|Formation||October 22, 2009|
|Formation||June 22, 2018|
Oath Keepers is an anti-government American far-right organization associated with the patriot and militia movements. The group describes itself as a non-partisan association of current and former military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath that all military and police take in order to "defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic". It encourages members – some of whom are current and former U.S. military and law enforcement officers – not to obey orders which they believe would violate the United States Constitution. The organization claims a membership of 35,000.
Several groups that monitor domestic terrorism and hate groups describe the Oath Keepers as extremist or radical. Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes the group as "heavily armed extremists with a conspiratorial and anti-government mindset looking for potential showdowns with the government." The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists the group's founder as a known extremist and describes his announced plans to create localized militia units as "frightening". According to the SPLC, the group espouses a number of conspiracy and legal theories associated with the sovereign citizen movement and the white supremacist posse comitatus movement. SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok describes the group as a whole as "really just an anti-government group who believe in a wild set of conspiracy theories".
Oath Keepers had a controversial presence in Ferguson, Missouri during the 2014 and 2015 unrest in the city, when members armed with semi-automatic rifles patrolled streets and rooftops.
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|Name||Oath Keepers United|
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- Oath Keepers article from Wikipedia
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- Sakuma, Amanda; Rayford, Bradley J (2015-08-11). "'Oath Keepers' armed with guns roam streets of Ferguson". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/oath-keepers-armed-guns-roam-streets-ferguson. Retrieved 2015-09-07. ""With their hands resting casually on the assault rifles strapped across their chests, the men formed a diamond around their subjects, surveying the area in search of a threat.""
- Duara, Nigel (2015-08-11). "'Oath Keepers' with rifles roam among Ferguson protesters, raising concerns". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ferguson-oath-keepers-20150811-story.html. Retrieved 2015-08-31. ""As protests in Ferguson continued on a sweat-soaked Missouri night, at least three men openly carrying assault rifles approached the south end of West Florissant Avenue – and began to attract a crowd themselves.""
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