Oath Keepers

Some Clinton Supporters Protest, Riot After Election

In yesterday’s “Signs Of The Time” post, I noted that the Oath Keepers had recently conducted a webinar addressing how to prepare for the possibility of post-election civil strife and violence.

Apparently, a limited amount of social unrest kicked off on America’s “Left Coast” and elsewhere in the country early this morning after the conclusion of the U.S. presidential election.

Gemma Mullin reported on The Mirror (UK) website today:

Crowds of angry protesters have taken to streets across the United States chanting “Not Our President” while setting fires and smashing windows.

Hundreds of people descended on California minutes after it was announced that Donald Trump had won the election.

Hillary Clinton supporters were filmed setting fire to the US flag while marching through the streets of Portland, Oregon, shouting “F*** Donald Trump”.

Footage also emerged of activists setting tyres and rubbish bins on fire, blocking main roads and lighting flares.

People also burned an effigy of the President-elect, who will be officially sworn into office in January.

Meanwhile, a young student has reportedly been hit by an SUV and severely injured during a march in Berkeley, with one witness claiming the crash was intentional, according to NBC Bay Area…

Other protests have broken out in the San Diego, San Fransisco and San Jose areas, according to reports… A demonstration also unfolded at the University of California, Davis…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Thomas Fuller added over on The New York Times website this afternoon:

From Pennsylvania to California, Oregon and Washington State, hundreds of people hit the streets, according to reports by local news media and The Associated Press…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

After watching TV and surfing the Internet/social media sites earlier today, it’s clear to me that a number of Hillary Clinton supporters (and “Never Trumpers”) are absolutely livid about Donald Trump’s Oval Office victory.

As such, additional- and more intense- acts of civil disobedience/unrest are certainly possible tonight and in the coming days.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Mullin, Gemma. “Trump win sparks riots across US as crowds burn American flag and chant ‘Not our president.'” The Mirror. 9 Nov. 2016. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/trump-win-sparks-riots-across-9225317). 9 Nov. 2016.

Fuller, Thomas. “Anti-Trump Demonstrators Take to the Streets in Several U.S. Cities.” The New York Times. 9 Nov. 2016. (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/us/trump-election-protest-berkeley-oakland.html). 9 Nov. 2016.

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Signs Of The Time, Part 112

Regular readers of Survival And Prosperity know that I’ve been covering “prepping” on this blog for some years now.

And recently, I’ve been curious about the specific activities “preppers” have been carrying out in the run-up to Election Day.

Apparently (and not surprisingly), acquiring (more) emergency food has been a priority for these forward-looking individuals.

Ben Popken reported on the NBC News website this past weekend:

In case of an election night Doomsday, preppers are running up sales of emergency survival food.

While sales for “long term food” typically see an increase around natural disasters and elections, “this is more intense than what we saw in 2012,” said Keith Bansemer, VP of marketing for My Patriot Supply, a manufacturer and seller of survival food. During the previous election his company saw sales double. This time it’s triple.

“We have everyone we can on the phones,” he said. “We are overwhelmed.”

Purchases at other long term food supply companies are up as well. Emergency preparedness online store TheEpicenter reports a 6 percent uptick in year over year sales.

Another company, Legacy Foods, predicts they’ll see a 1-2 week spike in sales after the election — if Hillary Clinton wins, said owner Phil Cox…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Popken pointed out what’s spurring preppers to purchase “long-term” food:

Survivalist consumers say they’re preparing for post-election unrest that could involve everything from massive riots, to power grid outages, to the total collapse of the financial system where a can of food becomes currency

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Post-election unrest”

Talk of such an event has increased in the months leading up to today, so much so that the Oath Keepers, “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,'” (first blogged about here back on August 12, 2011) just conducted a webinar “that went over strategies for avoiding and surviving social unrest in the streets including rioting and police reaction to that possible unrest. We talked about family preparedness plans if there were God forbid be a terrorist attack on our soil. These included communications, bug out bags, medical considerations, recognition of tactics that various terrorist organizations may use in that scenario and many more topics spoken on by several expert speakers.”


“Civil Unrest Post Election Scenarios & Preparation”
YouTube Video

Popken’s article was an insightful read- and not a “hit piece” either- which you can view in its entirety over on the NBC News site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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You Might Be A Terrorist If…

Have you recently been to a military surplus store and:

• Bought some MREs or waterproof match containers for that end-of-the-summer camping trip you’ve been waiting for?
• Picked up a surplus item that looked handy (or just plain neat), but weren’t too sure how it worked and asked about it?
• Refused to provide the cashier your zip code when checking out?
• Paid with cash?

Well, my friend, you might be a terrorist- or at least be suspected of being one out in Colorado these days.

The Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force and Colorado Information Analysis Center have teamed up to distribute “Communities Against Terrorism: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Military Surplus Stores” to Colorado military surplus store owners (hat tip WhatReallyHappened.com). And according to the flyer, the following acts (among others) by individuals or groups are to be considered as “suspicious”:

• Demand identity “privacy”
• Insist on paying with cash
• Possess little knowledge of intended purchase items
• Make bulk purchases of items to include:
• Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
• Meals Ready To Eat
• Night Vision Devices: night flashlights, gas masks
• High capacity magazines
• Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles


“Communities Against Terrorism” Flyer (Thumbnail)

The agencies asked the surplus stores to “be part of the solution,” and suggested they should:

• Require valid ID from all new customers.
• Keep records of purchases.
• Talk to customers, ask questions, and listen to and observe their responses.
• Watch for people and actions that are out of place.
• Make note of suspicious statements, people, and/or vehicles.
If something seems wrong, notify law enforcement authorities.

Of course, the flyer lists multiple disclaimers should an avid camper or Scoutmaster lawyer-up when their mug shots end up being on the five o’clock news after a surplus store owner erroneously calls the authorities on them, and the proprietors turn around and point to this publication:

It is important to remember that just because someone’s speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different; it does not mean that he or she is suspicious…

Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to determine whether there is a basis to investigate…

Each indicator listed above, is by itself, lawful conduct or behavior and may also constitute the exercise of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. In addition, there may be a wholly innocent explanation for conduct or behavior that appears suspicious in nature. For this reason, no single indicator should be the sole basis for law enforcement action. The totality of behavioral indicators and other relevant circumstances should be evaluated when considering any law enforcement response or action.

Now, don’t get me wrong- I appreciate all the hard work the Bureau of Justice Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Colorado Information Analysis Center do in combating terrorism and making the United States a safe place to live. I’ve even worked with a number of them in the past. But, plunking down some cash to buy a surplus gas mask as a gag gift (I know people who’ve done this) being a potential sign of terrorism? Come on, guys! Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers, a non-partisan association of Constitutionalists comprised of currently-serving military, veterans, peace officers, and firefighters, offered this up Wednesday:

Islamist terrorists are not known to hang out in local Army-Navy surplus stores, stocking up on MRE’s, high capacity magazines and bi-pods for their long range rifles. As Brandon Smith, over at Alt-market.com notes, “These are very common purchases, not for terrorists, but for Preppers and Survivalists, who are obviously the targets of the FBI profile, not secret Al-Qaeda agents.” Spot on. Obviously the current crop of FBI “leadership” considers anyone who wants to be self-sufficient and prepared to be a “threat” that should be relentlessly tracked and reported.

So if you take preparedness seriously enough to buy a few cases of MREs, or if you see the wisdom in having spare “high capacity” (i.e. full capacity*) magazines for your rifles or pistols, if you don’t want your matches to get wet, if you want to be able to see in the dark, or if you want to be able to shoot more accurately by using a bipod, “you might be a terrorist” (like a bizarre Jeff Foxworthy joke), and the FBI wants your neighborhood Army Surplus Store to play the role of government informant and snitch, like something out of East Germany. As Brandon Smith put it, the FBI handout “even instructs store owners to subtly interrogate their customers in order to draw a fuller profile. THIS IS CALLED CITIZEN SPYING. Period.” Spot on again. That’s exactly what it is – a preparedness focused “see something, say something” snitch program to help track and locate Americans who exhibit such dangerous “prepper” tendencies.

Prepping. It’s criminal.

Source:

Rhodes, Stewart. “Oath Keepers: FBI Wants Surplus Stores To Spy on Customers.” Oath Keepers. 10 Aug. 2011. (http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/08/10/7769/). 12 Aug. 2011.

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