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Elias Alias: Apology For Posting Fake Article

Notice To All Readers: Apology From Elias Alias For

Posting Bogus Article!

If you came to this page from any link which may have been emailed to you, please do not hold the sender responsible for my error. I have been senior editor for Oath Keepers for seven years, and have built a reputation for posting only verified or verifiable articles. In those seven years I’ve been duped twice by “spoof” articles, and today, June 20, 2016, I bit on the wrong bait and fell for it.  I can accept that I got sucker-punched by a very cleverly done fake article. The heat belongs on me, not on those who trusted me to only publish verified articles. I know of two who found the article soon after I had posted it, and emailed it out to their lists. I deeply regret the loss of trust that my error has caused good people whose only mistake was to trust me.  I hope that they will also forward this apology to their lists as well.

Our initial reaction here at Oath Keepers, once we discovered that I had been tricked, was to just remove the article. However, some friends, as I noted, had already emailed the link to this page out to their lists, and I cannot get those emails back for them, so I have discussed this with Stewart Rhodes and received the okay to place this link back on our site but erase the original text and replace that with my apology to all readers and friends.

There are some ironies, and I’ll mention a couple here.  First irony is that I myself have long boasted about being a “psy-warrior” combating “MindWar“.  I pride myself in being a good psy-warrior, and it is hugely ironic that I let myself be fooled by the article in question. Dang! They scored one on me, and that smarts. But it’s true. I fell for it. Worse, as soon as I had posted it, I left my cabin and drove down to town to clear the post office, and, as I live miles from town I was gone for almost two hours before I got back here and learned of my travesty. Yikes! Shorty Dawkins had just removed the article, but I already had a flurry of emails shrieking about it, and some friends had already spread it around to their lists. Wow. And I had thought I was stressed before, lol!

But that brings up another irony. Considering the nature of the criticism lodged against me for committing an editor’s “Unpardonable Sin”, a lot of Americans just now seem to be quite tense about the political climate in this country, not to mention because of other woes which we all know exist, such as economic uncertainty, war-footing around the world, taxes and regulations of oppressive nature, job insecurity, high suicide rates, federal agency mischief against land owners, ranchers, farmers, loggers, miners, the newly proposed Senate bill to draft women into the military, etc.  Lots of angst is evidenced amongst the awakened citizenry. And who can blame anyone for being concerned? I sure can’t. I’m more concerned than I’ll let on, myself.  And here is one more reason to be concerned —

Whoever put that article together was not just playing around. Nope. The article was very professionally composed, had all the right “touches”, such as using an AP photo in their article and using embedded links. I repeat — this article is very professionally done, and was not done simply to amuse the public. Nope, not at all. It was done to create the kind of havoc which I unleashed by publishing it here. So the ironic question is, who would have gone to the trouble to make such a realistic looking article and try their best to hide the deception? Who would do that?

I’m sure we’ll never know, but the question itself is worthy of asking. Could this possibly be a psy-op? Could that sort of deception possibly be the work of government psy-warriors? Could it have an unseen purpose, such as a pro-built piece of propaganda to gage public reaction, in order to harvest “HUMINT” by monitoring responses? Again, we’ll probably never know, but it’s a good question because, as we do know, our dearly beloved UN-cle Sam employs many psy-warriors to do all sorts of psy-ops, such as misinfo and disinfo, for nefarious purposes.  Check it —

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/network/#/single/functions/psychological-ops/

As one associate pointed out to me, this bogus article is disinfo. Why would psy-warriors create this sort of disinfo? What would be gained by publishing it? Are they tax-paid, or are they corporate paid, as in the companies which do contract work in psychological operations for the U.S. government? Such questions will probably not be answerable, but must be asked none the less.

So I’m hoping all readers will forgive my error in allowing myself to be sucker-punched by some wickedness I should have seen for what it was at first glance. I truly regret being too hurried or stressed to take time to do my customary digging before posting something.  I hope to appeal for your mercy in light of the seven years I’ve been in the trenches as senior editor here, living day and night on the front lines, while only making this sort of mistake twice. I’ve been around,  I’ve taken the hits and the pressure, and I’ve seen it all, and I damn sure should have spotted this one for what it is before posting it.  I am also one resilient old coot, and I ain’t about to let this hit blow my ship out of the water, and I recommend every reader overcome it and move forward as I am. Do as I’m doing — use this as a wake-up call to be ever more vigilant in all we do, and question everything. All the time. Even if is something I posted.

Thank you!

Salute!

Elias Alias, editor

Study The Disinfo Piece: http://abcnews.com.co/obama-signs-executive-order-banning-sale-of-assault-weapons/

 

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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

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23 comments

    1. Bullets First’s website makes no mention of a march on the White House and their about page lists Tony Oliva, formerly the Director of Media Relations for Gun Owners of America as the founder of the group. And what’s up with “Fappy the anti-masturbation Dolphin and the listing of Westborough Baptist’s church phone number as where to call with tips about people breaking the law?

  1. Executive Order 13691 is for “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing.” It has nothing to do with any type of “assault weapons ban.”

    This article is a known fake, designed to spread disinfo and rile people up. It is satire!

    Here are more excerpts:
    Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin, a mascot for a Christian organization that travels around the country educating children about the dangers and consequences of masturbation, told reporters he doesn’t agree with Mr. Horner’s comments about touching himself in a hospital bed.

    “I think it is great that Paul Horner is not able to pleasure himself right now.He should be focusing on healing and not playing with his sin stick. I have activated my prayer app and I encourage everyone to prayer for Mr. Horner during these difficult times; Not a full-prayer though, just a half prayer.”

  2. At the end of the ABC article is a paragraph about Paul Horner(?) who is supposedly laid up in the hospital from an accident and makes a statement about not being able to masturbate. Then it makes reference to “Fappy, the anti-masturbation Dolphin” and a hot link to a website titled, “Stop Masturbation Now.” The last sentence of the last paragraph reads, “The administration urges you to call (785) 273-0325 with any information that you may have, and as always, you can remain anonymous.” That number is to Westborough Baptist church.

    Did somebody hack the article?

    The article also refers to “A group of Donald Trump supporters, known as Bullets First” led by an individual named, “Elroy Stevens” who plans to march on the White House with Ar-15’s. I looked up Bullets First and their website says nothing about this supposed march. The site also lists it’s owner as, “Tony Oliva, formerly the Director of Media Relations for Gun Owners of America.”

    What kind of BS is this?

  3. I knew it was an unfunny parody for two reasons.
    One- I scanned the entire article and could tell it was a pathetic attempt at humor.
    Two- If Dear Leader was to actually attempt to pull a stunt like this, he’d wait until AFTER Hillary lost. If anybody other that a Democrat wins, get ready. They’ll try to pull a stunt like this.

  4. Well, I discovered it here, went to the fake website/story and did a cursory review of the ‘abc’ story. I went directly to a number of gun-rights and news sites, seeking confirmation and finding none, the link to the Oath Keepers post and also the seperate link to the spoof-story was sent out to a portion of my list asking anyone if they could confirm, debunk or add anything.

    In short order, I found that it had been taken down by OK and after more digging, I found reference to its chicanery.

    Bottomline, I was taken in and embarrassed, likely losing a mite o’ credibility with certain of those I sent the link to… but, then, that is on me and not you.

    I should have done my own due dilligence rather than knee-jerking after a cursory assessment simply because it had been linked through Oath Keepers.

    ‘My’ reaction led to ‘my’ subsequent actions…dirt-simple and entirely on me.

    Lesson learned.

    The take away for me… Never substitute ANY organization or other surrogate as being authoritative prior to verifying such nuclear material oneself.

  5. Elias, a friend once told me, “Don’t pet the Sweaty stuff Greg.” After picking myself up off the ground, she told me, “worry about the future, that’s all you can control now.” Great Advice!

    You and Stewart are doing a great job, and this stuff happens. You should have been there for my attempt at Tea Teams Leader. We had all kinds of bad actors thwarting our primordial efforts. That said, while I agree with Stewart’s assessment on how we proceed going forward against these terror threats (In fact I’ve advocated arming everyone for about 4 years now), we will expect to be called vigilantes and other vile crap. We have a lot on our plate. We need to get some great spokespersons out in front.

    Don’t pet the Sweaty!

  6. I do not recall the article in question but please do not beat yourself up too bad over it Mr Alias. Everybody has an oops now and then and I doubt anyone got hurt or killed over it. I think we all know that you provide a tremendous effort and service to our organization. Keep up the awesome work and keep marching forward. That’s all you can do and all anyone can expect of you. I personally do not see any harm done on your part.

    p.s. …..say hellow to opie and black from Luna the constitutional kitty.

    1. Thank you flinter;
      Am moving forward here. I recall my time at war — we took some hits, but we kept on fighting. Same applies here, imo.
      Please say Hi to Luna the constitutional kitty from and Alias family here. If you have a picture of Luna, please contact me with it so I can show my katties!

      Salute!
      Elias Alias, editor

  7. Where are you Elias? I have either missed your articles, or you haven’t posted any…..and I am missing them……also feeling your stress.

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