Concord, NH – Yesterday, I collected this video of John Irish speaking with George4Title (YouTuber) about how his newborn baby was taken from him and his fiancee moments after the child’s birth by The Division of Family Child Services because of Mr. Irish’s affiliation with OathKeepers. I immediately sent an email to the Oathkeepers asking for confirmation. Today we have that confirmation. It’s real. How’s this for a ‘chilling effect‘ on parents’ free speech? We no longer just break down your door, scare your children and shoot your little doggies; step outta line and we take your kids…
Update from Oathkeepers’ site:
UPDATE : 10/07/2010 10.53PM PST — We have confirmed that the affidavit in support of the order to take the child from her parents states ,along with a long list of other assertions against both parents, that “The Division became aware and confirmed that Mr. Irish associated with a militia known as the Oath Keepers.” Yes, there are other, very serious allegations. Out of respect for the privacy of the parents, we will not publish the affidavit. We will leave that to Mr. Irish. But please do remember that allegations do not equal facts — they are merely allegations (and in my experience as a criminal defense lawyer in small town Montana I saw many allegations that proved to be false).
But an even more fundamental point is that regardless of the other allegations, it is utterly unconstitutional for government agencies to list Mr. Irish’s association with Oath Keepers in an affidavit in support of a child abuse order to remove his daughter from his custody. Talk about chilling speech! If this is allowed to continue, it will chill the speech of not just Mr. Irish, but all Oath Keepers and it will serve as the camel under the tent for other associations being considered too risky for parents to dare. Thus, it serves to chill the speech of all of us, in any group we belong to that “officials” may not approve of. Don’t you dare associate with such and such group, or you could be on “the list” and then child protective services might come take your kids.
Note: We have also learned that the Southern Poverty Law Center is now part of DHS. Click here to read more on this.
Alex Jones on the inclusion of South Poverty Law Center into DHS.