The American Militia

Well Regulated - Does Someone Fear You?

Previously in this series of essays, we have discussed the tasks to which the American Militia can apply itself. Sush tasks may arise from emergency situations or national needs and could range from severe weather to authoritarian tyranny. We have outlined the tools and the knowledge the militia possesses to respond to these needs. We have discussed the action and reaction it might have to various events, to protect the family or community or country. Generally, we have reviewed how the American Militia is ready (but constantly expanding and refining itself) as an asset for the United States in time of emergency.

We have also cautioned its members, as individuals and in groups, regarding activities that may put it in a bad light and the fact that several states actually have statutes restricting or prohibiting the establishment of militia groups or their training. Today, the American Militia is a loose and informal, but slowly coalescing, “grass roots” asset. It has secured a broad knowledge and physical attributes so as to be ready at a moments notice; the Minute Man of the 21st Century so to speak.

Today is the weekend of April 18-19, 2009. On this date in 1775, the call went out for the Citizens to rally in opposition to Imperial forces marching on their homes and private property to restrain their activities and confiscate or destroy their tools. The orders were to seize and destroy arms and ammunition. The Citizens reaction and the Militia standing face to face with opposing forces triggered the “shot heard ‘round the World” and the American Revolution. That revolutionary combat took place over many years long in the past, but The Revolution, our rejection of Imperial or Tyrannical rule, continues today.

In the middle of last week, on April 15th, again many Citizens gathered to confront a growing tyranny. This time the tyranny had not progressed quite so far, not to the point of overt confiscation of goods and the destruction of the tools of freedom or the imprisonment of those who dared speak out against the rulers. We assured recognition of the Natural Right to speak out for redress of our grievances in the Declaration of Independence and from that first Revolution. We enumerated it in the Constitution that flowed from it where the First Amendment states that right. Last week, several hundred thousand Citizens exercised that freedom. They joined in a nearly spontaneous rally against excessive taxes which would form a tyranny against our future generations, virtually enslaving them by confiscation of their wealth. Our own TEA parties were held across the country. I expect to see more of them, and similar freedom rallies on future dates.

However, a few days earlier, our Federal Government saw fit to fire a warning shot across the bow of our newly re-discovered freedom to speak out. The Homeland Security Department released a Homeland Defense “Assessment”. I can not do it the proper justice of a full analysis in a few short sentences here, but others have. Please see the news paper editorial by Michelle Malkin, “ ‘Right-wing extreamism’ alarm”, in the Washington Times from April 16, 2009 and at the web site at; In that article she rightfully focuses on the question, “What and who exactly are President Obama's homeland-security officials afraid of these days?” She then discusses the various threats outlined in that document and in particular as they relate to the TEA Party marches.

Three days later, Oliver North writes about the same Homeland Defense “Assessment”, this time focusing on the threat from armed Citizens. His article is again in the Washington Times at; He includes in his discussion the topics of religion and life and freedom, to then focus on individual Citizens fire arms. There are several passages in the Homeland Security Assessment that highlight, in some broad and sweeping but non-specific terms, their perceived threats. Here is one of them;

— (U//FOUO) Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.

Note the lack of any specific evidence or name of any person or group or any actions by them. The “Assessment” is based in the most general and broad speculation as to what free people might do. It is clear that this document was not intended for general use; or was it. Let me explain.

Note the line leading characters, the U/FOUO tag. That means, Unclassified / For Official Use Only. The full explanation text at the beginning of the document is;

(U) LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION NOTICE: This product contains Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES) information. No portion of the LES information should be released to the media, the general public, or over non-secure Internet servers. Release of this information could adversely affect or jeopardize investigative activities. (U) Warning: This document is UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (U//FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). It is to be controlled, stored, handled, transmitted, distributed, and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to FOUO information and is not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know without prior approval of an authorized DHS official. State and local homeland security officials may share this document with authorized security personnel without further approval from DHS.

However, the actual text hit the media, and electronic format computer files of this document hit the internet, so fast that one must suspect that the restriction warnings, and any efforts to enforce it, were bogus. Quick release and public circulation before the TEA Party date (and perhaps before April 18-19) may have been the actual desired situation and had to be assured. Why? A warning shot is of no use if those in the intended audience do not know it has been fired. We are all targets now.

If you are interested in reading all of this Homeland Security Assessment, and the fallout of its release, just search the internet on the phrase “homeland security extremists” and you will find all you need, and then some. It is so widely distributed today, that even if all main stream news sources were to disappear, it would immediately re-appear from thousands of private files.

What are the lessons here for the American Militia? There are many, so here are just a few. First is that as you grow and come to understand your ability and duty to defend America from any disaster, you will also learn your duty to act responsibility. You will learn that what ever you do, you are attracting a widening circle of watchers. The watchers may think they need to monitor your activities and that they have the moral authority to tell free men when they have too much freedom and need to be reigned in.

Next, it will be impossible to exclude these watchers from your midst; or, even if you were to do so, you would then become so isolated as to make effective progress impossible. You need your message to be wide spread, so excluding many, to be even partly sure of excluding some, will defeat that requirement. You can attempt to allow them in, and to then identify them and to place them in an exclusive garden with only Mushrooms or even Toad Stools (dangerous mushrooms) and keep them in the dark and feed them only the appropriate food, but that too may be too difficult and counter productive. It is best at this point to just open the doors and understand that nothing you do is secret and your message, which is logical and believable, will eventually be accepted by the majority of society.

Even the watchers, and those who send them, may eventually understand and believe. Perhaps the Truth WILL set them Free. Even though they may represent something fearful to you, that doesn’t mean you can not have fun and use the watchers to your advantage. Give them plenty to watch and report, let them help spread your message, but give them nothing useful or actionable. Keep them in the dark and properly fed.

Finally, the most important message is to be patient. We did not get into this mess overnight and we will not get out of it any time soon. A lot of bad public perception and miseducation needs to be overcome. By the way, that is one good place to start right now, the education of the youth and some influential adults in America.

The frogs are being slowly boiled, the heat is being turned up just a bit, a warning shot is occasionally fired and it is time to wake up and start hopping. We know when our actions are starting to take effect; the media starts to over react to a situation, they try to attack the organization or the messenger rather than logically counter our message. You know you are having an effect when people react badly to a truthful and righteous message. When elected officials resort to attacks on the group or messenger, it is time to apply more heat to them, or to start the deep freeze, take your choice. Let the officials feel your cold shoulder, no more support for them. Let them feel the heat, your actual work for their opponents. When you do this, tell them why. Take your message about our elected officials out into the public and turn them in your favor so that they too will apply heat and cold to those who need to be educated.

The American Militia has come a long way since 1775 and we have a long future in front of us. Things will get tough and more attacks and shots will be fired. If those attacking us continue to act badly, or even to over-react in increasingly outrageous ways, help them out! No, don’t point out their errors, but instead give them more incitement to act badly. Then, after enough outrageous or bad acts, even the densest of official or civilian will see the problem and then come to understand the American Militia way of thought. Citizens will grow from that.

The American Militia is reaching a point of understanding and acceptance in general society. It will slowly and surely grow there with little legislative attention, until many Citizens understand the need to vote to correct our course in freedom. At that point there will be far to many active Citizens and voters for Tyrannical Forces to put down their move to freedom by any legitimate method.

The American Militia is loved by many and feared by a few, as a tool for freedom for all.

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