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Members of an armed anti-government militia, monitor the entrance to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon.

‘Urgent’: Oath Keepers Warn Oregon Militants to Evacuate Women and Kids

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The Oath Keepers have issued an urgent warning for the militia occupying a federal building in Oregon to keep women and children away, claiming to have received a tip that military special operations assets have been assigned to the stand off.

In the statement, the group spoke of the horrors at Waco and Ruby Ridge, and expressed their distrust that the Obama administration will not repeat those mistakes at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

“This is not a ‘free speech’ barbecue at Bundy Ranch with live music by Jordan Page,” the Oath Keepers’ statement reads. “This is a whole different animal. There should be no women and children there at all.  This is not a family event. This is an armed occupation of a government building and the only people staying there should be the armed men who are willing to die there with Ammon Bundy and his brothers and a couple of embedded reporters.”

“If adults want to visit them and put themselves at risk, that is their choice, but don’t bring children. If a dozen men die in a shootout, that is one thing, but if children die, there will be a civil war.”

The group, which describes itself as a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” have not been in support of the occupation. The founder and president, Stewart Rhodes, has explained that this is because the matter should have been left to be handled by those who live there, rather than by outsiders.

Ammon Bundy reported on Monday evening that he had also received information from three independent sources that a dynamic raid of some kind was possibly coming soon, and several of the armed occupiers have stated that they will die before they will accept being arrested.

“There are things being done,” Harvey County Sheriff Ward told the Oregonian on authorities’ efforts to end the standoff. “It’s not visible to the public.”

On Tuesday, a man who identified himself as LaVoy Finicum, 55, told MSNBC that he believed that warrants had been issued for some of the men at the reserve.

“I have been raised in the country all my life,” Finicum said. “I love dearly to feel the wind on my face. To see the sunrise, to see the moon. I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box.”

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  • Sooner or later a civil war is bound to happen..
  • jas
    Drama queens, not militia.
  • Baybars
    When Oathkeepers started out, they were run and populated by men and women who were put through the government meat grinder of war and policing and then spat out to fend for themselves. For a short while they represented the best hope of keeping an over-reaching government at bay because they told the truth about what they had been through and what is in store for others.

    Now Oathkeepers has been taken over by authority-loving people who manipulate and lie to those same men and women. If the Oathkeepers were true to their original support of the Constitution then they would be at the stand-off, locked and loaded against the authorities, not being whimpering puppets of the authorities.
  • puffinwillow
    Time to free USA from the zionist takeover!! FREEDOM!!!
  • professor.hornblow
    The Oath Keepers usually wear pointy hats and burn flaming crosses.
  • Bob Hoferer
    It is time the govt. takes over this 'terrorist' bunch of FOOLS. They have stolen from the taxpayers with NO intent on repaying, so let them all do time behind bars or even be killed if they insist. I am a 'retired' farmer, and I and many others like me have NO sympathy for any of these 'outlaws'.
  • Ingimundarin reply toBob Hoferer(Show commentHide comment)
    Bob Hoferer, In the eyes of most of the world and of the highest Authority (not the Security Council by the way) the whole bloody country is "outlaw".
  • tony p
    It will fizzle out, Americans are clueless when it comes to protesting.
  • Want2B Wiseguy
    "..who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to 'defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic..'"
    This is an infernal trick because the constitution is under a false god that gives the illusion of freedom to break nearly all of the one true God's unchanging rules. The one true God is most certainly an enemy of the US Constitution which lies about you having the right to worship and serve demons. The 1st amendment is a snub against God's 1st commandment. This means when you pledge to defend the constitution against all enemies, you're pledging to fight against God, the source of everything good.
    Its a tricky archdemon incorporated in DC, a true fouler with an angelic appearance. It is the source of the dead corpse smell constantly emanating from Washington. Stop voting for it!
  • elsa.zardiniin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, Well, yes, that is what I have been listening to ever since birth 67 years ago. It will happen and we will see it.
  • Zhukovin reply toBob Hoferer(Show commentHide comment)
    Bob Hoferer, The landowners have been badgered and harassed by the feds who essentially demand the lands that border this 1905 Indian reservation ( that has never had any Indians ) be sold to the BLM for chump change. That is what it is about.
  • affordable.guy
    KEEP ON ROCK'N IN THE FREE WORLD.
  • FlorianGeyer
    " but if children die, there will be a civil war.”
    The US likes to export its 'democratic values' to the world, so its only fair that the US demonstrates those values themselves. A civil war in America with White Supremacists , People of Colour,Religious loonies et al against the Corporate State will be a salutary lesson that American style democracy is a complete sham.
  • FlorianGeyer
    " but if children die, there will be a civil war.”
    The US likes to export its 'democratic values' to the world, so its only fair that the US demonstrates those values themselves. A civil war in America with White Supremacists , People of Colour,Religious loonies et al against the Corporate State will be a salutary lesson that American style democracy is a complete sham.
  • Mother Gorilla
    One gang seems pitted against the other! Where is law enforcement? Again, this cries for gun laws removing citizens' temptation to take matters into their own hands.
  • Mother Gorillain reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer, exactly!
  • White_Eagle1
    Lets try "overthrowing the government' by electing Trump or Rand Paul first, shall we? Until then protest peacefully and campaign for the leagal overthrowinig of injustices. Getting into a firefight is just what Obama would want. Why do you think he was trying to provoke Russia over the Ukraine? Look even closer at why congress hasn't brought impeachment charges up on him yet. Much less continues to approve of his funding of Arab terrorists.
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