Oath Keepers: what’s it all about?


Richard Moore

This article, along with the videos, gives a good example of the concerns of those on the ‘right’, and the propagandistic way that is presented in the mainstream media. 


[videos in original, from CNN & from the Oath Keepers themselves; boldface phrases below are live links]

CNN Propaganda Segment on Oath Keepers Demonizes Fall of the Republic

Kurt Nimmo
November 19, 2009

In a CNN segment airing today, Jim Acosta assures us there are no FEMA detention camps and Obama will not take away the guns of law-abiding Americans.

CNN continues its well-oiled propaganda campaign against the patriot movement with a segment on the Oath Keepers. CNN’s Jim Acosta profiles the organization’s founder, Stewart Rhodes, nearly a month after MSNBC attack dog Chris Matthews had him on his show and attempted to portray the Oath Keepers as a radical organization of crazed radicals that poses a threat to the nation.

Acosta is somewhat more gentle in his presentation, but the message is analogous to the one presented by Matthews — Rhodes and the Oath Keepers are dangerous, particularly in regard to U.S. military personnel. The CNN segment cites the Department of Homeland Security’s report on supposed “rightwing extremism” warning that veterans and active duty soldiers may fall under the sway of white supremacists — who we are told hate Obama because of his skin color — and dangerous anti-government militants.

In order to drive home the looming threat of the Oath Keepers, the CNN piece contains an interview with Mark Potok, propaganda minister of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Potok, who habitually makes the rounds on MSNBC and CNN, tells Acosta the Oath Keepers are “exploiting false rumors found on fringe websites” such as Infowars and Prison Planet (although Acosta and Potok do not mention Alex Jones’ flagship websites by name).

Acosta, however, does mention Alex Jones’ latest documentary, Fall of the Republic, which he characterizes as an “anti-Obama” film. In fact, Fall of the Republic downplays the importance of Barack Obama and documents his role as a front-man for the global elite and the bankster cartel. Acosta and CNN attempt to forge a link between Fall of the Republic and the Oath Keepers promise to obey and protect the Constitution, not a particular president.

At the end of the segment, CNN tells us there is “no proof” of detention camps or a plan by the government to outlaw weapons.

As Infowars and Prison Planet have documented on numerous occasions, there is indeed evidence of government detention camps. Legislation currently working through Congress mandates the establishment of “national emergency centers” to be located on military installations. As Steve Waston noted in March, the purpose of such facilities is to provide “temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster,” the expansion of which under FEMA is codified under HR 645, otherwise known as the National Emergency Centers Act.

In 2006, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract worth up to $385 million to build “temporary immigration detention centers” to Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary. The camps were built for the Department of Homeland Security.

“The real agenda, just as it is with Halliburton’s gulags, [under the government’s Rex 84 and numerous other programs is] to use the cover of rounding up immigrants and illegal aliens as a smokescreen for targeting political dissidents. From 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept a list of persons to be rounded up as subversive, dubbed the ‘ADEX’ list,” writes Watson. The ADEX list no longer exists — in recent years, it was replaced by a sprawling terrorist database that contains the names of well over a million Americans.

 The claim that the Obama administration and its Democrat allies are not working to outlaw guns for law-abiding Americans is a lie countered by an avalanche of evidence. According to Alan Korwin, author of Gun Laws of America, Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, wrote a brief in the District of Columbia Heller case supporting the position that Americans have no right to possess working firearms.

Last week the Obama administration signaled it intends to force gun control and a complete ban on all weapons for Americans through the signing of international treaties with foreign nations.”By signing international treaties on gun control, the Obama administration can use the US State Department to bypass the normal legislative process in Congress. Once the US Government signs these international treaties, all US citizens will be subject to those gun laws created by foreign governments. These are laws that have been developed and promoted by organizations such as the United Nations and individuals such as George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. The laws are designed and intended to lead to the complete ban and confiscation of all firearms,” explains Real Conservatives. The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of the Bush administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better, according to Reuters.

In November of 2008, before Obama was selected, Infowars documented his long history of opposition to the Second Amendment. Obama was on the board of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation, the largest funding source for radical anti-gun groups in the country. In 1996, he supported a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. He proposed a 500 percent increase in the excise taxes on firearms and ammunition. In 2003, Obama voted in support of legislation that would have banned privately owned hunting shotguns, target rifles and black powder rifles in Illinois. In 2004, he voted against legislation intended to protect homeowners from prosecution in cases where they used a firearm to halt a home invasion.

Earlier today, Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson wrote about an ADL campaign to demonize Jones and portray him as a menace. “The tone of the ADL’s hit piece basically implies that Alex Jones and his ilk are such a threat to the establishment that they should be removed from society, which ironically is exactly how Hitler dealt with his political enemies in Nazi Germany. The ADL is allegorically pinning a yellow star on ‘conspiracy theorists,’ Oath Keepers, Tea Party protesters, and anyone else who dares express dissent in response to the financial looting of the country or Barack Obama’s big government agenda,” Jones and Watson wrote.

CNN and MSNBC, in league with the government, are determined to wipe out or at best hobble the patriot movement through mischaracterization, innuendo, and outright lies. CNN’s “series” on the “militia movement” — and the Oath Keepers is not a militia, as Rhodes noted — is only an opening chapter in the frontal assault of the elite’s ongoing war against truth and the First Amendment.

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