Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What you need to know about the 'Oath Keepers' and Elmer Stewart Rhodes

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has this information in their Extremist Files about the 'Oath Keepers' that have been in the news lately, vis-à-vis Ferguson MO:
     Yale Law School graduate Stewart Rhodes in 2009 founded the far-right Oath Keepers, a fiercely antigovernment, militaristic group that improbably claims more than 30,000 law enforcement officers, soldiers and military veterans as members. The core idea of the group is that its members vow to forever support the oaths they took on joining law enforcement or the military to defend the Constitution. But just as central is the group’s list of 10 “Orders We Will Not Obey,” a compendium of much-feared but entirely imaginary threats from the government — orders, for instance, to force Americans into concentration camps, confiscate their guns, or cooperate with foreign troops in the United States.
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In 2013, the group took on a more aggressive stance, announcing the planned formation of “Citizen Preservation” militias meant to defend Americans against the New World Order.
Read about the New World Order here, one of the most creative of all conspiracy theories ever created.