We publicly commend the FBI who recently thwarted a potential bomb plot that would have claimed the lives of many innocent civilians at BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City. While we rejoice in the potential threat being snubbed out, we are also saddened the reporting done by CBS national news. Tonight CBS aired a news segment displaying our organization along with a picture of our national leader while explaining that 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell "allegedly claimed to embrace the Three Percenter ideology." They then explained what that ideology consists of (by their definition), and said that we are a "far-right anti-government group that has rallied against gun control efforts and pledges resistance to the federal government over the infringement of constitutional right."
We publicly condemn CBS and their leftist agenda as they continue to fabricate and spread fake news about our organization and the Three Percenter movement. We demand CBS publicly apologize and issue a statement correcting their false definition of our ideology.
Very clearly on our national website we have defined exactly who we are and who we are not. Under the "About Us" section it reads:
"We are NOT anti-government. In fact, we are very pro-government, so long as the government abides by the Constitution, doesn't overstep its bounds, and remains “for the people and by the people”. Our goal is to utilize the failsafes put in place by our founders to reign in an overreaching government and push back against tyranny. We are working to preserve the intent of our government as designed. We do not intend to implement our own government. There is often a misconception that we are wanting to overthrow the government. This is simply not true and a false rumor to try and paint our movement as anti-government.
We do not seek to incite a revolution. However, we will defend ourselves when necessary. We are not here to create violence. Violence should always be a last resort and even then should only be defensive in nature."
We would also like to point out that Three Percenters have four principles that we live by. On our website it reads:
"All Three Percenters must abide by the following principles. Anyone who cannot accept these principles as a self-imposed discipline are not welcome in this organization, nor should ever consider themselves a part of the Three Percent movement.
1. Moral Strength - Knowing what is right and wrong and acting accordingly. Being trustworthy, truthful, and holding high values and principles. Strength to stand up when something is morally wrong.
2. Physical Readiness - Physical readiness is defined as the ability to meet the physical demands of any task in order to accomplish the objective at hand. There are some III%ers that have disabilities that prevent them from meeting physical demands and for these there is an exception.
3. No First Use of Force - "Don't fire unless fired upon". We are not the aggressor nor antagonist. We are purely defensive and only as a last resort.
4. No Targeting of Innocents - Self Explanatory."
We would also like to point out that we have a vigorous vetting process that confronts each potential member with a series of questions. Some of these questions are designed to red flag extremist types which results in the potential member being turned down for membership immediately. We are happy to report that Jerry Drake Varnell was not a member of our organization.
It's quite clear that Varnell couldn't have been a Three Percenter because he clearly did not believe nor uphold the principles that a true Three Percenter lives by. In our by-laws under the "Invalidated Persons" section it reads:
"Anyone who claims to be a Three Percenter but does not abide by or follow the ‘4 Principles of a Three Percenter’ should cease to be called such. Any member who lies during the vetting process, any felon who fails to follows the rules laid out in this document for felons, and/or any person who has underlying motives that do not align with our views will be removed immediately. If at any time any member feels an individual’s views are not in alignment with the views expressed in this document, that member should seek out a leader immediately and report said person. If an individual is trying to act in our name and their actions are not aligned with our views and principles we will take actions to make all aware that this individual does not represent our organization, nor the Three Percent movement as a whole. If any member feels another member is a credible threat to themselves or others, that member should contact local authorities or 911 immediately."
Hopefully now everyone can clearly see that we are not what CBS claims we are. We are not anti-goverment and we are not domestic terrorists. 'The Three Percenters’ is a national organization made up of patriotic citizens who love their country, their freedoms, and their liberty. We are committed to standing against and exposing corruption, injustice, and fake news.
The Three Percenters National Council