We have been bombarded with questions and snotty remarks with regard to our last look at the booming business of militias in America. It is no secret that Militias have made one hell of a comeback. The old throwback idea of hiding one's criminal activity and or masking one's racial, and or political, prejudice behind a supposedly constitutionally protected entity is back and back with a vengeance. However, I must add that while many have accused the mainstream Tea Party of being highly prejudice it would be a mistake to tag everyone who self identifies as a Tea Party supporter as a bigot. I can't support the mainstream Tea Party movement because I think Ron and Rand Paul are both frauds, period.
I have been tracking the recent rise in militia activity and have come to one very scary conclusion; Ron Paul now has his very own Nationwide Militia with the Oath Keepers. I have not been following Oath Keepers over their young history but I did support the reaffirmation efforts for LEO's and active duty Military Personnel. I thought that was an interesting endeavor. I have been tracking the Oregon gold mine debacle with the BLM and I must admit I was uncomfortable when the Oath Keepers "responded" with arms. I will reserve judgement because I am not educated enough with the particulars of this case other than the BLM's record of injustice and their unwillingness to allow for due process, a constitutionally protected right.
It was announced that the Oath Keepers are standing down. It made the news. Not like the situation at Bundy Ranch when everyone just "went home" when the BLM pulled out. There was no "standing down" press release and if there were such a release only fringe media reported it, at least I couldn't find it.
This has set precedent; not only are the Oath Keepers now considered an armed group or at very least a group that provided armed security services but they are a group that is bold enough to issue a stand down order. That is not security operations that is military operations or police operations. Private security detachments don't issue stand down orders domestically at least not in public.
I think it is safe to say that the modern militia movement has indeed mutated into a national entity and this is worrisome, especially if members of Oath Keepers identify their security entity and or armed responders as a militia. I still believe just as I did during and after the Bundy Ranch situation that the federal government is setting the militia movement up for a fall. The leftwing element within the government have already used the SPLC, or the Southern Poverty Law Center, to brand anyone who hold opposing views, other than socialist, as a bigot and or extremist. Who cares what the SPLC think, I don't. But the media will quickly brand, and mostly have already, Oath Keepers as an extremist organization and now they will, and have, brand them as an extremist organization that deploys an armed wing.
I cannot support deployment of any armed detachment of Oath Keepers if anyone who has regular contact with Ron Paul is calling the shots. I cannot imagine that Stewart Rhodes is silently sitting in his easy chair in Las Vegas without saying something. If I am wrong then so be it but I doubt it.
One very important question is; is this legal? Well it's according who you ask and what state you're operating in. In Kentucky it would be illegal for two reasons, maybe three. First you have a group of armed men operating as a company of men. That is illegal. Second, if they say they're a private security entity then they are half legal. Kentucky has no rules on licensing for private security, armed or not armed. They are half illegal because it is my understanding, and I am NOT a lawyer, that security personnel must be bonded. I doubt many of the men responding in Oregon are bonded, some may be bonded but not all. If they're operating under the auspices of Oath Keepers then the non profit may be liable in case of an incident that results in personal injury or death.
So the situation is muddy. I highly doubt Kentucky officials would prosecute but the legality of their operations should be scrutinized.