[OPF List] Mark Kessler - A Checkered Past - Part 1

Gary Hunt hunt at outpost-of-freedom.com
Tue Dec 9 03:26:09 JST 2014


Mark Kessler - A Checkered Past
Part 1

 

Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
December 8, 2014

 

Benedict Arnold began his military career with accolades for his ability to
gather fighting men and win battles.  Somewhere along the line, disenchanted
with not receiving the recognition he sought, he switched sides and joined
the British against the American colonists.  Mark Kessler appears to have
been, at least, an advocate of certain rights, though he, with other
motivation, turned against American patriots.

We will follow some of his controversial career, and detail some recent
events, that should be a lesson to all true patriots. There are techniques
that are used to establish "credentials" (a presence), which might induce
some to trust someone who is not really on their side, eventually leading to
their downfall.  This process is explained, rather briefly, in
<http://www.outpost-of-freedom.com/blog/?p=642> Vortex, though this story is
far more detailed and is a real life education in that process.

According to Linkedin <https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-kessler/90/595/556>
, Kessler was Chief of Police in Gilberton, Pennsylvania (a borough of about
1.5 square miles, population approximately 800 in 2010) from July 2000
through February 2014.  As Chief, he was the only full time employee in the
police department.

On Linkedin, he claims to be Founder/CEO of CSF (Constitution Security
Force) from February 2013 to present (more about CSF, later).  Without
explanation, he claims "Reality TV" from January 2014 to present.  Finally,
claims to be CEO of III% BOG (Boots on Ground) from January 2014 to present.
He fails to mention his work for the government, but, then, that is the
purpose of this article.

A number of articles indicate that Kessler began his working career as a
coal miner.  Depending on sources, he became Chief of Police in Gilberton in
either 1998 or 2000.  Regardless, he was law enforcement in Gilberton for
over a decade before his first instance of questionable competence. 

Questionable professionalism

On Saturday, August 27, 2011, while off duty, Kessler was in the Second
Street Pub in Girardville.  He was wounded by his own weapon when he
intervened in a scuffle and shot himself in his left hand (link
<http://republicanherald.com/news/gilberton-police-chief-wounded-by-own-gun-
during-bar-incident-1.1195323> ).  A friend then drove him to the hospital,
and it is reported that Kessler took the pistol with him.  The Sheriff's
Department has never found the firearm to complete their investigation (link
<http://republicanherald.com/news/handgun-not-yet-recovered-in-girardville-b
ar-fight-investigation-1.1197433> ).

Then, in 2012, we find that the Borough of Gilberton Mayor, Mary Lou Hannon,
and police Chief Mark Kessler were ordered to pay $15,000 to settle a
federal lawsuit that alleged Councilman Robert Wagner had been
unconstitutionally arrested, strip-searched, and imprisoned because he used
profanity toward the mayor.  Wagner filed the lawsuit after Kessler arrested
him for two counts of harassment for calling Mayor Hannon to complain about
youths riding quads and dirt bikes at late hours.  Hannon had directed
Kessler to arrest Wagner (link
<http://republicanherald.com/news/gilberton-settles-councilman-s-lawsuit-1.1
255366> ).

Support of the Patriot Community

After these two questionable events, Kessler stepped up his support of the
Second Amendment when, on January 24, 2013, he obtained unanimous council
approval for his "2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution" (link
<http://wilkesbarrescrantonig.com/2013/01/25/gilberton-borough-council-adopt
s-2nd-amendment-preservation-resolution-on-january-24th/> ), which nullifies
all "federal, state or local acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations
regarding firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition [that] are a
violation of the 2nd Amendment along with Article 1, section 21 of the
Pennsylvania Constitution", within the Borough boundaries.  After passage,
Oathkeepers member Larry Liguori presented Chief Kessler with an Oathkeepers
t-shirt.  It seems that Kessler had begun activism as an American Patriot.
(Image of Resolution
<http://www.outpost-of-freedom.com/images/Gilberton-Borough-Council-2nd-Amen
dment-Preservation-Resolution.jpg> )

By January 2013, Stewart Rhodes, of "Oathkeepers", had Kessler as a guest
and praised his efforts (link
<http://www.outpost-of-freedom.com/videolibrary/130111_Stewart_Rhodes_Interv
iew_with_Police_Chief_Mark_Kessler.mp4> , 1 hr 16 min).  Interestingly,
using the Revolutionary War as an example, Kessler says that we should have
automatic weapons, since the government has them.  He did not distinguish
beyond firearms, and he did not address the fact that people could own any
weapon the government owned, back then.  This omission will be addressed,
later.

On February 4, 2013, Kessler registered an Internet domain,
"chiefkessler.com <http://www.chiefkessler.com/> ", and posted the
following:

ALERT!  Anyone interested in joining a reserve force with the Gilberton
Borough Police Department ,contact Chief Kessler immediately for details!
Due to our Country's current situation I'm compelled to form an auxiliary
force, DHS (Department of Home Land Security) is stock piling ammunition,
Stock Piling Machine guns at a alarming rate!  I believe we have no choice
for what MAY OR MAY NOT happen shortly!, Ask yourself this one question, can
you walk into any sporting good store and purchase 22LR, 9mm, 45ACP , 40
caliber, 5.56/223 , 7.62x51 or 308 ammunition in quantity's more then[sic] a
box or two ?  (OR ANY AT ALL) if you answer No, ask yourself why ????  I'll
tell you why because the GOVERNMENT is STOCKPILING BILLIONS of rounds of
ammunition!  (for what ????)  even the police can't get ammo !  DHS has
enough weapons and ammo to wage a 30 year GROUND war, (BUT ON WHO and WHY)
what is wrong with this picture???, Maybe the tyrants want to take as much
ammo off the civilian market AS POSSIBLE!  either way it's very disturbing!

This quickly evolved into what is claimed to be an national effort to
establish "reserve forces" under the name of Constitution Security Force
(CSF), and was picked up by the alternative media (link
<http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/02/police-chief-wants-citizens-as-reserve-fo
rce-to-defend-against-feds/#ixzz2Koh9lNxh> ), beginning a broader "presence"
in the patriot community.  In an April 2013 video
<http://www.outpost-of-freedom.com/videolibrary/CSP_Meeting_Constitution_Sec
urity_Force.mp4> , Kessler explains his creation of the CSF.  Claims were
made that 38 states had adopted the CSF concept and was recruiting members.
It seems that Kessler tired of the CSF, since many of the designated state
representatives seemed to have lost contact with Kessler.

fire Kessler signIn an April 18, 2013, article, "Spooks Threaten To
Assassinate Patriot Police Chief Mark Kessler
<http://beforeitsnews.com/scandals/2013/04/spooks-threaten-to-assassinate-pa
triot-police-chief-mark-kessler-2431132.html> ", Kessler claims that he has
been targeted and received death threats.  The article states that he
received a call, "with the caller warning he is going to get a bullet to his
head if he doesn't stop the work he is doing.  The call was traced by the
Gilberton police to a pre-paid cell phone purchased and activated
anonymously."  Interestingly, the Gilberton police is Kessler, himself,
though he provides no proof of the investigation and its results.  However,
receiving threats creates an image that would be suitable to impress other
patriots.  Another article (link
<http://articles.mcall.com/2013-07-30/news/mc-gilberton-police-chief-radio-s
how-comments-20130730_1_death-threats-radio-show-borough-hall> ) states that
Kessler said that he "couldn't tell you how many death threats that they
have been receiving at borough hall where I work," on his then Spreaker
radio show.

By August, the people of Gilberton were really fed up with Kessler's erratic
behavior.  Kessler was suspended from his duties as Chief of Police for
thirty days, beginning on the 1st.  In such a small town, where everybody
knows nearly everybody, the extent of displeasure of Kessler's activities
was amply demonstrated when there was little opposition to a sign put up by
the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. 

Termination of Kessler

With the suspension nearly over, on August 30, and Kessler and his attorney
failed to appear for the meeting; as a result, the suspension was continued,
indefinitely.  At question was Kessler's $30,000 annual salary and whether
the Borough would have to pay him, even if he was fired (link
<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/08/contract_binds_cussing_p
olice.html> ).  That final decision to fire him would have to wait.  Even
Mainstream media outlets were beginning to cover the story.  Kessler was
getting far more than his "fifteen minutes of fame". 

On September 19, 2013, the Borough Council met in a closed-door disciplinary
proceeding, considering allegations that Kessler had improperly used a
state-administered program to buy discounted tires for his personal vehicle,
failed to submit required crime data, and made derogatory comments about
borough officials.  The decision was to fire Kessler (link
<http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/09/gilberton_s
ays_it_plans_to_fir.html> ).

On October 10, the Borough Council held a required public hearing.  Kessler
and attorney were present when one of his supporters "accidently" dropped a
loaded pistol on the concrete floor, just inches away from where Kessler
sat.  The supporter was asked to leave and the meeting was "continued" (link
<http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/10/gilberton_p
a_police_chiefs_hea.html> ).

On February 21, 2014, a final settlement was reached with regard to
Kessler's discharge.  He would receive $30,000 over 11 months.  He had been
suspended without pay since August 1.  He also agreed to withdraw his demand
for a public hearing over his suspension and the borough would not challenge
any attempt by Kessler to obtain unemployment compensation.  Further, he
agreed to not to have any contact with past and present Gilberton officials
including the mayor, council members and their families, not to attend any
borough meetings or comment in any manner on the settlement.  Should he not
abide by those terms, and return all borough equipment, Gilberton has the
right to stop payments.  He was also prohibited from any type of legal
action related to his suspension and termination (link
<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/02/gilberton_abolishes_poli
ce_for.html> ).  The Council then voted to do away with a Borough Police
Department (link
<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/02/gilberton_abolishes_poli
ce_for.html> ).

Kessler's new future

Due to the apparent lack of success with Kessler's first venture into
organizing patriots, the Constitution Security Force, on February 24, 2014,
he announced that his new venture, III% BOG (Boots on the Ground) had
already achieved membership in the thousands, in chapters around the
country.  He will "vet" all members, to assure that they are acceptable to
the organization (or, perhaps, for other nefarious purposes).

In describing III% BOG, Kessler's attorney says:

"Say there is some sort of a civil riot.  Mr. Kessler's group would not be
part of the individuals who are promulgating the overthrow of government...
He would be on the side of trying to assist government that there isn't any
kind of unruly behavior, the breaking of laws..."

 

To be continued in Mark Kessler - Recent Past - Part 2

 

 

Gary Hunt
 <http://www.outpost-of-freedom.com/> Outpost of Freedom

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice
behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:21

 

 

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