|In the long run we all die. What endures is what our lives stand for.
Happiness is the choice to lead a life that stands for what we admire. What I
admire is that noble spirit that promotes and protects what is good and right
and beautiful, alone if necessary, against all the forces of darkness.
Jon Roland, 1959
Jon Roland is a computer consultant and software developer based in Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has long been active in politics, beginning in his high school days. He was involved in the civil rights movement in the '60s and has been involved in the environmental movement since the '70s.
From 1970 through 1972 Roland worked in Washington, DC, lobbying for various causes such as environmental protection, wilderness protection, population control, and international federation. During that time he made contact with many key figures in the power structure and the intelligence community, contacts which continue to provide him with important information about what is really going on in the world.
In 1974 he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Texas 23rd District Democratic Primary against a corrupt incumbent. Although he didn't win, he did manage to get a number of whistleblowers to come forward, resulting in indictments of members of the local political machine, based in Laredo, Texas, and eventually the election of a reform slate.
Roland paid a price for that effort. He was apparently set up and financially ruined by a conspiracy of the corrupt Establishment. However, he has continued to try to expose criminal activity at every opportunity and bring the perpetrators to justice, and this has from time to time brought the need for him to arm himself for his protection.
During 1993 and early 1994, while working in Texas, Roland received a number of disturbing reports from his contacts in government that indicated a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. Constitution by a criminal Power Elite, a part of which involved preparations for the disarming of the American population. One of these reports came from an FBI insider that the outcome of the final assault on the Davidian compound near Waco was not an accident, but that the deaths of all those people was intentional, largely motivated by a desire to cut the expense of the standoff. It was these reports, together with outrage over mounting abuses of the civil rights of innocent American citizens, that led him to issue a nationwide call-up over the Internet for the muster of local militias everywhere for April 19, 1994, to celebrate April 19 of 1994 and each succeeding year as Militia Day, and to revive the Constitutional Militia as a force for reform in American civic life.
April 19 was chosen for several reasons. It is the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, when the militiamen of those towns resisted an attempt by British authorities to disarm them, and thereby began the War of Independence. It was, of course, the anniversary of the final assault of the FBI on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco. It is also the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943, when courageous Jews defied their Nazi oppressors. It is close to the anniversaries of the Battle of the Alamo, when members of the Texas Militia fought to restore the Mexican Constitution of 1824, with its guarantees of rights and limitations of government powers, and the Battle of San Jacinto, when the Texas Militia defeated the forces of the tyrant Santa Anna and won their independence. It is also approximately the anniversary of the Siege at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, when in 1973 Lakota Indians defied their corrupt officials and the U.S. Government to try to regain their rights.
Roland issued a local call-up of the militia to meet at 6:00 AM, April 19, 1994, on Highway 151 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The event was publicized by legal public notices and by extensive discussion on local radio talk shows. Although local law enforcement officials were initially supportive, intervention by federal agents turned this into opposition and harassment, including a break-in to Roland's office and the theft of one of his computers. Despite this harassment, the muster convened, and those who attended proceeded to adopt organizing roles and arrange for the next muster, at which officers were elected for the Bexar County Militia. After Roland publicized this successful muster across the country, many other militias began to muster, eventually appearing in every state.
Roland formed three organizations to support this work. The Constitution Foundation for research and education, the Constitution Society for political action, and the Texas Militia Correspondence Committee to serve as a clearinghouse for information among the militia units of Texas and with other states. He has written a number of documents which are distributed by the Constitution Society, together with material written by others, which have been of some use in the growth of the militia movement in the United States and in other countries. Most of these documents have been gathered together and distributed as the "Texas Militia Papers".
Since April, 1994, Roland has remained active in the militia movement, taking advantage of the fact that his work takes him to various parts of the county to activate militia units wherever he goes, to link those units together into statewide and interstate cooperative networks, and to help weave together the various and sometimes conflicting ideas and traditions of the people who become active.
In March, 1995, Roland received a warning at a meeting of the Citizens for Legal Reform, in Dallas, Texas, that there was a group within the federal government that planned to stage a large-scale atrocity, such as the bombing of a building, and blame it on the militias. He relayed this warning throughout the patriot/militia movement beginning March 20, 1995, urging everyone to be vigilant and to try to prevent such a thing from happening.
Roland decided the time had come to bring the militias across the country into contact with one another, to make them available to the public, to prepare them to make good presentations to the media, and to demonstrate the strength and pervasiveness of the militia movement to the public and to the elites. Pursuant to this, he prepared and distributed the first national Militia Directory, together with state militia directories for several states.
Roland heard about the Oklahoma City bombing from a reporter by cellphone while on the way to the memorial service for the massacred Davidians at the Mount Carmel site near Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1995. This began an intense period of delivering the militia message to the media and deflecting the attacks on it, involving interviews with more than 400 reporters and appearances on numerous talk radio shows across the country. He was interviewed by NBC News, and appeared on Dateline NBC April 25, 1995, during which he offered the nation the suspicion that the bombing might have been done by government agents, and demonstrated that many of those on the Internet shared that suspicion. He was also interviewed by ABC News on two occasions. He helped coordinate this countereffort through the Internet and various fax networks. The national and state militia directories proved to be important in turning around the media and public opinion.
Since then, Roland has continued to move about the country, from one computer contract to another, organizing, lecturing, debating, setting up meetings, publicizing, and writing more documentation. A book on the militia movement by Jon Karl discusses his role in the militia movement in more detail.
|I am the totality of all that I am, and was, and will be, and might yet
be, and may have been, a part of all I affect, and that has affected me,
through all eternity. What I am did not begin, and will not end, with this
body, but endures, and will appear when needed. Therefore ask not where I am. I
Jon Roland, 1959