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Live Feed (Now a Recording ) of Harney County Committee of Safety Meeting

This is a video of the meeting of the Harney County Committee of Safety, which happened tonight in Burns, OR.  I highly recommend that you watch this:

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Here is their website:

They started out by reading a letter to Ammon Bundy, asking him to leave (but they have not yet decided on when to give it to him).   And they also read a resolution calling for Federal land holdings to be turned over to the people, which is outstanding.


This is exactly what needs to be done in every county in the West – the people coming together to take the bull by the horns and stand together with THEM in charge.

It was a very good meeting, and it was good to see the community come together and start to stand. Now that we DO support.

The next step needs to be that at least one, but preferably several, ranchers need to turn their cattle out on the public land and then we (all groups, all patriots) can defend them, and most importantly, train and organize them to defend themselves and each other.   And it would be best if the Committee of Safety called for that action and fully supported it (yes, an individual rancher has the right to take that stand on his own, and we can defend him – that is what happened at Bundy Ranch, Sugar Pine Mine, and in Lincoln, MT, where we defended individuals who were willing to stand even if most of their neighbors were not – but it is best for the community to be directly involved and in full support. That is what is needed for a long term, lasting retaking of their land.

Also, we must train them to defend themselves and each other.  Outside security volunteers can only stay for so long, and if/when there is a national crisis, such volunteers will not be able to go anywhere, since they will be very busy in their own AO.   So, the people of Harney County must be trained and organized to provide their own security.   And that is what we will be happy to do for them so they can be their own security rather than having to rely on “sheepdogs” from outside their county.

In fact, I hereby make this standing offer to the people of Harney County, OR, and to the Harney County Comittee of Safety.   Oath Keepers will train you and help you organize for your own security, so that,  whatever you do, you can provide your own local security teams made up of well trained locals, and those locals can serve as competent, effective local leadership for any outside volunteers you may consent to inviting in to assist you, under the command of local leaders you choose.   That is the best way for you to proceed so you, the locals, call the shots and are in charge, including of any security operations in defense of your rights, as Ammon Bundy himself said is the way this is supposed to go.

Stewart Rhodes

Founder and President of Oath Keepers


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. FANTASTIC – Good job Oath Keepers! Thanks for standing up, putting the message out, helping people feel safer!

    GOOD INFORMATION on this issue …
    GOOD INFORMATION on this issue …

    The prosecuting attorney that is the root cause of this tyranny is Frank R. Papagni Jr. 405 E. 8Th Avenue Suite 2400 Eugene, OR 97401 -2798 Phones: (541) 465-6771 Fax: (541) 465-6582

    U.S. Attorney for the State of Oregon, Amanda Marshall, who called for an appeal to the original sentencing. The has a good write up on her.

    SHERIFF Dave Ward Harney County Sheriff’s Office
    485 Court St Burns, OR 97720
    tel: 541-573-6156
    fax: 541-573-8383
    County Sheriff’s site

    PETITIONS For Hammonds Freedom

  2. Wow! This is an outstanding article by Stewart. This is why I joined Oathkeepers. I was a little concerned that the Committee of Safety may have been shanghied by pro-BLMers but from Stewart’s explanation it does not appear to be the case. I’d also like to hear about ranchers uniting to help the Hammond family run their ranch while the two Hammond men are in jail.

    With Oathkeepers providing security and training and ranchers providing support for the Hammonds, the feds will be proven to be nothing more than the mouse that roared and the media will be left to mumble in their ignorance.

    This can clearly work and what a fine example it will set. This is how it’s done right!

      1. How can someone who is an older person and lives far away from there help to support this effort by the good people of Harney County? If it’s not yet clear what we can do, at some point please post an article telling us how we can help. I and I’m sure many around the country would like to do whatever we can from our homes, be it sending donations to the Hammond family or calling and writing government officials, whatever you suggest. Just tell us how we can help them.

        Is anyone organizing a fund drive to help the Hammond ladies hire help to manage their ranch until their husbands return (please dear God, send them home soon)? What about a day set aside for a sign and flag waving event around the country to show support, organized with local Oath Keeper and Tea Party groups and Overpasses for America?

        How wonderful of the 2 Oath Keepers who spoke at the meeting to travel there; they expressed such nice messages of support. You Oath Keepers are the best! God bless you all!

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