DA rejects Citizens Against Tyranny
Senior Staff Writer
Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg has joined a growing number of public officials speaking out against the group Citizens Against Tyranny.
Wesenberg issued a written statement Wednesday about the movement, which calls for using information requests to discover who has filed COVID-19 safety complaints with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration and then publishing those names online. The people who filed complaints would also be banned from member businesses.
Two women were previously listed on the group’s website, where they were labeled “Filthy Traitors.” Both the names and the label were removed after an inquiry from The News-Review.
Citizens Against Tyranny also seeks to force all government officials within the county to sign on to the project or face recall efforts, and Wesenberg also objects to that part of the plan.
“This kind of response to the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on the health of our community and individual financial difficulties, is not the answer. Our Board of Commissioners have and continue to carefully walk a path to balance those competing crises and have exemplified a balanced response to the issue,” Wesenberg said.
“I will not participate in or sign on to the Citizens Against Tyranny’s ill-intended approach to this difficult issue,” he said.
Wesenberg said public shaming and banning of certain listed Douglas County citizens is “offensive to our democracy and the due process of law. It’s simply not who we are in Douglas County.”
Wesenberg is among the county’s approximately 500 elected officials.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, also elected officials, sent out a statement earlier in the week rejecting the group’s plans and saying they would not sign onto the project.