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The law enforcement officers described what they could offer the Oath Keepers:

“I have a wide variety of law enforcement experience, including undercover operations, surveillance and SWAT,” one wrote on the membership application.

“Communications, Weapons, K9 Officer for local Sheriffs office 12 years to present,” wrote another.

“​​I am currently working as a deputy sheriff in Texas,” typed a third.

These men, who had sworn to uphold the law, were signing up to join an armed, extremist, anti-government group.

The Oath Keepers trade in conspiracy theories and wild interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. Its members have been involved in armed standoffs with the federal government. Some face charges in connection with their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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