"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ranger Tabbed West Point Grad Faces Felony - Antonio Buehler

Antonio Buehler graduated from West Point, graduated from Army Ranger school, was then educated in combat operations overseas, and still later graduated from Stanford graduate school. He is now getting a PhD in false charges for exercising the Constitutional rights he fought for in Iraq. Not a bad resume for a middle school teacher in Austin, Texas.

It's understandable that he would have such an impressive resume given the incredible record of the family that raised him. His father was an enlisted infantry soldier in the Army with three tours in Vietnam. His mother was also military and served in Somalia. His brother, also a West Point graduate, did three tours in Iraq before graduating from a Harvard graduate program.

Antonio simply met the standard of an exceptional American family, and he has continued to do so after separating from the service. As the news broadcast above shows, on New Years Eve in Austin Texas he saw police arresting two females and he heard screaming from one of them, so he began taking pictures to secure evidence. One police officer then walked over and arrested him while Antonio screamed, "why are you touching me?!"

The officer later claimed that Antonio had spit on him, and charged him with a felony that carries with it years in prison if found guilty.

Fortunately, due to some very creative networking and internet leverage, Buehler was able to get the word out and he has had multiple witnesses come forward. Those witnesses - concerned citizens like him who were video taping the incident - have helped him overcome the Austin Police Department's refusal to release dash camera footage. Buehler's education, dedication to the Constitution, and resourcefulness remind me of former Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) pilot, John Robb, who blogs about such creative technology and tactics being used to fight against oppressive governments. Watching Buehler master some of the techniques Robb blogs about on his Global Guerillas site makes me think the military lost out when Antonio Buehler departed our ranks.

On the other hand, perhaps America lost nothing as this military officer continues to battles for freedom and defend the Constitution here at home, in hand to camera combat where liberty truly lives and dies. As a veteran with two lawsuits myself, one against a Texas police department, and another against the Department of Homeland Security, I truly appreciate veterans who honor their oaths even when they separate from military service. Such an example of American courage is rare and should be celebrated. And it is financially very costly for us little people - justice takes money as I have unfortunately learned.

For those interested in learning more about this great American, you can visit his Facebook Page and you can help defray the costs of his defense against a clearly fabricated felony by donating to his defense fund using PayPal. Keep in mind, a felony equates to never being able to own firearms, get a government job or assistance, and even means not being able to vote in certain states. Don't let a man suffer further degradation of his Constitutional rights simply because he exercised them. We all lose in that case.


  1. I without out a doubt believe Buehler's account of what took place on New Years Eve. APD has a history of rife corruption, and I myself have experienced it numerous times. I grew up in E. Austin, and as one of the few whites living there at the time, I was routinely harassed and racially profiled by APD. They assumed the only reason I would be on the Eastside was to buy drugs or get a prostitute. This happened even more so after I moved out and would return to visit friends. But I've also been assaulted by APD and even had a motorcycle cop tap his gun against my temple several times. Being a writer, I'm compiling my experiences to be put on my web site, as well as voice my support for Buehler and the two other victims in this tragedy. www.hreinhard.wdeansigns.com - facebook.

  2. Thanks PYB for the post. The video seems to support Buehler's side of the story unequivocally--especially when contrasted with the APD spokesman's account of the incident. What I find most disturbing is the increasingly frequent incidence of 'police brutality' nationwide. A trend which appears to be rising since the Rodney King arrest and that infamous video. Also, there is an alarming increase in the 'militarization' of police forces and the tactics they employ. Sadly, it also seems PD's aren't getting the message that people are watching and the intensified violence only makes things worse. I have several police officer friends, women officers, and while the trend is changing in some contexts by allowing women to deescalate certain situations, the violence on the male side appears to have been cranked up. My female partner is deployed in Afghanistan now and is having more success in village stabilization operations than her male counterparts. There is an important lesson for us all as human beings in taking notice of the correlation between increased aggression and heightened civil unrest. I think it all needs to be dialed down a notch or two.