The Oath Keepers portrays itself as an innocent, civic-minded organization catering to current and former members of the military and law enforcement. Their name is taken from the "Oath of Office" that each of them took as public servants. They are not terrorists. And, contrary to popular belief, they are not a militia group. The Oath Keepers organization can be described, however, as an extremist group because they embrace antigovernment conspiracy theories, such as FEMA detention camps, the existence of a New World Order, and impending Obama gun raids. They are not a traditional threat such as organized crime, violent gangs or terrorist groups. Rather, they represent an internal operational security and counterintelligence concern.
The Oath Keepers' mission appears to endorse subverting the U.S. Government through disobeying perceived "unlawful" orders, monitoring of law enforcement, military and intelligence communications and, if necessary, unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information to their membership, affiliated groups and the general public. [Note: Past references on this website to the Oath Keepers being a "threat" or "dangerous" have been removed due to a lack of recent reporting validating such descriptions. There have been no known arrests of Oath Keepers for weapons violations, threats or other criminal activity since 2011].