Operation Vigilant Eagle: Another Attack on the Sovereignty Movement

Operation Vigilant Eagle: Another Attack on the Sovereignty Movement

Kurt Nimmo
April 19, 2009

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported on an operation launched earlier this year to target veterans who are members of “militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups.” Operation Vigilant Eagle was launched in February, “two months before a memo giving a similar warning was issued on April 7 by the Department of Homeland Security.” It is described as a collaboration between the FBI and the Pentagon.

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Campaign Liberty activists inspired by the Ron Paul revolution embraced the state sovereignty movement after Paul failed to gain the Republican nomination.

As Infowars points out, the DHS document in question was originally created in 2007 under the Bush administration and dusted off and revised under the Obama administration. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has defended the document and offered a weak apology to veterans who are targeted as extremists.

Documents outlining Operation Vigilant Eagle cite a surge in activity by white supremacists and “militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups.” According to the Wall Street Journal, a February 23 draft memo from FBI “domestic counterterrorism leaders” cited an “increase in recruitment, threatening communications and weapons procurement by white supremacy extremist and militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups.”

The aim of the FBI’s effort with the Defense Department, which was rolled into the Vigilant Eagle program, is to “share information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat,” according to the Feb. 23 FBI memo.

In July, 2007, financial reports indicated members of the military overwhelmingly supported Ron Paul. In January, 2008, the Paul campaign released a television advertisement highlighting the fact Paul “received more support from active and retired military than any other candidate.”

Campaign Liberty activists inspired by the Ron Paul revolution embraced the state sovereignty movement after Paul failed to gain the Republican nomination.

“On February 11th, Oklahoma became the first state to act on legislation [to take back state’s rights under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution],” notes Kirk Shelly of Campaign for Liberty. “This action was directly brought about by a Ron Paul supporter, and it is Campaign for Liberty members that will see this battle all the way through to endorse Ron Paul’s candidacy for President because of Dr. Paul’s strong support for the US Constitution.”

Earlier efforts to pass state’s rights resolutions were sabotaged by the federal government after Timothy McVeigh was framed for bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City (evidence later emerged indicating McVeigh was handled by the FBI). By late 1994, at least eight states had passed sovereignty resolution and legislators in more than 20 states planned to introduce resolutions in their 1995 sessions. The federal government and its lapdog corporate media linked these resolutions to the Militia movement blamed for killing 168 people in Oklahoma City.

It should be noted that in the wake of the OKC bombings, the Clinton administration (now reborn in the Obama administration) introduced the Omnibus Counter-Terrorism Bill as S.390 in the United States Senate (by now vice president Joe Biden) and as H.R.896 in the House of Representatives.

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As documented by Michele Marie Moore in the book Oklahoma City: Day One, the legislation provided a general charter for the FBI and other agencies, including the military, to investigate political groups and causes at will. In addition, the legislation authorized secret trials, the use of illegally obtained evidence, allowed the military to engage in law enforcement activities (in violation of Posse Comitatus), relaxed rules for wiretaps, and allowed the president to determine who is a terrorist. “The bill was specifically designed to give the President of the United States the ability to name whomever he wished as a political enemy for the purpose of that person’s removal, and the appropriate media label would be ‘terrorist’. One could also foresee, as a result of this bill, great strides in the effort to completely disarm the American people,” writes Moore (see excerpts from Moore’s book here).

The DHS report and the FBI-Pentagon collaborative effort are designed to portray states’ right advocates and Libertarians in general as dangerous white supremacists and “militia/sovereign-citizen” extremists. The DHS report and news of “Operation Vigilant Eagle” were released prior to and after the Tea Party demonstrations around the country in order to discredit the movement the same way the earlier states’ rights movement was demonized and discredited.

Release of the DHS report was followed by a barrage of particularly vicious media coverage of the Tea Party demonstrations. Advocates of states’ rights and less government spending were mercilessly portrayed as everything from kooky conspiracy theorists to dangerous terrorists. Fox News and the establishment Republicans supported the movement in order to intensify critical media coverage by “liberal” elements, although many Republicans are sincere in their support of the movement.

Commentators had a field day with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s supposed support of Tea Party principles and his assertion that if push came to shove Texas would secede. Perry is a Bilderberg darling and hardly an advocate of states’ rights.

However, as the liberal David S. Bernstein admits, today’s states’ rights movement is more popular and powerful than the government and media sabotaged version of a decade ago, “thanks in large part to the conservative-libertarian network that was formed and energized around Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy, and the large online communities of liberal-hating conservatives.”

According to the Boston Phoenix writer Bernstein, the Tenth Amendment movement is a John Birch Society plot foisted on government-loving liberals by the likes of Jerome R. Corsi and the “eponymous” radio host Alex Jones, a “full-throated conspiracy hawker.”

Short of another false flag attack like the one perpetuated by the government in Oklahoma City, the liberal media attempt to discredit the growing and wildly popular states’ rights movement (and the larger movement to reestablish a constitutionally limited republic) will fail miserably. Millions of Americans now realize the Obama administration is a front for the bankers and the “bailouts” and “stimulus” are contrivances designed to impoverish and enslave the nation.

We need to be vigilant to this very fact — when the government faces growing opposition it invariably resorts to manufactured terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Our rulers are dedicated to destroying the Constitution and ushering in world government at all cost. As the attacks of September 11, 2001, demonstrated they will not think twice about killing thousands of people in order to realize their plan to convert the world into a nightmarish global slave plantation with a high-tech control grid overlay.