Just after learning that Mosques will get a free pass and dodge any kind of surveillance, we learn that The New York State Intelligence Center has Oath Keepers listed as a “far-right extremist group and/or a threat to law enforcement.” The NYSIC is one of 58 Fusion Centers created after 9/11 to collect, evaluate, and pass on any information or intelligence that may help the state with a criminal or terrorist threat.
Ironically, The Oath Keepers is an organization consisting of current and former military, and first-responders who volunteer to continue serving their Country. According to The Oath Keeper’s website, each member must pledge the following oath:
Oath of Enlistment
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Does this sound like the oath of a Domestic Terrorist or Extremist? I don’t think so. The members of this organization have proudly served their Country, and because of their strong character, continue to want to serve in some capacity after their active employment is over. These are TRUE PATRIOTS who deserve our respect, as well as our Governments…..they have put their lives on the line for us. Nearly a year after being labeled as extremists, these proud men and women are still being defiled and disrespected by the people they so freely vowed to serve and protect.
On August 11, 2014, John Wallace, acting President of the NY chapter of Oath Keepers, contacted NYSIC and Governor Cuomo for a second time asking for a retraction. At this time there still has been no response.
For the full statement from The Oath Keepers http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/09/27/updating-new-york-oath-keepers-continue-to-refute-accusations-by-state-intelligence-agency/