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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Drew F. Lawrence and Konstantin Toropin: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was convicted of seditious conspiracy after two months of trial and deliberations, and the picture that emerged is of a man who wrapped himself and his group in patriotism to lure veterans to his anti-government cause.



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...Rhodes, who served in the Army for less than three years in the 1980s, tapped into former military members' search for belonging after service and used issues such as high veteran suicide rates as justification as he spent years building up Oath Keeper followers, according to information from the trial and interviews with experts and those who knew him....

"This is a group that -- since their inception -- has attempted to wrap themselves in the flag," Jon Lewis, a research fellow with the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, told in an interview Wednesday. "And has explicitly sought to recruit members of the military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders into this movement that is explicitly designed with the intent to come into conflict that they view as inevitable with the federal government."...

A clear thread emerged throughout the trial, which included details about an armed "quick reaction force" lurking in suburban Virginia and quasi-military tactics in and around the Capitol building.

It showed a militia head -- one with minimal military experience himself -- manipulating a handful of dutiful veteran followers who were primed and lured into committing violent acts in the name of what they believed to be patriotism....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-12-02 02:08 PM | Reply

His real first name is Elmer, and he shot his own eye out.

#2 | Posted by a_monson at 2022-12-03 01:31 AM | Reply

Non combat veterans. Lol

#3 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-12-03 06:06 PM | Reply

Cheesh what a hideous individual. He needs consecutive sentences to ensure he never sees the light of day again.

#4 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2022-12-04 01:49 PM | Reply

@#2 ... His real first name is Elmer, and he shot his own eye out. ...

He has also been disbarred.

Oath Keepers leader disbarred by Montana Supreme Court in 2015 (January 2022)

...Elmer Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, was arrested in Texas this week for allegedly committing seditious conspiracy related to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. He had been a practicing lawyer in Montana before his disbarment in 2015.

Before coming to Montana

Rhodes was born in California and joined the military after graduating high school. Army records show he was discharged due to a severe injury during training. According to The Atlantic, in 1993 Rhodes dropped a loaded handgun which caused the injury to his left eye. Following the incident, he enrolled in college, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and then attended Yale Law School where he was an accomplished student.

He worked for former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, while in Washington D.C. before working as a clerk for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael Ryan.

Rhodes formed the Oath Keepers in 2009 after Paul's failed 2008 bid to be the Republican presidential nominee.

In 2010, Rhodes would relocate his law firm to Montana where he was licensed to practice law. Court filings had listed Montana addresses for Rhodes in Big Arm, Kalispell and Trego over the years.

Road to Disbarment ...

On April 15, 2014, he failed to appear by telephone for a status conference for a case with Jones. At the time, Rhodes was at the Cliven Bundy standoff with the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada. Oath Keepers were there supporting Bundy who had not been paying grazing fees on federal land.

Disbarment by the Montana Supreme Court

On April 28, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona filed an ethics complaint against Rhodes for appearing in court without a license to do so. On May 12, 2014, Roth lodged a complaint against Rhodes, stating that he had provided incompetent representation and had abandoned Roth in his civil suit in federal court. Rhodes did not respond to either complaint.

On July 30, 2014, the Montana Commission on Practice (COP) told Rhodes to personally appear before the COP on October 16, 2014, in Kalispell to address the complaints. He did not show up to the meeting....

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-12-04 02:03 PM | Reply

Militarism has consequences. A smaller less active military would reduce both veteran suicides and this type of predatory crap.

Why does Congress keep giving the military more money than it asks for?

Why do other needs go unmet so the killers can have more than they need?

Or even want.

#6 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-12-04 06:00 PM | Reply

Well, Good Ole Elmer "Fudd" finally got what he always deserved,

to do some time in the slammer, and forget about trying to be an agitator

and a "wanna be warrior"

#7 | Posted by saginawmi at 2022-12-05 09:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 minding the world's business is expensive.

#8 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-12-05 05:43 PM | Reply

@#6 ... Why does Congress keep giving the military more money than it asks for? ...

One reason may be that Pres Putin has this tendency to do unprovoked invasions of sovereign countries. And those countries should have the ability to defn themselves.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-12-05 05:52 PM | Reply


And those countries should have the ability to defn themselves.

- should be -

And those countries should have the ability to defend themselves.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-12-05 05:53 PM | Reply

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