PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 10, 2014
CONTACT: Tom Zawistowski
MEDIA NOTES: PDF Copy of Letter and ONG Documents Attached

Akron, OH: We the People Convention President, Tom Zawistowski, sent a letter today to Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan demanding an immediate investigation into what he called “an even more onerous type of targeting” of TEA Party Groups by the Federal Governement. The letter was sent after a story appeared today on the Ohio media website, www.Mediatrackers.org, based on Ohio National Guard documents acquired through a FOIA request, about an ONG training drill conducted last January (2013) in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The “fictional target” of that real military drill was a group “where Second Amendment supporters with ‘anti-government’ opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.” according to the documents released by the ONG. Zawistowski’s letter demands to know “How many similar ‘drills’ have been and are being conducted around the nation with TEA Party type groups or individuals as the target? Who decided we should be the “target” and why? In what percentage of “drills” were we the target compared to radical Islamist who present a real threat to our national security?”

In his letter, Zawistowski said “Those of us in the TEA Party movement have been aware of targeting by the military, CIA and NSA, of our movement for several years, such as putting the TEA Party and Religious Conservatives on the HSA terrorism watch lists. However, until now, we had not seen actual proof of military exercises design to prepare our military to “control” members of our movement and we are outraged by this revelation.”

He concludes his letter by stating “We will not be intimidated by this out-of-control lawless executive branch. We will not stop exercising our Constitutional rights and participating in the political process. We will not sit back and allow criminal activity by OUR Federal Government without taking peaceful action to hold those responsible accountable. We urge you to take this new information and investigate the full scope of this activity so that the American people will get yet another look at the un-American actions condoned by this Administration. We will do everything we can to aid Congress in its investigation and look forward to knowing the truth about this latest level of targeting of the TEA Party movement and our fellow conservatives.”

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Ohio National Guard Freedom of Information Act Response

We the People Convention, Inc.
P.O. Box 6211 • Akron, Ohio • 44312 • 866-427-9257 • 330-673-4672 (Fax)

February 10, 2014

Congressman Jim Jordan
1524 Longworth House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515

Congressman Jordan,

I write to you today in anger over the continued targeting and profiling of TEA Party members, and conservatives in general, by what is supposed to be OUR Federal Government.  Let me be clear, we appreciate your continued efforts to investigate and stop the unlawful targeting of our groups and individuals by the IRS and the Treasury Department, which we exposed to you in 2011. However, with this letter I bring you evidence of yet another, even more onerous, type of targeting that now must also be investigated and stopped.

Today, the Ohio-based media website, www.Mediatrackers.org ran a very disturbing story, based on ONG documents acquired through a FOIA request, about an Ohio National Guard training drill conducted last January (2013) in Portsmouth, Ohio. The “fictional target” of that real military drill was a group “where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.”  We were aware of this drill at the time but had no evidence that OUR Federal Government was preparing OUR National Guard to defend against us – the TEA Party!

Those of us in the TEA Party movement have been aware of targeting by the military, CIA and NSA, of our movement for several years, such as putting the TEA Party and Religious Conservatives on the HSA terrorism watch lists. However, until now, we had not seen actual proof of military exercises designed to prepare our military to “control” members of our movement, and we are outraged by this revelation. I have attached a copy of the Ohio National Guard document to this letter for your review, and we certainly expect that your staff will go online to read the full story.

With this letter we demand a full and complete investigation of this additional targeting of our movement. How many similar “drills” have been and are being conducted around the nation with TEA Party type groups or individuals as the target?  Who decided we should be the “target” and why?  In what percentage of “drills” were we the target compared to radical Islamists who present a real threat to our national security?  We demand answers and we demand that this targeting be stopped immediately.

Our movement has been unfairly characterized as racists, bigots, nazis, islamophobes and every other slur the left could concoct without a shred of evidence. So now our military is conducting drills with us as the target because we are somehow a perceived threat? We are not terrorists. We as common citizens who want to stop OUR Federal Government from bankrupting our nation, from destroying our health care system and from violating our individual rights.  This latest targeting is simply outrageous.

It is even more outrageous when your read the story and find that the ONG was planning another “drill” in which “anti-fracking” groups were the “fictional terrorists”. The ONG changed the target after being confronted by the left, and even apologized to them, despite the fact that anti-fracking groups have actually attacked a drilling site in Ohio and had committed a real terrorist act!!! They get an apology? Where is our apology?  They change the target when confronted by the left because they are convinced it is inappropriate, despite evidence to the contrary, and no one in OUR Federal Government can figure out that painting TEA Party members as terrorists is simply wrong??? It’s the IRS all over again. No one in OUR Federal Government will stand up and do what is right, even when they know it is wrong!

Our record speaks for itself. We stood up for the past four years against ObamaCare because we knew that it can not work and will not work and that it will destroy our health care system. The facts now prove that we were correct.  We were right about the IRS targeting, by their own admission, yet few believed us when we first brought it to light.  We were right about having our phone calls, emails and web searches monitored and we now know that is true. Now we have real evidence that OUR Federal Government is in fact instructing branches of our military to make plans to “deal with” American citizens who dared to question the actions of our government, who dared to defend their 2nd Amendment rights and who dared to organize and speak out peacefully for a conservative approach to our nation’s problems.

We will not be intimidated by this out-of-control lawless executive branch.  We will not stop exercising our Constitutional rights and participating in the political process.  We will not sit back and allow criminal activity by OUR Federal Government without taking peaceful action to hold those responsible accountable.

We urge you to take this new information and investigate the full scope of this activity so that the American people will get yet another look at the un-American actions condoned by this Administration.  We will do everything we can to aid Congress in its investigation and look forward to knowing the truth about this latest level of targeting of the TEA Party movement and our fellow conservatives.

With Sincere Disgust,

Thomas R. Zawistowski
President
We The People Convention, Inc.

1- 800-846-4630 Ext 104