The American Militia

The Unorganized

American Militia

King George didn’t listen to us either!


"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order."  Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942.

Twenty-seven words first published in 1790 are now the source of the bitterest controversy the USA has seen since the 1960s if not since the War Between the States a century before that. They are central to an issue that splits left and right, male and female, white and nonwhite, North and South, East and West, wealthy and not-so wealthy. They are:

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

So let's get this straight right away. First of all, the inalienable right of individuals to keep and bear arms as a check on a tyrannical government predates our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. This, among other things, was clearly and eloquently expressed in Sir William Blackstone's 1768 "Commentaries On The Laws of England.” Hence, the Founders were operating within a long historical tradition based upon English common law.

Secondly, the term “well-regulated” meant something quite different two centuries ago. It is not today's definition of “controlled,” “limited,” or “restricted” but was instead defined as “having proper kit and provisions” or in the case of objects or machinery, “properly maintained and kept in good repair.” The next is the Constitutional definition of the “militia,” and this what requires detailed explanation. The militia issue was extensively debated during the 1787—89 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and today has sadly been ignored by both sides in this issue.

When asked what the Militia was, George Mason, one of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, said, "Who are the Militia? They consist now of the whole people, except for a few public officers." At the time the Constitution was adopted in 1789, the well-established tradition was for local Militia units to be kept in a state of readiness in each and every community. Such units were organized and trained locally, perhaps led by the local town or county officials, but otherwise independent of official control when not actually called up for service.

When lawmakers tried to define the Militia by statute to consist of less than the entire body of citizens, they were defining those citizens who would be required to be kept in a state of readiness, as was done in the Militia Act of 1792, which required able-bodied males age 18 through 45 to keep a "musket or firelock". However, persons younger than 18 and older than 45 regularly responded to call-ups of the Militia and were accepted as part of it.

Mason and his supporters feared the development of "special militias" — ones much like the Puritan "Roundheads" led by Oliver Cromwell and their opponents, the “Cavaliers,” in the English Civil War of 1642—57. Special militias are nothing more than state-sanctioned paramilitary groups — witness the German Nazi SA and its successor the SS as well as the Italian Fascist "Blackshirts." In those cases, left wing Nazi/Fascist Party membership was strictly required to join them as well as to legally own a firearm of any kind in either of those countries at the time.

These two groups were little different than standing armies. The difference is that they were created and used by the left wing German and Italian governments to bypass any laws against using the military domestically against the people (or in the absence of such laws, to forestall the military's unwillingness to do so) — in order to crush dissent and terrorize opponents. (Sound familiar?) Cromwell used his Roundheads to do much the same thing, even having King Charles I beheaded after a bogus trial, later closing Parliament and then invading Ireland with plans to wipe out the Catholic population, killing those of his comrades and anyone else who refused to comply.

Distressingly, we now have a lot of special militias in the USA — the Secret Service, FBI, BATF, DEA, IRS, the National Guard and today's "near federalized" status of most state and local police departments — to name but a few. And they are all unconstitutional, if the plain meaning of the 2nd Amendment and the 1792 Militia Act is correct. George Mason's fears about them were well placed and have come tragically true. All these alphabet-soup special militias can do and have done (other than freely lapping up taxpayer money in ever-increasing amounts) is be responsible for numerous cruel and meaningless tragedies. These range from spying on, harassing and ruining the lives of anyone deemed an “enemy of the state,” to brutally breaking strikes, violently disrupting demonstrations and killing innocent people in places ranging from Kent State to Ruby Ridge and Waco.

Even the courts are beginning to revive this long forgotten but crucial “general vs. special” militia distinction. The 1990 Supreme Court case Perpich vs. Department of Defense is a case in point. Then Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich claimed the DoD violated the Constitution when it ordered the Minnesota National Guard (which he claimed was the 'state militia') to duty outside the state without his consent or that of the state legislature.

The Supreme Court ruled against Perpich. It held the National Guard is an integral component of the US Army Reserve system (it has been since 1916). It further supported its ruling by specifying the difference between the “special militia” (in this case the Minnesota Guard) instead of the “general militia” (citizens with privately procured and owned arms) as expressed in the 2nd Amendment. Also in 1990 the Court in another case affirmed the definition of “the people” expressed in the Bill of Rights as meaning individual persons, not a group.

So the statist left has its “militia” and the rest of us have ours. No wonder so many of them cannot free themselves from the false but mesmerizing aura of the “Militia = National Guard” equation. The statist left does not want to because it is interested not in the right of individuals to protect their lives and liberty against a tyrannical federal government, but in giving that tyrannical federal government a blank check, figuratively and literally, to indulge in state-sponsored terror under the tautological trinity of “crime prevention," "anti-terrorism" and "national security.” And President Barak Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, have all but told us to “get used to the idea.”

So there it is. Civilian militia versus the US government special militias. Which do you support? Think about that question the next time you are cajoled by the Million Mom March morons to support “sensible gun laws” or are exhorted by the denizens of the pseudo-patriotic “law-and-order” crowd to “back the badge.”


The U.S. Constitution, in Article I Section 8, provides for States to organize and train their Militias according to standards established by the U.S. Congress, and to appoint the officers, but it was not the intention of that clause to authorize states to forbid local organization and training of Militia units, but to require that they be organized and trained. If the state fails to do so, people have not only the right but also the duty to organize and train themselves locally, using their own arms. Just as they have the right and duty, failing action on the state level, to conduct elections, enforce the laws, establish courts, and so forth.

This article sets out the basic requirements for starting and running a your very own Militia, including where to get training materials, how to find and train fellow members of your Militia, what kind of things your Militia can do, and important things you have to keep in mind. I hope that when you are done reading this information you will have a newfound appreciation for the Militia and will want to form one in your community. The first step is . . . . . .


A Militia unit should always refer to itself as the "[state/county/city/landmark/unique name] Militia" and not adopt a name that would suggest some kind of private association, or something that would expose its members to legal action. Therefore, you should come up with a unique:

  1. Name

  2. Logo

  3. Slogan or Motto

For instance, one Militia out of New York state chose the name "Fort Eagle Militia", and had a picture of an eagle as their logo. While they had no slogan, they did have a several line quote as their mantra. Deciding on a name for your Militia and designing a corresponding logo can be challenging. I recommend you take some time and carefully choose something that will be meaningful to your group, and create a powerful, prestigious and memorable public image.


At this stage it is also important that you determine your goals. Are you going to be running a Civil Defense Organization, a revolutionary group, an armed Militia, or a neighborhood watch? Each of these groups has different methods, training, goals and purposes. A civil defense organization is primarily concerned with things such as war (both conventional and nuclear), natural disasters, and other emergency situations that might affect a country. Learning how to prepare and deal with these situations is the primary focus of a civil defense organization. A revolutionary group is looking for just that – a revolution. In this context, they are not armed, but they do things such as produce newsletters, hold rallies and demonstrations, and otherwise try to sway popular opinion towards their cause. An armed Militia is a group who trains with the express purpose of engaging an enemy in combat. They have a clear and defined goal and prepare to ensure that when their country, city, or home is under attack they will be able to respond properly. And finally, a neighborhood watch is a group of citizens who patrol neighborhood to ensure that suspicious activity is reported to law enforcement, with the aim of preventing crimes.


Militia units of 50-200 members should be organized at the local level, by going house by house, covering entire neighborhoods, towns, and counties. This will initially be easier to do in rural areas, where people are already more receptive to the patriotic message. In urban areas, it may work better to start by organizing "neighborhood associations", and then educating the members gradually until it can be converted into a self-conscious Militia unit. Finding members for your group can be easy or difficult, depending on the social and political climate at the time, and your group's mission. For instance, if you are starting a neighborhood watch after some high-profile break-ins or vandalism, it might be very easy to find members. On the other hand, if you are starting a group to overthrow the government (which I'm sure is illegal), it will probably be much harder to find members. Here are some tips to help you recruit new members:

  1. Be honest about your group's intentions. Nobody will stay if you tell them they will be tracking child predators and you have them following the delivery truck of a new video game you want.

  1. Work around people's schedules. Everyone has a life, and if your meetings or missions are too frequent or incompatible with their schedules you will get nowhere.

  1. Take advantage of social networking. If you have friends who might be interested in starting a group, start with them. They all know people, so let in people who have been vetted by them. And those people know people, etc.

  1. Another quick way to start recruiting would be to establish a web page, or a section on an already established page. You can make a simple web page, which merely announces your intent to form a local Militia unit and lists one of your e-mail addresses. You can add training and meeting info as it becomes available. The first thing, though, is to get started. Pick a simple name such as "The Berrien County Militia" or "The Southwest Independent Militia" and start recruiting!

  1. Recruit good people. No one wants to hang around people who are egotistical, self-centered, dishonest, immature, lazy, or inconsiderate. If you or someone in your group has one or more of these traits, you must fix the problem, or else membership will decline.

  1. Make everyone feel welcome and valued. Encourage lots of participation from everyone.

  1. The leaders, organizers and instructors should be worthy of respect. If you are the group’s leader, organizer, or instructor, you will be in a position of trust. No one will listen to you – and they will not come back – if no one respects you. To get respect, you do not need to be Rambo, nor do you have to be an expert on Militia training. You simply need to be an honest, considerate, and upstanding person.

  1. Take time to meet new prospects. If someone contacts you about joining, you must take the time to meet with them. This means you might have to drive halfway across the state.

  1. Do not try to please everyone. Some people will never be pleased no matter what you do.

  1. And finally, if there is a local range that you shoot at, announce the time that you will be there.

And by the way, you do not have to get "all Militia-ed" up to go to the range, but you can announce that "I will be there Saturday morning around 10:00AM in a blue Dodge with two CB antennae." That way, somebody may want to introduce themselves to you, as in "Hey, I saw the web site, and I'm interested." You will want to include times and locations for more open meetings and training sessions on your web site. And by the way, do not worry about the range officers, or the facility. If there is concern that they are jack booters, then do not wear any kind of "Militia-looking" clothes. Just go to the range as a civilian (that's what we are anyway – civilians), and work on at least the shooting part of Level One (This is 8 to 10 shots on a nine-inch paper plate at 100 yards from a non-bench position).

Co-ordination among local units should be done using correspondence committees, which is the traditional method. These committees do not attempt to act as regional, state, or national organizations, but only to facilitate communications among local units, the sharing of literature, and the building of a consensus for action. Some Militia units might publish newsletters or other documents, but in most cases, it will be easier to publish through established magazines and various alternative media, and distribute extra copies. Members may agree to subscribe to media that co-operate in publishing supporting materials.


Training can be simple or complex. Depending on the type of group you are trying to start, you will need different skill sets. A civil defense group is going to need emergency preparedness information, while an armed Militia will probably need hand-to-hand combat, and a neighborhood watch needs to develop observation and patrolling skills. Remember, good training involves:

  1. Good planning. You must spend time planning each session beforehand, and communicate the plans to each member.

  1. Be safety conscience. I do not know about you, but if I feel the training is not safe, I will not come back.

  1. Provide good instruction. The goal of each session is to learn something. Many sessions will require a marker board and printed materials for the classroom portion. Be organized and do your homework before each session.

One of the best places to get training material are the US Army field manuals, and Canadian military documents. These teach a variety of military subjects in simple language, and can be excellent for subjects of relevance. The US Army manuals are in the public domain, and while the Canadian manuals are under Copyright, they are released freely on the Internet. Here is a collection of those very useful manuals free of charge:  FREE AMERICAN MILITIA MANUALS

As these documents are designed for those in the military, it would be wise for someone with military experience or someone willing to do a lot of research to go through the documents, and either write a condensed version with just the important details, or to create a reading list of just the pages and documents that they feel will be relevant for the group. Once you have the documents, you will need to come up with a time and place you can practice your new skills. Performing pop quizzes on the material can be helpful, but nothing replaces solid practice. Make sure to follow safety procedures when dealing with things such as hand-to-hand combat.


Now that you have your team trained up, it is time to begin running missions. It would be wise to start with simulated missions (especially if you are in a civil defense organization or a Militia where you will not see a real emergency for a while). These can be as simple as a patrol around the neighborhood in a bio-suit to simulate a chemical attack, or as complex as traveling from one side of your city to the other within a certain amount of time to simulate being attacked and needing to escape. You should have three things when you go to plan a mission:

  1. A goal of exactly what you will be doing.

  2. A "Plan A" and a "Plan B", should things go wrong.

  3. A "rehearsal" where everyone dictates exactly when, why, and how they will be contributing

This final point is very important. People need to know what they are supposed to do when things happen, and what to do is things go wrong. For instance, there is no sense training for an earthquake if your members are unable to help once the communication lines are cut. After each mission, go over what went right and what went wrong, and then make sure those mistakes are incorporated into your training. This is why militaries use Soldiers who have recently returned from combat as instructors, as they "know the enemy", and what not to do.


There are several things you will need to keep in mind when running your Militia. For some time now the Obama Establishment has discouraged the formation of armed groups, including independent constitutional Militias. They do not want the Unorganized Militia to become organized. Besides legal and illegal harassment, Militia leaders must prepare participants to deal with attempts to infiltrate Militia units. This can take three main forms:

  1. Moles: Agents who pretend to be trustworthy but who are mainly focused on obtaining information about Militia members and their activities.

  2. Provocateurs: Agents who pretend to be responsible members, then, when least expected, do something that seeks to discredit the Militia and perhaps provoke official action against it.

  3. Dissipaters: Agents who pretend commitment until they can assume positions of influence within the group, then use it to divert them into ineffective or unproductive activities, such as endless debate, socializing, and divisive disputes, or to reduce morale and resolve.

The best protection against infiltration is to teach members to be vigilant and to have a large number of small units and many leaders, none of who is critical. There should be little or no leadership on the state or national level, other than a network of correspondence committees that facilitate communications.

It is also important to try and establish good relations with local and state officials, to the extent possible. Work with them to help them solve the problems of the community, and encourage them to ask the Militia to assist them in times of emergency. Resistance from such officials should be countered by getting better ones elected or appointed.

Your Militia group must follow all rules and regulations – you cannot break the law. For instance, possessing handguns or rifles in Washington D.C. for self-defense is illegal, so you would not be able to have a Militia that is armed with guns in that city. Therefore, education in constitutional law must be a priority. Every Militia member must be trained to interpret the constitutionality of laws and official acts, and taught that doing so is the responsibility of each individual, that it cannot be delegated to others, such as judges or superiors. Special attention needs to be given to educating lawyers, judges, officials, and college and high school students. Militia members need to make sure that every public library contains suitable books and magazines that provide education on these subjects of liberty.

You also have to be worried about people who do not understand your group's goals. They will be trying daily to break it up. Read up on counterintelligence, and how to compartmentalize information. A good introduction to the field of intelligence (which involves analyzing information for its value), and the field of counterintelligence (which involves preventing enemies from getting and undermining your intelligence) is my own article, Intelligence on this website.

Never lose sight of your goal. If you are training for natural disasters or emergencies, train for that. Do not let a romantic idea of being a "guerilla fighter" or a revolutionary sway you into potentially illegal goals. Realize that the police will be placing you under surveillance if they believe you have negative goals. It is your job to network with the police and make sure they understand you are not out to hurt anyone. And finally, have fun! There's nothing more exciting than training for new skills, and knowing you are prepared to deal with whatever might come your way.


You have no idea of knowing whether or not people who contact you are FBI, ATF, Interpol, or perhaps worst of all, some media schmuck. We do not care if they come to our meetings, and you should not, either. We do not do anything illegal, and you should not either. Just always assume that somebody there is some sort of infiltrator or agent, and act accordingly.

For instance we get visits on our website from ".mil" and ".gov" domains all the time. We hope they are learning something. We wish they would donate some money, since we are furnishing them with such a cushy job. Seriously, there is so much legal training, including marksmanship, medical training, tactics, communications, field craft and other things, that we should all be doing, that illegal things are not worth sweating over.

Absolutely no gun conversions, no bomb making, and no lists of judges to assassinate. Do not do it, do not talk about it, and do not ask about it – period. If the local Obama Fed infiltrator asks you about it, just tell him, "We do not do that," and be done with it.



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Recall that ACORN is the organization that Barack Obama attached himself to after earning his Harvard law degree. During the presidential campaign his main claim to having the experience that would qualify him to be president was his "community organizing" experience while working for ACORN.

Over the past thirty years or so, ACORN has been a major player in what can be described as a legalized extortion racket administered by the Federal Reserve and the Comptroller of the Currency, among other federal government agencies. The racket started with Jimmy Carter’s 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which empowered "community groups" like ACORN to effectively extort billions (yes, billions with a "b") of dollars from banks. Much of the money is then used for ACORN’s political activities, which involve the mass registration of Democratic Party voters; supporting left-wing political candidates at all levels of government; organizing rallies, protests, and lobbying efforts for various planks of its "People’s Platform," which is essentially the same as the Socialist Party Platform of 1922. The "People’s Platform" once promised, "We will continue our fight until the American way is just one way, until we have shared the wealth . . ." Accordingly, the organization has advocated the government takeover of the energy and healthcare industries, punishing taxation, massive income redistribution, pervasive price controls, and just about every asinine socialistic policy that one can think of.

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