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Ten Orders We Will Not Obey


Orders We Will Not Obey

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them. The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this army” – Gen. George Washington, to his troops before the battle of Long Island

Such a time is near at hand again. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this Army – and this Marine Corps, This Air Force, This Navy and the National Guard and police units of these sovereign states.

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, fire-fighters, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic … and meant it. We won’t “just follow orders.”

Below is our declaration of orders we will NOT obey because we will consider them unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral violations of the natural rights of the people. Such orders would be acts of war against the American people by their own government, and thus acts of treason. We will not make war against our own people. We will not commit treason. We will defend the Republic.


Declaration of Orders We Will NOT Obey


Recognizing that we each swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and affirming that we are guardians of the Republic, of the principles in our Declaration of Independence, and of the rights of our people, we affirm and declare the following:

1. We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people.

The attempt to disarm the people on April 19, 1775 was the spark of open conflict in the American Revolution. That vile attempt was an act of war, and the American people fought back in justified, righteous self-defense of their natural rights. Any such order today would also be an act of war against the American people, and thus an act of treason. We will not make war on our own people, and we will not commit treason by obeying any such treasonous order.

Nor will we assist, or support any such attempt to disarm the people by other government entities, either state or federal.

In addition, we affirm that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to preserve the military power of the people so that they will, in the last resort, have effective final recourse to arms and to the God of Hosts in the face of tyranny. Accordingly, we oppose any and all further infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In particular we oppose a renewal of the misnamed “assault-weapons” ban or the enactment of H.R. 45 (which would register and track gun owners like convicted pedophiles).

2. We will NOT obey any order to conduct warrantless searches of the American people, their homes, vehicles, papers, or effects – such as warrantless house-to house searches for weapons or persons.

One of the causes of the American Revolution was the use of “writs of assistance,” which were essentially warrantless searches because there was no requirement of a showing of probable cause to a judge, and the first fiery embers of American resistance were born in opposition to those infamous writs. The Founders considered all warrantless searches to be unreasonable and egregious. It was to prevent a repeat of such violations of the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects that the Fourth Amendment was written.

We expect that sweeping warrantless searches of homes and vehicles, under some pretext, will be the means used to attempt to disarm the people.

3. We will NOT obey any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to trial by military tribunal.

One of the causes of the American Revolution was the denial of the right to jury trial, the use of admiralty courts (military tribunals) instead, and the application of the laws of war to the colonists. After that experience, and being well aware of the infamous Star Chamber in English history, the Founders ensured that the international laws of war would apply only to foreign enemies, not to the American people. Thus, the Article III Treason Clause establishes the only constitutional form of trial for an American, not serving in the military, who is accused of making war on his own nation. Such a trial for treason must be before a civilian jury, not a tribunal.

The international laws of war do not trump our Bill of Rights. We reject as illegitimate any such claimed power, as did the Supreme Court in Ex Parte Milligan (1865). Any attempt to apply the laws of war to American civilians, under any pretext, such as against domestic “militia” groups the government brands “domestic terrorists,” is an act of war and an act of treason.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state, or to enter with force into a state, without the express consent and invitation of that state’s legislature and governor.

One of the causes of the American Revolution was the attempt “to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power” by disbanding the Massachusetts legislature and appointing General Gage as “military governor.” The attempt to disarm the people of Massachusetts during that martial law sparked our Revolution. Accordingly, the power to impose martial law – the absolute rule over the people by a military officer with his will alone being law – is nowhere enumerated in our Constitution.

Further, it is the militia of a state and of the several states that the Constitution contemplates being used in any context, during any emergency within a state, not the standing army.

The imposition of martial law by the national government over a state and its people, treating them as an occupied enemy nation, is an act of war. Such an attempted suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights voids the compact with the states and with the people.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty and declares the national government to be in violation of the compact by which that state entered the Union.

In response to the obscene growth of federal power and to the absurdly totalitarian claimed powers of the Executive, upwards of 20 states are considering, have considered, or have passed courageous resolutions affirming states rights and sovereignty.

Those resolutions follow in the honored and revered footsteps of Jefferson and Madison in their Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, and likewise seek to enforce the Constitution by affirming the very same principles of our Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights that we Oath Keepers recognize and affirm.

Chief among those principles is that ours is a dual sovereignty system, with the people of each state retaining all powers not granted to the national government they created, and thus the people of each state reserved to themselves the right to judge when the national government they created has voided the compact between the states by asserting powers never granted.

Upon the declaration by a state that such a breach has occurred, we will not obey orders to force that state to submit to the national government.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

One of the causes of the American Revolution was the blockade of Boston, and the occupying of that city by the British military, under martial law. Once hostilities began, the people of Boston were tricked into turning in their arms in exchange for safe passage, but were then forbidden to leave. That confinement of the residents of an entire city was an act of war.

Such tactics were repeated by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto, and by the Imperial Japanese in Nanking, turning entire cities into death camps. Any such order to disarm and confine the people of an American city will be an act of war and thus an act of treason.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

Mass, forced internment into concentration camps was a hallmark of every fascist and communist dictatorship in the 20th Century. Such internment was unfortunately even used against American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Whenever a government interns its own people, it treats them like an occupied enemy population. Oppressive governments often use the internment of women and children to break the will of the men fighting for their liberty – as was done to the Boers, to the Jewish resisters in the Warsaw Ghetto, and to the Chechens, for example.
Such a vile order to forcibly intern Americans without charges or trial would be an act of war against the American people, and thus an act of treason, regardless of the pretext used. We will not commit treason, nor will we facilitate or support it.”NOT on Our Watch!”

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control” during any emergency, or under any other pretext. We will consider such use of foreign troops against our people to be an invasion and an act of war.

During the American Revolution, the British government enlisted the aid of Hessian mercenaries in an attempt to subjugate the rebellious American people. Throughout history, repressive regimes have enlisted the aid of foreign troops and mercenaries who have no bonds with the people.

Accordingly, as the militia of the several states are the only military force contemplated by the Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, for domestic keeping of the peace, and as the use of even our own standing army for such purposes is without such constitutional support, the use of foreign troops and mercenaries against the people is wildly unconstitutional, egregious, and an act of war.

We will oppose such troops as enemies of the people and we will treat all who request, invite, and aid those foreign troops as the traitors they are.

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies, under any emergency pretext whatsoever.

One of the causes of the American Revolution was the seizure and forfeiture of American ships, goods, and supplies, along with the seizure of American timber for the Royal Navy, all in violation of the people’s natural right to their property and to the fruits of their labor. The final spark of the Revolution was the attempt by the government to seize powder and cannon stores at Concord.

Deprivation of food has long been a weapon of war and oppression, with millions intentionally starved to death by fascist and communist governments in the 20th Century alone.

Accordingly, we will not obey or facilitate orders to confiscate food and other essential supplies from the people, and we will consider all those who issue or carry out such orders to be the enemies of the people.

10. We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

There would have been no American Revolution without fiery speakers and writers such as James Otis, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and Sam Adams “setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Patrick Henry: “Give me Liberty, or Give me DEATH!”

Tyrants know that the pen of a man such as Thomas Paine can cause them more damage than entire armies, and thus they always seek to suppress the natural rights of speech, association, and assembly. Without freedom of speech, the people will have no recourse but to arms. Without freedom of speech and conscience, there is no freedom.
Therefore, we will not obey or support any orders to suppress or violate the right of the people to speak, associate, worship, assemble, communicate, or petition government for the redress of grievances.

— And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually affirm our oath and pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. Oath Keepers

The above list is not exhaustive but we do consider them to be clear tripwires – they form our “line in the sand,” and if we receive such orders, we will not obey them. Further, we will know that the time for another American Revolution is nigh. If you the people decide that you have no recourse, and such a revolution comes, at that time, not only will we NOT fire upon our fellow Americans who righteously resist such egregious violations of their God given rights, we will join them in fighting against those who dare attempt to enslave them.

NOTE: please also read our Principles of Our Republic We Are Sworn to Defend

More About Oath Keepers

Oath Keepers is a non partisan association of currently serving military, peace officers, fire-fighters, and veterans who will fulfill our oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.

Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and not to any political party. In the long-standing tradition of the U.S. military, we are apolitical. We don’t care if unlawful orders come from a Democrat or a Republican, or if the violation is bi-partisan. We will not obey unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law. We won’t “just follow orders.” Our motto: “Not on Our Watch!” or to put it even more succinctly, in the words of 101st Airborne Commander General Anthony McAuliffe at the Battle of the Bulge, “NUTS!”

There is at this time a debate within the ranks of the military regarding their oath. Some mistakenly believe they must follow any order the President issues. But many others do understand that their loyalty is to the Constitution and to the people, and understand what that means.

The mission of Oath Keepers is to vastly increase their numbers.

We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our own troops.

Help us win it.


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Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net



  1. My brothers, I am a veteran. I am just now hearing of your organization. I would like to know more about your organization and how to add my name to your numbers. I feel an obligation to continue as a citizen soldier under the path I took when I enlisted. Please feel free to email me any information about your organization. God bless the constitution and the u.s.a.

    1. Check Mark Levin for remarks of Gen. Dempsey in regard to recent status in Ramadi. He is a Disgrace.

  2. The only problem with America that I see is the lack of patriotism. When all goes to hell 90% of the population will cave like mindless children and look to the government to save them . With no understanding of history, fellowship of man and the constitution. They will gladly be detained in trading there freedom for slavery and a boil of food . The will of the people is no will at all . Like a house of cards the foundation that has been instilled in the souls of the people is nothing more than sand on the beach . So few are the numbers of citizens that love there country are to small to count . Vote for candidates that represents a foundation that we can build a generations minds on souls on solid ground. I pray all is not lost . But this has been in the works since the inception of this glorious America. Foreign entities strive to undermine our rights. This country’s untapped resources are like jewels dangled in front of thieves . Only the people that inhabit these lands find contempt for all of it and little if no value at all . If we the people are to wake up this generation it will take leaders that do not exist or that have not risen to office . God help us all .

  3. Navy vet. 35yr. Retired law enforcement officer. I will fight for freedom andthe costitution with any and all who would fight by my side.

  4. Thank you so much for being here as always. I am an ole women but if there is any way I can be of help to you I am here. You have my information.

  5. Thanks, I believe in what your are doing and oath of 10 articles not to do. My beliefs are honor, army, and country. I served my country in Vietnam and would serve again to protect her. Little older now but still in shape and damn good shot.

  6. I took my oath to the Constitution in 1956 and have not been released, nor do I want to be relieved of my oath. I have been seeing your hits on face book. and I like what I read and see.. Just wanted to thank you all for being there and standing tall for all the right things in our country. WE THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD BECAUSE OF OUR PEOPLE, OUR BELIEFS AND OUR DUTY TO GOD OUR FAMILY AND OUR NATION. LONG LIVE AMERICA AND MAY GOD GRANT US THE POWER TO KEEP HER THE BEST

  7. I’m a retired Navy Chief. I am interested in adding my to your roles. The oath I took in 1972 has never expired. Our Bill of Rights is now and will always be honored above ANY International law. The U.N. has absolutlely no authority over our citizens. Any U.S. official who tries to used foreign troops to impose U.N. law on Americans is a TRAITOR and should be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the United States and the Constitution.

  8. This is comforting to hear. I have been unaware of this movement & was resigned to the thought that those of us who would choose to defend our constitution as ‘We the People’ would be fighting against our own military & peace officers, a thought which troubled me deeply. Knowing that there are a growing number of you that see & understand what is happening gives me renewed hope & strength in the battle that looms before us in the defense of our sacred Constitution. If they want our freedom, as we say in Texas “Come Take It!”

  9. I am a Army veteran my oath to America does not expire, I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic.

  10. What a bunch of self-righteous turkeys you clowns are! I hope it works well for you. I’ll fill you in on another detail. I will cheerfully follow orders to gun down any so-called patriot who like Cliven Bundy drew a bead on federal officers. I’ve studied George Washington, and you clowns are not George Washington. I might call your attention to the fact that one of the first uses of the Army was against citizens who thought they could rebel against the Federal Government. General Washington led the Army to suppress that. Another group of know-it-all assholes thought they could pull the same stunt by firing on Fort Sumter. See where that got them. I doubt that very many of you sanctimonious clowns have ever read the Constitution but I will give you another hint. There is no one and no body in the United States who can overrule the Supreme Court as the sole arbiter and interpreter of the Constitution. Screw your oath if you don’t understand it.

    [Editor’s Note: Your belligerent attitude matches your ignorance, good Sir. Mr. Bundy did not point a gun at anyone. However, and this is on the record, so you can just chew on it until you can swallow the truth — The damned-by-God BLM brought snipers out to the Bundy ranch and those snipers DID point their guns at the Bundy family — *BEFORE!* good patriotic Americans came to the Bundy family’s aid. You have been sorely misinformed about what happened there, so I would invite you to look a little deeper into the facts. And while you’re at it, you may discover that the Bundy famlly just won a lawsuit in court against the BLM.
    Finally, although you may not like this, I’ll invite you to do a little reading into how reality works under the U.S. Constitution by reading something you were not taught in the Police Academy. Enjoy, and learn:

    Thanks for visiting the Oath Keepers national website.
    Elias Alias, Honorably discharged U.S. Marine Viet Nam Veteran and editor for Oath Keepers]

  11. I am a disabled Viet Nam veteran who WILL NOT sit by and watch my Country taken from within! I am a PROUD Oath Keeper who will support any action to retain our Constitutional Government. I may not be as young as I would like; but I’m even meaner when required!!

  12. I served for ten years in the United States Navy, I was honorably discharged, and I am most certainly a veteran. I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. The only thing we Americans have in common is our Constitution, and if we do not rally behind it we will lose everything so many were willing to die for, and so many have died for.

    There is a great deal of chaos, dysfunction and paranoia sweeping across America today. Many of the issues that instill this phenomenon are in violation of our Constitution. It is long overdue for anyone who calls himself or herself an American, to realize that we as Americans have a Constitution along with a serious need to understand and acknowledge that. If we allow our Constitution to become vague and meaningless, we will become slaves of the state serving the best interests of a malicious and exploitative government.


  14. No need for me to “hide” behind a nickname. That is my real birth name. I believe that some of what you are trying to do is good. If I thought I could be a service to your group I would join in a minute. But I am an ex-felon so I would not be a member that would help your cause just by the fact that I am an ex-felon. It is my yoke and it should not be yours. Carry on y’all and obey the Constitution…

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