(NaturalNews) A growing group of military veterans, police officers and first responders has a message for those in the ruling class who seek to impose their unconstitutional will on the nation: "Not on our watch."
Members of the group called Oath Keepers have pledged that while they live and breathe - and serve - there are a set of orders they don't ever plan to obey, should they be asked to do so. And they are urging others like them to join as well and make a similar pledge.
"Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like-minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our Oath is to the Constitution," the group says on its website.
And now, Oath Keepers is calling on members to form so-called "civilization preservation" teams in local communities, to "be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve" the American people. The teams would be modeled on U.S. Army Special Forces "A" teams whose mission is primarily "to train and then lead others" in key "preservation" skills. There is a lengthy description of the program here.
The group's board of directors has urged its members to begin forming these civilian preservation teams without delay.
As for the orders that the group's members pledge never to obey, they include any order to:
-- Disarm the American people: "The attempt to disarm the people on April 19, 1775 was the spark of open conflict in the American Revolution. That vile attempt was an act of war, and the American people fought back in justified, righteous self-defense of their natural rights. Any such order today would also be an act of war against the American people, and thus an act of treason. We will not make war on our own people, and we will not commit treason by obeying any such treasonous order."
-- Conduct warrantless searches, such as warrantless house-to-house searches for weapons or people: "One of the causes of the American Revolution was the use of 'writs of assistance,' which were essentially warrantless searches because there was no requirement of a showing of probable cause to a judge, and the first fiery embers of American resistance were born in opposition to those infamous writs. The Founders considered all warrantless searches to be unreasonable and egregious."
-- Detain Americans as unlawful enemy combatants or allow them to be tried by military tribunals: "One of the causes of the American Revolution was the denial of the right to jury trial, the use of admiralty courts (military tribunals) instead, and the application of the laws of war to the colonists. After that experience, and being well aware of the infamous Star Chamber in English history, the Founders ensured that the international laws of war would apply only to foreign enemies, not to the American people."
-- Impose martial law or a "state of emergency" on a state, or enter said state in force, without the invitation of the state's legislature or governor: "One of the causes of the American Revolution was the attempt 'to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power' by disbanding the Massachusetts legislature and appointing General Gage as 'military governor.' The attempt to disarm the people of Massachusetts during that martial law sparked our Revolution.... Further, it is the militia of a state and of the several states that the Constitution contemplates being used in any context, during any emergency within a state, not the standing army."
-- Invade or occupy a state asserting its sovereignty, declaring the national government to be in violation of the compact on which that state agreed to enter the union: "In response to the obscene growth of federal power and to the absurdly totalitarian claimed powers of the Executive, upwards of 20 states are considering, have considered, or have passed courageous resolutions affirming states rights and sovereignty. Those resolutions follow in the honored and revered footsteps of Jefferson and Madison in their Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, and likewise seek to enforce the Constitution by affirming the very same principles of our Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights that we Oath Keepers recognize and affirm."
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