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My Militia and The Evolution of the Modern Militia

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    In order to understand what we mean when we speak of "the evolution of the modern militia" and the importance of My Militia you must first understand some history about what a militia is and what has brought us to where we are today.

    When you hear of the Second Amendment, you mostly hear "the right to keep and bear arms" even tho that is the second part of the amendment. The first part being the right to a "well-regulated militia".

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    When James Madison drafted the Second Amendment in 1789, it was not as much of a controversial statement as it seems to be today.

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    In the Constitutional era, it was widely understood that a Militia, composed of the whole or part of a community, was responsible for assembling, training, and when necessary, fighting to the last man for the community and its people. To be called a Militiaman was to be identified as someone who had answered a call to community service and, while not necessarily a professional in arms, was nonetheless ready and willing to put his life and livelihood at risk for the sake of his family and friends. This came with great dignity and honor these men were often referred to as a Hero's.

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    Then there was a point at which the image of the Militia transformed in the public eye, from the stout-hearted Minuteman of the American Revolution, to the caricature of a militant, A regressive tinfoil hat wearer who withdraws to the backwoods, stockpiling mountains of Vienna Sausage and harboring deep suspicion for everyone around him.
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    At what point did the once worthy title of Militiaman become associated with radicals, vigilantes, and terrorists?

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    The Militia Movement caught the public’s attention in the early 1990s, after the widely publicized massacres at Waco and Ruby Ridge at the hands of Federal agents, earning the emerging movement the immediate and unflattering association with political reactionaries. The new existential threat, to the horror of these newly assembled patriots, seemed to be coming not from Axis forces or Communists as in previous decades, but from elements within their own Government.​

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    Meanwhile the Government, to its everlasting detriment, did little if anything to address those fears. The political climate of that era was one characterized by massive consolidation of central power, unconstitutional weapon regulations, police militarization, United Nations operational control over the Armed Forces, the onset of Agenda 21, and exponential advances in computer technology that threatened the very concept of personal privacy. A complete and final meltdown of national sovereignty, and the beginning of the so-called “New World Order” seemed, to many, perilously close at hand.

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    Today’s militia movement, tracing its roots as a direct descendant of the 1990s militia uprising which sought to combat those ominous developments, is even more prolific than its supposed height two decades ago. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified some 334 active militia groups in 2013 – far less than the actual number, which is constantly changing and thus unknowable. SPLC in its haste to paint their Right Wing Extremists with a broad and racist brush, attributes the emergence of a new Militia movement to collective anxiety over the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

    Then The Militia Movement suffered an identity crisis.

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    However, it is infinitely more plausible to claim that the ease of communication brought about by the proliferation of social media has brought together fresh waves of veterans, patriots, tactical and survival enthusiasts, activists and aspiring “preppers,” all of whom have injected fresh perspectives, training and ideas to the movement, But many of these "new to the movement" members have little to no direction they are rebels without a cause, many remain willfully ignorant and post false flags for shock value.

    Where social networks have improved the communications of the movement in a way they have set the movement back...

    It is important to know that when relating to militias, social networks should only be used as a recruiting tool. Facebook as an entity has the ability to cripple the movement in an instant by suppression of critical militia related communications such as events and direct orders. Such communication is best left to the private sector like My Militia. Facebook is a social network and should not be used for such business. They have already exercised anti-patriotic behavior by removing gun groups and attacking our 2nd amendment rights.

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    When referring to privacy concerns. Being private is what has kept the movement from advancing. If a militia is persistent on remaining private there is obviously something enormously wrong as this places emphasis on the fact that they are fearful of government reprisal for engaging in legal activities. We must remember....

    Law-abiding American citizens participating in legal activities are not afraid of their government.

    Hiding in the shadows militia units just dry up. Its a sad reality, many of these people feel ashamed or scared of the publics perception of the stereotype or they fear the government for no reason what so ever, and suppress themselves into demise.

    In comes My Militia, as the leaders of the modern militia movement the political climate among this new generation of patriot militia groups is considerably more subdued, as the focus has shifted from an urgent need to organize and call up citizens’ militias, to the image of the groups and the quality of the training itself. As the smoke clears they are reassembling the folded groups and providing them tools to return to glory.

    My Militia supplies its users with the ability to start there own groups, where they can have there own discussion forums and event calendar and even provides them with a revolutionary Mass Alert system which grants the group captain the power to send instant alerts to their members via push notification directly to their cell phones. The site is equipped with various features and tools to progress the movement.

    A big part of My Militia is the practice of “prepping,” once thought to be the frantic and fearful activity of a lunatic fringe element, has since gone mainstream making its mark as a central focus of present-day militia training, and bringing with it a more sympathetic view from the public toward the idea of armed citizens’ groups assembling for mutual aid and protection.

    This is in no way intended to suggest that there aren’t still radical and deeply conspiracy-minded elements to the militia movement today. Those circles seem to remain impervious to evolution.

    However, the general consensus among militia groups today has changed while remaining vigilant toward tyranny is of grave importantance , Restoring dignity and honor to the american patriot is paramount.

    With this critical shift in perspective lead by My Militia, the modern constitutional militia movement has matured, from a mysterious community on the fringes of society, into a viable source of free training for thousands of like-minded and sincere patriots. And given this new and improved image, it seems reasonable to suggest that in another decade or two, the militia community has the potential to emerge as a fully mission capable entity for armed service to the community. It is the expectant hope for a future in which citizens’ militias are favored by society over federalized, militarized police forces, that keeps them actively training...

    not necessarily to fight the legitimately elected government – but rather to augment it in a time of dire crisis.

    In order to get a foot hold on todays situation we have to wean ourselves off Facebook and stop pretending to play Militia. We must show we are true american patriots and we are proud of it, then and only then will we break out of the stereotype and be revered in doing so. Once the spark of liberty awakens in a generation, it cannot be put back to sleep.

    In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” ― Mark Twain

    We have much to be excited about, ample reason to feel pride in our accomplishments, and a lifetime of work yet to do.

    Join the evolution of the modern militia by joining My Militia today...

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    PLEASE USE THIS TO HELP OUR MESSAGE REACH OTHERS...

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    WE ARE AMERICAN PATRIOT. A GROUP OF LIKE MINDED PATRIOTS THAT CONSIST OF, AND SUPPORT, OATHKEEPERS, III%ers, THE PATRIOT MOVEMENT, AND CONSTITUTIONAL CHRISTIANS. WE ARE PATRIOTS THAT BELIEVE IN THE LAW OF THE LAND - OUR CONSTITUTION, and WOULD FIGHT TO KEEP OUR CONSTITUTION INTACTED.....
     
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    That is a very well written document. I'd like to do a show this week on the topic. Do I have permission to use this? Would you mind doing it or having it done on audio so I can play it on the show?
     
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    Absolutely will make it happen thanks for the opportunity
     
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    Sounded great on the radio thanks
     
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    As patriots and patriot families, we must not neglect our duty to teach our kids what our Constitution really says about freedom and rights. Our government is set forth in the Constitution, and we cannot function without it. The sovereign citizen is a very important and active entity. This is what a patriot truly is. Not everyone being a patriot leads to the weakening of our Constitution and to an unhealthy strengthening of our government. A strong generation of patriots breeds a successive generation of patriots.
     
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    Well written document that gives a very high level overview of the militia movement. I did an answer on Quora a few months back when somebody asked about what a Militia group is and raised many of the same points. The thing is people only see the guns. A militia unit of course is armed, the primary responsibility of a militia is the defense of community, state and then nation in that order. So an unarmed militia is an oxymoron. Militias however serve as guards and gatekeepers in many other ways. As an auxiliary to the National guard in time of crisis, as a ready made rapid response unit to civil unrest or other conditions which see the fragile facade of civilization threatened. Militias may also serve as pro-social forces raising funds and awareness for causes. Typically veteran causes but not necessarily so. Militias serve as a community anchor point. We may have our disagreements but in serving together to protect our community even if we are never called upon to enact that service, there is a certain spirit of community camaraderie promoted the emphasizes our commonalities over our differences. A peace of mind knowing that if all hell breaks loose there is still somebody able to rise up and meet that challenge.
     
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    Just to understand the history, the groups which became militias were an outgrowth of some pre-existing stuff. Usually informal groups, others were led by organizations which sometimes did not fully reveal themselves to the bulk of the members, organizations like the John Birch Society and the Freemasons which were waning at the time.

    SPLC was actually not the first "organization" against the militia. It was an Ohio State graduate student by the name of Mark Pitcavage who had studied the old militias as part of his masters thesis, and then went on to study the modern movement as part of his doctoral studies. If I am not mistaken, he was getting his degrees in military science, but had been ineligible for military service due to being absurdly obese. His main tactical exercises came from involvement with elaborate table games.

    Pitcavage trolled the first Internet forums at alt.militia and some of the debates can still be found on google. He had not trolled the earlier BBS dialup based bulletin boards out of Colorado, where the "online" militia movement really started.

    At some point just prior to getting his PHD, Pitcavage was sought out by several government organizations and the ADL as a shotcaller in an organization known as SLATT, which was funded by the DOJ and FBI. Pitcavage was officially an employee of an NGO because again his background and position would have prevented him from being eligible for hire by the FBI. Pitcavage was in no way someone who would be eligible for direct FBI recruitment, but was skipped over numerous better qualified people because the ADL and SPLC admired his tenacity in attempting to control the narrative in his arguments with typically uneducated militia sympathizers in the early forums.

    During that time period, the federal government, early in the first Clinton administration was putting together the predecessor organization to what was eventually going to be renamed and given new powers as the "Department of Homeland Security" which would be first formed in 1995, and then fully in control as a comprehensive single monolithic controlling organization by 2000. As we now know the history, it was all shelved until after 9/11/2001 and then dusted off and renamed so as to sound original when George W Bush ramrodded through the approvals for the organization in the wake of the terrorist attacks. An original name used in early documents was MJTF, although numerous organizations were called "JTF" and sometimes called "MJTF", which is part of why the organizational model was made but later renamed. The other important aspects of the renaming was to conceal the fact that it was the same basic proposal that Republicans had gutted from the 1995 Omnibus Crime Bill that Clinton had been known for. In the early 1990s, that organization was being discreetly built up in parallel to the FBI/DOJ SLATT, primarily made up of intelligence agency and military personnel. They had approached a former military intelligence officer candidate with a proposal for involvement in a leadership role with the organization which was to become "official" as part of the 1995 omnibus crime and terrorism bill, which had at the time been written with numerous privacy ending measures and draconian gun control measures. That high level recruit was none other than Mark Koernke, who was at the time several academic steps below Pitcavage and had suspended his university studies in order to support his family, but he had stayed in the academic environment and worked at a Michigan state university as a facilities maintenance supervisor. Koernke, however, had the military background that Pitcavage did not, and thus Koernke was about to be recruited directly into the secretive government organization while Pitcavage was simply paid and given more resources to do what he was already doing. SLATT was primarily an intelligence gathering and investigative organization, while the MJTF that Koernke was being recruited into was the enforcement arm. SLATT, to the best of our knowledge never had an enforcement arm, but did refer several cases to the FBI for further development and then to the US DOJ for prosecution. MJTF, according to Koernke's sources, was going to have its own armed service equivalent and carry out it's own tactical missions in house using leftover cold war stockpiles which were no longer necessary for use against the Soviet military. What MJTF lacked was qualified personnel, a problem which even later plagued the Department of Homeland Security, known for recruiting bottom of the barrel personnel who had already been passed over by other government agencies.

    Koernke however, blew the whistle on everything, and by the time the government people had cut off his information sources and briefings, he was ready to go into an empty auditorium at night and make a video series called "America In Peril". It was a bluff. Koernke's "militia" at the time was less than a dozen people but he figured correctly that if he recruited people faster than MJTF could, then anybody showing pro-militia leanings would be ineligible for hire anyway and that would reduce the potential size and threat of the MJTF. We do know that MJTF did exist and operate for several years in the 1990s, but was never that large. Using camera angle tricks, Koernke produced the video in such a way as to lead the viewers to think he was addressing a large crowd of followers in the university auditorium where other important people of the day gave speeches to their followers.

    Nobody had Youtube back then, it was all just a few people with VCRs cabled together, and Mark probably using the university video tape copiers at night. The thing to understand about this is that Koernke was the maintenance technician at the major university where some very high powered movers and shakers were giving their speeches in that auditorium, and as a technician with the security clearance to be in all of the restricted access presentations. Koernke and some of his trusted associates reached out to everyone who would listen. They sold and distributed their video tapes in tandem with another video produced by a woman who had been doing an exposure documentary about Waco. That woman was an attorney by the name of Linda Thompson.

    At that point, several other current and former military people were coming forward after having been approached or been made aware of the same agency and it's plans. Many did their own investigations and made their own speeches and videos. This included Bo Gritz, Mike Mclamb and others. For various reasons, a lot of the groups concentrated in Michigan and northern Ohio. Norm Olsen was a major Michigan leader, and a black guy by the name of JJ Johnson was a leader out of Cleveland. I think Miclamb was out of Arizona at the time, and Trochtman had a militia in name only but maintained contact with several Idaho and Montana based groups.

    Anyway, it's getting late, I can post more on the history later.
     
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    that is some great information thanks for posting it i was unaware of any of that i im sure there is a ton of stuff
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    The video above was the "bluff" video which Mark Koernke used to initially bring attention to some of what was going on. Later editions show an audience, and those were some of the early people who went to see his presentations, although a lesser known video had also circulated of one of the actual militia meetings. He had maybe 20 people but as the group grew, they became more security conscious too. That in turn, grew into the 1990s movement which eventually attracted some elements of then active duty Special Forces and intelligence community people who published a newsletter called "The Resister" which was distributed by the "Special Forces Underground", and gave rise to the early online groups which were centered around a series of dial-up bulletin boards out of Colorado. Basically what you would do is dial into the phone bank modem setup they had, synchronize your document with theirs and download compressed text documents of the periodical release. Later on, several members of the "Special Forces Underground" were identified and driven out of the Army while others "turned" and began acting as informants against some of the rising militia groups and leaders.

    I might have the timing wrong, but I think a bunch of this also was after the LA Riots and the Branch Davidian thing in Waco, but before the the situation with Randy Weaver and his family at Ruby Ridge. Most of the groups were up and running before the OKC bombing in 1995.
     
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