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Oath Keepers to Train Students to ‘Fight Back’

Editor’s note: This is one of serval stories in the main stream sedia about our STOP program. Newsmax did pretty good at covering the story. However, the  Washington Times version  was a bit more demonizing, however,  the comments from the readers were incredible (you should check them out.) It seems our message is cutting through the main stream propaganda!

Here is the NewsMax version:


The controversial militia group Oath Keepers wants to train students to “fight back” at every college in the nation, saying it will offer training “with and without arms” in the wake of recent deadly massacres on campuses around the nation.
The Students Taking Over Protection program will start in Oregon, where nine people died at Umpqua Community College in the latest slaughter, the group announced on its website.

“Just as post 9/11, where people no longer submit and cooperate in their own murders on planes, the obvious answer to school shootings on college and r high school campuses is that the students must stop submitting and cooperating in their own murders,” Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and media director Jason Van Tatenhove wrote on the website.

“They must fight back, and we will show them how.”

According to the pair, military, police, and first-responder instructors will teach the students to fight back with empty hands, improvised weapons, knives, and firearms, and will teach them effective combat mindset and awareness techniques and strategies so the students can be their own “‘first responders’ and take out an active shooter.”

They also decry that students “have been conditioned since grade school to be passive, submissive and ‘non-violent’ — taught that violence is ‘never the answer.'”

“[S]ometimes violence is the only answer,” the pair wrote.

In an interview with Red List News, the men described the STOP program in more detail, warning that anti-bullying programs in schools are “brainwashing children” into being “docile.”

“Whether it’s an active shooter that kills them, or later on a death camp somewhere down the road because they’ve been conditioned never to fight back,” Van Tatenhove warns in the interview. “It only leads to death.”

Oath Keepers was formed by Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper and Yale Law School graduate, in 2004 and now claims more than 30,000 members, mostly former military, police and first responders.



Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.


  1. ““brainwashing children” into being “docile.””

    A couple decades ago I read a human-interest news story about Marine Corps training. The grizzled drill instructor told of how recruits had changed over the years. Comparing the incoming recruits to those of his era from 20 or so years earlier a major difference was how few of the modern youth had ever been involved in a playground street scuffle; even the most minor type where the worst punishment received was a trickle of bloody nose that halted the fight.

    That DI told of extreme wimpiness with little warrior spirit in the youth. I agree that the norm of youth nowadays is an attitude where others will do the protecting.

    The New York Times tells us; ” Less than 0.5 percent of the population serves in the armed forces, compared with more than 12 percent during World War II.” The WW II folks were the ones who fought: “The Battle of Athens was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946” (

    Toss in the relentless indoctrination of the masses by elite-owned media, the education systems and the many other ways that people are acculturated and taught how to think and behave and… well, look around!!! There are many good reasons that organizations such as Oath Keepers (OK) are being formed. In MY opinion (not OK’s) a form of tyranny has usurped the Founder’s creation to a fearful degree. An extremely complicated topic that I often whittle down to this; a lust for profit and power has led an elite class to wage class war against the masses. Systems of command and control are utilized to benefit the few at the cost to the masses of common folks. And an unholy alliance between big government and big business assists in the success of the class war waged against We, the People.

    It is easier to defeat a divided people. Internal dissension among common folks prevents their uniting to fight tyranny (excess legal and illegal immigration as a class war weapon). Use propaganda to bend the minds of the masses to conform to the society the tyrants are imposing upon a once semi-united populace (the USA has never been 100% united in thought but that is natural). And make those modern-day serfs believe that as things are is correct and proper.

    It would requires hundreds, maybe thousands of pages to adequately cover the class war topic. Of course this is not the place to cover it. In conclusion… folks that have cast off enough of the indoctrination all of us are bombarded with our entire lives to realize that tyranny is waging class war against the common folks are the ones joining OK and other groups. We are the enemy of tyrants. Notice the many anti-OK articles and broadcasts used to denounce the defenders of freedom; you and me and all the others who realize that tyranny has taken control of the USA command and control systems (MY OPINION, not OK’s).

    Stand strong, folks. And I urge you to do all you can to combat tyranny by winning the hearts and minds of fellow citizens. Counter the tyrants propaganda. Enlighten those still ruled by the tyrant’s lies. It IS possible that the truth will defeat the lies of tyrants. All the best to all of you and may We, the People win this ongoing struggle that will decide the fate of the USA.

  2. I would like to see, read or get a copy of the STOP Training outline. It is such a terrific idea, I’d like to start spreading the word in my area, with hard training content information. Yes, I am a Oathkeeper card carrying member.

    Please advise me here…

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