Oath Keepers Response: “We’re your huckleberries, Chief!”
August 7, 2011
According to two confirmed eye witnesses, Quartzite Chief of Police Jeff Gilbert referred to the Oath Keepers, the Greater Phoenix Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty Riders as “terrorists” during a public “coffee with the Chief” meeting on August 3, 2011. Reportedly, Chief Gilbert made the reference while discussing the upcoming August 27, 2011 rally that will be carried out by Oath Keepers, the Greater Phoenix Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty Riders, telling the audience “”I take these terrorist threats very seriously and I have reported them to the FBI and anyone else who will listen.”
This was first reported by the Greater Phoenix Tea Party at http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/profiles/blogs/greater-phoenix-tea-party-have
A public information request has been filed to secure the video and audio of the meeting. The Quartzite Chief of police is apparently following the playbook of the Southern Poverty Law Center, DHS, and of political elites, such as Joe Biden who recently compared the Tea Party to “terrorists.”
In response to the alleged statements of Chief Gilbert, Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, said:
“If Chief Gilbert wants to label us “terrorists” simply for keeping our oaths to defend the Constitution, by using our natural right of free speech in support of good police officers who refused unlawful orders, and if he is going to label us “terrorists” for simply exercising our First Amendment protected right to peaceably assemble and petition government for a redress of grievances, – all rights that GOOD MEN fought and died to preserve – well then, all I have to say is “we’re your huckleberries” Chief. See you in Quartzsite folks! Our forefathers are watching. – Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers.”
The Oath Keepers are conducting a massive “Quartzsite Liberty Festival” on August 27, 2011 in support of the “Quartzsite Ten” – the oath keeping police officers who blew the whistle on Chief Gilbert for what they describe as gross violations of the rights of the people, including repeated false arrest and harassment of political opponents and abuse of the NCIC background check system to dig up dirt on political opponents and local activists. Also participating in the rally will be the Greater Phoenix Tea Party, Sons of Liberty Riders, Sons of Liberty, the Campaign for Liberty, and Arizona Ron Paul Meetup Groups, among others.