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Heroes: Oath Keepers Come To The Rescue In Ferguson

Oath Keeper stands watch over store as protesters walk by in Ferguson via Bearing Arms
Oath Keeper stands watch over store as protesters walk by in Ferguson via Bearing Arms

This article comes from BrennerBrief.com

by Renee Nal

I feel a lot better having those guys up on the roof.” – Ferguson resident Greg Hildebrand

“Historically, the government almost always fails to protect people.” – Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers

Despite a militarized police force and an unfulfilled promise of  National Guard protection in Ferguson, dozens of businesses were vandalized and many were even burnt to the ground, as reported at Broadside News. The riots inevitably ensued after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, who was killed after a scuffle with a police officer, but not because he was a black American.

The Oath Keepers have taken it upon themselves to protect the residents and the peaceful protesters of Ferguson, who have been living in fear as they see their neighborhood crumbling around them. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported in a must-read article on Saturday that “volunteers affiliated with a 35,000-member national organization called Oath Keepers” are maintaining a presence in Ferguson.

Yale Law School graduate and libertarian Stewart Rhodes said by telephone from Montana that he founded the group in 2009 to protect constitutional rights, including those of protesters confronted by what he described as overly militarized police.

But Rhodes, who said he is Mexican-American, was quick to assure that Oath Keepers is not anti-government. He said those pulling rooftop security in Ferguson are current or former government employees and first responders, many who have intense military, police and EMS training.

“We thought they were going to do it right this time,” Rhodes said of government response to the grand jury decision released Monday night in the Darren Wilson case. “But when Monday rolled around and they didn’t park the National Guard at these businesses, that’s when we said we have got to do something.

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“Victor Clark, a dentist at Ferguson Dental on South Florissant Road, said he was happy to have their free assistance. He wants to reopen soon. On Monday, rioters shattered the front door and window, stole dental needles and anesthetic.

Then Oath Keepers showed up out of the blue. “We gave them our keys,” he said. “We didn’t know that much about them, but we got a feeling of trust. You have to do something to protect our building.”

Commenting on the article at oathkeepers.org, Stewart Rhodes thanked author Jesse Bogan, who, he said “deserves our thanks and gratitude for reporting fairly and accurately, which is, sadly, such a rarity among mainstream media that have covered us.” ,

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  1. Oath Keepers are “NOW” the true line in the sand for “We the People” to protect our rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I pray that the Tea Party are the true Conservatives they say they are as well, and all the other Conservative organization as well. That line in the sand has been well established over 238 years ago and it’s a deep penetrating part of “We the People’s” history and reaches the SOUL of any and all real Americans (Patriots), and we will not stand for anything less than true Freedom and Liberty. May God bless all Oath Keepers and keep them safe from the current and coming TYRANNY..!!! God Bless America, AGAIN!

  2. @ Dr Michael J Williams

    I agree.

    They now fear Oathkeepers the most because they are showing the people what the people are constitutionally required, and lawfully, can do. That is most dangerous to the traitors of our nation who are in office.

    They want sheep, not wolves in sheep clothing. Any chance there is a CPT there that can teach those civies that were guarding also (if they want. Show them Brandon’s Article – this part has got the most interest in all that I have shown it to:

    “The latest class on combat medicine covered blood stoppage. As a prop, I fired a .308 round through a Christmas sized ham (yes, a perfectly good ham) at about 50 yards (the most common range in which contact is made). One of our resident medical experts placed a plunger and tube into the “wound” and pumped fake blood through it to add realism. We practiced applying Hemostats to the fake artery, Celox application for blood clotting, gauze insertion and packing, as well as how to use the famous “Israeli Bandage”. This presentation ended up being an excellent class, and I would love to do it again for new members in the future. Hands on training is the only way to go.

    After blood stoppage, we reviewed some new technologies becoming available in the combat medicine field, then started a preliminary review on Tension Pneumothorax, the second most common cause of death amongst combat casualties. This will be covered in more detail in our next class on response to wounds interfering with the human airway.”

  3. This conflict in Ferguson is just a prelude to a much bigger situation … and that situation is to create a scenarios that warrants the expansion of a certain private ARMY that was created after 9-11 everything is now in place for that expansion…..you will see the involvement of…HOMELAND SECURITY ….become more and more prevalent….in every day activities…. BEWARE OF THE ENEMY THAT LAYS IN OUR HOUSE…..! HE WHO SACRIFICES LIBERTY FOR SECURITY DESERVES NEITHER ……!

  4. Your original statements made your position clear!
    You went there not for the people. But to protect the power structures around them.

    And you said as much.
    And your argument is that the people’s right to protest is not as important as the business owners in that area.

    The end result is that you ended up looking like you were setting up for some good old fashioned lynching.

    And then when it dawned on you that this did not actually look good for you, you then started to backtrack to make it seem as though you cared about the peoples rights also.

    Up until now I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt… This has just removed that!
    If you want to save your image, then you need to either pull out completely. Or declare you stand with the people & stop defending business.

    But I think you would also have to do more than that. If you really have black members. I would do more than just take pictures of them!

    RESPONSE BY STEWART:

    Nonsense. It was always about preserving life. Arson is a deadly threat. People die when evil men set fire to buildings. Ever been in a structure fire? Ever seen how fast it goes down and how deadly it is? I have, while serving as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. On top of those buildings we are guarding, there are APARTMENTS where families live. We protected their lives, along with their homes. Do you want them to be burned to death? Who’s side are you on? – Stewart

  5. what became of this situation after the feds and state patrol aimed sniper rifles at the OK’s in ferguson?

  6. Moman.

    You ask, what became of this situation after the feds and state patrol aimed sniper rifles at the OK’s in ferguson?”

    I just watched the video interview on this page –
    Ben Swann Interviews Oath Keeper Sam Andrews
    https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/12/02/ben-swann-interviews-oath-keeper-sam-andrews/

    You will find your question clearly answered in the video interview.

    Beyond that, I recommend this interview to everyone. Mr Andrews is a very articulate, competent, clear-thinking, good man (whom I had never heard of before this interview). He was “right in the middle” of the situation you ask about.

  7. I just think you left yourself open to the interpretation that your call was to go after “black looters”. When people like Ben Swan have been revealing the deceptive reporting around these incidents. Might I also remind you of the video that was circulating of the person who was one of your past speakers.

    Your organization has been implicated in the deception revealed about the reporting of these incidents, including the portrayal of peaceful protestors as violent. Or hiding the fact the local residents have been the main players in keeping the peace. So I find it surprising that you would continue that false narrative by making a call to target the looters.

    I’m just voicing my opinion. This move seemed completely reactionary & ill conceived.
    If you had really been thinking about it. You would have made a call to go and protect the peaceful protestors AND local business. If that was what you really wanted.

    And then you would have seen your popularity soar..
    But you didn’t.


    [Editor’s Note: AMark, I’d suggest you go read this first:

    https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/11/24/oath-keepers-open-letter-to-the-people-of-ferguson-missouri/

    First three paragraphs from that article:

    People of Ferguson, whatever the Grand Jury’s decision, you have an absolute, God given, and constitutionally protected right to protest and speak your mind. The First Amendment prohibits government at every level from “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.”

    And under our Constitution, the police have no right, no authority, and no power to violate those rights, and neither does Governor Nixon, or anyone else in government. During the earlier protests in August, we saw egregious violations of the rights of peaceful protesters and media in Ferguson, including the irresponsible, indiscriminate use of tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as police pointing assault rifles and sniper rifles at people who posed no apparent, immediate threat to anyone – people who were simply standing in the street, voicing their opinions. We also saw the imposition of an absurd curfew, and routine harassment of people merely standing on sidewalks.

    Because of these blatant abuses, our Missouri Chapter of Oath Keepers sent an Open Letter of Warning to Governor Nixon, warning him that he and the police under his leadership were using unconstitutional, rights-violating tactics that were also, perversely, ineffective at stopping the few actual looters, shooters, or rock and Molotov cocktail throwers

    Here is the link to our letter to Governor Nixon regarding those violations and the governmental impotency which was created while committing those violations of the peoples’ rights:

    https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/08/22/open-letter-of-warning-to-governor-nixon-from-missouri-oath-keepers-2/

    Additionally, you really should take time to read this in full:

    https://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/11/29/mysterious-oath-keepers-guard-rooftops-in-downtown-ferguson/

    And then come back here and admit that your critique, well worded as it is, can only be applicable to media outside Oath Keepers’ control. Look at this headline from the UK, for example, and see how inflamatory and misleading it is; how it exaggerates one rifle confiscation into the plural with no basis. These sorts of distortions cannot be controlled. The best source for the truth is the original source, which in this case is the front page of Oath Keepers dot org.

    December 05 2014 UK MailOnline good comments and good pictures —
    EXCLUSIVE: How police stripped ‘patriots’ of their guns and threatened them with arrest as they guarded businesses in Ferguson – but let rioters set fire to building after building

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2861506/How-police-stripped-patriots-guns-threatened-arrest-guarded-businesses-Ferguson-let-rioters-set-fire-building-building.html

    Regarding your concern that we did not did not “soar” in “popularity”, I’m afraid you’ve not been privy to the info we here at Oath Keepers national have seen. We have had a great boost in popularity, and our good name has spread among the people better than ever before. New memberships are up, donations are up, popular support is up, communications with Oath Keepers national is up, volunteer numbers are up, and millions of Americans who had never heard of Oath Keepers now at the least know we exist.

    Thank you for reading and commenting here at Oath Keepers national. Be blessed and stay safe;
    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  8. Thank you for taking the time to provide me with this information. I agree there is much more going on than meets the eye.

    And unfortunately your intention to protect business have been misrepresented to be actions
    against the protestors.

    I still think it was unfortunate and ill conceived to put any focus on business at all on a PR level.

    Because that has been what has left you open to criticism. Where as if you had made your focus on
    all of the people & their rights, then that would also have covered local business and your current operations.

    And what I say does have precedent when Aaron Penberthy back in Aug stated that he was going
    to Ferguson to protect peoples rights it went viral!

    http://beforeitsnews.com/u-s-politics/2014/08/militia-in-missouri-to-protect-americans-from-tyrannical-police-state-as-martial-law-draws-near-2473302.html

    And many libertarians across the country were talking about him & his militia because here was
    a white American man willing to stand up for his own values & defend the rights of black American people.

    I guess this may have been why we saw the particular media slant against you.
    But despite all of that I cant really disagree with what you have written & presented.

    So I guess in terms of PR you should have seen it coming.
    Which is why I said before… You need to do more than take pictures!

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