Dispelling OAS Rumors

Dispelling the myths and rumors that are being spread about Operation American Spring

With a movement the size of OAS we expect to be attacked.  For this reason we started the OAS Rumor Mill to dispel any false reporting.  Col Riley himself will post responses to all false rumors  so that people can have faith in the movement.

Q: I have seen around that this will be an armed event, is that true?

Col. Harry: Absolutely No Weapons. This will be a 100% peaceful event and we strongly advise against any weapons!

Q: I see more than one “official” facebook page for this event, which one is the official page:

The Official event page for OAS can be located here: https://www.facebook.com/events/697964746901040/ and here: http://www.patriotsforamerica.ning.com

Q: I heard you weren’t taking donations and now I see the Tea Party taking donations in your name.

Col. Harry: We're aware what the Tea Party is doing, however we ARE NOT officially tied with ANYONE who is taking donations! OAS is a 100% volunteer event and we are not asking for donations. We will put anyone willing to help others get to D.C. in touch with those who need help. It will be between the giver/need to conclude their action.

Q: I have a situation, I've been told you work for the NSA.

Col Harry: This rumor is false. I worked at NSA for a number of years. I retired in 1992, was debriefed, my security clearances have obviously expired. I have absolutely no contact, no relationship with NSA. This is just another misinformation ploy to side-track OAS. If you want to get a reflection of what I'm about, google Northwest Florida Daily News...I'm sure they have archives of letters I've sent over the last 20 years.


Col Harry: False. As military men, we communicate. When General Vallely receives questions about OAS, he refers the individual or group to me for OAS action.

Q: I feel you should know that the page you had on the PAN site (Patriot Action Network) has been scrubbed. When I spoke to Darla the administrator, she informed me that your message was one of violence and it was against their policy.

Col Harry: Sorry to learn of PAN misunderstanding. Every fiber of OAS being is geared toward a non-violent, unarmed, peaceful, action as guaranteed by our US Constitution.

Q: It is being spread around there is tension between Tea Party elements and Operation American Spring(OAS). That Tea Party participation in Operation American Spring is not wanted or involved.

Col Harry: Nothing could be farther from the truth. We endorse Tea Party support and have Tea Party groups in support of OAS. Misinformation, elements attempting to divide patriots...don't let it happen. Come to PFA if you hear a rumor.

Q: I see additions some are saying is included in the OAS mission, e.g. 9th and 10th Amendment agenda?

Col Harry: Here is the OAS mission: Mission: Restoration of Constitutional government, rule of law, freedom, liberty "of the people, for the people, by the people" from despotic and tyrannical federal leadership. We will not get into side agendas.

Q: I viewed a media announcement by Bobby Powell, that OAS was a Satanic operation.

Col Harry: False. Those who judge will also be judged. "...I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Cor12:10

Q: I have heard that OAS has partnered with Occupy (as in those who set up criminal camps in DC/NYC/et al), is this true?  Rumor that Van Jones has co-opted OAS is pure misinformation...don't fall for stuff until you seek facts.

COL Harry:  OAS and OWS are in no related...the rumors are so great that if anyone walked near OWS during their event, that individual would be part of OWS...ridiculous.

Q: During phase 1 can you guarantee patriots will be risk free of harm?

COL Harry:  We can't guarantee you won't die in an accident on the way to D.C. any more than we can guarantee anything in D.C.  Freedom is not free.


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Comment by Bobby Schornak on May 15, 2014 at 2:04pm

My vote is this be the "theme song" ;) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nunu6ISeBM

Comment by Bobby Schornak on May 15, 2014 at 11:33am

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Comment by Sandra Louise Schnabel on April 14, 2014 at 1:17am
On the PpSimmons you tube they are saying leader Karen Smith resigned and indicate that there may be government people infiltrating the rally, who are indicating arms. I know this a peaceful rally, no arms. I realize that in all opposing forces, there is to be expected a level of infiltration. I will not repeat what they said she said, it sounded fearful and when taking a Stand there is always risk. If there is no risk, it is not a Stand. Did she resign? I want to say, you have made it crystal clear, peaceful rally, no arms. I am Surrounding the leadership teams with prayers that The Lord will protect your thoughts, your influences, aside from your physical, mental, and spiritual health with teams of angelic hosts. For He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Comment by Nora Cotter on April 6, 2014 at 12:50pm
Comment by Bernie Schoch on March 15, 2014 at 3:45pm

Operationally I would recommend that everyone come with the ability to video record interactions.  Everybody needs to be able to quickly deploy a camera or cell phone to instantly start recording events.  Also I would advise having at least one person step back and record the people who are doing the recording in case there is unconstitutional behavior against  doing the recording such as grabbing cameras etc.  This backup camera then documents that.  It also acts as an insurance policy in that if they know they are people recording everywhere, hopefully they would be on their best  behavior.  See such websites as http://photographyisnotacrime.com/   or http://www.copblock.org/ for more info.

Comment by Michelle Ruth Blake on February 28, 2014 at 12:21pm

I'm concerned about some of the side articles related 2 exposing the Muslim agenda here in the United states-That make me think Israel is involved in supporting OAS &  if that is the case we the people should have some real questions--Israel is part of the problem as billions of tax dollars are supporting Israel & their agenda.. We the people should ask why sooo much of America's money is being sent 2 support foreign country's? Charity begins at home & we have 2 many Americans that are jobless,homeless,Americans loosing their homes or going 2 bed hungry at night 2 be funding other country's. I've recently learned that Congress must take an oath in support of Israel or have their political careers ended that called TREASON by our Constitution any 1 who serves in official capacity here can't be asked 2 have divided loyalty. No 1 can serve 2 masters....From all my research it looks 2 me like the United states has been put in the middle of Israel & the Muslims who are using our gov. & destroying it from within. :  (

Comment by Harry Riley on February 25, 2014 at 8:48pm

Randall.......sorry about the comms question delay.....  Steve Elliott at ka3udr@yahoo.com is our comms chief.  Please send him a note......not sure how widely this information should be passed.

Comment by Janice Novak-Voeltzke on February 25, 2014 at 8:44pm

The beginning of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding is "fear of the Lord," as stated in His Word.  Too many don't really understand that until they submit to the "fear of the Lord" in His healthy way...then comes the incredible filling, by His Holy Spirit, of Godly wisdom, understanding and knowledge...as each word in His Word takes on newer, in-depth discoveries, with Him..  Praise God...He is Jehovah Jireh...Provider of all we need....for this great adventure Operation American Spring....in each of His followers as we stand together.

Comment by Col. Randall Smith, Ph.D. on February 25, 2014 at 8:30pm


I think I understand your concerns. I have them too. However, I have not allowed them to take over other aspects of my ability to think and to feel. I watched this video, also. Perhaps you have noticed that Bobby Powell, aside from his inattention to detail in preparation for his "program", such as the mispronunciation of Maj. Gen. Vallely's last name, has shifted his thinking and his stance with regard to OAS at least once that I am aware of. I know nothing of Bobby Powell's background or credentials, nor the two guests who spoke about undefined "waves" or "rays" and associated a temporary cardiac arrhythmia that one of them experienced and attributed to these undefined energy forms. You noticed that Mr. Powell, knowingly or unknowingly, compromised the position of one of his guests with her colleagues or superiors by disclosing information that the guest obviously thought would remain confidential. On the other hand (or at the opposite extreme), I have complete confidence in Colonel Riley's understanding of the importance of accurate, reliable and timely intelligence, and I feel certain that he is, and will be, monitoring the situation in our Nation's Capitol very closely as May 16th draws closer. You are in the company of some pretty terrific, dedicated and loyal Americans who share your feelings, but who will also not let you down. Not all of them are found on the internet, and some of the most outspoken on the internet will be nowhere to be found if and when the going truly gets rough. I think ET expressed it well when he said something to the effect that, "When things are at their worst, human beings are at their best". That is how I think of my compatriots. I am counting on it, and I want them to believe that they can count on me. As a Vietnam veteran, I've have experienced many of these feelings before. I did not ever expect to face them again in this lifetime. That does not even begin to take into consideration the role of our Creator in all that is happening and all that will take place should that be part of your belief system. I have no quarrel with those who believe that evil does exist, perhaps in the form or likeness of Satan, and that people can be and do truly evil things. History is replete with countless, irrefutable examples of that, and our current situation make this seem very much like a battle between good and evil. However, that is not the whole story. Bobby Powell is, after all, only one person expressing one person's opinion. To me, this is both a nightmare and an "emotional roller-coaster". I think Aristotle put it well when he said, "Observation is the essence of wisdom". That piece of wisdom is not reserved exclusively for the training of medical students. It is available to each and every one of us. My suggestion, for what it is worth, is to follow your heart and your beliefs, Mary, without ever surrendering or suspending rational thought. Take care.

Randall Smith

Comment by Col. Randall Smith, Ph.D. on February 25, 2014 at 11:43am

Colonel Riley, et al.

Have communications (e.g. via amateur radio operators, Family Radio Service, General Mobile Radio Service License Holders, CB, etc.) before, during and after May 16th been organized for PFA/CE members and OAS participants? Are most or all PFA licensed amateur radio operators organized?


Randall Smith

Comment by Janice Novak-Voeltzke on February 21, 2014 at 3:14pm

Randall, I truly appreciate all your comments....in fact, I printed and saved the long one from yesterday, I beleive it was yesterday.  Your thoughts and prayers are so well spoken and so clearly written....a pleasure to internalize and agree with....as well as Col Riley's input.  Thanks for the time it takes to do so.  --Jan

Comment by Col. Randall Smith, Ph.D. on February 21, 2014 at 3:09pm

Colonel Riley,

You took the words from my cerebral cortex. I cannot editorialize. As a veteran and the kind of person I am, I cannot do nothing and I will do all that I can. I have a 3-month old grandson who provides more than ample motivation. A wise high-school social studies teacher taught us that we are only one, but we are one. We cannot do everything, but we can do something. Certainly, I pray for God's guidance, wisdom and protection for you and for every truly patriotic American who has the courage to participate, with all of the uncertainty, in OAS. I am proud to be part of your organization and this tremendous effort to save our Nation and this particular Constitutional form of self-government. That is what we promised our Creator when we donned the uniform of our Country and swore an oath to defend her. Tears while marching in review to the strains of the National Anthem were not alien to me, nor were they unique to me. I feel no differently today. Randall Smith

Comment by Harry Riley on February 21, 2014 at 2:50pm

Amen brother Randall........we're in it come hell or high water.  I trust God is undergirding our effort as I can find no ulterior motives in our membership, no personal agendas, no expectation of gain beyond restoration of constitutional law, sovereignty restoration, primarily in protection of our children, grand children, great grandchildren......

We are always looking for patriots with expertise that can fill or help fill gaps we need plugged.

Comment by Col. Randall Smith, Ph.D. on February 21, 2014 at 2:31pm

Colonel Riley,

Thank you for your thoughtful and informative replies to my e-mails to you. I, personally, have no intention of wasting valuable time with "what if" scenarios based on total ignorance, hence, the question about reliable intel sources, particularly as we approach May 16th. I feel certain that we both understand that risks are involved which are inescapable. For all of us, separating the "wheat from the chaff" is an ongoing and, as several messages posted here support, a difficult process. Yours in Liberty, Randall Smith

Comment by Harry Riley on February 20, 2014 at 1:53pm

Randall and all,

I would think Obama would have to apply to same policy to peaceful American citizens as he advocates for Ukrainian citizens:  I guess the question is, what is "over the line" which he has used before.

"I want to be very clear as we work through these next several days in Ukraine that we're going to be watching closely, and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters. We've also said we expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful, and we'll be monitoring very closely the situation, recognizing that with our European partners and the international community there will be consequences if people step over the line."

Comment by Harry Riley on February 20, 2014 at 1:38pm


Right now we have no credible source of real time or strategic intelligence as to what actions may or may not be planned by D.C. officials. There is internet posts threatening my life which has been reported to appropriate entities.  We can assume there will be some trouble makers, I assume trouble makers will not be OAS patriots,  we can also assume that D.C. Police Department will be on hand to deal with law breakers, no matter who they are.  Do we believe the federal leadership will use force against us?  It's possible, but not likely in my opinion.  To use force against friendly, non-violent, peaceful, unarmed citizens would send a message that many Americans already accept......a lawless leadership currently occupies U.S. positions of authority. That message would likely result in nation-wide uprising....I don't think Obama is prepared, the military support for him is questionable at best.

We could "what if" ourselves from doing anything....allowing our nation to destruct without a whimper.  I'm not prepared to surrender.

If you want a copy of my bio, send my your email personal email address....

Harry Riley

Comment by Peter Heiden on February 20, 2014 at 11:58am

Very well said Mr.Smith. Thank You for your past and future service!

Comment by Col. Randall Smith, Ph.D. on February 20, 2014 at 9:38am

Col. Riley,

Ms. Gunnoe raises a good point. For the sake, safety and ability to prepare adequately for OAS, would you share with us any and all pertinent intelligence to date that would give us an idea of what to expect upon arrival in D.C. on May 16th? Do you have reliable intelligence sources that will be able to provide accurate and specific information as that date draws closer?

Thank you for your time, Colonel.Randall Smith

Comment by Col. Randall Smith, Ph.D. on February 19, 2014 at 11:29pm

D. Gunnoe,

My guess is that you were little affected, or not affected at all, by the Vietnam war. I was. Just about every hour of the day, my men and I were scared. I watched close friends take enemy fire in the chest. They bled and suffered and died for America. But we were not so frightened that we did not do what was expected. We were not paralyzed into inaction by our fears.

My impression from your impassioned plea to Col. Riley is that you want it both ways: you want OAS to be a success (as we all do), but you want reassurance that we are taking steps even now to "pave the way" in order to make it a fail-safe operation. I don't mean this in a derogatory way at all, but when I read that, something off of some television program came to mind - Navy Seals or Rangers "softening" the enemy" before the main attack. I think I can tell you with a high degree of certainty that no elected or appointed official in any branch of federal government in Washington, D.C. is going to give us what he or she has acquired (regardless of how they acquired it) to a group of any size without a fight. Has it occurred to you that Obama may just use OAS as an excuse to declare martial law and execute all of the 11000 series of Executive Orders that are already in place so that he can place everything - everything - in America under federal control? Do you think that is a possibility? To think otherwise just does not make any sense. As Col. Riley has rightly pointed out, "freedom is not free". Think about those words. I worked as a clinician in V.A. hospitals and taught at medical schools for 25+ years after resigning my commission in the Air Force and returning to graduate school. I did that for a very personal reason. I may be wrong, however I firmly believe that a confrontation with the Capitol Police, DHS (remember those 1.6 billion+ rounds of "anti-personnel" ammunition and fully automatic weapons DHS purchased toward the end of last year?), the Secret Service, the U.S. Marshal's Service, the D.C. Metropolitan Police, FBI agents, ATF agents, DEA agents, the Federal Protective Service, an unknown number of active duty U.S. military members who passed Obama's "litmus test" ("Would you be willing to shoot a fellow American if ordered to do so?") is not entirely outside the realm of possibility. Those G.I. and law enforcement officers probably think that they are standing by the oath's that they took. Sadly, our oaths were to very different referents - mine to my Country, theirs to a traitor. I view it as a probability and I am prepared to confront it. As Col. Riley pointed out, some of us may die in automobile accidents, and never make it to D.C. This is a high stakes game, and the risks to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on and beyond May 16th are equally high. The question I think we must each ask ourselves and answer honestly is: "Am I willing to die to protect the Country I love?" 58,000 young men did so in Vietnam. We'll probably see their memorial. Same holds true for all American veterans of all wars, past and very recent. We were young, our dads had been in the military - mine was a Navy pilot - and Hollywood, John Wayne and others kept war films before our eyes and our imaginations. We played "war". In a sense, we were groomed to "join up" and fight. We have since skipped a generation or two, many if not most of whom know little or nothing of war, and that is good. I may be mistaken, however to me, this is the only opportunity since Obama started tearing down our Nation that has come along in which I feel I have a chance to do something about it. I did it before, and, though not my first choice nor my and my wife's plans for later adult life, I will do it again. May God be with us. Yours in Liberty.  Randall Smith


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