The New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC), a Fusion Center, issued a “Counter Terrorism Bulletin in June of 2014 in which they identified the New York State Oath Keepers organization, as well as other Liberty, Pro-Constitution groups, as a far-right extremist group and/or a threat to law enforcement in New York State.
As a result of this politically motivated and unwarranted designatio , the New York Oath Keepers requested a meeting with Governor Cuomo and/or representatives of the New York State Intelligence Center, including the New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that are both member agencies of the NYSIC.
On October 24, 2014, members of the Executive Staff of the New York Oath Keepers met with members of the New York State Police and the FBI, at the New York State Police, Troop ‘G’ Headuarters in Latham, NY for over 2 hours. We pointed out the faulty logic used in the NYSIC Bulletin that had the effect of politically demonizing the New York Oath Keeper organization whose clearly stated, non-partisan mission, is simply to encourage our Military and Law Enforcement Officers, and others, to honor their oaths to the United States and New York State Constitutions.
I believe we clearly addressed any issues, misinformation and misunderstandings about the New York Oath Keepers mission that the representatives of these two agencies may have had. We told them that our primary goal for having this meeting was to see this “far-right extremist” label retracted and the necessary corrections made to the Bulletin, or that the Bulletin be withdrawn completely. They told us that it was not their intent to label the New York Oath Keepers as an ‘extreme right-wing organization’ although they did concede that the wording in the bulletin might be construed to give that impression.
We told the representatives of the New York State Police and the FBI that our members have taken Oaths to the Constitution at one or more times during their military, police, fire and first responder service and that these Oaths do not expire. We added that is was our right as American citizens to have the opportunity to restore the New York Oath Keepers good name, which has been wrongly defamed by the NYSIC’s conclusion that we are somehow an ‘extreme right-wing organization.’
Obviously, the New York State Police and the FBI are only two of the many member agencies that make up the New York State Intelligence Center and a decision could not be made about the bulletin by the representatives of these two law enforcement agencies at the time of this meeting. Overall, the meeting was very positive with each side understanding the views of the other. At some point in the near future, we will be advised of their decision, at which time, we will advise the membership and take further action if required.
For the Republic,
New York Oath Keepers
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