Written by: Julie Mitchell

 On December 9, 2011, InfoWars Nightly News guest Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers reported that a “fellow veteran had contacted [him] concerning a new and disturbing development.” According to a short paragraph one can find athttp://organicnewsnet.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/stewart-rhodes-feds-demand-customer-lists-from-storable-food-facility/, Rhodes went on to contend that the individual that contacted him claimed to have been utilizing a Mormon cannery in the state of Tennessee “to purchase bulk food supplies,” and that person claimed that the manager of the facility “related” to him that federal agents had descended upon the facility and demanded to see a customer list in an effort to ascertain who was storing food in bulk portions. 

The significance of all this is that it occurred during the online uproar in reference to the passage of the NDAA and the incessant ranting by Alex Jones and his ilk that the government was preparing to come and arrest American citizens with enough food stored to last more than 7 days, and this is not an argument over whether or not the U.S. government is or is not currently engaging in the passage of legislation that will ultimately render the implementation of martial law to be an easy transition.  All one has to do is examine the legislation to determine which direction we are actually headed in, and it is definitely that one.  Rather, this article aims to examine the dishonesty and lies connected to this particular story (and this is not the only one by far) in an effort to ascertain exactly why these untruths are being propagated as fact by these obviously cointel operatives, and what purpose they serve.  

As a story, the Tennessee Mormon cannery one did not last very long, and that is simply a result of the efforts of one youtuber, who openly admits in what she referred to as her episode of “mythbusters” that if she had not had such a personal stake in the story she “probably would have just taken it at face value because [she] holds Oath Keepers in such high regard,” which is the mistake made on a constant basis by ordinary Americans involved in what has come to be referred to in an anecdotal way as the “truth movement.”  

Admittedly saddened by the realization that Oath Keepers has engaged in falsifying this particular story, SouthernBellePrepper goes on to say that her high regard for that organization prompted her to continue to investigate in an effort to ascertain if perhaps there might have been some “little story here that maybe got blown out of proportion” even after the woman at the LDS cannery she spoke with assured her that the story was a complete and total fabrication, and that is a perfect example of the power of these cointel operatives in terms of the sway they hold over the beliefs of those segments of the general public that follow them. 

I would encourage everyone to view her video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKLnsaQgqc8. Truth has a tone, and it is definitely alive and well on that youtube channel.  My only concern is with exactly how much of this sort of news she has assisted in the propagation of prior to this simply because she took these sorts of stories at “face value,” especially as all of the four I have looked at prior to this are in fact fictitious. 

The original stories and videos posted in reference to this fictitious event created by the imaginative purveyors of news at Oath Keepers and Alex Jones have long since been scrubbed from the internet, although Oath Keepers did issue a rebuttal, blaming the entire incident on one particular individual, the original source, and it is important to note that the source is never identified and no audio or visual evidence exists to prove that this story was anything more than a fabrication on the part of Oath Keepers, InfoWars, and Natural News. 

However, as usual, and unlike both InfoWars and Oath Keepers, Mike Adams of Natural News, rather than issuing an immediate rebuttal following his participation in this falsified story, which was contemporaneous to the Oath Keepers and InfoWars reports, continued to try and paint the situation as something other than what it actually was, utilizing tactics of communication that were in my honest opinion blatant and “in your face” attempts to ensure that few people progressed beyond the initial claims in search of any real truth.   

In the original story in reference to this fabricated incident, Adams cites as sources the original video created by Jones and Rhodes for the InfoWars episode in addition to the Oath Keepers site itself, as well as Rand Cardwell, who is identified as Oath Keepers Tennessee chapter president. Nowhere in any of the prior reports was there any mention of a name to attach to the term “fellow veteran,” which is how the initial source of this story is described, and that does not change with Adams.  That fact in and of itself should be enough to discredit this story as a complete and utter fabrication.  To simply take the word of these three organizations/news businesses that they were all utterly misled by one individual that has remained nameless since that time is to succumb to idiocy, because I can guarantee you, as much as they love to point fingers, legitimately or not, there is no way they would have let that slide if there had been a living, breathing human being they could have laid it off on.

Rather, the speed at which they set out to retract and back away from this story suggests that they were simply caught in another fabrication by a very reliable source, and had to cover their asses as best they could before their credibility diminished any further.  Mike Adams, however, in typical deceptive form, backs away from the story in such a way that the odds are that the fluoride soaked brain of the “average Joe” will never really arrive at the legitimate conclusion that he has once again been deceived by these NWO gimps and thus continues to believe the lie, bringing us one step closer to armed confrontations between our government and our fellow citizens.

For starters, his “rebuttal” is literally titled “Update: News Channel 5 Confirms Door-To-Door Questioning of Food Supplies in Tennessee While Canneries Downplay Initial Reports,” and it is not a stretch to assume that many people, given the confidence they have placed in this man, will simply read that title and assume that the story is completely true and subsequently share and refer to it as such, as I have seen occur repeatedly in online forums.  The first paragraph of the article goes on to describe a door to door initiative by “government” officials armed with a list of 22 questions to ask in reference to the emergency preparedness of individual citizens, and it is not until the second paragraph of the article that the subtle misconceptions are corrected, and the fact that it is a STATE effort being conducted to ensure the disaster preparedness of Tennessee citizens is ultimately alluded to. 

But Adams does not stop there in is blatant misrepresentation of the facts, as he immediately parlays that into a reference to the initial story as something completely removed from all of this when he refers to it as “another front” altogether.  In fact, Adams’ initial reference to that falsified story itself points out that the “the account quickly went viral across alternative news websites,” exploding across the internet, which it certainly did, thanks to the lying and misleading tactics of Natural News, Oath Keepers, and InfoWars. 

Adams’ next move is to refer to as liars the employees at the Tennessee Mormon cannery, when he contends they have “backed off” their original story and were subsequently informing the concerned citizens calling in such numbers that the phone lines were overwhelmed that “federal agents never visited their cannery,” which they most certainly did not.  In fact, the employees at the Mormon cannery laughed at the contention in the original report by Oath Keepers and InfoWars that the cannery told the make-believe federal agents they did not keep such records on hand and did not have access to them.  Their response was that they would have not have said any such thing, and instead would have informed the make-believe federal agents that they would do nothing of the sort, because it was nobody’s business, which is the same response I got from Mr. Drew Pope, the Public Affairs Coordinator for the LDS stake (which is their word for diocese) in the state of Tennessee.  And I can only agree with SouthernBellePrepper when she describes these people as being completely “flabbergasted” that this story was ever propagated as fact.  

Even more insulting is Adams’ implication that we should take the word of the president of the Tennessee chapter of Oath Keepers, Rand Cardwell, based solely on the fact that he is a veteran marine, which in no way indicates that he would be incapable of any involvement in this sort of scheme.  In fact, as a high ranking enlisted soldier, the odds that he is corrupt are very high, as most people with any experience with the military are fully cognizant of the fact that, in terms of the “officer” class, they are as corrupt at the bottom as they are at the top.  Adams asserts that there is “virtually no possibility” that Cardwell fabricated this story, and yet evidence to the contrary remains lacking.  And according to Drew Pope, who the reader will note is in complete agreement with the employees at the Tennessee canneries in question, the story is “absolutely false,” and the fact is that the Tennessee state government is currently in the process of a state wide campaign intended to ensure that their citizens are aware first of all that the need exists for emergency preparedness, and secondly that those same citizens take steps to prepare themselves at least somewhat.  To that end the Tennessee state government has even worked in tandem with the LDS, at least somewhat.