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Mercboy, aka Charles Foy, and I were present at the Self Reliance Expo in Mesquite this past Fri and Sat Feb 10-11. It was a great show with lots of vendors with great stuff for those preparing for SHTF.
We were given a free booth by the organizers and they were the best of hosts and great people to know. We look forward to doing more of their shows and others.
We had the WRAM site on laptops to show people and expect that there will be new members joining over the coming days from all over. So be prepared.
We were there to help inform people about the Militia and their first line of Defense as it is spelled out in our Constitution, and by law. There was a steady stream of people who came by and Mercboy and I were kept very busy talking to all of them. The reception was about 80/20 with 80% very interested and 20% that were uninterested or flat refused to acknowledge our presence. A great show indeed.
It helped that the one Firearms dealer at the show was also right next to us and drew an even larger crowd to our booth. It was interesting to see at one point that people were bidding their time checking out the weapons while waiting patiently to talk to US!! Throughout most of the show we had a steady crowd of 3 -8 people always mingling around our booth listening in to what we were informing people of concerning the Militia.
The "Texas Militia" of texasmilitia.org also had a booth at the show and this proved to be very interesting to say the least. Let me give you the details as to why and how they were so helpful in driving recruits to our booth. Also to fill you in on the things we heard and saw over the two days that will also help everyone out there doing the same at these shows.
All the Dot Org members, as I will refer to them, were there in full multi-cam uniforms, head cover and all. Most of the people we talked to said that the uniforms were a put off and they did not talk to them because of their appearing like Militants. So keep this in mind next time you want to go out publicly in uniform, most people DO NOT like it!! That was the consensus of those we spoke with.
We spent a large amount of time explaining to folks how we, in civilian clothes, and they in their uniforms were different.
We simply told the truth of the matter.There was no "trash talking" as we were being accused of. We were merely giving the people the information we had straight from the Dot Org Command.
Recently Mercboy, in his duties as liaison to the North Texas Groups, had contacted one of the texasmilitia.org groups here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. He did so to find a more local group for himself as well as make contact for the benefit of all the Texas Groups.
After making contact he was informed on Dec 20th that their next training would consist of this:
"topics anticipated presently are Military Protocol: Uniformed Services, Search of Individuals and Vehicles, and Road Block/Entry Control Point/Vehicle Control Point/Search & Detainment."
He then was sent this message concerning Certs that are now mandated by their HQ:
Please remember to have the CERT training completed no later than by our February 2012 meeting per Capt. .
After looking into the Cert they were asking for the organization that gives out the Certs is affiliated and recognized by FEMA!! Mercboy asked them about this cert and why it was needed and was told this:
"Several reasons why the CERT training is a benefit.
One, its good training. Our Militia will be mirroring the training of our Military, Paramedics and any other organization that we feel provide guidelines and instruction that will benefit our mission.
Two. The Texas Militia is in a process of gaining positive brand recognition. Having the ability to interact with relief efforts in a disaster situation with other organizations with our certified members will create a positive influence among the community and local municipalities. Allowing the Texas Militia easier access into problem areas that may require our attention.
Three. This has been decided from higher command, and it has been directed, not prompted, to all of the members to receive this certification. Of course this is a volunteer organization, and there are many other Militias to choose from that may not require this training. However, we do."
It was also helpful that in their own brochure, which many were more than happy to share with us, they state that Members are required to obtain a State issued CHL Concealed Handgun License. Not to mention that they were giving out applications for membership that goes above and beyond, name, address and phone number.
We are faced with this dilemma were we are being asked throughout the show,
"How are you guys different than those guys over there?"
How do we answer that?? They, the Dot Org folks, made it pretty simple...
Requiring members to obtain State and Federally recognized papers to join and be a member, training for "Uniformed Services, Search of Individuals and Vehicles, and Road Block/Entry Control Point/Vehicle Control Point/Search & Detainment." means that those affiliated with texasmilitia.org and condoning these practices makes them part of a Militant Organization, NOT a Militia.
We were explaining to people the "Militia" is every single citizen of the US, “the People”. It is just a matter of them wanting to step up and get active with their local group, or starting their own group. We were there to help them do that and inform them of what we believe to be the true Militia in Texas and across the country.
But this whole texasmilitia.org thing is a real issue for everyone in this state and these matters need to be addressed.
The way in which Mercboy was treated by the “Command” was appalling when he questioned their practices he was told:
Please refrain from unsolicited conversations via email concern(ing) the direction and training of the Texas Militia. I will not tolerate dissent or personnel trying to stir up doubt in Trinity Company. Your role as a Cpl in our unit is to salute smartly and get it done.
Otherwise follow the 1Sgt's direction.
- Capt Jeff Henderson -
Trinity Company CO"
Eventually they finally sent him this:
Based upon a general consensus and unanimous decision, we have decided to move Trinity Company forward without your participation. We require a positive attitude and the ability to assimilate into our Unit with minimal interference or objections.
As of this time, you are no longer a member of the Texas Militia, Trinity Company and we respectfully request you cease all representation regarding the Texas Militia and Trinity Company.
Our decision is final and there is no recourse for reinstatement at this time.
We wish you the best of luck."
My personal opinion is that if you want people to assimilate, salute smartly and get it done, then you need to go back to the Military. We are volunteers and not soldiers. The leaders of the Militia should treat their members with the utmost of respect and dignity. Anything else is NOT serving the good of all involved.
And why are they so adamant about “the ability to assimilate into our Unit with minimal interference or objections.”??? Are they saying that those who serve under them are insignificant and mindless drones to do their bidding??
Their certifications and licensing is alarming, and their choice of training subjects is downright scary.
Are TexasMilitia.org and the people behind it turning themselves into a Militant Organization?? Based on the information I have seen over the last couple of months, and the information gained from those we talked to at the show, the answer is an alarming YES!!
I carried the rank of Corporal with the Dot Org, and was appointed as CO Recruiter for North East Texas when the organization was under the leadership of Kevin Cress. I never recognized the rank and accepted the recruiter position as that was what I have been doing here from the beginning of my involvement with the Militia.
A lack of communication and issues with the sharing of rosters led to mine and others disassociation with Mr. Cress and TexasMilitia.org. Even back then the push for uniforms and rosters was a problem, albeit a slight one in comparison. We held no ill will towards Cress or his organization; we just disagreed as to how things should be done and what we would comply with to be involved with them.
Now it seems that Kevin Cress has given up the website and the organization and it has now been taken over by persons who seem to have even more radical ideas about what the Militia is and how it should be organized.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone either in these groups or anyone who has had dealings with them. It is imperative to us all that we know who is who out there and exactly what are their intentions, designs or plans. This is all a part of standard operational security for any group and vital to insuring the safety and security of all of our Members.
Also, I would ask any of you who are as concerned as I and others are about the direction that texasmilitia.org is going to contact them through their website, or contact me and I will pass along the good “Commanders” email address.
People are waking up and unfortunately they are being misled by these Organizations calling themselves Militia, who have no real clue as to what the Militia is. They are being led astray by, in most cases, former Military who think that the Militia is also military in nature and should be run as such.
They cannot be more wrong and more dangerous to our cause.
In two days of just speaking with people as a fellow concerned citizens, informing them that the Militia is simply a Civil Defense force of local citizens preparing for any eventuality, we gathered 2 pages of contacts, handed out hundreds of brochures and thankfully were there to give those folks the right alternative to what they were hearing and seeing through the “Texas Militia” Dot org.
Had we not been there what impression of the “Militia” would those many people in attendance have walked away with??
Scary thought isn’t it??