of the actual mission objectives well.
    On some level you know this. I believe this factor is better addressed in a forthright manner…

    I suggest we let Governor Nixon know that we and scores of others are aware of the agenda(s) he has apparently sold out to. These agendas must be exposed for what they are before we can expect a shift in strategy and tactics. IMHO.

    None the less, thank you for this and all your efforts.

  13. Missouri Oath Keepers,

    I am a member of this organization as well and after reading this entire document, I fully agree with all of your points; However, I felt that this document could have been worded more succinctly.

    Respectfully

    SFC David Farber, MDV USA (Retired)

  14. [Editor’s Note: Hey c-130 LoadMasterJohn;
    Your screed will be answered, but not until tonight. I’m afraid I’ve got to attend a public event all day today and will not have time to address your errors until tonight. I will say one thing – while you are wrong about many of your points in your comment, you are certainly right in stating that it is the government agencies/Departments (such as DEA and CIA) who are responsible for the over-whelming majority of volume of illegal drugs imported into the USA. That is correct. I will be back here tonight and help you with the parts which you do not yet understand. Thank you for posting.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

    “Finally, just as an “fyi” for you personally, Oath Keepers fully endorses LEAP and is supportive in ending the idiotic and tragic so-called “War on Drugs”.
    Salute!”
    Elias Alias, editor]

    Mr. Alias,
    Drugs are the MOST Evil bondage that can be DUMPED on a human being,
    Drugs DESTROY everyone and everything around them. Except the dealers at the top.
    Drugs are EVIL and should be STOPPED.
    The Legalization of marijuana is a GRAVE mistake. This “harmless” pursuit is a GATEWAY Drug and INTRODUCTION
    to Harder and more Addictive drugs. Because the gullible pot smokers think that other drugs are like pot. They are NOT.
    Drugs are a POISON and DESTROYER of humanity. The Harder Drugs DESTROY Lives, Marriages, Families, Children’s Lives.

    Marijuana is a Gateway Drug, Introduction to the DRUG CULTURE, and the HARDER ADDICTIVE POISONS.

    WE must STOP the Legalization of Marijuana by IDIOT politicians. They know all the above statements to be correct.
    That is WHY they legalize marijuana. They are cultivating the next generation of HARD Drug users for THIER IMPORTS.
    The Politicians use the Police and FEDERAL agencies to PROTECT the drugs that they themselves and their political contributers are shipping in.
    Why do you think Eric Holder armed drugs gangs?
    Why do you think Obummer OPENED UP OUR BORDER?
    So as the Politician and Fed Agencies “PRODUCT/DRUGS” could be brought in.
    They may have also brought in TROOPS to cause chaos as pretext to Martial Law. Why else would they ALLOW MURDERING CRIMINAL gang members into the Obummer Amerika? As a bonus, they brought in DISEASE that will spread and be a pretext for Martial law.
    (Problem, Reaction, Solution. Order out of chaos. It is how they operate. Staged events. False Flags. Use Fear to control citizens.)

    The Drug War is ONLY against the independent Drug dealers that are in COMPETITION with the Politicians Drug dealers.
    The Politicians and three letter fed agencies are the IMPORTERS and SELLERS of the DRUGS.
    THESE ARE FACTS.
    The “drug war” law enforcers are a protection unit, paid for by taxpayers, for the POLITICIANS and three letter spook agencies. The three letter criminal FEDERAL agencies take a few hundred thousand dollars and turn it into millions with drug sales.
    The Politicians take a few hundred thousand dollars and turn it into Millions with drug sales. With the marijuana legalization the Politicians get the TAX revenue AND prepare/cultivate a customer base. Being the gullible marijuana users, TURNING them into future CONSUMERS for their more PROFITABLE and HIGHLY addictive, human and civilization destroying Harder drugs.

    The above is the real world folks. I have known MANY fed employees and solid Military men, to QUIT their jobs once they were made aware of who they were REALLY working for. “Airplanes have intercom systems. Idiot Politicians are too ignorant to realize that Air Crew can hear their conversations over Intercom that they are having on our planes. “Those conversations and bragging were NOT Private Mr. Politician PUKES in suites.”

    The Czar Obummer, Eric Holder, the crooked Politicians are ABOVE the law. They are hard core CRIMINALS.

    Educate your children about drugs and drug dealing Politician pukes in suites. Our children’s FREEDOM and LIVES depend on protecting themselves from BOTH. Don’t be gullible.

    We are in Trouble people. The EVIL just keeps Increasing almost daily. All it takes for EVIL to overcome good is that Good men do NOTHING. –quote from a man much more talented and brighter than myself.

    You are Either part of the solution or part of the problem. Like man above stated. NO MORE FENCE SITTERS.

  15. Excellent tactical advice and excellent suggestions directed to Gov. Nixon. However, this lengthy diatribe will never be read in its entirety. More likely it will be set aside. It is far too long, repetitive, repetitive, repetitive, and preachy. Your really good ideas and key points are lost in a sea of words. Someone there needs to focus on communicating clearly, briefly as possible, in the proper tone and avoid dumping the whole bag full in a situation where brevity is called for.

  16. It should be noted that CNN was founded by a man who is on the public record stating he enjoys watching US troops getting killed the media is an enemy psyop and always has been

  17. I am very grateful for Oath Keeping Americans! I know not of any other group who has such integrity and testicular fortitude as you all do. As an American, I appreciate your good work, and I feel a little safer knowing you care so much about our people and our “old-fashioned” values, and actually are doing things like writing letters to those of import, and riding together with ranchers in places like Texas.

    Toda. Thankyou!
    LJ in Wisconsin

  18. I find this open letter to be outstanding. Was it delivered personally to the Governor, or was it simple published here?
    It is simple and to the point and these facts need to be stated blatantly and repeatedly. A warning? We are way past that stage.
    OK’s and all like OK’s have the moral high ground. It is time be make our principles clear. There is no turning back.
    United, We the People do stand.
    Thanks OK’s!!!

  19. Dan Page said things that a lot of people don’t agree with, but he also may have said a lot of things that other people agree with it all. Either way is irrelevant to the fact of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution besides the disclaimer Dan Page puts forth in the video that his words are his feelings and do not represent any organization he may or may not be a part of.

    And I think that’s all Oath Keepers needs to say about that subject. I certainly hope you don’t crucify the man. I understand he’s wound a little tight and his humor may be lost on some and regardless of some of his more insensitive comments I believe his hearts in the right place.

    I find it disgusting that Oath Keepers finds itself in the position to defend itself, instead of concentrating on more important matters at hand. And I know you guys have a hard enough time with the SPLC but anyone with two brain cells to rub together should be able to come here and see what Oath Keepers stands for.

    It is the main reason I came here as a non military member and signed up and pledged. You could say my grandfather, uncle and cousins served and while that may have some influence upon me, it was may ability to comprehend the warnings and blueprint the Founding Fathers wrote and disseminate who was adhering to their principles and who is not.

    I feel you guys will do what’s best. Just make it a point to emphasize the message and not so much bury Dan Page.

    In Liberty,

    Peter

  20. “There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.” – Marine General Smedley Butler – Two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor.
    Aren’t the above items the PRIMARY responsibilities of the Federal Government? Two important tasks they were assigned, which they are actively ignoring and violating?

  21. Many thanks for the well thought out, service and safety for all suggestions for police dealing with political protest. The legitimacy of Oathkeepers as grounded and truth seeking shines supreme here. Oaths matter and bound with experience and fair mindedness have no equal for preservation of the commons and our common wealth.

    Your second paragraph says it all…Militarized, weapon pointing, armor clad men who are focused on the protest and not the miscreants doing damage only create resentment and further resistance from all participants, not just the more radical minded. Pretty tough to remain peaceful when being treated like a criminal for exercising one’s Constitutional rights.

    I will send this to my entire email list and definitely reference your statement on any blogs that I frequent.

    Thank you for your dedication to honor and concern for our nation!

  22. P. J. Jacobs said “we have already fought a war to settle the issue of secession. If you love this country,”

    That’s pure hokum. The war between the states/war of northern aggression settled no such thing. It became an issue because the power residing in the district of criminals was used to stop the people from exercising their inherent rights and that of the states. It also became the vehicle for destroying much of the south which had the RIGHT to secede from a tyrannical government–which was headed by Lincoln. The federal government has very few duties, responsibilities……Not only does it NOT do its duties but it has usurped massive power and daily commits crimes against the people who are the sovereigns ABOVE any level of government.

    If states do not have the right to secede, where is the freedom and liberty in a country that supposedly espouses such? The people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    The issue of slavery was nothing that Lincoln cared about; it was apparently politically expedient for him to raise that issue. He was quoted as saying “………the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.” Let’s get our history correct, shall we?

  23. Elias….Reading over the replies to this open letter,I sympathise with you.Isn’t the inconvenience and expense we liberty minded people devote to the cause enough without having to beat back ill informed criticism from our members? It would be nice, before going off half cocked, if people like Moman and PJ Jacobs above learn to read and comprehend plain english on a page.Regarding nilistic comments about the uselessness of sending such a letter to the authorities,How the authorities respond is up to them.We,in our own concience, have to make every legitimate effort for the restoration of the rule of law – while meantime preparing for the worst.I and many other OKs have come to rely on your articles and postings for our own RTI education.Keep it up!

  24. This creature is no Oath Keeper — I cannot in good conscious call him a man. Far too good men have fought and died for the good of all Americans, I refuse to disgrace they and their sacrifice by association. Yes, I am opinionated. It comes with being a strong, independent, American woman who has done good work with the Oath Keepers in West Virginia.

    “The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012” (H.R. 5736) was proposed and approved in a hurry. The amendment updated the ancient Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987, clarifying that the US State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors may “prepare, disseminate and use public diplomacy information abroad,” but while also striking down a long-lasting ban on the domestic dissemination in America. This made it legal for them to begin pumping propaganda to US Citizens via TV, radio, and internet. They can’t very well leave the average American’s thoughts to chance, now can they?

    This isn’t conspiracy theory, this is FACT. We are not in North Korea, right here in the USA. Welcome to the land of the ONCE upon a time Free. 🙁
    Here is a bit more reading on the subject.

    http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/new-bill-legalizes-government-propaganda-and-disinformation-on-american-citizens/
    and
    http://consortiumnews.com/2012/06/11/defense-bill-legalizes-us-propaganda/

  25. To: Elias Alias:

    I Salute You and The Oath Keepers! I appreciate being informed intelligently as to the ‘Oath – True Oath and Constitution. Thank you from my heart and soul for your courage, strength and conviction – may G-d always be with you and protect you. I am a Senior American Patriot and Believe in Standing with America – We The American People and Fight for Our Given Rights. Excellent letter and suggestions to the Governor! In fact, these suggestions should be implemented in all states.’Warning’ is the ‘only title,’ but thank you for your explicit explanation. Everything that happens in life does have a reason. We may not understand, ignore and or not agree. Why did Barak Obama become President of Our Great Nation? This is a Powerful Question and there is ‘Not’ just one main reason and people will have their own opinions. However, the individuals who have been plotting against America for so many years – the hate for America – Liars and Manipulators – Dictators have literally come out of the closet (George Soros) and there was Obama! Obama is a Puppet – it has nothing to do with his leadership or being a jerk or he just doesn’t get it – Obama has an Agenda to Destroy Our Great Country and more so, ‘He Is Not An American.’ But Again, why did he win the presidency? We are all living in a time where Americans Do Not Care about America: Selfish, Greedy, “Just Leave Me Alon – I am Enjoying My Fun & Good Life.” So many Americans were tired and over-wrought with Politics – Dirty Lies and Sick of War on Any Level – Forgot about 911 and went with the ‘Hate Bush Campaign.’ Tactics Used Definitively by Democrats and listened to the hype of: America is an Empire Who Seeks to Destroy Other Countries. ‘In Walks Barak Obama!’ with His Manipulation of Truth For The People and America is Changing and America is ‘Not’ a Christian Nation. ‘Odes of Hitler!’

    However, the ‘winds are turning.’ Now, these Americans are Screaming for the Removal of Obama and they see the ‘lies and evil’ behind his smiles. They are taking notice of his ‘Dictatorship – Building His Own Military and Police Force.’ The Murder of Our Brave Men in Benghazi! We as We The American People Must Stand Up and With American – We Must Stop Ignoring the Lies and Manipulation of Barak Obama – We Must Take Him to Task Every Moment. We Must Not Ignore His Lies about Isis and Hamas. We Must Fight For and Defend Our Great Constitution. We Must Remember Our Own Oath. We Must See the Real and True Enemies! Are We, We The American People – Still We The American People? If So, we can and we will Stand Up and With Our Great United States of American – We Say this: No Dictators – No Kings – No Evil! Rhoda Gelman

  26. Reference the letter to Gov. Nixon: While it’s all well and good to criticize Nixon’s force deployment choices, the larger issue is pre-judgment of Officer Wilson. Nixon has either had a stroke or believes what he says. Inn either case, Wilson has been pre-judged by Nixon and the entire black community. Do we have a stance on that, or is that subject off limits?

    Mark

  27. You are in vital need of a proof-writer and a good PR person. This post, that I am responding to, is rife with ambiguities, bad logic and pure lies. These things do nothing to support whatever good I thought Oath-Keeping was all about. In this, we sound as ignorant and puerile as the people you are bad-mouthing. We sure don’t show more intelligence.

    The photo accompanying this article is very “middle school”; showing ‘F*** the Police’. Oh that will attract a lot of decision-making adult readers.

    If this is us, then I want out.

  28. I must point out to comenters here that the Wilson broken eye socket issue has been debunked, never happened, and secondly that Brown was engaged by Wilson because Brown was walking down the middle of the street. The stolen pack of cigars was never called into the police department according to interviews with the store owner as he did not want the aggravation for a buck ninety nine item.

    Per all of the anti-PrezZero hyperbole, anyone here who believes he personally has any power to exercise an agenda for turning America Marxist or Muslim or some other evil is very short on perspective.

    These machinations have been in process for decades. The powers that be care only for profit and war is the single most profitable activity of mankind…reduces the population, creates huge markets for stuff that does nothing to advance the commons and everything to advance the agenda of certain elements along with keeping folks like US distracted, in fear and unable to think critically.

    We all have our biases and the one thing that we need and which I see Oathkeepers perpetuating is an eye on the ball of what the Constitution and personal honor and integrity bring to the playing field…thanks again for your many brave stands.

  29. @ Mark Brady, re: “… Wilson has been pre-judged by Nixon and the entire black community. Do we have a stance on that, or is that subject off limits?”

    There are always opinions, but Gov Nixon , and the rest of those that serve within that state’s governmental body is REQUIRED by the position he, and they, hold to be constitutional in his, their, ACTIONS.

    The US Constitution says in Article IV: “… The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE SEVERAL STATE LEGISLATURES, AND ALL EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS, BOTH OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THE SEVERAL STATES, SHALL BE BOUND BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION, TO SUPPORT THIS CONSTITUTION; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    That means the US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it where it has jurisdiction, and the Bill of Rights is supreme.

  30. I for one am glad to see this open letter to Governor Nixon. As to some of those that posted about the lengthy letter or redundancy, well that is all fine. Better to beat them over and over with words of truth, much like the traitors and commies have beat many over the head with their ideas/beliefs of indoctrination as being true or the cure. By repetition, they have undeniably forced an aspect of their system upon those that chose ignorance instead of wanting to seek the truth about our CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. Those that seek to destroy what the USA is, are still hard at work by playing with words and manipulating the meaning of such simplicity as that laid out in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Thank you Oath Keepers everywhere…
    Semper Fi

  31. Via John Moore of The Liberty Man investigations and boots-on-the-ground there, the media referred to him as a “gentle giant,” a “youngster who just graduated from HS and was looking forward to going to college, which couldn’t have been further from the truth. Michael Brown, who was an adult, physically and legally (although our corrupt keeps referring to him as a child), was 18, 6’4” and 300 lbs. This was a very big man; a big, tough, violent criminal.
    What’s going on in Ferguson has been vetted as being orchestrated from the White House; direct daily communication with Governor Nixon and the WH according to people on the scene, which tells me Valeria Garrett is running the show with the Marxist, and Communists while Barry plays golf; people who hate the United States. Hate Americans. Hate freedom, individual enterprise, etc.
    Promises have been made to Governor Nixon that if he carries the water concerning what’s taking place in Ferguson, as directed, that it will be his ticket to either a Federal Judgeship, appointed as Attorney General of the US, or getting on the next Democratic Presidential ticket as VP.
    This violent thug, Michael Brown, is seen on video strong arming a convenience store clerk he was robbing. Another Travon Martin case; another thug being glorified and being the shallow justification of the blacks destroying yet another community. The black and white business owners were certainly happy to see a police presence there. There seems to be one good reason why the majority of the black communities vote for Obama. It’s always someone else’s fault, never taking responsibility for their own actions.

  32. I’m a newcomer, discovered this sight just tonight–glad to find you but please explain to those of us who don’t know, like me, who is Dan Page?

  33. There are so many issues wrapped up in this one issue, an issue that is not an issue. 20 year old shot by a black cop 2 days after mb was shot. Are white people rioting? Are we looting? Are we protesting? Answer , no. The 20 year old was innocent of any wrong doing, however, due to circumstances at the time, it appeared to police that the guy might be going for a gun. A cop, a black cop shot him. Despite the racism we see coming from black communites and yes, many are racist, white Americans believe, the black cop shot this guy to protect his own life, just as we would do. Where are the white rioters? Where is the looting? Where are the protests? There aren’t any. Despite the fact that a black cop shop a white man, and, we are seeing racist blacks running amuck, white Americans still do not think this black cop shoots white people just because he can. Yet, the black citizens of ferguson, protest, riot, loot and burn, because a white cop who was beaten by a black thug shot and killed the thug. This nation does have a problem with racisim , that problem lies at the feet of black racists. These people fight to see to it that they can murder, rape and loot white people without cosequence, they fight to opress whites and they have worked hard to bring about a militarized police. I am really torn on this, I see a group of people who personally, I think should be given a one way ticket to the nation they think they came from, Africa, assuming Africa would accept these blights on society. They aren’t fighting for freedom, they are fighting for oppression, they are not American, being American is an idealology,one they have not embraced. The cop who shot mb,most likley did so in defense of his own life and now is living in hell. The racist gun runner holder, runs to the town of ferguson, his intent? To put this cop in prison and encourage these people in their unjust actions and solidify their unjustifed hate. An innocent white man shot by a black cop, Americans believe the cop did so to protect his life. A black thug shot by a white cop , town is tore apart, the black people protest, false testmonies ran rampant, no thought , no concern for the truth or justice whatsoever by these racists. Their intent is to destroy. I realize you are justified in your letter, however, many Americans could care less about these black racists, we are fighting instead to see to it that justice is served and that if this cop is innocent, he does not go to prison to satisfy the hate of racists. I guess, in the end, you pick your battles, there are many battles surronding the town of ferguson , I choose to battle against black racisim in this particular situtaion.

  34. The editor Mr Elias should get serious about use of words and stop playing games. “Warning” to the Governor of Missouri is poorly chosen.

    The letter to the Governor of Missouri above is very intelligent, fair, and constructive except in one respect: Minority group. The medias showed Ferguson natives as black, Ferguson police as white. In the newspapers is claimed the black-white population of Ferguson is 80% black, 20% white. I only saw blacks, except a restaurant employee sawing plywood for his broken windows. According to the media, the Ferguson police department is 80% white, 20% black. I saw no black in Ferguson police uniform. So the rest of the world cannot understand, why can a black be President, but not policeman in the US? It’s ridiculous and stupid that Ferguson cannot employ qualified blacks who want to work in black communities.

    [Editor’s Note: CC, your statement reveals your own tendency to classify people by color or race. Dang, Mon! Please rethink your perspective on this. A police officer should be chosen by his qualifications, not for purposes of establishing a “percentage” of one race or another in the department. We have to learn to quit seeing people as “blacks” or “whites” or any other ethnic group. They are Americans, period. Can you agree with that? Thanks, Brother.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

    And PS: I did not write that warning to the Governor. The warning was not a threat to him, but was a warning about where police work in general is heading under the current blitz of militarization-of-police.

  35. Diana S above must think the teacher Charly Kennedy, who identified himself to media as having as pupil that eighteen year old black who got shot, is a liar. Maybe Diana S should take the trouble to visit the school in Ferguson where the deceased was pupil instead of armchair propaganda for her ideology which is superficial thinking.

  36. PS: Life in military service and in combat is not to be mixed up with daily community life. The shopkeepers, kids, police in a small town like Ferguson should know one another.

  37. DianaS
    From my perspective the young man murdered is mostly a child.
    Young men go through difficult times figuring things out in the process of growing up.
    My guess is that maybe some alcohol was involved. When young men drink they get stupid.

    As a long ago Football player I got knocked on my back too many times to count by
    men over 6ft 300lb. I survived. I also got into fights a few times on the field, and off the field, with
    some of these men the size of Gorillas. I survived without a gun.

    I didn’t see a violent thug in the video. I saw a young man acting stupid and goofing.
    Maybe causing a little trouble? But not a violent thug.
    Maybe they had a few drinks. Maybe they did take stuff? Maybe not? I wasn’t there.
    But taking stuff should not end in a young man UNARMED being MURDERED.

    POLICE MURDER PEOPLE EVERYDAY. POLICE NOW SHOOT PEOPLE”S DOGS.
    Police are OUT OF CONTROL. They are ABOVE THE LAW and MURDER without CONSEQUENCES.

    I’m not afraid of thugs. I’m not afraid of 6ft tall 300 lb guys either.
    But I have my attorney’s number on my cell speed dial. I hit that speed dial and have my attorney ON THE PHONE if possible. Anytime a cop has pulled me over. If not my attorney I contact friends IMMEDIATELY and have them on the phone while I have ANY interaction with Police. MANY Police ARE DANGEROUS TRIGGER HAPPY THUGS. Bullies with a grudge, a badge, a gun that they seem to WANT to use. I have had Police come to the side of the truck shaking in fear for a simple traffic stop. They were scared kids. Probably never been in a fight. Never seen combat. Never been tackled double or even triple team tackled by 6ft+ 300Lb guys. I believe that is part of the problem. They are just afraid? ANY fearful animal is Dangerous. Not only to others around them. But to themselves. I believe the young man shot was afraid. That is why he fought back. I believe the officer involved was afraid. So he Murdered a young man instead of dealing with the situation in other non lethal ways.

    The training Police receive is part of the problem. They are NOT military. They are NOT supposed to treat their fellow citizens as ENEMY COMBATANTS. Police need to understand levels of threat. Levels of appropriate violence. Restraint.

    I know what an enemy combatant is. It is NOT my fellow American. Red, yellow, black, white, brown, does not matter. We are all Americans. We have the Bill of Rights. Rights given to us by GOD. NOT government. We are human beings that have a right to life.

    I doubt this comment wiil allowed to be posted. People are uncomfortable with truth or a perspective other than their own narrow viewpoint. There are cops that read this that would want to MURDER me for the words in the post.
    They have been snooping and sniffing my wi fi router. Guess I said something here they don’t like? I have earned the right to exercise my Bill of Rights. I will continue doing so. I also will Keep my Oath. God save our AMERICAN Republic.

    [Editor’s Note: WilliamT, I would like to point out to you that there are a lot of police officers among our membership here at Oath Keepers. Those guys and gals are not robotized mechanical-minded agents of government, but instead are interested in serving and protecting We The People. Please understand that there are many very fine Americans serving as police officers all over America, and it is not fair to them to lump all cops together when condemning police violence and militarization. There is the fact that way too many cops nowadays are victims of overly-stressed militarization in their training, programming, and conditioning. Those who allow their training to over-shadow their basic perception of how to be a “good guy” are unwittingly (in most cases) oppressing the people – they just don’t see it that way. That is why I write for Oath Keepers. Our organization shines a clean white light upon the spectacle of “law-enforcement training” and helps our cops and soldiers and firefighters remember where to find their individual conscience. Oath Keepers is very proud of our police members especially at this time in America’s history, in which our police are being Federalized. We salute all police who can remember their original purpose in joining the police forces across America, where their communities and families live and work. Those are, whether they join Oath Keepers or not, the true champions of police work in our nation.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  38. Your letter was well stated Sir and thank you for your service to our nation.
    There is a situation I came across that all Americans need to be aware of as we have been sold out. Source Smoke and Mirrors. The author has left a section open for all to read in hopes of action being taken. It is Clear Horizon. http://smokeandmirrorsbook.com Click on Clear Horizon Pgs. 1- 8 are about the bank bail out. Pgs. 9 – 19 tell of our American land as security for a loan due in 2020. Done without Congressional approval.
    I am posting this on every blog I can in an effort to make people aware of what has happened in hopes we can take action to stop it and hold people accountable for what they have done to the greatest nation God has ever constructed.

  39. I thought this was an excellent letter. It has been a long time since I saw anyone offer solid suggestion or a game plan on how to fix/change a problem. While most are just complaining or bashing the police, you all gave it some serious thought and gave some very good advice and suggestion. Very nicely done.

  40. “A failure to do so will further place millions of us American veterans who still take our oaths seriously on a fateful collision course with a burgeoning police state that is going down the same road that other nations have traveled, with tragic ends.

    Our grandfathers and fathers fought against totalitarian police states overseas. Please don’t force us to fight against one here at home. Demilitarize the police now, and let us all live in peace under the Constitution, with liberty, and justice, for all.”

    Like the enemy within our nation always lets their intentions known to all with media released propaganda through movies and television shows and news reports, we as “True Americans” have a moral obligation to let our enemies know what they will ultimately face if they continue to push our resolve. The last several paragraphs in this open letter made by our brothers in Missouri does this in an outstandingly cryptic yet easily understandable way, good job men.
    The Department of Defense has published the training manual that sets out exactly what these people of the Ferguson Police Department were doing. They were being advised by DHS, DoD and other federal agencies. The only steps that are stated in this DoD manual that they did not take were targeting and eliminating by sniper fire the leaders of the protest. I would expect this action to by utilized in the future.

    I agree that we must first let the Governor know that the tactics used are not in any way Constitutional nor will they be successful and I thank the Missouri Chapter of Oath Keepers for their participation and learned advice to Gov. Nixon which I am afraid will fall upon deaf ears and blind eyes. The Hegelian concept of Problem, Reaction, Solution and the usurpers concept of never letting a crisis go to waste is being played out before our very eyes, this was a Beta test folks. Those who have their heads out of their southern point of contact know what is going on and what will fallow in the days to come.

    Like our founding fathers, we have tried for years to express our grievances and receive just change and honorable actions from our state and federal governments to no avail. These bodies of governance just keep militarizing and building their police state tyranny stronger and stronger day by day without regard to what will befall both themselves and many of us in the outcome of their planned end game. I have read the whole article and the comments here and see that there are many true Americans and Oath Keepers giving their opinions but I have read many sock puppet government paid shill comments too, several of which lead back to government servers. This only lets us know that we are a force to be reckoned with and the domestic enemies do have us on their radar. If that makes some who are members leave for fear of retribution from these traitors then so be it and good riddance, you will just be a security problem and most likely get some good person killed in the future.

    In the final equation, this event is just the beginning and true patriots should be aware that these types of happenings will only grow in frequency and with greater violence in the future so keep your heads on a swivel and stay ever diligent and prepared for the coming storm because you are all legitimate targets that have already been classified, categorized and listed for purging, so make a plan, start a CPT in your area and train like your lives depend on it because they most surely do. This government is bent on the Democide of certain segments of the population of which we as Constitutionalist and veteran gun owners are members of, and they are equipping and training very hard to commit it. Go For Broke!

  41. Edit. Zero need to write a book, especially since everyone under the sun has already commented. you walked a fine line, not very well, to appear anti-law enforcement. No need for that. We support LE. The presence of military-like vehicles and dress is no excuse for civil rioting and provocation of LE. This matter is much ado about less than advertised. This was not a fair fight, (media vs LE) but rather an ambush. Tiny town all of a sudden beseiged by int’l media, AL Sharpton, DOJ. FBI, NAACP, ETC. Leave town and let the local justice system proceed.

  42. oathkeepers im not a veteran im 40 i love my country and im mixed so i know racism on both sides im not at all racist but i been feeling so helpless and suffering for my kids, you kids and family because of this imposter president and his agenda im in tears right now because you have given me some hope and i want to thank you for that. thank you for who you are so much. GOD bless you all

  43. When the American commies killed JFK I was a freshman in high school on my way to art class . As I made my way to class I noticed everyone was crying and I mean everyone ! The kids , teachers , everybody and I thought to myself now what ! I found out what had happened and I cried ! At the time I went a long with what was being said by the TV news , over the next 50 odd years I have come to the truth that it was only the first shot in a war to remove my beloved America from the world ! NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF OUR COUNTRY ! Standing by awaiting orders , Jansen G A B842212 ……………………………… CQ CQ Alpha Bravo Charley is anyone out there ? CQ CQ Alpha Bravo Charley is anyone out there ? BROKEN ARROW I say again BROKEN ARROW ! For Gods sakes is anyone out there ? My position is being over run …………………..

  44. This covert war on liberty has been ongoing and continual in America since before the ink was dry on Cornwallis’ signature to the terms of surrender at Yorktown in 1781… It is the black nobility thats been walking the earth for centuries, and its still the same bloodlines all the way too…They’re plan is going from covert to overt, hot.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims
    may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under
    robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
    The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity
    may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us
    for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so
    with the approval of their own conscience.” ~C.S. Lewis

  45. My Opinion; just as we can’t choose our relatives we can’t choose our messenger of truth. First off: The one thing every military personal should remember from their training is you are taught to be direct and to the point with no fluff. This explains Sgt Page’s demeanor while delivering his message. Secondly; weather you like it or not, statistically; it is instinctive of older males too not want females in harms way. (Front lines of the battlefield) the same way as a colony of ants or bee’s: they will protect the queen at all cost causing unnecessary risk to themselves and other, knowing that should they loose the queen the colony will collapse. Thirdly: as for homosexuals in the military; older enlisted men find the majority to be somewhat feminine and emotional in nature, which is not conducive in battle for their safety and the safety of others on the battlefield. So in conclusion: you don’t dismiss pertinent information just because you find fault with the messenger

  46. OathKeepers I’m waiting to read what you have to say about the policeman that CNN showed on T.V. saying he was addressing an oathkeepers meeting. I’m on the email list and haven’t received anything about it either.

    [Editor’s Note: Ed, hang in there, Bro. It’s coming, I assure you.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  47. When Riot Police attack media (nightly), then we know where we are headed. No matter if Officer Wilson is adjudicated right or wrong, the events in Ferguson will jack-up most departments. We’re on a road to hell…

  48. Yea it will probably be martial law befote or after the elections. Well i got 2 infants no friends no family i live in las vegas nevada and im 100% American and ready and willing to contribute with my life to protect America and my countrymen does anybody have abvice on who i can contact here in las vegas for safety and contributing to what is sbout to come?

  49. @Guy Mendenhall, It would be appreciated if you didn’t speak in ambiguity and actually give some examples of the criticisms you have – especially the lies that you reference. I have been onsite multiple time and have personally witnessed many of the police actions that are described in this letter. So, instead of spouting “middle school” nonsense do the adult readers a favor and show some intelligence in your response.

  50. The media misrepresented what Dan Page said. The “black” in “Black little perverts” doesn’t refer to Black people, but to the Black robes of supreme court judges.

  51. I’ve loved nothing more than to be part of a well rounded militia who has the right ideas in mind I’m a citizen dammit and police brutality is sickening how can we free loving Americans continue to let this happen I love American and our veterans whether your black,white, or asian we deserve to all stand for all rights and if thateans standing our ground so be it

    [Editor’s Note: Jesse, you and your good neighbors need to put pressure on your County Commission to form your lawful, government-sponsored militia. The Constitution requires the States to maintain and regulate their militias. This should be done through County and State ordinances, the way it used to be in America. Keep the faith, and work hard to make it happen. Thank you.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  52. I salute the Honorable General that wrote such a compelling letter of warning! I stand with the General and agree 100% with his statements. Oath Keepers stay the course!!

  53. Why is it so neccasary to keep insisting dan page is not an oathkeeper as if we as oathkeepers are ashamed of this thirtynine year veteran of the army and thirtysix year veteran of the police force for speaking what he believes to be true. whether you agree with dan on all some or none of his comments the point being overlooked is that we and all americans should be defending his right to speak his mind. just because he is a police officer does not mean he loses his right to free speach. why are people quick to back ferguson proestors right and not dan pages and as far as i can see the police showed alot of restraint while being shot at ,pelted by bricks and bottles of urine

    [Editor’s Note: Jim, Oath Keepers does defend Mr. Page’s right to his opinions and his right to express those opinions. If you cannot see yourself why he forces us to put a little distance between the standards our organization stands for and his blatant insensitivity, that is okay too. But you have to agree to allow us to set the tone and mood of what we stand for as an organization. Crude allusions and insensitivity are not our cup of tea. Thank you for bringing up that point. I hope you can relate to my answer.
    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  54. I understand the warning, but YOU guys are liberty loving patriots, so ultimately it is you guys and every other liberty loving patriot that will ultimately lead to ( if necessary) the next American revolution if things continue on course, so while it is a warning, it could also very easily be construed as a threat. or even a promise, of retaliation.

    which if it really becomes so necessary I fully support it to continue our inalienable rights and freedom.

    and like I said to initiate, such a reaction places a great burden of responsibility on both parties, if it comes to that, they will both be responsible for huge casualty numbers. I’m not trying to knock you guys at all, in fact I respect what you stand for, and I realize the line isn’t always an easy one to walk without sometimes being polar about issues.

    I just sincerely hope we do change course, but it does seem like the people in office forget they are there to represent a constitutional republic, rather than a democracy, so while they represent the people, they also need to represent the constitution and respect the rights of the individual.

    as a friend once told me, a democracy is dictatorship by the many.

  55. Thank you for your principled stand in Ferguson. Please take a moment to click the link below and read the blog posts of Shaun King regarding the developing situation in Ferguson.

    http://land-of-propaganda.tumblr.com/post/99171566414/land-of-propaganda-there-is-a-war-coming-in

    It’s been evident to many of us from the start that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting of Michael Brown. It’s also quite clear that Ferguson PD Chief Thomas Jackson’s hollow apology was an effort to appease the locals in anticipation of a refusal to indict. We all know how well that was received.

    The unrest following Jackson’s failed and incomplete apology was the signal to those in authority that the protestors were not going to go away. From that moment on, there’s been a steady escalation of antagonism, complete with a very clear instance of an agent provocateur sent in to give the pigs an excuse to bust heads — which did not work. Then on a subsequent date, pigs charged demonstrators on the sidewalk — also in a blatant attempt to incite violence.

    Shaun King’s blog paints a grim picture of what the authorities have planned for Ferguson.

    We need you. We need our veterans to come forward and stand with demonstrators on the front lines. Police violence cuts across all ethnicities and classes. And the specter of tanks and other military ordnance mobilized against American citizens in an American city clearly is something none of us wants to see.

    We are issuing a similar call to action to American clergy. We realize that the presence of military veterans, who embody love of country, valor and democracy; and the clergy, who embody high moral principles, compassion and brotherhood, may be the only thing that can stop the juggernaut of tanks and military personnel in full riot gear poised to confront the citizens of Ferguson.

    We need a phalanx of veterans and clergy to stand shoulder to shoulder with Ferguson’s citizens in a “Wall of Conscience” in support of the right of American citizens to peacefully assemble and assert their 1st Amendment rights, to stand against the alarming militarization of police operations in Ferguson and around the country.

    Imagine the potential PR nightmare! It is the threat that will maintain the peace and keep the citizenry safe.

    BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE NEED YOU IN FERGUSON AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!! We cannot afford to wait for next Friday’s Weekend of Resistance to begin. By then, the city of Ferguson may already be physically isolated. WE NEED YOU NOW!!!

    Thank you again — and blessings.

    Kathleen Wills

  56. Oh and to cal, I understand the constitution and following bi-laws, doesn’t mean they follow it, and if current trends are any indication, their operation under color of law while being granted immunity to persecution leads to one thing, they get what they want, PERIOD. it wouldnt’ be a pretty outcome I am willing to bet but let’s face the reality, these words are all well and good, but the reality of the situation is they will do as they please until a citizens miltia of considerable size with enough support backing it steps in. IE the bundy ranch incident. they only understand numbers with ability of return fire.

  57. I am amazed that you folks have finally awakened to the presence of the police state. for this I was persecuted when I was a member, and finally banned. At that time all I had done was to try , and educate the members who were police, or retired to clean their own house, to make their brothers in blue understand that the path the police were taking was dangerous,wrong, and unconstitutional.
    I am not a cop hater, nor ever will be. Just one who when injustice raises it’s ugly head, will address same without prejudice . I am vindicated.
    Edwin : O’Keefe


    [Editor’s Note: You are too easy to be “amazed”. Oath Keepers was created to prevent the police state, Dude. I moved to Montana thirteen years ago to get away from the police state in Atlanta and Memphis. The fact that you claim we at Oath Keepers are just now awakening to the presence of the police state indicates that you never bothered to read my five piece article on the SWAT raid at Tucson in 2011. It also proves that in your zeal and zest to assert your ego’s superiority you managed to blast and blunder with stupid verbosity which insulted us and caused us to see that you viewed us as your students and exegetes — in other words, your arrogant rhetoric insulted us. Now you’re here to pat us on the head like we’re good little doggies who finally brought you the right bone. Whatever you want to think is fine with me, but your superiority doesn’t float here.
    Go read all five installments of this from 2011 and let me know if I’m just now awakening to the presence of a police state, okay? Thanks.

    Part One: https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/05/16/an-empire-strikes-home-_-part-one/

    Part Two: https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/06/21/an-empire-strikes-home-_-part-two/

    Part Three: https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/08/15/an-empire-strikes-home-_-part-three/

    Part Four: https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/11/09/an-empire-strikes-home_part-four/

    Part Five: https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/11/09/an-empire-strikes-home_part-five/

    You’ll do better in this world if you learn to talk to people as equals, not talk down to us as if we are your inferiors who need to learn from you. Note that your attitude toward us did not get you very far with Oath Keepers.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  58. Most Governors are criminals, a few States are fugitive States, most States could not pass admission to the Union standards if they were kicked out, during readmission processes many State sponsored crimes would be exposed. Most States are very dependent and need the Union, there is where the battle lies for the ones that want to bail out, get the crooked ones kicked out and expose the corruption that the corrupt ones need, and thereby you will have your legal argument with worldwide appeal, you all lawyers don’t know tactics very well, do you? Remember Succession? Told you all yeas ago it would die out, I was right, you all had the wrong tactics.

  59. Stewart, How long do we set back and allow this president use things like this to implement the national police force he so boasted about during his election. He is making the local police of every town USA look like a bunch of yahoo’s by the getting the governors to issue stand down orders. If this is allowed to go on game over, civil war on the home front

    RESPONSE BY STEWART: And that is exactly why it is critical that we Oath Keepers show our fellow Americans a better way, like we are doing right now in Ferguson, by successfully guarding four businesses. We are showing them that they must protect themselves and each other so we are not vulnerable to manipulated crisis and incompetence (usually there is a mixture, depending on how high up the ladder you look). The reality is that it ALWAYS comes down to the locals having to defend themselves and each other. There are just not enough cops to do that during civil unrest. We saw that back in the Rodney King riots, when the Korean store owners and their families had to defend their stores, and they did so successfully. There were burned out and looted buildings all around them, but their buildings were intact. And we saw it again during Katrina, and we see it after every Hurricane, with people standing on their front lawns with shotguns and rifles in their hands, protecting their neighborhoods. That is what it takes.

    And that is ESPECIALLY what it takes when there are also power-hungry elites who seek to maximize human tragedy, crime, and chaos for their own ends. They want us to believe that there is no answer other than emergency decrees, “setting aside” our Constitution (as the Second Amendment was “set aside” during Katrina) in the name of security, and even justifying martial law if it is bad enough. Here, we see an intentional, systematic failure to protect small business owners, while the posh fat cat politicians and their expensive buildings are always, always protected. The people are made desperate, destitute, and full of fear, and then they are told “now, you must give up EVEN MORE of your rights, for your own good.” They are told that they must militarize the police even more.

    The answer is to guard yourselves, and come together as a community to mutually protect each other. That has always been the answer. That is how we counter this manipulation of crisis – by doing what the “authorities” refuse to do – secure and protect those businesses. If We the People stop the looting and arson ourselves, that kills the perceived need to set aside the Bill of Rights, and preserves the rights of both the property owners and their employees and any peaceful protesters, while also killing and defusing the push toward a race war, and it also kills any justification for further militarization of police.

    And so, we are not just sitting by as this happens. We are doing exactly what we need to do – teach the people what the Founders expected us to do in such situation. Remember, we are supposed to be the militia, the security of a free state. That is supposed to be us, the people, not the government. The Founders understood why that was necessary, and why you will not be either free nor secure until we get back to that reality and that timeless truth. We the People means just that, in all things. Not, “they the government.”

    it is funny, but sad, when I see comments on some article or forum discussion about our team in Ferguson, and someone says “they are trying to do the cops’ job, and they need to stop.” No, we are doing OUR job, as Americans, and to the degree there is a lack of security, it is due to Americans not doing their own duty as the security of a free state. Protecting ourselves and our communities has always been our “job” – our duty. Always has, always will be. The only question is will we, as a people, remember that in time, or will we leave that power vacuum to be filled with a hyper-militarized police state? The elites want us to stay home, leave it to the police, and then when the police, and even the Guard, fail to protect people and their property, they will demand even more power, and many people will be tricked and scared into giving up what little is left of our Bill of Rights.

    We, as Oath Keepers, have a duty under our oaths to lead the way. We MUST do it. And we will. And we ARE, right now in one small strip mall in Ferguson, guarding the bakery of a black woman, along with the businesses of her Asian and white neighbors, all of whom came together, united, and accepted our help. You may have heard the annoying chant “this is what democracy looks like!” Well, those united shop owners, of various races, standing together, and joined by American veterans standing guard all night, is what a Republic looks like! Now, we need to teach them and their families how to guard themselves. We will always be willing to help, but they must also become their own guardians. That is liberty. And that is what the Founders Republic really looks like. The shop-owner with shotgun or rifle in hand, joined by his neighbors, whether veterans or not, all trained, equipped, and organized as the militia. That is what we need to restore.

    And that is how we stop this. How to get there from here? CPT. Neighborhood watches. Sheriff’s Posses. And it all starts with each of you looking in the mirror, and accepting that public duty to step outside your door, knock on your neighbor’s door, and get that neighborhood watch started. Got team? Got watch? And when it comes to stopping looters and arsonists, the fundamental questions are: who’s on your buddy team? Who’s on your fire team? Who’s in your squad? Got team? Well, do you? If not, then get on it. Build a team. – Stewart

  60. I have a team of 4 vets, but the average person in our community; if anymore asleep would be comatose. The normalcy bias is so thick it’s impossible to break through. I’ve got my end covered and appreciate the reassurance from you on yours.
    Thanks: Rick

  61. Core Document
    Declaration of Independence

    July 4, 1776
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    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    [Georgia:]

    Button Gwinnett
    Lyman Hall
    George Walton

    [North Carolina:]

    William Hooper
    Joseph Hewes
    John Penn

    [South Carolina:]

    Edward Rutledge
    Thomas Heyward, Jr.
    Thomas Lynch, Jr.
    Arthur Middleton

    [Maryland:]

    Samuel Chase
    William Paca
    Thomas Stone
    Charles Carroll of Carrollton

    [Virginia:]

    George Wythe
    Richard Henry Lee
    Thomas Jefferson
    Benjamin Harrison
    Thomas Nelson, Jr.
    Francis Lightfoot Lee
    Carter Braxton

    [Pennsylvania:]

    Robert Morris
    Benjamin Rush
    Benjamin Franklin
    John Morton
    George Clymer
    James Smith
    George Taylor
    James Wilson
    George Ross

    [Delaware:]

    Caesar Rodney
    George Read
    Thomas McKean

    [New York:]

    William Floyd
    Philip Livingston
    Francis Lewis
    Lewis Morris

    [New Jersey:]

    Richard Stockton
    John Witherspoon
    Francis Hopkinson
    John Hart
    Abraham Clark

    [New Hampshire:]

    Josiah Bartlett
    William Whipple
    Matthew Thornton

    [Massachusetts:]

    John Hancock
    Samuel Adams
    John Adams
    Robert Treat Paine
    Elbridge Gerry

    [Rhode Island:]

    Stephen Hopkins
    William Ellery

    [Connecticut:]

    Roger Sherman
    Samuel Huntington
    William Williams
    Oliver Wolcott

    Source: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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