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by Peter Moskos

May 27, 2011

"I swear to uphold..."

When I was a cop, I rather enjoyed swearing to uphold the constitutions of the United States and Maryland. It seemed like quite an honor. (Even if the actually oath was done very matter-of-factly in some cubical by a woman who didn't seem to care. And honestly, I've never read the Maryland Constitution.)

Oath Keepers is an organization set up to persuade America's police officers and soldiers to refuse to carry out unconstitutional orders. Fair enough. But somehow it's considered controversial and right wing.

There's an interesting interview with the founder, Stewart Rhodes, in Reason magazine.

1 comment:

Dana King said...

That made my head hurt. There are more counterintuitive arguments there than I've seen in a long time. The ACLU against a group that opposes warrantless searches that is made up of a lot of right wingers, who are generally thought to oppose everything the ACLU is in favor of.

If nothing else, it's a lesson for everyone not to judge an group or individual based on a single position.