Co-Founder Endorses ‘Defend the Guard’

Eric Garris says states must stand up to federal overreach

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(Boise, Idaho) – Today Eric Garris, longtime libertarian activist and Director of, formally endorsed the "Defend the Guard" movement.

The Defend the Guard Act is state-based legislation which would prohibit the deployment of a state’s National Guard units into active combat without a declaration of war by Congress, as required by Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. As of February 14 it has been sponsored in eleven states for the 2022 legislative session, and is on track to be introduced in over forty states by the end of the year.

"For over 25 years has reported on the proliferation of endless, undeclared war in the Middle East and around the world," said Garris. "I believe one of the most effective ways of stopping these unconstitutional wars of choice is through ‘Defend the Guard’ legislation. It is the responsibility of states to stand up to the federal government and tell DC that the National Guard will not be sent to war until Congress declares it." was founded in 1995 by Eric Garris and the late Justin Raimondo as a website for news, commentary, and information about US foreign policy, world events, and non-interventionism. It’s a non-partisan, anti-imperialist platform that publishes perspectives from both the political left and right.

"Eric Garris is a patriotic American who knows that our country is significantly damaged by the permanent warfare state in Washington DC," said Sgt. Dan McKnight, Chairman of Bring Our Troops Home. "As our organization fights to pass ‘Defend the Guard’ in state houses around the country, both Republican and Democratic bill sponsors should be enthused knowing they’re working with the support of good people like Eric."

Sgt. Dan McKnight is a thirteen year veteran of the US military, including time spent in the Marine Corps Reserves, US Army, and Idaho National Guard. He is a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he served an eighteen month tour from 2005 to 2007. In 2019 McKnight founded Bring Our Troops Home, an organization of Global War on Terror veterans which has formed the backbone of the national "Defend the Guard" movement.

To interview Sgt. Dan McKnight, Eric Garris, or other "Defend the Guard" spokesmen, please contact Communications Director Hunter DeRensis at

BringOurTroopsHome.US is dedicated to removing our military forces from the Middle East and insisting the Constitution of the United States be faithfully observed. For more information, call Sgt. Dan McKnight 208-917-3507. Or contact or

3 thoughts on “ Co-Founder Endorses ‘Defend the Guard’”

  1. Right on! Mar 13, 2021 Closing Speech on “Defend the Guard” by Del. Pat McGeehan of West Virginia, 2021

    “Defend the Guard” would prohibit a state’s National Guard units from being deployed into active combat without an official declaration of war by the U.S. Congress. The bill failed to pass, 26 yeas to 71 nays.

  2. Close but we need a total prohibition of Nat Guard troops being used overseas for any reason. We have had Americans suffer because Guard troops and equipment that should be helping Americans recover from state emergencies were deployed overseas.

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