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Interview with Brandon Curtiss, President of the Idaho III% on the history and current situation in Burns, OR.

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Jason Van Tatenhove of Oath Keepers had the opportunity to interview Brandon Curtiss, President of the Idaho III% regarding the history and current situation in Harney County, Oregon.


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. Guys are doing a good job wish the whole country of patriots could associate to do what you guys are doing, the people and states need to take a stand n take back power hopefully peacefully,but doesn’t always work out how you want either, keep up the good work!!!

  2. Great job on this story! Any discussion of CITIZENS ARRESTS?
    I personally think a good ole fashion [two words deleted by Elias Alias, editor] would not only be fully justified but cathartic, necessary, and a deterrent for future corruption and misconduct.

  3. looks like things are coming together in Oregon; might be time to reevaluate. Thanks for putting up Brandon’s video. Looks and sounds like level head and an excellent mediator. It takes all of us. Rachael

  4. I wondered why it took so long for O.K. to get into this standoff. It’s not about the ranchers! It’s about OUR CONSTUTITION! And the truth of this whole thing has been out for a long time! Just hope its too little too late!

    1. I was wondering why the delay myself.
      PPN is doing a GREAT job.
      Pete Santilli reporting important keeping Feds peaceful.
      Bundy and all took a stand that was necessary to bring the situation to National Attention. Without – very few would realize what has and continues to occur. Meanwhile there are too many Lemmings recommending slaughter of the protesters – unfortunate that they too will benefit with true Constitutional behavior.
      Looking forward to Constitutional Attorney KrisAnn Hall’s appearance on scene the 18th and 19th.

  5. Hi

    Great strategy : Have someone make t-shirts to promote the cause and to protect the people from the feds.

    Let evreyone out there know that a 72 years old is out there promoting truth.

    The ORANGE t-shirts should say: KENNY orange hat man ( side 1) great grandfather for constitution (side 2)

    distribute in town and win the hearts and minds


    please answer me


  6. I agree with all. Hammonds don’t need or want help, ok…but still an issue of Government over reach and abuse of power and our Constitution. Patriots Unite once again. God Bless ALL!

  7. “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

    ― Mark Twain

  8. Mr Rhodes explained that Oath keepers would not get involved…… Until all the facts were in …to paraphrase. I think it is the responsibility of Oath Keepers to gather all the facts be for making any decision……

    1. That’s not what I said. I said we did not agree with Ammon’s chosen method of occupying the wildlife refuge, but we agree with the broader cause of returning the western lands to the states and the people. Always have. And we have also always opposed the use of military force against him and his men, even though we disagree with what he did. So, we have a duty to prevent another Waco incident, if we can. And that is what we are trying to do. And that is why I sent SGM Joseph Santoro (Ret.), our National Operations NCO, to Burns, OR to help with that incredibly important mission of being a buffer to prevent another Waco, which would very likely kick off a civil war. We are duty and honor bound to do all we can to prevent that. Stewart

      1. Whether the Hammond’s wanted your help or not.. the ENTIRE fiasco was UNCONSTITUTIONAL.. If you are ‘true’ Oath Keepers, then what is happening in Oregon and other county’s & States ‘is’ your job!
        No excuses.
        I heard other members definitely against your decision to butt out! Nuff sed!

      2. @AmJWalker. You say Oat Keepers were unconstitutional? How unconstitutional do you think it is to go against the constitution then, when you’re supposed to be the officials upholding it?
        What members (other than trolls or shills) would be against O.K. going in to make sure the men protesting are safe and that it doesn’t turn into a nasty battle?

        AmJ, perhaps it’s you and your like who should butt out and keep waving that white cloth.

  9. I admire Brandon Curtiss and shared PPN’s website on my Facebook page.

    Good stuff in the interview, but its ambient noise vastly diminishes it as an RTI tool.

  10. My thanks to Idaho III% and Oath Keepers. I was and still am prepared to go support Bundy and his group if it looks like it’s going to get ugly with the hope that there are hundreds maybe thousands of others who would come to stand as a shield between gov and our American brothers and sisters. I have no answers to any of this, the only thing I could hope to accomplish is probably get myself killed. I would rather die free then live caged. G-d bless and keep you safe Idaho III% and Oath Keepers.

  11. God bless our Militias. In Acts, God tells us to engage in civil disobedience against tyrants. And yes, we are ALL prepared for a war against the evil traitors in uniform who are willing to come against fellow Americans, at the behest of an unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful administration.

  12. I to am ready an able to drop everything an come to defend the constitution so our country willbe free for future generations.great mve for the 3%ers of Idaho.will gladly come help in anyway I can.Blessed are the peacemakers. natch

  13. I agree that the BLM, as well as other Government entities, have overstepped their bounds in the past 30 years or so, becoming more of a dictatorship. They originally started as an “overseer” of OUR land that wasn’t privately owned, with the blessing of the citizens. It was nice to be able to use and enjoy OUR land FREE, without the worry of a private owner (many times, a foreigner) fencing us out and putting NO TRESPASSING signs up everywhere. The BLM made sure that the land wasn’t being abused by the general public, especially the off-roading, destroying wildlife, eroding soil, etc. We could ALL use the land to camp, hike, hunt & fish. The STATES and their citizens should have a say in how OUR land is used, and we should not have to pay high fees to be able to use OUR land. But, I do think that there have to be laws to protect the land from people who don’t care and would (and DO) trash it!

  14. The Fed’s would be fools to start another Waco ; The Oathkeepers , The Three Percenter’s ,The Militias and the Bundy’s all standing to gather at Burns , if they did try too start another Waco ; Once it got started the Fed’s would feel the kind of fear that they would never expect and would turn with their tail’s under their butts and run ; Just like at The Bundy Ranch !!

    1. THIS type of aggressive posturing is NOT what this situation needs…III%, OK’s, and others are NOT there to ‘threaten’,….the Feds know very well what they face ….. ANY violence will NOT be started by OUR side. It will ONLY be in RESPONSE to an attack by THEM ….

  15. The Oathkeepers , The Three Percenter’s ,The Militias and the Bundy’s all standing to gather at Burns ; Once it got started the Fed’s would feel the kind of fear that they would never expect and would turn with their tail’s under their butts and run ; Just like at The Bundy Ranch !!

  16. The fed’s would never stand a chance at Burns ; The Oath Keepers , The 3% or’s , and the Militias along with the Bundy’s all standing together would scare the daylights out of the fed’s and they would turn their tail’s and run ; Just like at The Bundy Ranch !!

  17. Wherever patriots gather remember that the “court of public opinion” must always be considered. I urge those gathered folks to leave an area cleaner and tidier when they leave than when they arrived. It would be great if media reports tell of patriots pulling weeds, repairing broken items (a fence, perhaps) picking up trash and other tasks that puts patriots and militias in a good light. We are in an ongoing public relations battle with the corporate monolithic elite-owned media having a decided advantage with influencing the minds of the masses.

  18. Brandon Curtiss asked people to “check facts and spread facts”, yet Oath Keepers corporate has this headline in their email: “Oath Keepers Warning to U.S. Military and Federal LEOs: Do Not Follow Orders to “Waco” Ammon Bundy Occupation, or Risk Civil War”. What kind of BS, what kind of National Enquirer style writing is this? Curtiss has sensibly taken a non-confrontational, engage-in-discourse kind of position, rather than attempting to get in a dick beating contest with the Feds. “Risk Civil War”? Really? Is that where you think we are now? Headlines like that are seen by the general public and do NOTHING for our cause, they play into the “crazy militia” rhetoric of the left. It is exactly the opposite of the message Brandon Curtiss is sending. If the whole situation goes sideways will DOJ hesitate to use such things as propaganda to justify any response? Let’s can the rhetoric and “spread facts”.

    1. right on Mike…looks like OK corporate does not understand civil war….where two opposing and formed governments clash..even the ISIS caliphate is more organized for civil war than OK…is OK now proclaiming to be an established govt like the Confederacy???

      comments like this do major damage to great and patriotic causes like this

    2. The point is that they need to handle this like a normal LEO operation, and like the Freeman Standoff, not like Waco. Did you even read the body or just the headline?

      Ball is in their court. And we don’t trust Obama to be sane. Just like Clinton wasn’t sane with Waco. And we don’t trust his AG, just like we didn’t trust Janet Reno. Do you trust them to do this right?

      So, we are supposed to just sit tight and say nothing? I think it is our duty to tell the military that they MUST be the adults in the room who put on the brakes, if Obama and his clown posse in the White House go full retard. Can you guarantee they won’t? No, you can’t. So there is a risk of it. And we need to warn of that risk and talk to the men who will be at the tip of the spear, in advance, so they will think on this, in advance. That way they are more likely to stay cool and do the right thing and not just go along.

      That is not us trying to “get in a dick beating contest with the feds.” It is the opposite. They ARE putting military assets in place. So yes, I do think that is where we are now. We are at risk of a civil war if they do hammer a bunch of cowboys, because there are people out there just waiting for a signal to “go” and they will go, whether you want them to or not. So, that is why we feel the need to warn the military and Federal LEOs that they cannot just do as told, and they must handle this carefully and with minimal force, or risk starting serious shit that will be out of their control, out of our control, and just pull us all over the brink.

      You are worried about PR more than avoiding that because you just don’t think we are at risk of that happening. Well, history is full of people who did not think X would happen. No doubt the Branch Davidians never thought that would happen to them. And back then, neither did most people. And yet it happened,

      We will do what we think is our duty, to avoid this blowing up in all our faces. You do what you want. but PR is our last concern at the moment.


      1. Of course I read the body. I watched the multiple videos too. There is a far distance between doing nothing and declaring “civil war”. The response by 3% so far has been measured and reasonable. As was said when talking with the FBI “we’re all A personalities here” and “not telling you what to do”, just opening discourse. My “worry about PR” stems from the fact that we will get nowhere if we are portrayed as crazy revolutionaries. Why was there little or no public outcry for the Davidians, or Ruby Ridge? Because the general public was convinced “they got what they deserved”. While Three Percenter’s are counseling calm, backing them up with inflammatory word is counterproductive. Most will NOT read more than the headlines.

  19. The FBI presence at the “airport” is no accident. If there are already staffed with at least 10 guards it is a sign they are prepared to receive more force.

    What has happened to the Hammond family, must be exposed and an equitable resolution arrived at. One that is not a continuation of the Fed steam roller over peaceful citizens.

    It did not make sense to me for Bundy’s group to occupy the Refuge, but I’m not that close to what is actually happening in the county.

    I certainly support “Oath Keepers” and know little about PPN. Sane leadership of these groups are essential. This type of action is frought with dangers, especially with Rogue Federal Agencies. Both BATF and FBI are under the clearly Rogue Obama Department of (In)Justice. BATF has a long history of insane handling of such incidents. FBI has a much better reputation. Friends have told me that Comey is a straight arrow. I pray that is so.

    I’m 68, never in my life have I had so little confidence in the leadership of our nation. There is great danger with that condition.

    May God Bless the US and those who took oath’s to “protect and defend the Constitution” seriously.

  20. the government is tyrannical and evil, and we are in revolutionary war status now. so far the “shot heard ’round the world” hasn’t been fired but I believe it is very close due to the imperical arrogance of the political ruling class on “both sides of the aisle” and their satanic minions!!!!!

  21. I am paying close attention, staying connected and really appreciate the OK newsletters like this one. I can see this going either way, taking into consideration the corrupt anti American Administration that is currently in place. I can only say that I am already prepared to the best of my ability, my friends of like attitude are prepared and can assure you that I will stand by my Oath irregardless of which direction this goes. This Sovereign Constitutional Republic must remain standing and intact……E Pluribus Unum

  22. While it is a “breath of fresh air” to see “cooler heads prevail”. Just remember history is written with failed diplomacy and criminal government machinations. Never forget the power of government to COMMIT FALSE FLAGS. Do not in any way devalue the thousands of times governments have manipulated the people into doing things that only benefit the criminal world elite. (Cloward Piven Strategy) PLEASE, please reconsider the thinking that repeating the same process hundreds of times will result in a different outcome. (voting) Please, PLEASE consider that history IS written by the wealthy and ALWAYS to make their actions seem justified and honorable. Then remember that many of those “wealth elite” carry ink pens that would sell for the price of a your next small car. Do you remotely think they CARE about you? To them you are just another useless feeder. Why do you think they want to get rid of your “right to keep and bear arms”? It is because they know, once you realize how much crime has been committed against you. How much graft and election fraud you have accepted until now, how much taxation has been completely criminal, they KNOW you will gladly take up arms to remove them from their lofty positions of criminal ill gotten wealth. They cannot allow that to happen…. WAKE UP!

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