Obama: America Must Embrace Globalism and the New World Economy without Questioning

Stephanie Sledge

Obama: America Must Embrace Globalism and the New World Economy without Questioning

Barack Obama made some eye-opening comments at his visit in Mumbai, India that should be verification that America is heading to the doorsteps of the New World Order bringing about a one world economy that will integrate all financial systems and labor markets. He also gives grave warnings to the Globalist supporters they must “guard against” those who seek to put up barriers against the full integration into the new world economy.

Over the past two decades, American presidents have been advancing the American economy towards the ideology of a New World Order that integrates financial and labor markets  bringing about a worldly economy using globalism as the tool to implement the new world plans.

In a blog by Economic Collapse,  “Barack Obama showed very clearly how he feels about globalism when he made the following statement during his speech in Mumbai….

“This will keep America on its toes. America is going to have to compete. There is going to be a tug-of-war within the US between those who see globalization as a threat and those who accept we live in a open integrated world, which has challenges and opportunities.”

This is something that Barack Obama has obviously thought quite a bit about. In fact, during the same speech he warned that those supporting globalization will need to “guard against” those who would seek to put up barriers to the full integration of the economies of the world….

“If the American people feel that trade is just a one-way street where everybody is selling to the enormous US market but we can never sell what we make anywhere else, then the people of the US will start thinking that this is a bad deal for us and it could end up leading to a more protectionist instinct in both parties, not just among Democrats but also Republicans. So, that we have to guard against.”

But in this new “global economy”, aren’t jobs leaving the United States and heading to developing nations at a blinding pace?  Of course, but apparently we are just supposed to shut up and accept this new reality.  In fact, Obama says that persistently high unemployment is “a new normal” that we are all just going to have to get used to.

Virtually all of the proponents of globalism understand that the process of merging the United States into a one world economy will be at least somewhat painful for the American people.  Our wages are going to have to go down and our standards of living are going to have to fall, according to them.

During this period of “adjustment”, a “struggling economy” is just going to have to be tolerated.  In fact, Obama says that the U.S. economy might not be “fixed” for quite some time.  Obama now claims that there is a limit to what the U.S. government can do to help the economy….

“Especially an economy this big, there are limited tools to encourage the kind of job growth that we need.”

But couldn’t Obama and the U.S. Congress pass laws that would discourage the offshoring and outsourcing of our jobs?

Of course.

Couldn’t they cut regulations and taxes and encourage firms to keep factories in the United States?

Of course.

But instead, Obama and the U.S. Congress have just been piling on more taxes and more regulations and have made the business environment in the U.S. so toxic that it is amazing that anyone is willing to stay in this country at this point. Meanwhile, every single month more of our jobs, more of our factories and more of our wealth gets shipped overseas never to return.”

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Russian activist disappears after exposing Eugenics vaccination plans for Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

The Government Rag
Via : Infowars Ireland
November 7, 2010 
Declan O’Shea 


Russian activist disappears after exposing Eugenics vaccination plans for Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

Alexander Goncharov, a Russian activist who has been exposing the globalists eugenics program and in particular a vaccination program set to begin in 2011 has disappeared after recently receiving a serious threat to his life. He has been missing since the night of October 30th, 2010, at approximately 22:00 hours when he was last seen leaving his office at the Russian Benevolent Society and did not return home as expected. Alexander Goncharov had sworn an oath to disseminate as much information as possible about the globalists eugenics program to medical professionals and the public. He had uncovered a plan to sterilize women through vaccination programs in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The same day threats were made on his life Alexander had asked for protection from paratrooper friends, but unfortunately it seems he did not get this additional security on time, as he disappeared that very night.

Below is the last statement of Alexander Goncharov made on 22nd October, 2010.

I, Alexander Goncharov, President of the Russian Benevolent Society, received information from honest doctors who do not wish to take part in KILLING their own people, about preparations for the mass DESTRUCTION OF OUR CHILDREN in the guise of a “new vaccination” scheduled for early 2011.

I cannot confirm or deny this information or vouch for the credibility of it, but I ask everyone to check it for themselves. “Someone” found out that I had this information and I was first offered a bribe for non-disclosure and secondly threatened with death if I continued disseminating information about the upcoming KILLING of our children. I rejected their “proposal” and will never accept the deliberate destruction of my own people – I have a holy duty to the motherland, in accordance with the Constitution of Russia and knowing the power of the enemies of our people, I have sworn to disseminate information about the impending MURDER OF ALL OUR CHILDREN IN RUSSIA and I will circulate this information by all possible means.

I specifically appeal to the staff of the Ministry and FEDERAL SECURITY SERVICE, to listen to my calls and read my correspondence – THEY WANT TO KILL YOUR CHILDREN. Therefore, you have a choice: either to help the survival of your people or procure small coffins for your own grandchildren.


Vaccinations are of two types.

1. Vaccination is intended for girls 12 to 20.

The vaccination will be introduced in the guise of ostensibly preventing breast cancer or cancer.

– It is a similar vaccination to the one used to sterilize girls in Mexico, Nicaragua and Iraq.


– causes miscarriages at 3-4 months of pregnancy. In addition to direct effects, the inoculation has great mental impact because many miscarriages in late pregnancy would create panic and fear of becoming pregnant.

2. Vaccination is designed for women over 45 years.


Immunoglobulin and GMO preparations.


– Sudden sexual arousal, increases immunity for 2-5 years but then declining sharply until immunity is zero, i.e. the inability to fight any infection.

Chairman of CBR


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Breaking News: Obama Signs Executive Order of Succession, then Bails to India

Stephanie Sledge

Breaking News: Obama Signs Executive Order of Succession then Bails to India

On November 4th, one day before Obama leaves for India with 3000 others along with a blank checkbook,  40 planes, armored cars, helicopters, security forces,  and 34 warships for the visit, he signed an Executive Order of Succession within the Department of Justice. This Executive Order appeared on the White House website yesterday.

The following is the Executive Order, signed by Obama on day before taking off to India:


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
November 04, 2010

Executive Order–Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., it is hereby ordered that:

Section 1Order of Succession.  Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this order, the following officers, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of Attorney General, during any period in which the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, and any officers designated by the Attorney General pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 508 to act as Attorney General have died, resigned, or otherwise become unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of Attorney General, until such time as at least one of the officers mentioned above is able to perform the functions and duties of that office:

(a)  United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia;

(b)  United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota; and

(c)  United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.

Sec. 2Exceptions.  (a)  No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 1 of this order in an acting capacity, by virtue of so serving, shall act as Attorney General pursuant to this order.

(b)  No individual listed in section 1 shall act as Attorney General unless that individual is otherwise eligible to so serve under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.

(c)  Notwithstanding the provisions of this order, the President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law, to depart from this order in designating an acting Attorney General.

Sec. 3.  Executive Order 13481 of December 9, 2008, is revoked.

Sec. 4.  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


November 4, 2010.

2010 Election Over; Americans shifted to the Right as Federal Reserve Corporation Celebrates 100 Years of Domination and Control

Stephanie Sledge

 2010 Election Over; Americans shifted to the Right as Federal Reserve Corporation Celebrates 100 Years of Domination and Control

Just as predicted, American’s raced to the voting booths Tuesday with full intentions to make a strong statement to the government this midterm election 2010. A message of  “change we can believe in” was send loud and clear from “We the People” when the Republicans took over the House with 239 seats. Although the America people who got off their rumps and voted for change in the 2010 midterm elections wonder if the votes  will make a bit of difference as the American people just shifted from the left to the right without most even realizing the Federal Reserve is the powers to be. What will happen now that the Republicans have a bigger voice in the House? As Americans wait for the change to recovery in America that was promised by all the elected candidates, the Federal Reserve is celebrating at Jekyll Island their 100 years of domination and control in secrecy over the American people.

In a RTAmerica interview with radio talk show host Alex Jones, he says that we have seen a major political alignment taking place. This remains the biggest landslide in 70 years as Americans are wanting change. The American public is awakening to these “puppet master’s” owned and operated by the establishment exposing the Elites and the shadow government. Alex Jones believes this may be the beginning of the “second revolution” in America.


Meanwhile, as the citizens debate whether this shift will help America and restore our Republic, the Elites at the Federal Reserve Corporation are celebrating their control and domination over Americans since 1910. According to an article written by Economic Collapse, “the Federal Reserve is going back to Jekyll Island to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the infamous 1910 Jekyll Island meeting that spawned the draft legislation that would ultimately create the U.S. Federal Reserve.  The title of this conference is “A Return to Jekyll Island: The Origins, History, and Future of the Federal Reserve“, and it will be held on November 5th and 6th in the exact same building where the original 1910 meeting occurred. In November 1910, the original gathering at Jekyll Island included U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department A.P. Andrews and many representatives from the upper crust of the U.S. banking establishment.  That meeting was held in an environment of absolute and total secrecy.  100 years later, Federal Reserve bureaucrats will return to Jekyll Island once again to “celebrate” the history and the future of the Federal Reserve.

Sadly, most Americans have no idea how the Federal Reserve came into being.  Forbes magazine founder Bertie Charles Forbes was perhaps the first writer to describe the secretive nature of the original gathering on Jekyll Island in a national publication….

Picture a party of the nation’s greatest bankers stealing out of New York on a private railroad car under cover of darkness, stealthily riding hundred of miles South, embarking on a mysterious launch, sneaking onto an island deserted by all but a few servants, living there a full week under such rigid secrecy that the names of not one of them was once mentioned, lest the servants learn the identity and disclose to the world this strangest, most secret expedition in the history of American finance. I am not romancing; I am giving to the world, for the first time, the real story of how the famous Aldrich currency report, the foundation of our new currency system, was written… The utmost secrecy was enjoined upon all. The public must not glean a hint of what was to be done. Senator Aldrich notified each one to go quietly into a private car of which the railroad had received orders to draw up on an unfrequented platform. Off the party set. New York’s ubiquitous reporters had been foiled… Nelson (Aldrich) had confided to Henry, Frank, Paul and Piatt that he was to keep them locked up at Jekyll Island, out of the rest of the world, until they had evolved and compiled a scientific currency system for the United States, the real birth of the present Federal Reserve System, the plan done on Jekyll Island in the conference with Paul, Frank and Henry… Warburg is the link that binds the Aldrich system and the present system together. He more than any one man has made the system possible as a working reality.

It was a system that was designed by the bankers and for the bankers.  Now, the bureaucrats running the system are returning to Jekyll Island to congratulate themselves.  Those attending the conference on November 5th and 6th include Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Goldman Sachs managing director E. Gerald Corrigan and the heads of the various regional Federal Reserve banks.  You can view the entire agenda of the conference right here.  It looks like that there will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres to go around, but should the Federal Reserve really be celebrating their accomplishments at a time when the U.S. economy is literally falling to pieces?

Today, 63 percent of Americans do not think that they will be able to maintain their current standard of living.  1.47 million Americans have been unemployed for more than 99 weeks.  We are facing a complete and total economic disaster.

Today, the Federal Reserve has more power over the economy than any other single institution in the United States.  It is the Fed that primarily determines if we will see high inflation or low inflation, whether the money supply with expand or contract and whether we will have high interest rates or low interest rates.  The President and the U.S. Congress have far less power to influence the economy than the Federal Reserve does.

As this election has demonstrated, the American people are absolutely furious about the state of the U.S. economy, but American voters have been mostly blaming our politicians.  They just don’t understand that it is actually the Federal Reserve that has the most control over the performance of the economy.
It would be hard to understate how powerful the U.S. Federal Reserve really is in 2010.  U.S. Representative Ron Paul recently told MSNBC that he believes that the Federal Reserve is actually more powerful than Congress…..

“The regulations should be on the Federal Reserve. We should have transparency of the Federal Reserve. They can create trillions of dollars to bail out their friends, and we don’t even have any transparency of this. They’re more powerful than the Congress.”

So how has the Federal Reserve performed over the years? Well, since 1913 inflation has been on a relentless march upwards, U.S. government debt has increased exponentially and the U.S. dollar has lost over 96 percent of its value.

That is not a record to be celebrating. The truth is that the Federal Reserve was created to enslave the United States government in an endlessly expanding spiral of debt from which it would never be able to escape.  As I wrote about yesterday, that is exactly what has happened.  The U.S. government debt is escalating at an exponential rate.  It is a trap from which the U.S. government will never be able to get out of under our current system.

Now many at the Federal Reserve are touting more “quantitative easing” as the solution to our economic problems.  But anyone with a brain should be able to see that creating a gigantic pile of paper money out of thin air and dumping it into the economy is only going to make our long-term problems even worse. But the Federal Reserve system was never designed to benefit the American people.  It was designed to make massive amounts of money for the banking establishment.  As I wrote about in “11 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve Is Bad“, the Federal Reserve was created to transfer wealth from the American people to the U.S. government and from the U.S. government to the super wealthy. The sad truth is that the Federal Reserve is at the very core of our economic and financial problems, and that is nothing to celebrate.”

In another video, the Federal Reserve Corporation celebrates 100 years of domination and control over America. After Elections 2010 shift from the left to the right , most are wondering if their will be any changes beings the Federal Reserve is the real powers to be in America and that the design of the Federal Reserve was to transfer the wealth from the People to the government to the Elites.


Americans Counting on California to End the Deceptive Reefer Madness Campaign 2010

Stephanie Sledge

Marijuana is Medicine

Americans Message to California: Grow Backbone and End The Fake “Reefer Madness” Campaign”

The deceptive campaign for “Reefer Madness” exploded in the 1930’s when the federal government founded the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) headed by Commissioner Harry Anslinger. The Bureau launched a deceptive misinformation campaign about Marijuana while recruiting the services of Hollywood and tabloids to exploit and persuade the American public that the drug belonged to the devil causing an increase in violent sexual and criminal acts across the nation. As time has passed and history tells a story, the Americans have awakened to the phony drug war and are counting on California to lead the Nation this November to end the “governmental reefer madness” and stand up to the Feds scare tactics and threats. As citizens across the nation walk out of the spoon-fed false belief system on the make-up Marijuana effects, the Feds are stepping up action on the war front to jail, fine, punish, and bring down those that are exposing the deceptive propaganda campaign. 

In the 1930’s the recreational drug Marijuana was mostly used in the American-Mexican and African-American jazz musician communities. When the FBN launched its deceptive campaign of propaganda to the public, they targeted the parents of young children. In a Norml article written on the history of Marijuana prohibition, the lies fed down the tube to the citizens were of ” Exaggerated accounts of violent crimes committed by immigrants reportedly intoxicated by marijuana became popularized. Once under the influence of the drug, criminals purportedly knew no fear and lost all inhibitions. For example, a news bulletin issued by the FBN in the mid-1930s purported that a user of marijuana “becomes a fiend with savage or ‘cave man’ tendencies. His sex desires are aroused and some of the most horrible crimes result. He hears light and sees sound. To get away from it, he suddenly becomes violent and may kill. Similar reports swept the country. A widely publicized issue of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology asserted that the marijuana user is capable of “great feats of strength and endurance, during which no fatigue is felt. … Sexual desires are stimulated and may lead to unnatural acts, such as indecent exposure and rape. … [Use of marijuana] ends in the destruction of brain tissues and nerve centers, and does irreparable damage. If continued, the inevitable result is insanity, which those familiar with it describe as absolutely incurable, and, without exception ending in death.” A Washington Times editorial published shortly before Congress held its first hearing on the issue argued: “The fatal marihuana [marijuana] cigarette must be recognized as a deadly drug and American children must be protected against it.” This steady stream of propaganda influenced 27 states to pass laws against marijuana in the years leading up to federal prohibition and set the stage both culturally and politically for the passage of the “Marihuana Tax Act in 1937.”

Due to massive profits to be made off prohibition, Hollywood exploited the establishment’s interests and promoted the propaganda to the public. The following two videos are early Hollywood Marijuana propaganda movies put out to convince the public that the drug would kill you, turn you into a vampire, murder, rapist, become sexually permissive, and lead you to harsher drugs.


What do American’s want California to do? In a Marijuana debate held earlier this year, Retired Superior Court Judge James P. Gray testifies in favor of a marijuana legalization bill in the California Assembly on October 28, 2009. Judge Gray is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and encourages the legalization to end the vicious cycle of prison time and violations being executed upon the American people and wastefully spending money on Marijuana and less on real violent crimes. He explains that undercutting the price and taking the control out of the hands of the cartel would stop the nonsense violence and killings over the drug war. Legalizing it would allow more time to focus on real crimes and would stop the prisons from being packed full of people who are Marijuana smokers.

But not all agree with the legalization of Marijuana whether it is for medical or recreational use. A heavy debate with Drug Free America Foundation and Students for Sensible Drug Policy appeared on a RTAmerica video over the legalization issue America is facing today.

As Elections 2010 approaches, Americans are keeping their eyes and ears on California voters to make the bold decision to stand up to the Feds or to remain in fear over the marijuana issue. Regardless, the Americans are counting on California to take a stand and end the deceptive campaign of “Reefer Madness” that the government created and marketed to the American people for over 70 years.


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Mainstream Blackout on Obama Crimes: March to Washington 2010

Stephanie Sledge



Mainstream Blackout on Obama Crimes:  Americans Greatest March to Washington 2010

As evidence mounts against President Obama/aka Barry Soetoro/aka Saebarkah, Americans are growing more unrest over his true identity of what millions of citizens believe to be that of a modern-day con man. As more cover-ups continue on the governmental front, the sleeping giant of American people are marching to Washington, D.C., October 23, 2010 to expose this new evidence to the world. It all started with Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the first Attorney who filed suit against Obama challenging his lack of “qualifications” to serve as President of the United States. Like a Halloween hunt, clues surfaced over Obama’s real birth certificate origins which could determine who this man really is and alleged ties to the establishment. As American’s find out more and more lies and cover-ups being exposed to the public, the mainstream remains silent over the Obama crimes issue.

In an immediate release by ObamaCrimes, the hunt for the truth has also exposed an alleged cover up questioning motives behind the State of Hawaii’s involvement in suppressing evidence and questions why one man is so important that Hawaii is willing to commit Misprision of Felony for him.

“Hawaii is covering this up for political reasons to protect Obama. Only they know the ultimate reasons they are all willing to commit Misprision of Felony at this point in time given the mounting evidence that Obama was not physically born in Hawaii. Obama may have amended his record since 1961 to try to reinforce and cover up the original fraudulent filing. But his online COLB clearly shows that when it was FILED it was never finally ACCEPTED. This is a national disgrace that our entire system of laws including the Constitution and all legal records are being subverted and subordinated to cover up for Obama’s continued fraud on the nation as to his true legal identity. What is so important about this one man that Hawaii is willing to see the nation destroyed by his corruption and lies from birth by his family and continued on all his life by Obama. The man is a grifter and conman.”

The March takes place on September 23, 2010 at the U.S. Capital on the West Front. Thousands of Americans are due to stand up and demand exposure to what some believe to be the greatest National Security threat America faces today and questions whether or not our government is being run by a con, a fake, a phony.  In a video by Philip J. Berg, he gives an overview of alleged evidence that is mounting against Obama and the reasons for the mass march to Washington.

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Confirmed: Court Did Rely on Oath Keeper Association to Kidnap Baby


Stewart Rhodes

October 11th, 2010

CONFIRMED: Court Did Rely on Oath Keeper Association to Take Baby

Oath-keeper-patchThere has been some confusion about this case, leading some commentators to believe that the reference to John Irish’s “association” with Oath Keepers was in some other document, rather than in the affidavit relied on by the Court’s Order.  Alex Jones’ site, in an effort to protect the privacy of the family, posted excerpts from two different documents, leading some to question where the reference actually was.

To clear that up, below you will find an embedded PDF which contains the full (though redacted) versions of the following documents:  the two Petitions (one pertaining to each parent), the Court’s Ex Parte Order, the  Affidavit of Dana Bickford which was attached, the Motion for Change of Venue, and lastly, the Notice to Accused Parent, explaining the legal process.   We have highlighted in yellow all text where the Petitions or the Court Order refers to the Affidavit which contains reference to Oath Keepers.

By looking at the below documents, you will be able to see from the two Petitions, the Order, and Affidavit item #7, in that order, that:

1.  Both Petitions state:  “7. Details or Details or facts of abuse/neglect (attach separate sheet if necessary):  See affidavit filed with the Concord Family Court.”

2.  The Court’s Ex Parte Order states:

“Findings of Fact:

There is reasonable cause to believe that the child is in such circumstances or surroundings as would present an imminent danger to the child’s health or life, which require the immediate placement of the child for the following reasons:

See attached affidavit”

Thus, the Court’s Order does, in fact, refer to, and adopt all of the reasons given in the Affidavit as being the reasons for the order.

3.  The Attached Affidavit, referenced by the Petitions and adopted by the Court as its findings of fact, includes, at #7:  “The Division became aware and confirmed that Mr. Irish associated with a militia known as the, “Oath Keepers,” and had purchased several different types of weapons, including a rifle, handgun and taser.”

This is how all such petitions are done.  The same goes for a restraining order. The petition is supported by affidavit laying out the reasons, and then if the judge finds those reasons sufficient, he or she issues the order. Such orders always rely on the affidavit attached to the petition.  And in this case, the Order explicitly states that the reasons in support are listed in the “attached affidavit.”

We have posted these documents with the permission of both parents, but we redacted (blacked out) all the personal information and allegations that do not pertain to Oath Keepers or gun ownership.   This was done in part to respect the privacy of the family, including the kids.  It is out of such concerns that family court proceedings are usually closed to the public and I think it would be improper to post the entirety of the affidavit for the same reason.  If the parents choose to post a non-redacted version, they can do it themselves (we left in their address because they have given that information out in several interviews, asking for donations to their defense fund),

More to the point, we also blacked out the parts unrelated to Oath Keepers and to gun ownership because my focus in this case is on the illegitimate listing of a father’s political affiliations and his gun ownership as a reason to take his daughter away from him and also away from her mother.   That the Court relied on an affidavit that explicitly lists the father’s association with Oath Keepers to issue that order makes it important to all ten thousand dues paying members of Oath Keepers (many of them current serving police and military), and also makes it important to the estimated thirty thousand people (and growing) who have “associated” with Oath Keepers in the past, or still do, on several social media sites, such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, on our email alert list, in the comments section of our main site, in our free state forums, or in person at our many meetings across the country, and the many additional tens of thousands who have “associated” with us at various rallies, summits, and forums across the nation.

This use of a father’s political association and his gun ownership is also important to many other Americans who don’t even associate with Oath Keepers because what happens in this case can impact the free speech and association rights of all of us, across the nation, of whatever political or social orientation.   And that is why we must stand firm, now.

RALLY FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT!   This Thursday, October 14, Dover, NH

We will be holding a rally in support of the First Amendment protected right of freedom of association, to be held this Thursday, October 14, at the Rochester Family Division Court, 259 County Farm Rd, Dover, NH 03820-6016.  I will be there, and I am calling on all Oath Keepers, all who “associate” with us, and on all other organizations that stand for the Constitution and for liberty to be there for a peaceful gathering in support of both the due process rights of the parents (who have a hearing there, on that day), but also to stand in support of the rights of free speech and association, free from persecution, for ALL Americans.  I will post more details later today.   Please join us!

Please read the relevant sections of the documents below, and then I will have additional comments on the other side.  – Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers


As is clear from the documents, the reasons given to the Court in the Petitions, and the reasons adopted by the Court when it adopted the entirety of the attached Affidavit, included John Irish’s association with Oath Keepers.   Certainly it was not the only reason, nor are we even arguing that it was the principle or dominant reason (I can’t get inside the judge’s head, and unless the judge elaborates, we don’t know).

But the fact that the political association of the father with Oath Keepers, and his gun ownership, were even among the reasons given for the taking of this baby takes this case beyond the realm of your mundane family court matter and turns it into something that could affect the rights of us all, nation-wide.  Such a listing of a parent’s political associations as one of the reasons to remove a child from her parents should not happen in any case, regardless of whatever else is going on.


Whether it is a criminal or a civil proceeding, the political affiliations of the accused are both irrelevant and prejudicial.  For example, if I had a criminal defense client accused of beating his wife, what relevance would his NRA membership have to the question of whether he beat his wife?   And what relevance would there be if he were a Tea Party member, or belonged to a 912 group, or was a member of Rush Limbaugh fan club, or a member of Glen Beck’s “Insider Extreme” which includes a message board?   Or what if he were a member of the ACLU, or Answer, or ACORN, or Code Pink, etc.?  What relevance would any such associations have to the question of whether he assaulted his wife?   The political associations of the accused in a child endangerment case are no less irrelevant to the question of whether he or the mother are guilty or whether the child is endangered.


In addition to a relevancy problem, it would also be prejudicial for the finder(s) of fact to hear testimony on the suspect’s political association, especially when such may be with an unpopular group.  Say, for example, you have a conservative, pro-drug war jury in a theft case and the defendant turns out to be a member of NORML (which advocates legalizing marijuana).  Should the jury be able to hear evidence of that membership?  Or imagine a liberal jury, with jurors who are anti-gun.  Should the jury be able to hear evidence that the accused was an NRA member, or, perhaps even a member of the far more hardcore Gun Owners of America?  Mention of the defendant’s associations in either case would not only be irrelevant but also potentially prejudicial.  Even if some twisted argument convinced the judge to find those associations relevant, their  prejudicial effect would outweigh any such relevance.  See Rule 403, Federal Rules of Evidence.


Yes, it is true that in family court one does not get the same level of due process as in a criminal trial, but that only makes it a more likely system to be abused to target political undesirables.  The lower the threshold of due process protection, the more ripe it is for arbitrary abuse.

The Chilling Effect: Making People Afraid to Speak Out and Associate

And in this case the problem is not just a possible violation of the due process rights of these particular parents, but also the very real chilling effect this case will have not just on their speech but also on the free speech of potentially millions of other American parents who will, if this is allowed to stand, thereafter have to worry that their political affiliations will be listed among the reasons for taking their children in some future run-in with CPS.

A law or government practice that targets people for their speech and association, based on the content of their speech, or that MAY be used in such a way, is unconstitutional and harms not just that individual, but also all others who thereafter are “chilled” or dissuaded from engaging in similar speech or associations.

The chilling works even if it is rarely applied since just the knowledge that it can be done will chill speech and association.  All the government needs to do is make an example out of one person, and others will refrain from sticking their necks out.

If it can be done to someone who is “associated” with Oath Keepers just by posting on an open social networking site (In this case John Irish was not even a dues paying member, but merely a forum user on the Oath Keepers Ning forum system, which was open to the general public to “join” for free, even on a whim) then it can happen to anyone from any group which particular authorities may look down upon.

Let’s flip the political paradigm:  Imagine the same thing being done in a case involving members of PETA, Earth First, or the Anti-War Committee (AWC) which recently had their homes and offices raided by the FBI.  Would it be acceptable for Child Protective Services to list those affiliations when investigating potential child abuse or neglect, or would that be both irrelevant, and prejudicial?  And would it not also chill free speech, making people afraid to join those groups?

Think back to how the very arbitrary “no-fly list” was used by the Bush Administration to punish critics and political opposition, including journalists.  Such power is always subject to abuse.  And especially so when the list is secret, and the criteria used to put you on it is secret.  Talk about arbitrary power! But even there, it was not openly and honestly used to target people because of their political associations. That was the wink, wink, nudge, nudge, we all knew was happening, but the Bush Admin knew better than to state it publicly.  But it still had a chilling effect (as was likely intended), because we all knew what was really going on when some journalist critic of the President just happened to make the list.

In this case, it is openly acknowledged that the political association of the father is one of the reasons for taking the child (again, the Court’s Order adopted the entire affidavit as its findings of facts).  Ditto for his perfectly legal gun ownership.  Over half the people in this nation own guns.  Imagine the chilling effect on them.

You Defend the Constitution for Everyone, Regardless of Innocence or Guilt, Regardless of Virtue or Vice

One last point: Too many people are asking “but did he do it.”  In constitutional law, what counts is not whether the particular defendant was an angel or a “dirtbag” – whether he is innocent or committed the underlying offense at issue.  What counts is whether the Constitution is protected.

For example, Ernesto Miranda was suspected of kidnapping and raping of an 18-year-old girl. Because of the Supreme Court ruling, which ruled his confession inadmissible, his first conviction was overturned.  But then the case was retried, leaving out the tainted confession, and Miranda was convicted and served 20 years.  A dirtbag?  You bet.  He was a filthy rapist. Guilty?  Yes, so found by a jury of his peers.  He raped the girl and was rightfully convicted and locked up.  But it was still wrong to coerce his confession, and his case gave us the procedural protection of our “Miranda” rights, which helps to give meaningful effect to our right to remain silent and to not incriminate ourselves, as well as our right to have counsel present at questioning.

The same goes for the case of Jose Padilla, the alleged “Chicago dirty bomber.”  A dirtbag?  Likely.  He as both a former gang member and liked to hang out with Al Qaeda types.  But that still did not make it OK to black bag him with no due process and throw him in a military brig on secret evidence, without indictment, without a lawyer, without a jury trial, for over two years.  That was unconstitutional even if he “did it.” (he was later convicted in a jury trial of aiding Al Qaeda).  Even though a dirtbag, he still had procedural rights that were violated, and those violations set a dangerous precedent for the rest of us. Now, according to the Fourth Circuit (who’s decision still stands as “good law”), that can be done to any of us.   What happens even to “bad guys” can and will affect our rights too.  Rules of due process and protections of free speech and association apply to EVERYONE, not just those who are pure as the driven snow.

Sadly, so dumbed down is the average American that many just cannot grasp these elemental concepts.  In this case, they ask whether the parents are “guilty,” as if that would make it OK to list their political associations or gun owner status as evidence of why they are unfit parents.  If people cannot understand why this cannot be allowed to happen, then how can we restore our Republic?   That is why, regardless of whether the parents are guilty of any of the alleged abuse; the listing of their association with Oath Keepers is illegitimate and must be fought.  And it will.

We Oath Keepers and our many allies will fight this regardless of the supposed validity of the other allegations against the parents.  This use of political associations as evidence is wrong in every case, and in any case.  It is the “weaponization” of CPS – turning it into a weapon against political undesirables.  And that weapon will be used to silence and suppress those who might otherwise speak out, and to silence and suppress those who already have spoken out.  It will thus chill speech even when not used (just by the implied threat that you may be paid a visit by CPS if you get “uppity”), and it will punish speech when used against dissidents who still dare to speak out.

Either you defend the Constitution for everyone, or we may as well just scrap it and let government agencies and judges do whatever they want to those they deem bad, using whatever arbitrary “reasons” they want, like in some third world junta.   The choice is yours.  I hope to see you in New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state on Thursday.

Stewart Rhodes