Bob Owens

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I’m a “militia extremist.” What are you?

Written By: Bob - Feb• 01•13

Two weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “Shock the system: Just one example of how the government could lose a civil conflict.”

It was written after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, acting with the NY legislature, violated the New York State Constitution by ramming through the NY SAFE Act without giving legislators time to read it, or for constituents to respond.

This clearly unconstitutional act was a brazen assault on the rights of citizens, and inspired the head of a New York Sheriff’s PBA to blast the governor and legislature in an extraordinary letter I posted yesterday, where he pointed out the naked unconstitutionality of the law, and the dangers it posed to the law enforcement officers stuck between dictators and a citizenry that quite frankly intends to ignore the law.

“Shock the system” was written with one explicit goal: to remind those elected officials (in New York in particular) that their powers are not unlimited, and that all humans—not just Americans— have a natural right of rebellion against tyranny.

This right is no small thing. It is a right well-theorized by the giants of western political theory such as Locke, and of the common law such as Blackstone, both of which heavily influenced our own Founding Fathers. This right was part of the philosophical justification for the American Revolution.

The bright red subtitle of the article clearly states that an attack on the power grid is just one example of how citizens could strike back against a tyrannical government. Is the idea of an example that hard a concept to grasp? I didn’t think it was. After all, such examples are hardly a novel concept; attacks on power systems have long been a standard component of warfare during the 20th and 21st centuries. I simply gamed out one scenario—using an example broadcast on the popular cable television show Doomsday Preppers, at that—and thought little of it.

It was, alas, too much for a number of delicate leftists, who tend to be both poor at both history and reading comprehension. Most are harmless coffee shop employees, but at least one of them works for a “fusion center” in the northeast, and got the vapors over the article.

Unfortunately for her, there are more patriots than poorly-educated tyrants even in this government, and one of them leaked the contents of her hissy fit:

Militia Extremist Suggests Targeting Power Grids

The [agency deleted] assesses with medium confidence based on extremist chatter, open source reporting and historical trends, that power grids, which represent a vital sector of U.S. Infrastructure, continue to be an attractive target for extremist groups or lone offenders seeking to carry out attacks that would have a major impact on the economy, as well as furthering their ideological agenda and long-term strategic objectives.

In response to new gun-control laws passed in New York on 15 January 2013, a militia extremist posted an article which provided an example of how the government could lose a civil conflict.

Follow the link above to read the rest.

Frankly, I’m not at all surprised to hear leftists make such statements, as they tend towards rabid hyperbole and gross overstatement as a matter of course. Nor am I remotely surprised that the author of this missive decided to cut and paste selected sections of the article, ripping it completely out of its clear context. I expect these sort of comments from stoned 20-year-olds on their Tumblr blogs.

What concerns me is that this individual has apparently been appointed to a government job.

We pay for such idiocy.

Fortunately, her peers think so little of her work that they made it public to shame her, as well they should. An apology from her and her supervisor for the misrepresentation would be nice, but I’m not expecting it.

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  1. ConcernedPatriot says:

    We stand beside and behind you Mr. Owens. If you need money for any sort of legal help, we are more than happy to donate.

    If you need any other kind of help… we are more than willing to provide that as well.

    • Bob says:

      I humbly and sincerely thank you for your offers of support, but think I am probably way down on their list of priorities. There are a lot of folks out there–say, 1,100+ Green Berets as just one example–that should be much more of a concern for any government that decides to run roughshod over the rights of Americans.

      • Rob says:

        Bob, your use of logic has little place in such situations.

        Never underestimate the willingness of bureaucrats to tackle “down the list” issues over more serious ones. They are much easier than dealing with real issues and serve their political purposes — putting on a show without breaking a sweat.

        And isn’t that pretty much what most politicians and political appointees are all about?

      • Michael says:

        But how many of those Green Berets are posting their step-by-step procedures for taking down our infrastructure and ending their posts with the warning to “tread carefully”?

  2. A says:

    we pay for her idiocy and worse.

  3. Hillard Foster says:

    If you know how to tie up a Division of the enemy with the use of ten men.
    It is smarter to prepare to do so and train for it, then publish it, and allow the enemy to see your plans.

    People, use your heads for more than hat racks!!!!

    They will push their agenda any way, because they want it more than they want peace. Telling them something like this is pure STUPID at it’s best.
    Something like this should be discussed between only the people looking at doing it, and even then not with anyone you do not trust with your life.
    Please apply the proper pressure and remove your cranium out of your rear most orifice.

    • LordChamp says:

      Do you really think them so stupid as to not know someone would think of this? REALLY? Are YOU that naive? They use the same tactics themselves constantly. It’s common warfare tactics 101.

      The issue is as Bob so aptly stated, they don’t have the resources to protect EVERYTHING. THAT is the point.

      YOU need to use your head AND reading comprehension skills.

      They already know who we are if they want to know.

      I do agree not to draw unneeded attention to yourself, that is common sense but saying this compromises us in any way is nonsense.

      I dare say Bob has a much stronger grasp of OPSEC than you could ever dream of.

  4. robins111 says:

    Methinks, you caused a little dribble of urine, when you pointed out just how vulnerable the lefty nests are,. We did a study several years ago in Ontario Canada on the consequences of a long term power outage, it was scary..

  5. Klingonwork says:

    I consider the abolition, confiscation, or banning of 30 round magazines a violation of my 2nd ammendment rights so apparently I am a militia extremist of the same ilk. 1 small step at a time, they ARE crossing the Rubicon, I say they have gone past the line in the sand.

    One day soon we shall come here to check on the newest article or post and we shall get the infamous 404 error…website not found as der Fuehrer’s cyber Gestapo have labeled it hate speech. Networks of 3%ers who love freedom and the Constitution must act now to establish alternate lines of communication. All financial data points to a recession this summer, and the bulk of der Fuehrer’s mandatory health care system has not yet come into affect…this does not bode well for him. Me thinks the sheen on this administration’s socialist agenda has lost it’s luster and with the economy swirling the bowl, look for further “controls” on dissent guaranteed by the 1st ammendment which, as our founding fathers so brilliantly foresaw, were guaranteed by the 2nd ammendment. Wait, what is it that you say? You’re kidding right? Just did away with it starting in NY?

    Never mind the above.

    Not one more inch will I give.

  6. JTwig says:

    It is about time they caught on to you! :)

  7. craig seymour says:

    This liberal president we have ran on a platform of “unity” and bringing the people together, but the Dalai-Bama is more polarizing than Bush was.

    And believe me when this whole thing comes apart it will be everybody’s fault but his.

  8. Matt says:

    Yeah, it’s idiocy. Your post on how to damage the power grid was mild and it’s likely that the topic has been used in at least one Action-Adventure book currently on the bookshelves of stores around the world. These sort of vulnerabilities are the stock in trade of the writers in that genre. Liberals live in their own little dreamworlds and don’t pay attention to the world as it is.

    • Russell says:

      I find it interesting that Liberals view violence as acceptable when they do it, but extremist and divisive when their opponents do it.

  9. Jack says:

    Wasn’t it DHS that wined about someone with a .22 taking down the grid? All white males over the age of 12 are Domestic Terrorists. And .50 Assault Sniper Weapons can shoot down helicopters! It was in a MOVIE, so it must be true!

    What would the Fusion Centers and the West Point Cadet Manipulators think of the fact that most LEOs will not confiscate weapons, shoot their neighbors, or let their children’s schools remain “Gun Free Killing Zones”?

  10. Patriot, partisan, concerned citizen, or “militant extremist” – whatever label they care to place on those willing to stand up openly and without shame against the rise of tyranny is a badge of honor – wear it proudly, Mr. Owens. Any such label they place on you I’ll proudly bear myself.

  11. Comrade X says:

    Militia extremist per DHS:

    “Groups or individuals who facilitate or engage in acts of violence directed at federal, state, or local government officials or infrastructure in response to their belief that the government deliberately is stripping Americans of their freedoms and is attempting to establish a totalitarian regime. These individuals consequently oppose many federal and state authorities’ laws and regulations, (particularly those related to firearms ownership), and often belong to armed paramilitary groups. They often conduct paramilitary training designed to violently resist perceived government oppression or to violently overthrow the US Government.”

    When those beliefs are true you have in the past and will in the future get this;

    “…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security….


    There is nothing being said that haven’t been said before, there is nothing being done that haven’t been done before. The road is long and it is hard with many sacrifices required in treasure and life but the choices are clear!

    Death before slavery!

  12. Chief661 says:

    In 1933 the German people had their last chance to stop the NSDAP and Hitler before they gained total control. They failed, the reasons were not complex. Some part of that was that the people went along to get along; to survive. We all know how that ended. I don’t see our situation as identical given the cultural differences between them and ourselves; however either we hold the line on an individual basis, prepare and organize for the worst, or we will find ourselves being relegated to the FEMA re-education camps. Be of no illusion; many Federal, State and even some local PD and the U.S. Military WILL fire on Americans when ordered to do so. Why? They have been educated to think of us as radical “constitutionalists”. How many? I don’t know and really hope we don’t find out. I think the NH State motto says it all: “Live Free or Die”.

  13. Comrade X says:

    Isn’t it obvious that those opposed to arm guards but advocate taking guns from the law abiding do so not to protect children but for other reasons!

    Death before slavery!

  14. NYPatriot11 says:

    When The State turns hundreds of thousands of law-abiding people into criminals for executing their God Given Rights, acts of subversion and sabotage become statements in affirmation of Freedom.

    The Tyrants must be made to understand that their are consequences to taking away the Rights of Free Men. Are they willing to live without running water, electricity, gas, heat, etc?

  15. Roger U says:

    I had no idea this was an extremist site! I gotta stop hangin’ around here or ya’ll gonna get me in trouble. I better head over to nice, moderate daily kos.

  16. anon-pat-0056 says:

    Follow the potential. Potential exists anywhere there are millions of acre-feet of water backed up above air, where large quantities of hydrocarbons are contained away from oxidizers, where high-voltage exists on lines between generation and consumption. These are primary targets for sabotage, and cannot be (are not) well-defended. If Bob was not attempting to hide or do bad things and they couldn’t catch, find, or identify him, how will water-cops overcome Russian Specials (or their UN equal) bent on efficient destruction and supported by their organizations?

    Americans have the ability to keep these complex systems in-operation, or to shut them down, and keep them shut down. The asymmetry is huge when thousands of people are required to maintain a system serving millions and a 3-man team can shut it down (or significantly degrade) at any moment and keep breaking it as repair crews are sent out. Consider how vulnerable the LA basin is to losing all power that originates more than 100 miles out during summer heat waves! If things were REALLY BAD, the repair crews wouldn’t go without a few dozen infantry, armored vehicles with mounted weapons, and air-support, meaning the repair just will not happen. This is when power generated far away goes out and stays out. The grid near generation stations is defendable, and will be defended, thus 4GW teams will not bother (too dangerous, not effective), but that means cities/factories go dark and mostly stay dark.

    On a personal/neighborhood level, what is the solution? Find out what are critical needs for sustaining life. I’m not talking about comfort and convenience, but merely survival, like medical supply refrigeration, drinking water, shelter, minimal food. Mobility gives options. Guarantee these services with coordination and locally-made power: isolated/off-grid solar-battery-genset power and fuel supply. Add a little more capability so you can keep freezers going until the food is consumed and charge batteries for flashlights and radios. This is not very expensive, now. $1000 in panels/wires/controllers/batteries will run a 4 cubic foot DC refrigerator for 10 years, come hell or high water, and some models will run at degraded capacity without storage battery. By the time you NEED it, it will be very expensive and unavailable. Perhaps if you NEED it and are without long enough, those persons who use refrigerated medical supplies will have died, thus the need is reduced.

    Drinkable water is more important than electrical supply for bare survival, and electricity can contribute to clean and ample water. People de-toxing from psychotropic and addictive med’s are a real danger in a place without (official or unofficial) deliveries. Expect some “interesting” behaviors that you must respond to.

    Welcome to a place worse than the 3rd world, because they already know how to cope. I hope that folks who plan to survive are physically strong, mentally sharp, and have several sets of good boots and work gloves. This is not a job for loners, more like a minimum group size of 20 functional cooperative adults, making OPSEC much more complex.

    Insecure-channel message over.

  17. Phelps says:

    Well, if it is any consolation, they just got you put on my list of People Who Shall Not Be Mysteriously Detained or Suspiciously Go Missing Without Retribution.

    It’s a list you share with Joe Huffman and others like him, so you are in good company.

  18. Cole says:

    We are not extreme in our demand for rights. Or in our means of resolving indignities suffered. We have only been extreme in our tolerance of injustice. Our rights have been slowly stripped from us. Like flesh scraped off our limbs until nothing remains but the raw, exposed bone. Now they mean to sever those, ending our rights forever. And they call our reactions extreme? The very fact that we as a citizenry have endured this long is the true crime.

    Leftists have bombed police stations and Pentagons. Torn down electrical towers. And burned down homes. Yet the government targets Bob as the threat. All he did in the previous article was to elaborate on his point to Leftists that a second War of Independence would be unlike their limited minds could fathom. They heckle and jeer assuming that America could never be touched. That resistance is futile. And Bob pointed out their ignorance. So they put Bob on a list. The United States government put a private individual in a memo smearing him simply for exercising his 1st amendment right. Put him in a memo pointing out his dangerous potential. Well, maybe they got his point after all. But we aren’t dangerous because we’re criminals or terrorists. We are dangerous to the government because we are free men. Men tired of having their rights torn apart. And that makes us dangerous. To would-be tyrants.

    I’m flat broke and I can’t imagine anyone needing to take refuge in Chicago. So I have little to offer you Bob but my utmost gratitude for your articles and your voice in defense of our rights. And if we ever meet on some future battlefield I’ll have your back sir. That’s is after all what us dangerous men do.

  19. Comrade X says:

    Methinks on 2nd thought Bob has been doing our powers that be a huge favor pointing out where they are vulnerable so that they can fix that problem which means there nothing to worry about for any/everybody cause I know they will fix these problems just like they do all our problems, heck Bob, they should hire you as a consultant or give you a grant or something!

    Death before slavery!

  20. twolaneflash says:

    Patriots, February 3rd is Samuel Whittemore Memorial Day, celebrated by all red-blooded American men of advanced age. This government should be aware there are thousands of dangerous old men out here. Whittemore’s tombstone reads:

    APRIL 19, 1775

    Samuel Whittemore responded to the government gun grab with deadly resolve. The British have been replaced with the Brutish, but their evil is equally bad.

    • Treker says:

      Great post twolane, if memory serves he was bayoneted 13 times and when his family went to recover the body he was busy reloading his musket.
      The real lesson here is that old men will fight this next battle too. The next conflict will be fought at 400 meters or more . Shots at 1000 meters were rare just 15 years ago but are commonplace today. And most of the long range shooters I know are 60 years old and more. Their optics cost more than than my first house. When you zero your rifle at 600 meters you are very dangerous indeed.

  21. Russell says:

    I find the Liberal Over-reaction interesting, dubious, and complicated. The “logic” behind labeling somesone as “Extremist” has little to do with accurately describing anyone or anything.

    The key is to discredit the individual – in this case, our dear blogger Mr. Owens. It’s a way of “putting the hat” on him so that other liberals know he is the target.

    But it also reminds me of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. It was created by the British as a slur on the Colonists. But we accepted the song and played it at Cornwallis’ surrender.

  22. Chief661 says:

    Don’t ya all know we are extremists for daring to speak about such things. Unless you fall in line like the Jews did when going to the gas chambers, because you want to live free, that makes you and me, in a word, dangerous and subversive. We have to understand that they no longer look at the Constitution as a document to be obeyed and respected. It is outdated in their view. Those of us who took an oath to serve, who believe in the freedom that document protects see it differently.

  23. jwoop66 says:

    Holy smokes, Bob! I thought you looked familiar, but didn’t put two and two together. Thanks for letting me use your sling this past weekend! It was a great class and I look forward to attending again in a few months. Great posts! Keep up the subversion, we need folks like you!

  24. Catseye says:

    I’ve said it before I’ll say it again if they had a brain they would be much more worried about what we would come up with if they ban guns. This time I’ll be clearer in my intent. “Do not call up that which you Can Not Put Down or what may call up That against which your Greatest Powers are useless.”-H.P.Lovecraft. Are they really ready for that unit of power armor march against them with “sawzall” swords? Ever here of exoskeletons anyone, how about bullet resistant armor with plate inserts, give anyone ideas?
    They are picking a fight they cannot hope to win. They are like children working themselves up into a lather to pee on the Jack Jumper Ant nest never dreaming of the possible result.

  25. Chris Muir says:

    Modern Minutemen need ammo, and Bob provides it for the common good!

  26. Comrade X says:

    US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed….

    Read more:

    Maybe they need to do a little appleseed training!

    Death before slavery!

    • Rob Crawford says:

      Regardless of marksmanship, most shots are fired to suppress the other guy — to put his head down and keep him from shooting at you.

  27. Jay352 says:

    Bob, I agree entirely with you. The progressives are so gung ho in this attack that they have lost perspective of the battle.They are so confident in, the once most hated, police and military that they have never stopped to look at what the war is about. It would be a war waged not against the military or police , but against the civilization itself. Snipers would paralyze the roadways and bring the food supply to a halt. As you stated power would be shut down and with that wide ranging implications. The much guarded NY water supply would be in jeopardy as they would have no power to pump or purify. All the trademarks of civilization would disappear within a month. Roads, food, sewge, water and lights. All the forces of the government would be tied up trying to feed and keep order in the major population centers. The list of things affected goes on and on. Tread carefully for sure.I know there are at least 1100 green berets on board.