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Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg

DA rejects Citizens Against Tyranny

{child_byline}CARISA CEGAVSKE

Senior Staff Writer

The News-Review

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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.

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Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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(19) comments

Marine Vet

I just want to Know. Which Business's here Are Apart of this.? My Money Spends well anywhere. I support Local Business so Far as That Local Business RESPECTS ME as Customer. No Masks, No Money.

CitizenJoe

There is a list in The Beacon. I hope that someone will put it into a format that can be paste it here, for everyone to know. I really think it would be responsible of the News-Review to go ahead and publish the list as part of a separate article.

NJ

One easy tell is when you walk into a business and see only 2 workers where 12 were yesterday - a tell tale sign of a Covid outbreak. Yep Business Owner, you should have enforced that simple Wear a Mask rule for operating. Businesses post signs of No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service, and No One has ever created the stink people are now by how a small mask has violated their civil rights against this "fake" pandemic that's killed 393,000 people in this country. It's an arrogance born solely by one man's love of wealth and complete disassociation with the human species.

Mike

I posted the list of businesses and their contact names. The News-Review deleted my post. They must have thought it would incite a riot.

Tyranthunter

Of course none of our elected officials want anything to do with citizens against tyranny. They are on board with the invisible virus and you can bet they've been paid off to follow instructions. I love how they demonize ordinary citizens who just want to keep their businesses open 10 months after this fake crisis was brought on by the corrupt officials in Salem. Oregon is one of four states who are in lock down yet have less cases then all other states. Less cases of the flu that is. Of course these officials don't want to see their citizens take a stand. It makes them look even worse for not doing their job. Worthless, all of them.

melrosereader

Heard should be recalled ASAP.

Tyranthunter

Yeah, God forbid anyone should stand up for the citizens who have poured everything they have into their businesses while corporate owned businesses are free to carry on without even a sneeze shield at their cash register. Like Chevron for instance on Diamond Lake. Nothing to see here though right?

pegrowe62

It is so sad to see people acting this way. Most people are good people and make the best decisions they can based on the best information they have at the time. We are all in this together & the squabbling & intimidation needs to stop. Once upon a time the beauty of our society was our differences, our diversity throughout our whole society. I am hoping that the Heard gang are sincerely trying to do the right thing, but they must realize they do NOT represent everyone in the county (not me that is 100% for sure), and they are not our elected officials. They are misdirected angry people. This virus is seriously dangerous and we ALL need to do our part. We need to keep a level head while we do that. The Heard gang are in danger of cutting their nose off despite their face. Their thinking & demanding is short sighted and selfish. We all must give something to stop the spread. Some of us more than others. Yes, if course it hurts. The good news is that science will make this upheaval in our lives relatively short lived. Think of you neighbors & families and set a good example. We will come out stronger on the other side.

Tyranthunter

Maybe you should go shopping in Portland

Country Craftsman

The solution to the problem is simple. Stop letting your life be controlled by fear and open up douglas county to conduct business as we have for ever. This is what fear does it turns friends against friends. Stop the insanity OPEN UP ARE COUNTY.

mworden

Country Craftsman, which part of this statement from the commissioners and DPHN do you not understand?

Reminder: All Douglas County Businesses Have the Ability to Be Open

Marine Vet

I just want to Know. Which Business's here Are Apart of this.? My Money Spends well anywhere. I support Local Business so Far as That Local Business RESPECTS ME as Customer. No Masks, No Money.

OregonHusker

Just call it what it really is. Citizens for Stupidity.

mworden

The responses of the sheriff, Rep. Leif, commissioners and district attorney demonstrate that threatening to purge anyone who disagrees with you is not an effective way to gain support. Especially when you threaten people like the sheriff and district attorney who've spent their entire careers dealing with criminals who threaten revenge all the time.

Does anyone know if the citizens for truth group and the citizens for tyranny group are related or coordinating with each other?

Marine Vet

Ive been Wondering that same thing.?

CitizenJoe

Dallas Heard and his "Citizens" are group of bullies. Paranoid, whining, tinpot tyrants. Abusers, who whine about their own "victimhood" and "oppression."

Any public official who bows to them defiles their own office.

Marine Vet

I just want to Know. Which Business's here Are Apart of this.? My Money Spends well anywhere. I support Local Business so Far as That Local Business RESPECTS ME as Customer. No Masks, No Money.

Mike

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." If Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg is correct, they why is doxxing the favored tactic to publicly shame and intimidate citizens who question our public leaders decisions?

I don’t remember Mr. Wesenberg issuing a written statement condemning Commission Chairman Chris Boice when he published information on-line identifying where my wife and I live in an attempt to intimidate and shame me. This came after I phoned Commissioner Boice last March and questioned the county’s lackadaisical response to coronavirus and Commissioner Freeman’s statement during a Board of Commissioners meeting when he said about coronavirus; “There is no call for social distancing…There is no call to close events…People should go about their lives.”

Mr. Wesenberg calls Citizens for Tyranny an “ill-intended approach to this difficult issue," but then goes on to commend the Commissioners for their “exemplary response.” In FACT, the Commissioner Boice response was just the opposite. It was despicable. Commissioner Boice used his influence to research where I lived and then thought out how to best intimidate me into submission, no different than what Sen. Dallas Heard wishes to do with his organization Citizens for Tyranny. Our County Commissioners are no different than Sen. Dallas Heard and Citizens for Tyranny, no matter what District Attorney Rick Wesenberg says.

mworden

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