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FRIDAY, AUG. 16, 2013, 8:45 A.M.

Oath Keepers speak out re: media coverage

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Matt Shea of the Spokane Valley makes an impassioned floor speech in March 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Matt Shea of the Spokane Valley makes an impassioned floor speech in March 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Matt Shea of the Spokane Valley makes an impassioned floor speech in March 2011.

COEUR d’ALENE —“Prepare, plan and stay informed,” said Washington State Rep. Matt Shea, quoting from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website.

“Why is it that when we say that it is mischaracterized as we want a revolution?” he asked a group of about 50 Oath Keepers who held a meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Library Thursday evening to discuss how the media portrayed the Northwest Patriot and Preparedness Rally they held at Farragut State Park last month.

"Anyone who has ever been in combat would never want to see that happen,” Shea said, adding he has done two tours of combat.

The Oath Keepers is an organization of military veterans, police, firefighters and other first responders, who have sworn a oath to uphold the Constitution.

The group’s goal is to educate its members on the Constitution and encourage them to follow the oaths that they have taken whether they are active duty or retired.

“We want to make sure they don’t inadvertently follow unconstitutional orders,” said John Mackey, coordinator for the District 4 Chapter of the Oath Keepers. Full story, Jeff Selle, Cda Press

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.







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