The Tea Party's Military Wing

Oath Keepers, which recruits soldiers and police to resist federal "tyranny," has become a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement.
The Tea Party's Military Wing

For our March/April 2010 issue, reporter Justine Sharrock got up close and personal with Oath Keepers, a fast-growing "patriot" group that recruits active-duty soldiers, police, and veterans to resist what its members consider an increasingly tyrannical government. Members reaffirm their service oath to uphold the Constitution and further vow to disobey any orders they deem illegal or unconstitutional. Unveiled last April, the group has already established itself as a hub within the larger anti-Obama movement, attracting a wide range of followers from politicians to Tea Partiers to militia enthusiasts—not to mention alienated soldiers like Private 1st Class Lee Pray, above. The group has also drawn praise from a who's who of right-wing cable hosts including Glenn Beck. (Bill O'Reilly proved a tougher audience.) In this slideshow, we look more closely at some of the group's connections.