November 25, 2010

Oath-Keeper Stewart Rhodes on the Rise of Authority

Ron Paul, member of the United States House of...Image via WikipediaFor all those who have taken oaths to a principle and later find themselves forced to choose between staying true to their sworn promise or remaining loyal to a superior to whom no oath of loyalty had been sworn, and are afraid of facing the consequences of the right action.
For the many who have reposed faith and confidence in a political organization that appeared to represent their chosen ideals but come face to face with a different reality, and are afraid to either 'lose face' or even give an advantage to their political opponents by objecting.
For all the countless others who have no 'horse in this race', but still share grave concerns about the direction in which we seem headed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 – with Anthony Wile
Exclusive Interview

Stewart Rhodes
The Daily Bell is pleased to present an exclusive interview with E. Stewart Rhodes (left).
Introduction: E. Stewart Rhodes is the founder and President of the growing, national non-profit organization Oath Keepers. The group supports members (current and former U.S. military and law enforcement) in efforts to uphold the Constitution of the United States should they be ordered to violate it. The Oath Keepers' motto is "Not On Our Watch!" Both sides of his family have a long tradition of military service. Nearly all of his uncles on both sides of the family served in the Army or Marine Corps during WWIIKorea, and Vietnam, and his father served as a Marine. After the Army, Stewart graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where his honor thesis focused on the political theory of James Madison. After college he worked on Rep. Ron Paul's (R, TX) DC staff. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper, "Solving the Puzzle ofEnemy Combatant Status" won Yale's Judge William E. Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights.
A brief synopsis:
Daily Bell: You served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. What happened to you? Why did you join the US army?
Stewart Rhodes: I joined the Army right out of high school because I felt it was my civic duty to serve my country. My family has a long history of military service, and I followed in those footsteps. I served as an airborne reconnaissance scout until my accident. We were doing the same kind of parachuting that smoke jumpers do, which means jumping into tall trees intentionally while wearing a Kevlar suit and steel helmet, and then rappelling down on a rope. Smoke jumpers practice that so they can go where the fires are, right into deep forest. We airborne scouts did it so we could parachute into areas where the enemy would not expect paratroopers to land. It all went famously during daylight, and we did several successful jumps, but when we tried it at night ... not so much. ;) It was hard to hit the treetops in the dark, and several of us landed on the sides of the trees. My chute tore loose from the branches before I could rappel down and I fell about seventy feet.
Daily Bell: You are writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people. Can you tell us about it?

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