10 Orders American Citizens Will NOT Obey
Source of following 10 Orders is Oath
Please review, as these relate
directly to causes of the American Revolution. American Citizens must stand
Following is copied from the OathKeepers Web site
(6/24/2009) for educational purposes and discussion.
OATH KEEPERS: Orders We Will Not Obey.
"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
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 politicians, 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.
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
Nor will we assist, or support any such
attempt to disarm the people by other government entities, either state or
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).
2. 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 “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. 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 sweeping warrantless searches of homes and vehicles, under some
pretext, will be the means used to attempt to disarm the people.
3. We will NOT obey any order
to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject
them to trial by military tribunal.
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.
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 government
brands “domestic terrorists,” is an act of war and an act of treason.
4. 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
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.
5. 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
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
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 government.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade
American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
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.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American
citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
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 Boers, to the Jewish resisters in the
Warsaw Ghetto, and to the Chechens, for example.
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
on Our Watch!"
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
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.
9. 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 government
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.
Accordingly, 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.
10. 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.
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.
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.
NOTE: please also read our Principles of
Our Republic We Are Sworn to Defend
About 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 politicians, 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!” or to put it even more succinctly, in the words of ,
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.
are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our own troops.
Help us win it.