On Memorial Day, May 2, 2011 Stewart Rhodes the founder of the anti-militia group called Oathkeepers along with another Oathkeeper leader Sheriff Richard Mack held a rally for Jose Guerena, a U.S. Marine and Iraq Vet who " (was murdered (shot 60 times) by members of the Pima County Swat Team. During rally, Rhodes said, "I want to make it very clear we are not here to criticize,condemn or persecute the individual deputies on Pima County Sheriff’s Dept."
The following information is not an attack on the many fine members of Oathkeepers. It is to simply point out that its leader has and is speaking from both sides of his mouth and falls short of taking a hard core stand against the growing police state. Is Stewart Rhodes a Oathkeeper or Gatekeeper?
Note: At the 37 sec mark in the video below you will see and hear what Stewart Rhodes has to say about the Police who murdered Jose Guerena:
I want to make it very clear we are not here to criticize,condemn or persecute the individual deputies on Pima County Sheriff’s Dept.
Why is this story relevant after 2 years? To begin with we are now seeing more and more reports of Police Abuse in our nation. Innocent people are being injured and killed by law enforcement officers who are violating their oath of office. Our Govt has now approved the use of and are adding 30,000 drones to assist police departments. Many of which will be armed. Now combine this with the fact that the present administration is currently attempting to implement legislation that will permit the killing of American Citizens on US soil based on just mere accusations. We also now live in a nation that has passed and approved legislation that allows for the indefinite detention of American Citizens with out due process and denying them their constitutional protections via of the NDAA. The excuse that those who violate our rights are just following orders is unacceptable. It was not accepted as a legitimate defense in the Nuremberg Trials and and should not be accepted today. Case closed!
Unlike Stewart Rhodes, I will go on record and openly condemn, ridicule and persecute the Pima County Sheriff Dept. Patriots who claim to be so much about freedom and how it's on the march, seem to want anything but freedom! If they come for our freedom we must strike back with vengeance that will stun them! If your anger and outrage are not on the forefront then you are already dead, at least to me anyway.
Stewart Rhodes however stated at his rally that
I want to make it very clear we are not here to criticize,condemn or persecute the individual deputies on Pima County Sheriff's Dept.
Really Stewart? Why not? Why do you seem unwilling to criticize, condemn or persecute the individual deputies who clearly violated Jose's rights?
Rhodes goes on to talk about how his Uncle has served for over 25 years with the Pima County Sheriff Dept. Stewart, what the Hell does that have to do with the unwarranted shooting of Jose? And how is it relevant that your uncle served with those vile murderous jack-booted thugs?
The founder of Oathkeepers goes on with more rhetoric, and says its not about this, its about the Constitution and Declaration Of Independence. Well Stewart, if you really feel that way then why do you refuse to criticize, condemn or persecute the individual deputies responsible that clearly violated their Oath by destroying Jose’s rights? Rhodes attacks departmental policies but won't attack those who have the blood of a U.S. Marine and Iraq vet on their hands.
It is to be noted that the Pima County Sheriffs Department initially claimed (PDF) Guerena fired his weapon at the SWAT team. They later acknowledged that not only did he not fire, but the safety on his gun was still activated when he was killed. Guerena had no prior criminal record, and the police found nothing illegal in his home. After ushering out his wife and son, the police refused to allow paramedics to access Guerena for more than hour, leaving the young father to bleed to death, alone, in his own home.
So if Stewart Rhodes claims to be about the Constitution why does he still refuse to criticize, condemn or persecute the individual deputies on the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, who robbed Jose of his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
Note: The deputies responsible for this heinous murder have since been cleared of all charges. Rhodes where the Hell are you?
Here is the helmet video cam from the officers as they murder Jose Guerena and here is an article discussing the numerous changes in the police officers story line following the shooting and the open, postmortem, character assassination of Jose Guerena.