President Obama Asking Military Leaders if They Will Fire on U.S. CitizensUnproven!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that contains an article that said noted author and humanitarian, Dr. Jim Garrow, has revealed that President Obama is using a new litmus test for his military leaders.   The article said that President Obama is asking if they will follow orders and fire on US citizens.  Garrow posted this allegation on his Facebook page and it has gone viral.

The Truth:

Dr. Garrow told TruthOrFiction.Com that he did post this information on his Facebook page, which was passed on to him by an anonymous source.  Garrow’s unnamed source is a legend in the U.S. Military who had heard this second hand from a friend, another military officer, who he recruited. This according to an interview with Garrow on WDTV, which was posted on YouTube on January 23, 2012.

A clipping from The Examiner about this story was found posted on his profile page.

This is not the first time that such a rumor has gone into circulation.  We found a similar rumor of a President testing the allegiance of his military leaders in 2003 posted on a Yahoo group, which actually originated in 1995 from a Twenty Nine Palms Survey found posted on a website called, “Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.”

When the members of the U.S. Military join or earn their commissions an oath is administered to them.  The enlisted swear to obey the President but there is no such mention of this in the oath administered to the Officers.

The oath that is administered to enlisted:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The oath administered to new Officers:
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

We have contacted the Department of Defense and are hoping to hear back from them soon.

updated 01/24./13

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Examiner – by Dave Gibson

On Monday, renowned author and humanitarian Dr. Jim Garrow made a shocking claim about what we can expect to see in Obama’s second term.

Garrow made the following Facebook post:
I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.
So, who is the source?
Garrow replied: “The man who told me this is one of America’s foremost military heroes.”
Understand, this is not coming from Alex Jones or Jesse Ventura, or from anyone else the left often dismisses with great ease.
Garrow is a well-respected activist and has spent much of his life rescuing infant girls from China, babies who would be killed under that country’s one-child policy. He was also nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
His bio on reads:
Dr. James Garrow is the author of The Pink Pagoda: One Man’s Quest to End Gendercide in China. He has spent over $25 million over the past sixteen years rescuing an estimated 40,000 baby Chinese girls from near-certain death under China’s one-child-per-couple policy by facilitating international adoptions. He is the founder and executive director of the Bethune Institute’s Pink Pagoda schools, private English-immersion schools for Chinese children. Today he runs 168 schools with nearly 6,300employees.
This comes on the heels of Sunday’s report in the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) that the head of Central Command, Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis is being dismissed by Obama and will leave his post in March.
The WFB article states:
“Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.”
Did Gen. Mattis refuse to “fire on U.S. citizens?”
Thanks to TransAm for this article.