We are posting the below security advice now because of the many "March 4 Trump" events across the country tomorrow. Please pass this on to anyone who will be attending those events. However, this advice will also prove useful for future events. Oath Keepers will have members and teams from local chapters at many of these March 4 Trump rallies and marches tomorrow to help keep people safe (our members and chapters have full discretion to help anywhere they can, and also have full discretion to do so covertly, overtly, or in a mix of overt/covert, as we did in Washington DC on January 19-20 for the Inauguration and surrounding events). Organizers and participants in the March 4 Trump events need to understand that we can't be at all of them, and we can't guarantee their safety even at the ones we will be attending. Your safety is ultimately up to you, as the below advice makes clear.
American patriots have got to come to terms with the reality that the far left is becoming increasingly unhinged and prone to violent terrorism, and you will need to expect the worst and prepare for it. And that means you need to be your own "bodyguard" and guardian over your family and friends, as the Founders expected us to be, as members of a true citizens militia. Do NOT rely on the police to protect you, or anyone else. They cannot be everywhere, even when they are allowed to do their job to their best ability (which is sadly not always the case, as is explained below).
The following threat assessment and advice was written up by NavyJack and John Karriman.
PROVIDED BY NAVYJACK:
Most organizations that are involved in protests against the policies of the current administration are non-violent. The organizations that have used violence in recent protests include the following:
- Antifa (short for Antifascist Action)
- Anarchist Black Cross
- Refuse Fascism (closely related to the Revolutionary Communist Party USA)
- La Raza and affiliates
- BAMN (By Any Means Necessary)
The Antifa, Anarchist Black Cross and BAMN organizations normally rely on the presence of protesters from other organizations to mask their activity in a larger group. The percentage of actual violent protesters, when one of the groups listed above intercedes, can be lower than 10%. This presents a significant issue for law enforcement personnel attempting to stop or contain violent activity. There are numerous ways to identify the violent protesters, including:
- They cover their faces with balaclavas or bandannas to mask their identity.
- La Raza and affiliates carry the flag of Mexico and/or Aztlan.
- Antifa carry battle flags with their group affiliation.
- Anarchist Black Cross carry square black flags.
- Refuse Fascism carry "NO" signs, flags and posters.
- BAMN carry red signs with their logo.
- Antifa and Anarchist Black Cross like to dress in all black.
The Antifa and the Anarchist Black Cross see themselves as the vanguard of the protest movement against the current administration. They actively train in self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. They carry weapons, although usually not firearms unless in an open-carry State. They wear backpacks and normally bring the following items to a protest:
- Firecrackers, including M80s and bottle rockets.
- Hammers (to break glass)
- Long metal pipes with end-cap fittings (to assault people)
- Heavy wooden poles (used to display flags and assault people)
- Lighter fluid containers (to start fires, burn hats/flags, create micro-molotov cocktails)
- Spears (made from PVC and used as weapons)
- Gas masks
- Eye protection
La Raza and Refuse Fascism have not been noted to bring incendiaries or other weapons to their protests at this time. It should be noted that the Revolutionary Communist "Red Guard" are frequently integrated with the Refuse Fascism protests and can be a source of violence. Red Guard members, like the Antifa wear distinctive face coverings and clothing.
All of the violent groups communicate via twitter using localized accounts and spur-of-the-moment "hashtags". Large events are normally posted on Facebook or emails are sent to the members of these organizations via list services (Google, Spokes, WordPress). They have learned to not post their activities more than 24 hours in advance to avoid law enforcement detection.
Refuse Fascism, La Raza and BAMN tend to have large numbers of protesters that are reluctant to initiate violence. If they are stopped from achieving their goals (blocking a road, blocking access to a venue, shutting down a government office or place of business, etc.) they escalate until they achieve their goal or are suppressed.
The Antifa and the Anarchist Black Cross are by far the most violent of these organizations. They tend to infiltrate protests already in motion and immediately escalate to violence once integrated. Previously non-violent protesters get caught up in the melees and join in.
While there are many other protest organizations, including Black Lives Matter, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and the New Black Panthers; their involvement to date in the violent anti-administration protests has been minimal.
PROVIDED BY JOHN KARRIMAN (Missouri State Police Academy Instructor):
Should you plan to attend an event that might be the target of one of the above listed groups; we offer the following suggestions:
1) Take your physical health and mobility into account. If you are in poor health or cannot break into a sprint for thirty paces, consider avoiding the event. More and more, less is being done to ensure the safety of attendees. From stand-down orders from globalist-minded administrators to Law Enforcement personnel to poor planning on the part of event coordinators, more and serious injuries are being seen. Weigh the exercise of your 1st Amendment against your safety and well-being.
2) Travel to and from the event is when the greatest danger exists. If you have identifying markings or stickers on your vehicle, you may be targeted before ever arriving at your destination. Bad guys are headed to the same event. You are in traffic with them. Once in the area; are you wearing identifying hats or shirts that are observable from a distance? Nothing wrong with identifying with a particular sentiment/ideology unless you are travelling through a sea of hate to get to your appointed destination. Drawing attention to yourself without superior numbers is suicidal. Don't think you will become the exception to the rule. Rioters who have assaulted people have been released without charges, given letters of APOLOGY and been PAID for their trouble. Welcome to Opposite Day.
3) Do not expect help from law enforcement, even if you can make it to their position. The very group tasked with protecting and serving has been routinely dropping the ball when it comes to the safety of the public. Recently in Berkeley, a young woman who had been maced and beaten by the crowd was not allowed in to the very venue she had come to attend! Police would not respond to her beating on the door despite her obvious distress. She had left her husband for dead in the street when they were surrounded. She saw him go down from having been struck in the head with a metal pole. She and her husband wore NO identifying clothing, but were singled out because they were seen in the area of an event the crowd disagreed with. Both wore kevlar under their clothes. Although he survived his attack; he suffered a concussion and several broken ribs… through the kevlar vest.
Lack of crowd control is a decision made on high and has happened repeatedly in cities sympathetic to unAmerican causes or where dissenting opinions are not tolerated (funny coming from the same group preaching tolerance).Take the demographics of your particular area into consideration when planning to attend an event.
4) Do not get involved in debate outside (or inside, for that matter) with dissenters. It is a common tactic to distract while another ambushes from the side or rear. Liquids and objects are often thrown. Consider bringing an umbrella to keep paint, urine, blood, feces, acid… from making contact with your eyes or skin.
5) Avoid hot spots. Where you have people masked-up and being whipped into a frenzy by someone with a bullhorn; you have a volatile situation. Attempting to walk through their midst without looking like and acting like the crowd is a recipe for disaster.
6) Strength in numbers. Coordinate your coming and going with a larger group. Pairs are as vulnerable as singles. Link up with other smaller groups and move together. Put your smaller people inside of your pod or away from the crowd. This NO place for children. We have seen children and the elderly attacked by these animals.