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Snipers Kill Five Officers, Wound Six, During Dallas Black Lives Matter Protest

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A Police Officer Breaks Down at Local Hospital Where His Fellow Officers Undergo Emergency Surgery After Sniper Attack

Here are videos capturing the event:

 

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Update3:23 p.m.MT: Associated Press and Drudge Report are reporting multiple ambushes and attacks on Law Enforcement across the country. Here is the AP article.

 

Update 2:35 p.m.MT: USAToday is now reporting that Dallas police officials are pursuing a “single gunman” theory of the Thursday night shooting. The report states:

The shooter, who did not have a criminal record, was identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, said the official, who was not authorized to comment publicly.

Although police feared for hours that at least one other sniper was involved and on the run, the official said Johnson is now believed to be the lone gunman. At least three others who were detained by police as possible suspects may have no connection with the attack or Johnson, the official said.

Update: Suspect did not kill himself.

Dallas Police Chief: Police affixed a bomb to a bomb-disarming device and used that to take out suspect after hours of negotiations.

UPDATE 5AM Central, 7/8:  Fox News reports that suspect cornered by Dallas police reportedly dies from self inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATE  2:30AM Central, 7/8:  This is shaping up to be a “Mumbai” style coordinated team attack.

Police exchange gunfire with sniper suspect holed up in high rise building.   Police now suspect at least four people involved in attack

DEVELOPING: Dallas Police were in a standoff early Friday with a suspected sniper who, along with at least one other shooter, targeted law enforcement officers during a protest march, killing five and injuring several other officers as well as one civilian. More suspects may be at large.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect holed up in a downtown parking garage had exchanged gunfire with officers for 45 minutes and claimed “the end is coming”, as well as saying that he had planted bombs across Dallas and wanted to hurt more officers.

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Brown said “our assumption” is that the four suspects were “working together with rifles, triangulating at different positions.” He had no information on a possible motive or the identities of any of the suspects. He also noted that police were not completely certain that every suspect was in custody.

 

ORIGINAL POST, 1:45 AM Central, July 8:  Two sniper suspects are in custody after a deadly sniper attack on Dallas area police during a Black Lives Matter protest on Thursday, July 7, 2016.    At this time four officers are confirmed dead, and seven other officer are wounded, with several undergoing surgery.  NBC News 5, DFW, reports:

Four officers are dead – three Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer – after two snipers ambushed and opened fire on police at the end of a peaceful protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings Thursday night, officials say.

Eleven officers were shot by gunmen who were still at large hours after what was believed to be a coordinated shooting, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

“We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves to triangulate on our officers and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” Brown said.

Read the rest here.

The Dallas Police Department’s twitter page contains short video clips of the Black Lives Matter protesters shouting “no justice, no peace!” and “enough is enough” shortly before the sniper fire erupted.

You can also follow the Dallas PD Facebook page here, for updates.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot posted this statement on his Twitter page:

Snipers Kill Five Officers, Wound Six, During Dallas Black Lives Matter Protest

We will post updates as more information comes in, but this is clearly one of the most deadly attacks on police in this nation’s history.   Please pray for the officers and their families.

 

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NOTE FROM STEWART RHODES.  Sadly, this sniper attack does not come as a surprise after the incessant cop killer inspiring rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and similar radical leftist groups, inciting violence against all police officers while alleging that any and all shootings of black or Hispanic suspects in this nation just must be driven by racism, with condemnation and cries of “racist!” coming before any investigation has a chance to even start.  And it also does not come as a surprise given the incessant Marxist mantra that America is a “racist nation” and that police serve as the weapons of that racist nation against all “people of color” – all of which serves the Marxist agenda to divide and conquer along racial lines and inspire blind hatred against all police, and against this nation in general (which is clearly successful, judging from the many photos and videos of Black Lives Matter activists standing on the American flag, burning the flag, and even wiping their rear ends with the flag, with many favorable comments and thumbs up given in support online).

And this attack shows the extreme vulnerability of police officers to sniper fire during such events.   From here forward, officers would be well advised to treat all such public protests as magnets for snipers and terrorists, and take appropriate countermeasures, such as active patrolling and/or police occupation of any elevated location that may serve as a possible sniper position.  You can also expect officers to end the practice of going alone on patrol, and instead teaming up in buddy pairs (and that was already starting to happen in response to the increasing targeted assassination attacks on officers in the past two years).

And this attack will cause police to want to further militarize, in their own defense, to include deployment of counter-sniper and armored vehicles, and will cause police to be even more jumpy and on-guard during contacts with the public.   No doubt, that is what the Marxists want as well, so they can further justify their cop hating rhetoric and incitement to violence.   And it will also further their agenda to trample on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.  The blame will not fall on their rhetoric and incitement, but will instead fall on gun ownership in general.   The Marxists’ only proposed “solution” to an attack they caused will be to disarm the rest of us, and to insist on the nationalization of all police, bringing them under the heel of the DOJ.  In other words, they will blame the victims of this attack, and innocent American gun owners, since they see both as their enemies.

Therefore, I call on all Oath Keepers, and all patriotic Americans, to come to the aid of their local police, and to the aid of their communities, and unite and coordinate in mutual defense against this orchestrated campaign of Marxist terrorism, which is the modern version of the wave of terrorism we saw in the late 60s and early 70s by the Marxist Weather Underground and related groups (who also frequently targeted police), along with the closely related Jihadist terrorism offensive, with Orlando being merely the latest in an ongoing wave of attacks.    What is now needed, more than ever, is the reestablishment of the militia of the people, trained, equipped and organized in each town, to defend against what is now clearly a “Tet Offensive” American style, as Navy SEAL veteran Matt Bracken warned.    While we work to reestablish that militia system, you must go armed at all times, and be prepared, at all times, to defend your community against these Marxist terrorists as well as their Islamist terror allies.  Remember, they are in league, and you are their common enemy and their common targets.

The power elites who control, aid, abet and fund these terrorists will attempt to use these attacks to further destroy what little is left of our Constitution, but the one thing they do not want, and the one thing they truly fear, is for We the People, who are still armed, to come together and restore the militia of the several states.   And the elites’ terrorist proxies among the Marxists and Islamacists also fear such a revitalization and restoration.  So, let’s do what our enemies all fear most.  Let us resurrect  and restore the militia system of this nation, which the Founders told us is necessary for the security of a free state, and which must consist of ALL of the able bodied citizens of your community.  It is time to finally get down to doing what is necessary.    It starts with you and your neighbors coming together, now, to address this grave threat, and for you to lead them toward the only constitutional solution – the revitalization of the militia.

For the Republic,

– Stewart Rhodes

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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.

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  1. Praying for the Families of all those that were killed today. And all those that lost a Brother today. Your in our Prayers guys and Gals.Lets keep this section respectful brothers……..

  2. IF they think Black Lives Matter….In Texas WE DO have the Death Penalty.
    They will be caught; and I do hope the Judge places them at the top of the list to execute them asap.

    1. To my mind this total attitude is the result of the interference with the police by Barak Obama begining with his historic flight to Boston on behalf of Dr. Gates who had a police problem at his home and both the police and Gates were right, but snotty BHO deliberately interfered with the situation.
      That signaled to many that the President was a racist and did not care for the police and history has proven it to be right.


  3. Posted by Cynthia McKinney on July 08, 2016:

    I believe OathKeepers are absolutely necessary for the protection of whatever Constitutional rights we have left in the U.S. In fact, I support OathKeepers and have tried to reach out, but not with much success.

    The photo posted second from the top was discarded LONG ago as a suspect. A Black man utilizing open carry laws in the U.S. AND in Texas is not a crime. That man has been done a disservice because he is NOT a suspect and was discharged by the police shortly after this photo was made public. Just a bit of homework on OathKeepers’ part would have verified that.

    As it turns out, the latest reports are that there were four suspects involved in the Dallas tragedy who were wearing military garb.

    As a supporter of OathKeeper, I ask for equal time. I understand that what happened at Waco, Ruby Ridge, San Juan could happen to any of us at any time; however, that is happening every 28 hours in the Black community, according to one study.

    Most recently, we had back-to-back police murders of Alton Sterling, unarmed, in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota, sitting in a car after a traffic stop for a broken taillight in the daytime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSOXA9Zc9lw

    Where is your lament for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Their names are nowhere mentioned in your article or even on your entire website! They are victims of the same state violence that killed LaVoy Finicum. And the line of those who came before him.

    The COINTELPRO Papers showed that The Cabal who run this country don’t want Blacks and Whites to work together. They work hard at divide and conquer.

    Please make them work harder at it by showing some understanding of what is happening in communities around you every day. Please honor their pain, too, in your reporting.

    And not only that, call on your members to understand that we are all a part of the 99% (to borrow from Occupy) and that the 1% are the manipulators of this divide and conquer strategy.

    As a supporter of OathKeepers, I ask for balanced coverage. I lament the loss of all life and don’t support any action that results in it, including U.S. wars, U.S. foreign policy, and a militarized police state at home that takes Constitutional rights as well as human life.

    I look forward to reading the comments in response to this post.

    ___________________ Reply by Stewart Rhodes ___________________

    I believe OathKeepers are absolutely necessary for the protection of whatever Constitutional rights we have left in the U.S. In fact, I support OathKeepers and have tried to reach out, but not with much success.

    [MY RESPONSES WILL BE IN BOLD: Thank you for saying that, and supporting our mission. I believe you and I talked briefly by phone once. We can do so again].

    The photo posted second from the top was discarded LONG ago as a suspect. [and as soon as I heard that, I removed it from our post]. A Black man utilizing open carry laws in the U.S. AND in Texas is not a crime. [Amen to that! When we did an open carry march at the Alamo, there were armed black men, brown men, yellow men, and white men (and women too). All Americans, and all patriots, and all my brothers and sisters]. That man has been done a disservice because he is NOT a suspect and was discharged by the police shortly after this photo was made public. Just a bit of homework on OathKeepers’ part would have verified that.

    [As I said, as soon as I saw the update that he had been cleared, I removed the photo from the post. It was around 3:45AM my time – we have to sleep sometime, you know. I just happened to wake up and check the news again. And all we did was post the same photo and appeal for help that the Dallas PD posted on their Twitter page when he was a suspect, and as soon as I saw he was cleared, down it came. I don’t think that constitutes a disservice or some kind of lack of “homework” on our part. Again, it was in the middle of the night. And I didn’t post the pic because he was black. I posted the pic because the Dallas PD said he was a suspect and asked for help finding him].

    As it turns out, the latest reports are that there were four suspects involved in the Dallas tragedy who were wearing military garb.

    [Yep, and starting to look like a Mumbai style attack. And I can say that the skill of the one shooter I saw, who rapidly closed on and defeated a police officer in a close range gun battle, was not at all run of the mill. That was some slick movement and utilization of tactics – going to the officer’s blind side on the left as the officer fired from the right side of the pillar and then took momentary cover, with the attacker then jumping right inside the officers OODA loop reactionary gap, going around the pillar to the left of the officer, and engaging him at point blank range and then moving on].

    As a supporter of OathKeeper, I ask for equal time. I understand that what happened at Waco, Ruby Ridge, San Juan [I think you mean San Jose] could happen to any of us at any time; however, that is happening every 28 hours in the Black community, according to one study. Most recently, we had back-to-back police murders of Alton Sterling, unarmed, in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota, sitting in a car after a traffic stop for a broken taillight in the daytime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSOXA9Zc9lw

    [Equal time? Now, I think it is YOU who are doing us Oath Keepers a serious disservice. We don’t see color when looking at any shooting incident where there is a possibility of police wrongdoing, just as in this attack on the police, we have no idea what color the dead or wounded officers are, and we don’t care. We just see people.

    And as I have said many times, I think we ALL have a very real, and very serious problem in every community with the militarization of the police, and the increased use of what amount to military rules of engagement where officers are very quick to fire on anyone they suspect of being armed, as if that is itself a justification for shooting people (odd, in a nation of armed free people). See our protest against the SWAT killing of Marine veteran Jose Guerena. I still have a hard time watching this gut wrenching video we put together on that and every time I hear that song, I think if him and his poor wife and child and tears roll down my face. I didn’t insist on protesting that shooting to give “equal time” to Hispanic victims of police abuse, even though I come from a family of Mexican immigrants on my mother’s side). I insisted on it because he was AN AMERICAN, and a Marine who served his nation in combat, and he did not deserve to die like that. And it made us angry to see a SWAT team used like that, to serve a mere search warrant, on a man who did exactly what any of us would do if strange men came crashing down our doors with our wife and kid home – grab a rifle and defend them. We don’t see color, we see people, and we realized that there but for the grace of God, go I. We all would have ended up like him, dying with his safety still on, while he tried to sort out what was going on, while the SWAT team saw man with gun, and shot man with gun, who was merely defending his family. It was an outrage, and it was an outrage not because he was a “man of color” (whatever the hell that means) but because he was a man. Period. A man we can relate to as men, and as warriors. And it pissed us off.

    Before you start demanding that we provide “equal time” according to race, you really should read what I wrote back in November, 2014 here:

    https://oathkeepers.org/police-expert-war-on-terror-has-turned-our-cops-into-occupying-armies-and-were-the-enemy/

    And here is the most pertinent quote from me:

    The perception of the people as “the enemy” in a “war on terrorism” and a “war on drugs” is not just in cities, nor is it just applied to “communities of color.” That perception is applied in small town America as well as in cities, and to ALL Americans, of every race, creed, and color. It is not a “black” problem. It is not a “brown” problem. It is an American problem. Any American, anywhere, at any time, can be subjected to the same military tactics and mindset, whether during a raid on their home, during a traffic stop, or any other encounter with police. Sniper rifles were pointed in at protesting Americans at Bundy Ranch in Nevada just as much as in Ferguson, Missouri. And likewise for the response to the Boston bombing in the search of Watertown, MA, where weapons were pointed in at entire families as they were ordered from their homes. And any American can suffer the fate of Jose Guerena (Marine Iraq veteran killed in SWAT raid), Bounkham Phonesavah (a one year old baby burned with a flash-bang), or any of the many other Americans caught up in the overuse and abuses of SWAT teams seen here: http://www.cato.org/raidmap

    And any American can end up like John T. Williams (deaf woodcarver shot by Seattle cop while whittling a stick), or David Eckert (repeatedly cavity searched and subjected to forced enemas and colonoscopy), or like these two women cavity searched on the side of the road. What does race have to do with it? Not much.

    This, this, this, or this, can happen to any American, of any race, in any community, at any time.

    As retired Pennsylvania police officer Larry Hohol put it, when referring to that last link (the Robert Leone beating): “But for the grace of God, this could have been your child or family member that these horrific acts happened to.” Watch his video analysis of that incident here. That had nothing to do with race, but everything to do with abuse of power.

    American police have a problem, and this problem is now endemic, and reaches into every community. As former NYPD Detective Frank Serpico recently said:

    Today the combination of an excess of deadly force and near-total lack of accountability is more dangerous than ever: Most cops today can pull out their weapons and fire without fear that anything will happen to them, even if they shoot someone wrongfully. All a police officer has to say is that he believes his life was in danger, and he’s typically absolved. What do you think that does to their psychology as they patrol the streets—this sense of invulnerability? The famous old saying still applies: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    And it is a problem that the good police have a DUTY to stop. You officers who are the “good cops” out there must police your own and put a stop to the abuse by the bad cops, and that includes all the overuse and abuse of SWAT teams, all of the violations of rights perpetrated in the name of the “war on drugs” and all of the excessive force and violations of rights that occur all over this nation, every day.

    I encourage you to read the whole thing.]

    It is an AMERICAN problem, that cuts across all racial, class, geographic lines. And again, we don’t see color. And that is what bothers me about the Black Lives Matter movement. Clearly, they are fixated on color (in addition to being a Marxist front organization, and also increasingly revealing themselves to be fundamentally racist, just like La Raza). Here is how we feel about color (from our August 2014 Open Letter of Warning to Missouri Governor Nixon during the Ferguson protests:

    For us, this is not about race. This is about defending the Bill of Rights, which is a shield against government abuse that is meant to protect ALL Americans, of whatever color. Those of us who served as Marine or Army infantry learned to see only one color: green. Some of our brothers in our fire-teams and squads were dark green, while others were medium or light green, but they were all our brothers, and in combat, they all bled the same color – red – in defense of this nation and in defense of the Constitution, which each of us swore an oath to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And the same can be said for those constitutional Sheriffs and police officers among us who still know what it means to be a peace officer, not a “law enforcer.”

    The militarization of our police is not a “black problem.” It’s an American problem, and it affects all of us.

    Read the whole thing here: https://oathkeepers.org/open-letter-of-warning-to-governor-nixon-from-missouri-oath-keepers-2/

    And now, we have another very serious problem with the increasingly common assassination style attacks on police officers. Some of the victims of those attacks have been white, while some have been black. As it was in the Army, we don’t care about the color of their skin, and all we see is blue. I would think that attitude would be commended, not condemned. Will you insist on equal coverage, according to race, of all officers killed in the line of duty? Do we need to wait to find out the race of the cops killed in Dallas so we can then adjust our coverage? I don’t think so. It is wrong for cops to kill innocent people who were no threat, and it is wrong for people to kill police just because they are police. Both are wrong. And in both instances, we need to judge the actions of the individual, not the color of his or her skin. ]

    Where is your lament for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Their names are nowhere mentioned in your article or even on your entire website! They are victims of the same state violence that killed LaVoy Finicum. And the line of those who came before him.

    [We are still trying to sort out what happened, instead of jumping to the conclusion that those shootings constitute “murder.” That is our obligation and duty, just as it is in any shooting, by anyone, be they cop or average Joe. And the color of the person who was shot, or the color of the person doing the shooting, is friggin irrelevant to us. But I do note, for your benefit, that the officer who shot Castile was Hispanic. His name is Jeronimo Yanez, and he is as brown as can be. So, when a “person of color” shoots another “person of color” does it cancel out the presumed racism? Can it then just be looked at as a cop shooting a citizen? The race of the cop doesn’t matter to me any more than the race of the man shot, but it may to you, so you can cool your jets a bit to see what all the evidence shows. Despite the fact that the officer was brown, not white, the Democratic Minnesota Governor still insists that race played a part, stating:

    “Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white?” Dayton said, a day and a half after Castile was killed. “I don’t think it would have. … I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists.”

    I consider that incredibly irresponsible race baiting and slander of the officer, without proof. How does the Governor know that a jumpy Jeronimo Yanez wouldn’t have lit up any man, of any color, under the same circumstances? When I taught concealed carry classes, I taught all of my students, of all colors, to keep their hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel as the officer approached and to be very, very careful about putting them anywhere else. I also taught them to keep their registration and proof of insurance clipped to their sun visor, to cut down on the need to rummage around in the glove box or center console. I also taught them to immediately pull their license out as soon as they stopped, and before the cop got to the car, and to have it between their fingers up on the steering wheel, because I know all cops can be jumpy with ANYONE putting their hands out of site. Just a fact.

    The COINTELPRO Papers showed that The Cabal who run this country don’t want Blacks and Whites to work together. They work hard at divide and conquer.

    [I agree 100%. And I think that Black Lives Matter, along with La Raza, are part of that divide and conquer plan. I believe the evidence is overwhelming. Look who funds them, and look who shows up at their events and gives them audience? The current regime puppets of those same elites. Obama himself is the worst of the racial dividers. He never misses a chance to make it all about race, just like the propaganda whores of the elites over at Southern Poverty Law Center – they will never acknowledge legitimate grievances, and always try to twist our motivations into being because a black man was elected President, when we couldn’t care less about his color].

    Please make them work harder at it by showing some understanding of what is happening in communities around you every day. Please honor their pain, too, in your reporting.

    [I will do my best to understand what is happening in every community of this nation, and to honor all of their pain, regardless of color. That is a duty. We must be color blind, not color focused. Didn’t MLK speak of a day when his children will be judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin? Well, that goes for all of us, at all times. That is our charge. And a police officer shouldn’t have to be black to avoid the accusation of racism if he shoots a black man. That is itself racist].

    And not only that, call on your members to understand that we are all a part of the 99% (to borrow from Occupy) and that the 1% are the manipulators of this divide and conquer strategy.

    [Well, that is the one statement I can most agree with. You are spot on. And it is a grave danger, and I see many Americans, of all races and colors, falling for it. But the answer is not to become race conscious ourselves. The answer is to realize the game and the manipulation, and realize that La Raza DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME or my Mexican heritage relatives any more than Black Lives Matter or the New Black Panther Party speaks for you. Reject all racists, of all colors, and also reject all Marxists who use race as a weapon against human liberty, again at the behest of international elites who pull their strings].

    As a supporter of OathKeepers, I ask for balanced coverage. I lament the loss of all life and don’t support any action that results in it, including U.S. wars, U.S. foreign policy, and a militarized police state at home that takes Constitutional rights as well as human life.

    [Well, what you will get here is color blind coverage, and I think that is in true keeping with the higher ideals and aspirations of this nation. If a cop, or anyone else, is actually shown to be racist, we will acknowledge it. But until then, any American unjustly killed by the police is equally deserving of our compassion and our vigilance, and, likewise, the same goes for any police officer murdered by some cop killing fanatic. And any officer accused of a bad shooting is also entitled to due process and to be considered innocent until proven guilty, regardless of race or gender. It doesn’t matter what color the officers in this incident are, and it doesn’t matter what color the cop killer is. Just as it didn’t matter to us whether the victims in Orlando were straight or gay (though it apparently mattered to the religious fanatic who killed them). If we are not consistent in all we do, in standing up for the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans, then we fail].

    I look forward to reading the comments in response to this post.

    [Thanks for reading my responses, and may we work together to counteract that divide and conquer strategy. – Stewart Rhodes]

    1. I agree that there is probably a greater divide and conquer strategy, and that all of these actions or “events” should be viewed through that prism, at least until proven otherwise.

    2. Cynthia, thank you so much for your post here. You are most welcome here, and you raise a very excellent point —

      (Quoting you:) “The Cabal who run this country don’t want Blacks and Whites to work together. They work hard at divide and conquer.

      Thank you for seeing that, and for saying it. I would be delighted to honor your request for balanced coverage, and will publish an article by you if you would write one. You have been one of my heroes ever since you pinned Donald Rumsfeld’s ears to the wall, and in a recent video I saw of you on Infowars you were outstanding. I will gladly stand with you to expose the cabal’s mischief in keeping Americans at each other’s throats, and I’d like for you to know that I’ve been hammering about U.S. foreign policy and the domestic military-police state at this site since day one. I think your presence here would be a good step in the right direction, so do please consider writing a guest column for this site and look in your email inbox for my email address so you can send it directly to me. (You may remember a brief exchange with me over at Linkedin not long ago, in which I was talking with you about doing a page for you at my personal site. That is moving forward.)
      Thank you and bless you.

      Additionally, I’ll let Stewart Rhodes know that the guy in that picture has been cleared, and ask his permission to pull that picture. When I spoke with him earlier tonight, neither of us knew about the guy being cleared. This article was posted by him, but as I work for him I can relay your information to him. There are plenty of black Oath Keepers around the country, and we’re proud as an organization to operate above racism. As we helped black business owners at Ferguson, we also lament that there often-times seems to be a double standard about open-carry, and I agree with you that it’s a problem that needs to be addressed and eliminated too. We here at Oath Keepers celebrate ALL Americans’ unalienable right to open carry, and we’d like to see a lot more open carry by all citizens, with equal rights and responsibilities for all.
      Thank you for your service to this country and to the people of Georgia.
      Salute!
      Elias Alias, editor

      1. Elias, you said: “Additionally, I’ll let Stewart Rhodes know that the guy in that picture has been cleared, and ask his permission to pull that picture. When I spoke with him earlier tonight, neither of us knew about the guy being cleared.”

        Already done, hours ago, by me personally. See my response to Cynthia. I am still puzzled as to how our coverage is not “balanced.” We stand up for the rights of all Americans, as we made very clear in our very strong support for the right of the protesters in Ferguson and our open, and scathing, condemnation of the heavy handed police response there.

        People need to read both of these items:

        https://oathkeepers.org/open-letter-of-warning-to-governor-nixon-from-missouri-oath-keepers-2/

        https://oathkeepers.org/oath-keepers-open-letter-to-the-people-of-ferguson-missouri/

        And when we guarded that block of buildings in Ferguson, which included several businesses as well as apartments above them, I didn’t care what color or race the people where who lived in those apartments, and I never found out, because it was irrelevant, just like I didn’t care what color the business owners were. Are we now going to start making sure we are “balanced” when it comes to who we protect from murderous arsonists thugs? I don’t think so.

        If you want to post an article by Cynthia McKinney, that is perfectly fine by me. But don’t be surprised if I post a reply if I disagree with her. – Stewart

        1. Awesome, Stewart. Thank you.

          Amd btw. it looks like you’ve not got much sleep tonight either, lol, but as for this old guy, I’m gonna crash now. Hope Shorty can clear comments for a while.

          Salute!

    3. I am somewhat older, pretty close to Elias I think. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Back then, I didn’t really know from color. I did know that as the little guy on the block, a black man took me aside and taught me a few things so I could match up to the bigger, or older guys. I went to an extremely high end scholastic high school where there were blacks. I don’t remember any of the blacks I knew back then as speaking anything but proper English. I mention this because in our social studies we examined what the long term effects of the so-called civil rights movement might be. Mr. Bass, our teacher, hit it right on the head when he noted that the true intent from a standpoint of government intervention was actually the destruction of the community.
      Fifty years later I’m looking at the country I served, and love falling apart. I see people marching in the streets to disarm their neighbors. People who are clueless about what is taking place, and what has taken place in the past. I always mention the fact that in the last century the death toll from political or ethnic cleansing was more than 250 MILLION. I guess that Aldous Huxley knew of what he spoke when he said “Experience teaches only the teachable”.
      We are on the verge of a real civil war, and in the middle I find my son who is NYC police. Instead of enjoying the later years of my life I worry, not only about him, but also what will happen to my grandchildren, and this nation.

    4. Nice exchange there folks, but Me thinks that we have to stay away from the “words” that are used by these evil strategists to divide & conquer us. Referring to “race”, there is but only the race of men, different ethnic backgrounds. If we believe that the Creator made man in His image & likeness, we are all the same inside. There is but one race…mankind. Like Elias said, forget the colors. The rest are animals. Unless you consider yourself an alien being from another planet….

    5. Mr. Rhodes,
      Your reply to this commenter was better expressed than the article you wrote. Even the majority of MSM has held back in connecting this event to BLM, so perhaps you put out your POV too quickly. Both the Oathkeepers and BLM are monitored groups. So they win, again, with their divide and conquer tactics. And yes, Obama, Lynch, and the Clintons are behind our concerns. Everyone stay safe and use your brains.

      1. Thanks for your input, but I stand by my assessment of what Black Lives Matter is or has become. They are PART of that divide and conquer campaign, whether it is a knowing participation, or unwitting.

        They have managed to take a police excessive force issue that affects all of us, and turn it into a racial issue, and from that, they themselves have become racist, and are parroting the drivel put out by Marxists that our entire system of government and way of life is “racist!”

        I have no use for such a movement.

        Those who are concerned about the conditioning of police to see us all as the enemy need to reboot and pick another mechanism other than one that’s very name is focused on race, rather than the problem that affects us all.

        Stewart

    6. Wow, talk about jumping to conclusions! I’m talking about victims of police murder and you’re talking about race. Those victims are African Americans and that’s not hard to cover up. Believe me, if they could, I believe they would do that, too, atfer killing them. So, while I ask for equal time to cover victims of police murder, you jump to an assumption that I want you to provide equal time for race. My gosh, what is that??? Unfortunately, That pretty much sums up where we are. Seems we need to learn how to talk to each other. But, you know, practice is a good thing. And so, we’re practicing. I thank you for the engagement. We know from COINTELPRO that the worst sight possible is for African Americans and European Americans to join in common cause. I’m working hard to make that happen.

      1. Cynthia,
        You stated:

        “Seems we need to learn how to talk to each other. But, you know, practice is a good thing. And so, we’re practicing. I thank you for the engagement. We know from COINTELPRO that the worst sight possible is for African Americans and European Americans to join in common cause. I’m working hard to make that happen.”

        Everyone does indeed need to learn how to better talk with each other, just as you note. But you also noted that “practice is a good thing”, and I agree with you on that too. In fact, it is very good that we are here talking together. I believe you bring valuable perspectives to the table, so I hope you will continue to talk here. We all can benefit from more practice. Thank you for being willing.

        COINTELPRO is a subject I wish more Americans understood. I’m grateful to you for bringing that up, and for pointing out that for our would-be controllers the worse sight (for them) would be to see African Americans and European Americans joining in common cause. You sure got that right.
        I’ll make you a deal. You keep on working hard to make that happen, and I’ll do the same. I truly do agree with you that the elite want Americans divided in every aspect of our society’s culture. Loving our good neighbor is exactly what the powers-that-be do *not* want to see. So I say we should do that, and I believe you will agree. Thank you again for taking time to be here.

        Salute!
        Elias Alias, editor

      2. Cynthia,
        I’m confused by this…
        “I’m talking about victims of police murder and you’re talking about race.”
        If you weren’t talking about race then what did you mean by ‘equal time’?

        Like Elias, I have been an admirer of yours since I saw the grilling of Mr. Rumsfeld. I have that video and American Blackout saved on my computer because it appears that you are one of few who made it to the world center of corruption(DC) and didn’t compromise your principles.

        I keep up with you on Twitter to see what you’re up to, but I have to tell you that where you lose me is the fact that most of what I see coming from you is race related.

        I come to this site about once every week or so and when I saw your name in the comment section I was pretty excited to read what you had to say, but after reading it I had to wonder if you are just another victim of the media sensationalizing race issues. I’m talking about how they give wall to wall coverage of anything that could possibly be construed as racial bias against blacks, while at the same time giving little or no coverage of the opposite.

        Please explain what you meant by ‘equal time’, because it appears that you meant caring about black victims of police brutality and misconduct. Given your track record of focusing on ‘black matters’ what other conclusion can one jump to?

        I have a lot of respect for you, and this is the first time I’ve posted a comment on this site. Did Rumsfeld ever get you the information you requested? I’m pretty sure I know the answer to that!

        Greetings from Gainesville, GA

  4. I heard some of the black panthers talking the other day at a truckstop that thee was going to be a shooting against police officers in Texas, but I didn’t catch a town or time when it was going to happen. We need to stop this motorcycle club called the black panthers they have been starting a lot of problems at these rallies.

  5. This is the results of a federal government mouthing off before all facts were known about the Ferguson, MO case. They, POTUS, members of CONGRESS, & DOJ’s US AG, automatically backed the ‘Black Lives Matter’ when all the facts of many officer shooting or perp deaths cases were not fully revealed. Besides Ferguson, MO, this includes the cases of Baltimore,MD, Staten Island, NY, Chicago, IL and several others around the country. They allowed violent demonstrations and the destruction of both public & private property, not to mention the many senseless injuries inflicted upon white, Asian and even Hispanic citizens for not being persons of color & supporting such a violent movement!!

  6. Granted, I am neither a veteran, nor related to law enforcement, but I became an honorary Oathkeeper in Knoxville, Tn on April 15 2009 at Worlds Fair Park during the very first T.E.A. party rally held there.
    We here in East Tennessee are fortunate to have wonderful Law Enforcement agencies, both local police and our Sheriff’s Departments. I just wanted to say Cynthia is correct. The “cabal” is pushing to forment division between black and white and rich and poor, and civilians and Law Enforcement. The one thing that she didn’t include is George Soros who funds this friction ( my opinion), and the BLM , who has become militant with the Black Panthers. All this is pushed by Soros. He funds this activity. Soros has done this and is sitting back laughing! Does this not make him a Charlie Manson? Can he not be arrested and charged? Then, confiscate his wealth, and the world would be a much more calm and PEACEFUL place???

    1. Robert, you are spot on about Soros, as Navy Jack reported here: https://oathkeepers.org/navyjack-understanding-campaign-destabilize-united-states/

      And Cynthia is indeed right about the divide and conquer strategy. I just take exception to her charge that we are somehow not balanced in our coverage.

      And it is very cool that you were at the April 15, 2009 rally. That’s awesome! That was my first actual public speech after founding Oath Keepers, though we still count the April 19, 2009 rally on Lexington Green as our official launch date. God bless you, and glad you are still with us. – Stewart

  7. Members of Black Lives Matter may, if they keep on this destruction path, find that there could be snipers everywhere, doing what they have to do to survive. It works both ways, and when politics and law enforcement can’t solve the problem, members of the public may have to.

  8. “The Black Power Political Organization has taken responsibility for the attack according screen shots of a Facebook post. The group’s Facebook account has since been taken down.”

    What the post says:

    “Sniper Assassins Take Down Five Police Officers! And More Will Be Assassinated In The Coming Days! Do You Like The Work Of Our Assassins? Get Your Own Sniper Rifle And Join Our Thousands Of Sniper Assassins Worldwide In The Fight Against Oppression!”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-08/black-power-political-organization-takes-responsibilty-murdering-5-dallas-cops

    They threaten more assassinations in the coming days.

    Shorty Dawkins

  9. I’m so glad I live in America, where any crazy person can buy military firearms. Sure, Mass shootings are far far less common in Australia, but their democracy has fallen to dictators. Oh wait, it hasn’t. They are still fine, they just have way fewer shootings… and suicides for that matter.

    1. Sure, and while at it, try France, where no mass shootings can happen, because they banned civilian possession of AK 47s. All safe and snug … oh wait! The terrorists easily smuggled in AKs and explosives and killed over a hundred people with those illegal items? Didn’t they hear the good news that those things were banned in France? There must have been some tragic mistake. It must be America’s fault, somehow. And surely the terrorists didn’t count on a bunch of unarmed Frenchmen in that theater. End of sarc.

      Terrorists and drug dealing gangs can smuggle in anything they need across the wide open borders of the US just like they do across the wide open borders of Europe. Easy peasy. But don’t let that fact get in the way of your desire to disarm us all. Please move to Australia.

      1. FN FALL 7.62 (NATO version) is semi-auto only. Kick back is too violent to control it in full auto.

    2. Ed,
      You obviously have no idea what constitutes a “Military Firearm”, although I suspect you may personify that which constitutes a “Crazy Person”.
      Further, I sincerely doubt that you would believe, or be able to understand any facts that don’t fit neatly into your pre-programmed mindset. Hence,I will make no attempt to enlighten you, as I fear it would be a lesson in futility.

      A wise, elderly person once told me to never attempt to teach a pig to sing. Why? Because it is impossible, all that can ever be accomplished with such an undertaking is to waste your time, and annoy the pig.

      However, if you would provide a means of sending you whatever few dollars I can scrape together this month, (a PayPal account or a GoFundMe page perhaps), I would happily contribute to your “Moving Fund”.I would also gladly be a part of a detail to escort you, safely, to the plane, (or ship), bound for Australia.
      Post haste. And please don’t let the hatch hit you in your Ischial Tuberosity!
      The only regret I would have is that the majority of Aussies I have encountered have been damned good folks, and I normally dislike dumping a problem onto someone else who does not deserve it.
      A bit of advice for you: If you ever do get to Australia, be careful when, and where, you spout this type of nonsensical drivel. Some Aussies are much less tolerant of the obtuse than this group, and the ones I have met, actually enjoy a good bout of fisticuffs. {Also known as an attitude adjustment.}
      David

    3. @ Ed: Funny how countries that are not taking in “refugees” are feeling so cozy. Funny how countries like England and France and Germany still have bombings, mass shootings, stabbings, etc. Funny how America has a Islamist sympathizer in the WH, a little man with no country, using his hate for the colonial expansion states to destroy freedom around the world. Funny how countries like Australia and Canada and Mexico to mention a few, have strictly enforced immigration and closed borders. So, next time you are in a “no gun zone” city like Chicago, take a cozy walk through that “no gun zone” like you would Sydney. Oops, you get mugged either way.

    4. Say, wasn’t Australia founded as a penal colony? Even prisoners are given a little liberty on occasions, in which is only partial, depending on the whims of the warden in charge.

  10. And they say you guys are extremists. It’s funny how B.L.M. isn’t listed as an extremist group given they talk about killing people. It’s almost as it’s a government created organization.

  11. We are witnessing the infirmities of a democracy and the reason so many of the framers did not want the interest of the Republic in the hands of the masses – mobocracy is its’ legitimate offspring. This is akin to the French Revolution not the American one that sponsored our birth…sad.

    The following is copied from “The Soldiers Training Manual” issued by the War Department, November 30, 1928:

    DEMOCRACY: A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic- negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.

    REPUBLIC: Authority is derived throughout the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them. Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure. Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences. A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass. Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy. Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.

  12. I pray for all the Police officers all over the country!!!! I also want to thank them all for their service. I would like for them to know that we Greatly Appreciate what they do for us day in and day out. I for 1 of many will stand by their side if needed forever.

    1. OBJECTION!
      Attempts to use facts not in evidence, calls for speculation.

      If having to place “Liberal” in front of my moniker is required to fit in with your crowd, then I’ll stick with Stewart and the rest of my brother and sister Oath Keepers, no matter what kind of silly labels you try to pin on me/us.
      Furthermore, if that’s the best you can come up with, I seriously question your ability and/or qualifications to judge anyone.

    2. Nice. The insane versus the inane. Even the Insane has substance unlike the Inane who are pointless and lacking significance

  13. Just as the destruction of life on September 11, 2001 brought our countrymen together, so should the politically driven division of our country be a time to come together to show the criminal factions behind the division that we will not tolerate their intended agenda. Recall it did not take more than a few months after 9/11 for the leftists to restart their division tactics. We are Americans, not fools being useful tools. We fought, bled and died to protect our nation against the very thing we see happening internally.

  14. I have been trying to get started in my CPT training with the TX Oath Keepers, but so far, have had only one conversation with the TX Oath Keepers (no training). I would appreciate any help with kick starting the training process. I am not sure how much more time there is before something much worse happens and I will need to use these skills.
    Semper Fi

  15. Too many Americans are hiding under their beds, too selfish to care until it has a direct impact on them.

    1. No, that is not true.

      There are some who are, some who are not, and a lot that are just fighting to be able to put food on the table working 3 – 4 part-time jobs that pay little. This was deliberately caused by the corrupt serving within our governments and by the people being naive and trusting them. When they can no longer feed their families or keep their home they then become homeless.

      Are you aware of what is happening to the homeless here in America? People who still have some modest means to live on cannot give them food or water without arrests, harassment. That too is deliberate. Homeless camps are removed for “sanitary” reasons, what little they have left destroyed, bulldozed. Guess what, porta-potties could have been brought and them given a bit better lifestyle for months for what it cost to have those people who removed them, those people who brought the heavy equipment over, those people who drove them.

      Those on city streets are removed as “eyesores”. Those are people who used to have jobs, homes, and still have families. We can plant food on trails, creeks, rivers to assist in feeding them, but guess what – that also is not allowed.

      Well, this is our nation, and you need to start thinking – because you will be one of those on the streets if this continues, one of the “eyesores” – do not think it cannot happen to you, it is meant to happen to you.

      They do not have a TV, radio, and after the last raids by corrupt cops, city workers, etc – blankets, tents, clothes. The selfish ones are the same ones pushing the communist/socialist agenda. If it goes through, a huge part of them will also pay the price when they no longer are needed as useful idiots.

      But the idea is NOT to assist the people who are hurting pretty much because of governmental decisions and trusting them, but to destroy the American people, the USA from the inside.

  16. The sniper (s) were reported to be militarily trained. It was reported that they used military tactics from the rooftops. Black Lives Matters was in the area. Who has a reputation for sending militarily trained individuals to stand on rooftops with sniper rifles in areas where Black Lives Matters are at? Oath Keepers.

    1. If I can pause in my laughter for a moment, I’d like to remind you that Oath Keepers who stood on the roofs at Ferguson, Missouri, were protecting black-owned businesses, not taking pot-shots at the cops. Methinketh thee hath been reading too much Cass Sunstein. Either that, or you need to go back to your handler and tell him you need a refresher course in logic, yes? Sheesh!
      I am posting your comment for the amusement of readers here. Thanks for giving Oath Keepers a click. 😉

      Salute!
      Elias Alias, editor

      1. I’ll have to agree with you on this Elais. Our hecklers have been somewhat subpar on this one. Most of the time, they do a little better.
        And only three? Must be slipping.
        Notice if you will, the one that responded to me earlier, claiming that I was “Inane”. My first thought was; “Oh look, one of them found a dictionary, this could be fun.”, but then realized that I was giving too much credit, since he used the word “inane” as a noun.

        noun
        3.
        something that is empty or void, especially the void of infinite space. ~ dictionary.com

        If I were indeed “Inane”, he could not respond to me, as I would be; “empty or void”. Hence he would be unable to see me, or respond to me.
        I will give credit where due though, he at least had the fortitude to attempt a defense of his fellow heckler.
        That is commendable, I guess, or perhaps I should say “uncommon” as the concept of having each other’s back is a trait more commonly associated with those of us they call “Insane”..Us old “Gun Nuts”. Yes?
        So yeah, I would say at the least, some have been skipping classes lately.
        David
        PS: Didn’t you meant to type “remedial course” instead of “refresher course”?

    2. @Death:
      Evidently you misread the reports from November of 2014. Or were you making an attempt at levity?
      It was, in fact, federal agents who took up elevated positions and pointed sniper rifles, at the Oath Keepers, who were defending the businesses below them, (per the owner’s requests), as well as the lives of the residents living in the apartments in the buildings.
      At least that is what the local police stated when it was first reported.
      Later, however, they changed their story, and claimed the the agents were just some guys with some barbeque equipment.
      So the Oath Keepers asked the police if they would kindly ask whoever they were, to stop pointing their “Barbeque equipment” at them while they were busy saving people’s lives, residences, and businesses.
      You might also note, if you care to actually do some research, the the buildings that the Oath Keepers defended, were some of the only buildings in that area that remained undamaged. The governor of Missouri pulled the National Guard out, and the local police left the rioters, arsonists, and looters to their desires. I’ll leave it to you to try and figure out who might have given the local police orders to that effect.
      Have a nice day Mr., or Ms. Death,
      David

  17. The very first question in my mind was who benefits from a wider division of LE from the people – whatever their race?

    Is this another false flag event (yes, people die in false flag events) which was carried out by trained shooters to cause further distrust and worries among those who serve in our communities?

    Because it looked to me more like trained shooters (notice I left out the word (military because mercenaries are also trained that way and used here in the USA) from what I have read and seen so far.

    So now how can we protect the LE’s from those willing to murder them to create more division to further the interests of NWO, OWG?

    I admit the first thing I do anymore is look at how those that serve within our governments – at the request of the 1% – could have created such things so to destroy our nation further from within. Are there actions we can come up with to combat this? Can this be prevented from happening again?

    God Bless All! Stay Safe!

    Cal
    If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

    Chief Tecumseh: “When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

  18. Two points: First, I think the use of the “Tet Offensive” analogy is ill-advised. The Tet Offensive was a strategic (but not tactical) victory for the NVA and VC. Also, the NVA and VC were no angels but they were fighting to overthrow a corrupt, puppet regime in Saigon supported by a foreign occupying power–the US gov’t. Do you really want to see Oath Keepers as a force fighting against a “Tet Offensive”?

    Second, I think Mr. Rhodes interlinear reply to Ms. McKinney reflected poorly on him and the Oath Keepers. Better he should have let her say her piece and reply to her in a separate comment rather than to lard up her comment with Mr. Rhodes defensive remarks. I’m not saying I disagree with most of the substance of his remarks I just think it was disrespectful and counterproductive to edit Ms. McKinney’s comment so extensively.

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