Bob Unruh of World Net Daily reports on October 14, 2010 that the newborn baby girl snatched from her parents a week ago was returned. [See “Govt Snatched Baby From ‘Militia’ Couple“]
When New Hampshire’s Family Child Services took the baby, the father, Johnathon Irish, was ordered to stand with his hands behind his back and was frisked while social workers took away his child.
In the affidavit provided by the state, one of the reasons given was that Irish is a member of an alleged militia group, Oath Keepers. The problem is Oath Keepers is a peaceful organization of patriots, not a militia, and even if it were, membership in a militia is not criminal, but a 2nd Amendment Constitutional right.
Along with the return of the baby, the accusations against Irish have also been dropped, nor are there future court dates scheduled in the case.
The founder and president of Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, did send a letter of protest to New Hampshire state officials, which says:
“This poorly conducted investigation used unsubstantiated and unsupported information regarding our organization. A journey to our website, and a reading of our bylaws, could have easily confirmed what we are and are not. We are an association of currently serving and retired police, military, and emergency personnel. We are not a militia. Our goal is simply to educate all current service personnel on their obligations under the law and in particular our Constitution.”
Oath Keepers’ members promise not to obey any order “to disarm the American people,” conduct warrantless searches, “detain American citizens as ‘unlawful enemy combatants,'” work to impose martial law, invade or subjugate any state, blockade American cities, put Americans in detention camps or “make war against our own people.”
Rhodes himself was a U.S. Army paratrooper injured in an parachuting accident, a former firearms instructor and a former member of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s Washington staff. The organization’s board of directors includes Army veteran Sgt. Dave Freeman, Army veteran Capt. Chauncey Normandin, Navy veteran Capt. Gregory Gooch, Celia S. Hyde of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, all retired. Others are Marines, members of the Air Force, local law enforcement and even of the U.S. Army Special Forces.
Rhodes wrote on his website that the citation of his organization, Oath Keepers, as a factor in removing the baby from her parents sends a seriously troubling message:
“Talk about chilling speech! If this is allowed to continue, it will chill the speech of not just Mr. Irish, but all Oath Keepers and it will serve as the camel [nose] under the tent for other associations being considered too risky for parents to dare. ‘Don’t you dare associate with such and such group, or you could be on ‘the list’ and then child protective services might come take your kids.'”
Read the rest of the WND article HERE.
Happily, in this case the state backed down, due in no small part to the publicity generated by bloggers and the resultant public outrage. Thomas Jefferson was right when he wrote in his letter to Edward Carrington, 1787:
“If once they [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.”
H/t beloved fellow May.