Oath Keepers: Orders We Will Not Obey - Military, Veterans, and peace officers - "Not on Our Watch!"

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 Oath Keepers: Orders We Will Not Obey


Military, Veterans, and peace officers
who will fulfill their oaths to defend the Constitution,
will NOT “just follow orders,”
will stand for liberty, and will save the Republic,
so help us God. Our motto is:

"Not on Our Watch!"
-<Treasonous Orders-We Will NOT OBEY!>Not on OUR Watch!>
"The time is now near at hand which must probably determine,
whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves;
whether they are to have any property they can call their own;
whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed,
and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness
from which no human efforts will probably deliver them.
The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God,
on the Courage and Conduct of this army"
- Gen. George Washington,
to his troops before the battle of Long Island

Such a time is near at hand again.
The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God,
on the Courage and Conduct of this Army
- and this Marine Corps, This Air Force, This Navy and
the National Guard units of these sovereign states.

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently
serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers,
and veterans who swore an oath to support and
defend the Constitution against all enemies,
foreign and domestic … and meant it.

Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the President,
and that oath will be kept.
We won’t “just follow orders."

Below is our declaration of orders we will NOT OBEY, because
we will Consider them Unconstitutional (and thus unlawful)
and immoral violations of the natural rights of the people.
Such orders would be acts of war against the American people
by their own government, and thus acts of treason.
We will not make war against our own people.
We will not commit treason. We will defend the Republic.

Declaration of Orders
We Will NOT Obey

Recognizing that we each swore an oath to support
and defend the Constitution against all enemies,
foreign and domestic, and affirming that we are guardians
of the Republic, of the principles in our
Declaration of Independence, and of
the rights of our people,
we affirm and declare the following:

We will NOT obey 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.

Nor will we assist, or support any such attempt
to disarm the people by other government entities,
either state or federal.

In addition, we affirm that the purpose of the Second Amendment
is to preserve the military power of the people so that they will,
in the last resort, have effective final recourse to arms
and to the God of Hosts in the face of tyranny.
Accordingly, we oppose any and all further infringements
on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
In particular we oppose a renewal of the
misnamed “assault-weapons” ban or the enactment of H.R. 45
(which would register and track gun owners like convicted pedophiles).


We will NOT obey any order
to conduct warrantless searches of the American people,
their homes, vehicles, papers,
or effects - such as warrantless
house-to house searches for weapons or persons.

One of the causes of the American Revolution was the use
of warrantless searches known as “writs of assistance”
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.
It was to prevent a repeat of such violations
of the right of the people to be secure in their Persons, Houses,
Papers, and Effects that the Fourth Amendment was written.

We expect that warrantless searches of homes and vehicles,
under some pretext, will be the means used to attempt to disarm the people.
We will NOT obey any order to detain
American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants”
or to subject them to trial by military tribunal.
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.
Thus, the Article III Treason Clause
establishes the only constitutional form of trial for an American,
not serving in the military, who is accused of making war on his own nation.
Such a trial for treason must be before a civilian jury,
not a tribunal.
The international laws of war do not trump our Bill of Rights.
We reject as illegitimate any such claimed power,
as did the Supreme Court in Ex Parte Milligan (1865).
Any attempt to apply the laws of war to American civilians, under any
pretext, such as against domestic “militia” groups the govt. brands
“domestic terrorists,” is an act of war and an act of treason.
We will NOT obey orders
to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state,
or to enter with force into a state, without the express consent
and invitation of that state’s legislature and 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.
Accordingly, the power to impose martial law – the absolute rule
over the people by a military officer with his will alone being law
– is nowhere enumerated in our Constitution.

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.

The imposition of martial law by the national government over a state and
its people, treating them as an occupied enemy nation, is an act of war.
Such an attempted suspension of the Constitution and
Bill of Rights voids the compact with the states and with the people.
We will NOT obey orders
to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty
and declares the national government to be in violation
of the compact by which that state entered 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.

Chief among those principles is that ours is a dual sovereignty system,
with the people of each state retaining all powers
not granted to the national government they created,
and thus the people of each state reserved to themselves
the right to judge when the national government they created
has voided the compact between the states
by asserting powers never granted.

Upon the declaration by a state that such a breach has occurred,
we will not obey orders to force that state to submit to the national govt.
We will NOT obey any order
to blockade American cities, thus turning them
into giant concentration camps.
One of the causes of the American Revolution
was the blockade of Boston, and the
occupying of that city by the British military, under martial law.
Once hostilities began, the people of Boston were tricked
into turning in their arms in exchange for safe passage,
but were then forbidden to leave.
That confinement of the residents of an entire city
was an act of war.

Such tactics were repeated by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto,
and by the Imperial Japanese in Nanking,
turning entire cities into death camps.
Any such order to disarm
and confine the people of an American city
will be an act of war and thus an act of treason.
We will NOT obey any order
to force American citizens into any form
of detention camps under any pretext.
Mass, forced internment into concentration camps was a hallmark
of every fascist and communist dictatorship in the 20th Century.
Such internment was unfortunately even used against American citizens
of Japanese descent during World War II. Whenever a government
interns its own people, it treats them like an occupied enemy population.
Oppressive governments often use the internment of women
and children to break the will of the men fighting for their liberty
– as was done to the Boars,
to the Jewish resisters in the Warsaw Ghetto,
to the Cossacks, and
to the Chechens, for example.

Such a vile order
to forcibly intern Americans without charges or trial
would be an act of war against the American people,
and thus an act of treason,
regardless of the pretext used.
We will not Commit Treason,
Nor will we Facilitate or Support it.
"NOT on Our Watch!"

We will NOT obey orders
to assist or support the use of any foreign troops
on U.S. soil against the American people
to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control”
during any emergency, or under any other pretext.
We will consider such use of foreign troops
against our people to be an invasion and an act of war.
During the American Revolution, the British government enlisted the aid
of Hessian mercenaries in an attempt to subjugate the rebellious
American people. Throughout history, repressive regimes have enlisted
the aid of foreign troops and mercenaries who have no bonds with the people.
Accordingly, as the militia of the several states are the only
military force contemplated by the Constitution, in Article I, Section 8,
for domestic keeping of the peace, and as the use of even our own
standing army for such purposes is without such constitutional support,
the use of foreign troops and mercenaries against the people
is wildly unconstitutional, egregious, and an act of war.
We will oppose such troops as enemies of the people
and we will treat all who request, invite,
and aid those foreign troops as the traitors they are.
We will NOT obey any orders
to confiscate the property of the American people,
including food and other essential supplies,
under any emergency pretext whatsoever.
One of the causes of the American Revolution was the seizure
and forfeiture of American ships, goods, and supplies,
along with the seizure of American timber for the Royal Navy,
all in violation of the people’s natural right to their property
and to the fruits of their labor.
The final spark of the Revolution was the attempt by the govt.
to seize powder and cannon stores at Concord.
Deprivation of food has long been a weapon of war and oppression,
with millions intentionally starved to death
by fascist and communist governments in the 20th Century alone.

we will not obey or facilitate orders to confiscate food
and other essential supplies from the people, and we will consider
all those who issue or carry out such orders
to be the enemies of the people.
We will NOT obey any orders
which infringe on the right of the people
to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to
petition their government for a redress of grievances.
There would have been no American Revolution without fiery speakers
and writers such as James Otis, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine,
and Sam Adams “setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Patrick Henry:
"Give me Liberty, or Give me DEATH!"
Tyrants know that the pen of a man such as Thomas Paine
can cause them more damage than entire armies, and
thus they always seek to suppress the natural rights of speech,
association, and assembly. Without freedom of speech,
the people will have no recourse but to arms.
Without freedom of speech and conscience, there is no freedom.
Therefore, we will not obey or support any orders to suppress
or violate the right of the people to speak, associate, worship, assemble,
communicate, or petition government for the redress of grievances.

And for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,
we mutually affirm our oath and pledge to each other
our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Oath Keepers
The above list is not exhaustive but we do consider them
to be clear tripwires – they form our “line in the sand,”
and if we receive such orders, we will not obey them. Further,
we will know that the time for another American Revolution is nigh.
If such a revolution comes, at that time, not only will we NOT fire
upon our fellow Americans who righteously resist
such egregious violations of their God given rights,
we will join them in fighting against those
who dare attempt to enslave them.
please also read our
Principles of Our Republic We Are Sworn to Defend

More About Oath Keepers
Oath Keepers is a non partisan association of currently serving military,
veterans, and peace officers who will fulfill our oath to support and defend
the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.
Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the President, not to Congress,
and not to any political party. In the long-standing tradition of the
U.S. military, we are apolitical. We don’t care if unlawful orders
come from a Democrat or a Republican, or if the violation is bi-partisan.
We will not obey unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral orders,
such as orders to disarm the American people
or to place them under martial law.
We won’t “just follow orders."
Our motto: “Not on Our Watch!”

There is at this time a debate within the ranks of the military regarding their oath.
Some mistakenly believe they must follow any order the President issues.
But many others do understand that their loyalty is to the Constitution
and to the people, and understand what that means.

The mission of Oath Keepers is to vastly increase their numbers.

We are in a battle
for the hearts and minds of our own troops.

Help us win it.


Posted by Stewart Rhodes at 1:37 PM
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This nation was founded by men who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to that endeavor. I'm a Vietnam era Marine, I took an other that has no expiration, why would we even want it to expire, and I will stand up for my country until the day I die. Yes, I'll stand for my country and for the Constitution I swore to uphold, but not necessarily for the government and there certainly some reservations when it comes to the officers of that government.

I recall something I saw scrawled on the side of a building during TET in 1968--it was somewhere in I Corps, I don't recall where--but I'll never forget the words. "For those who have had to fight for it, freedom has a flavor the pampered will never know." I took that to heart on that day. Yes, I know that flavor--so do countless others, but sadly enough, very few in the halls of government.

The Founding Fathers gave us the most precious gift that can be imagined, freedom.  Thomas Jefferson probably had things in the proper perspective when he noted the care and watering of the "Tree of Liberty." Jefferson also once noted that when the rights of a citizen and a power of government were found to be at cross-purpose, the rights of the citizen must always be held supreme. The people perhaps can't be blamed for not savoring a taste they've never known, we've pampered them too well. Of the two Jefferson statements we've allowed the people to forget the former and government to forget the latter.


The King ordered the Spartans to lay down their weapons. Leonidas replied to Xerxes saying, "Molon Labe"---(Come and take them)

perfect thoughts and words my brother

perfect thoughts and words my brother

yogi and guy