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Habeus Corpus and Posse Comitatus: Safeguards of Liberty Threatened by the Government

Two of America’s invaluable safeguards of liberty have been abused throughout history and now threaten to destroy the constitutional freedoms guaranteed to citizens. Habeus Corpus and Posse Comitatus are powerful tools to protect private citizens from an all-powerful government.

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The Latin phrase, Habeus Corpus, literally means show the body (the physical presence) of the accused, ensuring his day in court. A writ of Habeus Corpus requires law enforcement to bring the arrested person before a magistrate or judge to be informed of any criminal charges against him. Habeus Corpus prevents unlawful imprisonment.

The right of writs of Habeas Corpus are guaranteed in Article I, Section 9, clause 2 of the Constitution, which states, “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”

The Latin phrase, Posse Comitatus, means the power of county and forbids the central (federal) government from using military forces to engage in police-type activities against the civilian population. Posse Comitatus reminds the federal government (and even state government) that true law enforcement power resides with the sheriff at the local level.

So, how are these safeguards being abused? Let’s take a look at each individually, both historically and in the current sense.

The constitutionally protected right to writs of Habeus Corpus was literally kicked to the curb by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, shortly after the start of the Civil War. At the time, the suspension applied only in Maryland and parts of the Midwestern states. Lincoln’s goal was to illegally arrest and imprison those who favored the Confederate cause.

In response to the arrest of Maryland secessionist John Merryman by Union troops, then-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger B. Taney defied Lincoln ‘s order and issued a writ of Habeas Corpus demanding that the U.S. military bring Merryman before the Supreme Court. When Lincoln and the military refused to honor the writ, Chief Justice Taney in Ex-parte MERRYMAN declared Lincoln’s suspension of Habeas Corpus unconstitutional. Lincoln and the military arrogantly ignored Taney’s ruling. SOURCE

On Sept. 24, 1862, President Lincoln declared martial law and issued a proclamation suspending the right to writs of Habeas Corpus nationwide. In his zeal to stifle the rebellion, Lincoln effectively created a presidential monarchy enforced by the full weight of the Union Army.

In 1866, after the end of the Civil War, the Supreme Court officially restored Habeas Corpus throughout the nation and declared military trials illegal in areas where civilian courts were again able to function. The military occupation of the South led directly to passage of the Posse Comitatus Act, which was championed by far-sighted Southern lawmakers in 1878. “They had experienced a fifteen-year military occupation by the US Army in post-Civil War law enforcement. They understood the heel of a jackboot.”

Political reality practically forces politicians to declare some sort of emergency before they would dare impose the suspension of either Habeus Corpus or Posse Comitatus.

The mood in America today is strongly anti-federal government. The government, however, doesn’t plan on relinquishing power easily. It has, in fact, carefully laid plans to stifle any attempt to re-claim the Constitution or weaken the federal beast.

As I said in an earlier article, the trigger to set in motion the presidential suspension of Habeus Corpus, Posse Comitatus, the lawfully elected Congress and the Constitution is a presidential declaration of a national emergency and the implementation of martial law.

What few Americans realize is that our country has been in a constant state of emergency since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared a bank holiday in 1933, during the Great Depression, in the form of The Emergency Banking Relief Act.

Four major things happened with the passage of the Act:

* Only Federal Reserve-approved banks would be allowed to operate in the United States;

* The president would be allowed to declare a national emergency and use dictatorial powers over national finances;

* FDR was allowed to seize all gold in private hands and substitute worthless Federal Reserve notes for the gold; and

* The United States Treasury and the president were firmly placed in the grip of international bankers in the form of the Federal Reserve. The Emergency Banking Relief Act has never expired and remains on the books to this day, 78 years later.

As if to hammer home its grip on our nation, subsequent presidents have extended the so-called national emergency and added others as a matter of routine. There are now in effect four presidentially proclaimed states of national emergency. “In addition to the national emergency declared by President Roosevelt in 1933, there are also the national emergency proclaimed by President Truman on December 16, 1950, during the Korean conflict, and the states of national emergency declared by President Nixon on March 23, 1970, and August 15, 1971. SOURCE

“These proclamations give force to 470 provisions of Federal law. These hundreds of statutes delegate to the President extraordinary powers, ordinarily exercised by Congress, which affect the lives of American citizens in a host of all-encompassing manners.

“Under the powers delegated by these statutes, the President may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.” SOURCE

On May 9, 2007, President George W. Bush signed legislation declaring that in the event of a “catastrophic event”, the president can take total control over the government and the country, bypassing all other levels of government at the state, federal, local, territorial and tribal levels, and thus ensuring total unprecedented dictatorial power.

As we can plainly see, the Constitution has been shredded by illegal laws and acts and enforced by illegal bureaucratic rules, regulations and illegal taxes in the form of fees and licenses. Executive Orders and at least one Presidential Decision Directive have given the president virtually unlimited powers, all aimed at destroying liberty and any attempt to re-establish true constitutional rule.

All Faux-President Obama did was continue the tradition. He issued an Executive Order that creates a council of state governors who will work with the feds to expand military involvement in domestic security. Together with Presidential Decision Directive (PDD 51), a Bush era executive order that gives the President dictatorial power in times of national emergency, eliminated one of the last roadblocks to declaring martial law in the United States.

The new executive order, which is entitled Establishment of the Council of Governors (PDF), creates a body of 10 non-permanent state governors directly appointed by Obama, who will work with the federal government to help advance the “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States.

One of the important elements the Founders hoped to ensure through the Constitution was the separation of powers. By appointing state governors to “partner” with the federal government, an unconstitutional alliance between the states and federal beast was created. Instead of a separation of powers, Obama achieved a consolidation of powers, spearheaded by the federal government.

“In September 2010, President Barack Obama informed Congress that the State of Emergency in effect since September 14, 2001, will be extended another year. The National Emergencies Act grants various powers to the president during times of emergency, and was intended to prevent a president from declaring a state of emergency of indefinite duration,” PDD 51 says.

Many people today are questioning all the power grabs by the federal government, but as far as two decades ago, one man raised a red flag by asking a very serious question.

During the Iran-Contra hearing in 1987 (Reagan Administration) then-Congressman Jack Brooks (D-TX) said, “I was particularly concerned, Mr. Chairman, because I read in Miami papers, and several others, that there had been a plan developed, by that same agency, a contingency plan in the event of emergency, that would suspend the American Constitution. And I was deeply concerned about it and wondered if that was an area in which he had worked? I believe that it was and I wanted to get his confirmation.”

Brooks’ request was denied by Committee Chair, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI). SOURCE

In the classic Sci-Fi movie, Independence Day, alien invaders carefully positioned huge spacecraft over key cities in preparation for an invasion. The attack was coordinated through our own satellites and an embedded code was counting down to zero. Harvey Fierstein’s character asked Jeff Goldblum’s character: “What happens when it reaches zero.” Goldblum’s character responded: “Checkmate.”

As in that scene, pieces have been carefully positioned. Only a few remain for a complete destruction of our Republic and the liberties and rights of all citizens by the federal government. Those are the destruction of the Second Amendment (the right to keep and bear arms) and the positioning of a huge standing army to enforce martial law.

The Federal Government took care of one of those two remaining hurdles in 2002 with the formation of Northern Command (NorthCom), a joint command established to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities. In September, 2008, Army Times newspaper announced the deployment of 20,000 battle-hardened U.S. combat troops to NorthCom. The Iraq war vets were to man checkpoints and deal with “civil unrest and crowd control,” a total disregard of Posse Comitatus.

“Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks,” Army Times reports. “It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.

“But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom.”

I could go on for pages about these insidious plots. Instead, I will give you links to follow so you can read them for yourself.

Bush Heads To Colorado For Military Takeover Drill 

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/september2005/230905takeoverdrill.htm

 Operation Garden Plot Documents Published

http://www.infowars.com/operation-garden-plot-documents-published/

The governmentattic.org website

Frank Morales comments on Operation Garden Plot:

Download PDF documents:

USArmyCivilDisturbPlanGardenPlot_1991.pdf
ArmyCivilDisturbPlanGardenPlot_1978.pdf
USAF-ROP355-10_GardenPlot_1968.pdf
DA-CivilDisturbPlanGardenPlot_1968.pdf

Northern Command General Endorses Posse Comitatus Review

Newsmax 07/22/02
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/7/22/01218.shtml

Washington Post

Top Secret Pentagon Operation “Granite Shadow” revealed.

Tue Sep 27, 2005 14:05 

http://www.apfn.net/Messageboard/09-29-05/discussion.cgi.83.html

 PDD 51 & New Executive Order Give Obama Dictator Power

 http://www.scribd.com/doc/7566901/PDD51

 http://www.infowars.com/pdd-51-new-executive-order-give-obama-dictator-power/

 The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive

“Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right.”

Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

 http://news.antiwar.com/2010/09/10/obama-announces-state-of-emergency-extension/

 Obama Extends Bush’s 9/11 State of Emergency

America to Enter Tenth Year of ‘Emergency’ Next Week

 letter issued to the heads of Congress today

Anti-federalist First Essay of Brutus, Anti-federalist Eighth Essay of Brutus

 http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance7.html

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Is America readying for a new revolutionary war?

Americans are increasing ready to cast out the band of traitors and thieves from Washington, but few realize the federal government is prepared to combat anticipated uprisings with military force.

News of citizens’ growing discontent has most recently come from a former Democrat activist now working for Rasmussen, a leading Democrat pollster. SOURCE

Rasmussen pollster Pat Caddell confirmed August 7, 2011 the mood in America is strongly anti-government. That jibes with his statement last November that “a sea of anger is churning” amongst Americans who “want to take their country back” and the nation stood on the brink of a “pre-revolutionary moment.”

Faith in the federal government is plummeting with 83 to 94 percent of Americans believing Congress is failing or America is on the wrong path. As a result, many Americans appear ready to embrace a rising up against the government, according to Rasmussen and Caddell. The reasons are the ailing economy, prolific government spending and lack of jobs, much as in the Middle East, France, Spain, Greece, Italy and most recently London.

What most Americans don’t realize, however, is the government has already taken steps to preserve itself at the expense of the safety and protection of its citizens. Should street violence rise to the levels in other riot-torn nations, U.S. troops are prepared to deal with the crisis. If everything goes according to federal government schemers’ plans, U.S. combat troops will take over everything in America, from federal and state government to local law enforcement. This in spite of laws such as Posse Comitatus and Habeus Corpus, which are designed to protect citizens from the power of the government.

Warning messages about possible martial law and military takeover of civilian law-enforcement have been given for years. Most have been ignored.

The earliest warnings came, of course, from our Founding Fathers, many of whom spoke strongly against a standing army. One of those was the Declaration of Independence signer and fifth Vice President of the United States Elbridge Gerry who said: “What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army on their ruins.”

The most chilling statements against a standing army came from an anti-Federalist writing as Brutus who said if the people have “no confidence in their legislature, suspect them of ambitious views, be jealous of every measure they adopt, and will not support the laws they pass,” then the government will be “nerveless and inefficient, and no way will be left to render it otherwise, but by establishing an armed force to execute the laws at the point of the bayonet — a government of all others the most to be dreaded.”

Other warnings came later. Most recently, the American South experienced first-hand the danger of a standing army when Union Soldiers became an army of occupation. That occupation led directly to passage of the Posse Comitatus law*, which was championed by far-sighted Southern lawmakers in 1878. “They had experienced a fifteen year military occupation by the US Army in post-Civil War law enforcement. They understood the heel of a jackboot.”

*In a nutshell, this act bans the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines from participating in arrests, searches, seizure of evidence and other police-type activity on U.S. soil. The Coast Guard and National Guard troops under the control of state governors are excluded from the act.

The stage is set and the actors are primed to play their parts. Either a dictatorial federal government will declare martial law, turn our standing army against the people and take all power for once and forever, or the people will prevail. All it will take for the president (Obama) to assume dictatorial powers is the total disarmament of the citizens and a presidential declaration of an extreme emergency to start the revolution. Be prepared people.

 

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry accuses FED Chair. Bernanke of treason

Texas Gov. Rick Perry hit the ground running in his presidential campaign. He accused Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke of playing politics in a “treasonous” manner if he insists on printing more worthless federal reserve notes.

Reprinted below is part of an ABC News article.

“Cedar Rapids – Texas Governor Rick Perry officially entered the presidential campaign on Saturday and wasting no time in creating hostilities, in response to a question on Monday, said Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is playing politics in a ‘treasonous’ manner.

“Speaking at a backyard Republican gathering in Iowa, Perry responded to the question of his thoughts on the Federal Reserve. ‘If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we’d treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,’ ABC News reports.

“Perry did not expand on what ‘pretty ugly’ treatment would entail, but after the threat, he continued: ‘Printing more money, to play politics at this particular time in American history, is almost treacherous, uh, treasonous, in my opinion.’”
In my humble opinion, Perry was absolutely right. So, why did Perry call printing more money treason?

I’ve written extensively on the subject. Click the links below to see what I’ve found.

1. It could take one person a lifetime to track the Federal Reserve system and the international banking cartel. This is a good place to start. Get an OVERVIEW OF THE FED.

2. The FED has destroyed our currency. See actual gold- and silver-backed paper money and compare it to worthless Federal Reserve Notes.

3. Excerpts from Cong. Louis T. McFadden’s 1934 speech exposing the CRIMINAL EMPIRE POSING AS THE FEDERAL RESERVE. This is a MUST READ!!

4. Statement by F.D.R. advisor, “Col.” Edward Mandell House, ON THE FED. 

5. The Federal Reserve – more EARLY HISTORY

6. MORE ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE – Do we really need the Fed?

7. Putting MILLION, BILLION, TRILLION in perspective.

8. We can put a big dent in deficit spending by STOPPING FOREIGN AID.

9. The corporation of the United States is BANKRUPT.

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The United States is bankrupt

Please note that this original speech (below) was altered in the official US records to conceal the truth.

U S Congressional Record, March 17, 1993 Vol. 33, page H-1303

Speaker-Rep. James Traficant, Jr. (Ohio) addressing the House:

“Mr. Speaker, we are here now in chapter 11.

Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest reorganization of any Bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. Government.

We are setting forth hopefully, a blueprint for our future. There are some who say it is a coroner’s report that will lead to our demise.

It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent. H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress m session June 5, 1933 – Joint Resolution To Suspend The Gold Standard and Abrogate The Gold Clause dissolved the Sovereign Authority of the United States and the official capacities of all United States Governmental Offices, Officers, and Departments and is further evidence that the United States Federal Government exists today in name only.

The receivers of the United States Bankruptcy are the International Bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. All United States Offices, Officials, and Departments are now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War Powers.

With the Constitutional Republican form of Government now dissolved, the receivers of the Bankruptcy have adopted a new form of government for the United States.

This new form of government is known as a Democracy, being an established Socialist/Communist order under a new governor for America. This act was instituted and established by transferring and/or placing the Office of the Secretary of Treasury to that of the Governor of the International Monetary Fund.

Public Law 94-564, page 8, Section H.R. 13955 reads in part:
“The U.S. Secretary of Treasury receives no compensation for representing the United States.”

Gold and silver were such a powerful money during the founding of the united states of America, that the founding fathers declared that only gold or silver coins can be “money” in America. Since gold and silver coinage were heavy and inconvenient for a lot of transactions, they were stored in banks and a claim check was issued as a money substitute. People traded their coupons as money, or “currency.”

Currency is not money, but a money substitute. Redeemable currency must promise to pay a dollar equivalent in gold or silver money.

Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) make no such promises, and are not “money.”

A Federal Reserve Note is a debt obligation of the federal United States government, not “money?’

The federal United States government and the U.S. Congress were not and have never been authorized by the Constitution for the united states of America to issue currency of any kind, but only lawful money, -gold and silver coin.

It is essential that we comprehend the distinction between real money and paper money substitute.

One cannot get rich by accumulating money substitutes, one can only get deeper into debt.

We the People no longer have any “money.” Most Americans have not been paid any “money” for a very long time, perhaps not in their entire life. Now do you comprehend why you feel broke?

Now, do you understand why you are “bankrupt,” along with the rest of the country?

Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) are unsigned checks written on a closed account. FRNs are an inflatable paper system designed to create debt through inflation (devaluation of currency) when ever there is an increase of the supply of a money substitute in the economy without a corresponding increase in the gold and silver backing, inflation occurs.

Inflation is an invisible form of taxation that irresponsible governments inflict on their citizens.

The Federal Reserve Bank who controls the supply and movement of FRNs has everybody fooled.

They have access to an unlimited supply of FRNs, paying only for the printing costs of what they need.

FRNs are nothing more than promissory notes for U.S. Treasury securities (T-Bills) – a promise to pay the debt to the Federal Reserve Bank.

There is a fundamental difference between “paying” and “discharging” a debt. To pay a debt, you must pay with value or substance (i.e. gold, silver, barter or a commodity). With FRNs, you can only discharge a debt.

You cannot pay a debt with a debt currency system. You cannot service a debt with a currency that has no backing in value or substance. No contract in Common law is valid unless it involves an exchange of “good & valuable consideration.” Unpayable debt transfers power and control to the sovereign power structure that has no interest in money, law, equity or justice because they have so much wealth already.

Their lust is for power and control. Since the inception of central banking, they have controlled the fates of nations.

The Federal Reserve System is based on the Canon law and the principles of sovereignty protected in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In fact, the international bankers used a “Canon Law Trust” as their model, adding stock and naming it a “Joint Stock Trust.”

The U.S. Congress had passed a law making it illegal for any legal “person” to duplicate a “Joint Stock Trust” in 1873. The Federal Reserve Act was legislated post-facto (to 1870), although post-facto laws are strictly forbidden by the Constitution. [1:9:3]

The Federal Reserve System is a sovereign power structure separate and distinct from the federal United States government. The Federal Reserve is a maritime lender, and/or maritime insurance underwriter to the federal United States operating exclusively under Admiralty/Maritime law. The lender or underwriter bears the risks, and the Maritime law compelling specific performance in paying the interest, or premiums are the same.

Assets of the debtor can also be hypothecated (to pledge something as a security without taking possession of it.) as security by the lender or underwriter. The Federal Reserve Act stipulated that the interest on the debt was to be paid in gold. There was no stipulation in the Federal Reserve Act for ever paying the principle.

Prior to 1913, most Americans owned clear, allodial title to property, free and clear of any liens or mortgages until the Federal Reserve Act (1913.) “Hypothecated” all property within the federal United States to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, -in which the Trustees (stockholders) held legal title.

The U.S. citizen (tenant, franchisee) was registered as a “beneficiary” of the trust via his/her birth certificate.

In 1933, the federal United States hypothecated all of the present and future properties, assets and labor of their “subjects,” the 14th Amendment U.S. citizen, to the Federal Reserve System.

In return, the Federal Reserve System agreed to extend the federal United States corporation all the credit “money substitute” it needed.

Like any other debtor, the federal United States government had to assign collateral and security to their creditors as a condition of the loan. Since the federal United States didn’t have any assets, they assigned the private property of their “economic slaves”, the U.S. citizens as collateral against the un-payable federal debt. They also pledged the unincorporated federal territories, national parks forests, birth certificates, and nonprofit organizations, as collateral against the federal debt. All has already been transferred as payment to the international bankers.

Unwittingly, America has returned to its pre-American Revolution, feudal roots whereby all land is held by a sovereign and the common people had no rights to hold allodial title to property. Once again, We the People are the tenants and sharecroppers renting our own property from a Sovereign in the guise of the Federal Reserve Bank. We the people have exchanged one master for another.

This has been going on for over eighty years without the “informed knowledge” of the American people, without a voice protesting loud enough. Now it’s easy to grasp why America is fundamentally bankrupt.

Why don’t more people own their properties outright?

Why are 90% of Americans mortgaged to the hilt and have little or no assets after all debts and liabilities have been paid?

Why does it feel like you are working harder and harder and getting less and less?

We are reaping what has been sown, and the results of our harvest is a painful bankruptcy, and a foreclosure on American property, precious liberties, and a way of life.

Few of our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. have dared to tell the truth. The federal United States is bankrupt.

Our children will inherit this unpayable debt, and the tyranny to enforce paying it.
America has become completely bankrupt in world leadership, financial credit and its reputation for courage, vision and human rights.

This is an undeclared economic war, bankruptcy, and economic slavery of the most corrupt order!

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Can sheriffs save America?

Abraham Lincoln famously said, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” From The Gettysburg Address

Thus we learn that the federal, so-called, government is not the real government, it is the people and the Constitution and that treason against the government is really treason against the Constitution and the people.

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Any action of the feds that increases the federal grip on the people, or diminishes the true constitutional intent of the founding documents, is the real treason. The only two things standing between the dictatorial federal government and the people are the states through the 10th Amendment and local sheriffs.

Kids of my generation grew up with cowboy and Indian movies. Almost every one of them had at least one scene where the sheriff rounded up a posse and rode off into the Badlands to catch and dispense old-west justice – usually at the end of a rope.

In the old West, the sheriff was a mighty powerful man. He still is today. As a matter of fact, the county sheriff, in his own domain, is more powerful than the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. For that we should all get on our knees and thank God because the dictatorial federal bureaucracy has totally removed itself from control by the citizens. Our petitions and pleas are ignored and the main reason our elected so-called representatives even return to their home districts is to seek re-election.

Since the election of federal legislators who truly represent the people has failed, can anyone or anything, short of outright revolution, save us? There is one public officer who has a chance. The local sheriff.

A sheriff who understands his true role in American history would have arrested the Black Panthers or anyone else who interfered with the people’s voting rights. Both Ruby Ridge and Waco could have been prevented if the local sheriffs had exercised the power they hold and forbidden the federal agents from entry into their counties. Unconstitutional IRS asset seizures will be prevented if sheriffs put their collective feet down and stop federal intervention in their counties.

Strip searches/pat-down searches and nude x-rays at airports would be stopped immediately if local sheriffs forbid TSA entry into their counties. The entire PATRIOT ACT could be negated if local sheriffs refused to allow federal agents into their counties.

By now you realize I’m not talking about Buford Pusser, the legendary sheriff made famous in the movie Walking Tall, who carried a big stick to administer justice. Nor am I talking about Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who is credited for killing Billy The Kid. I’m thinking more along the lines of modern day sheriffs such as Richard Mack of Graham County Arizona, Dave Mattis of Big Horn County, Wyoming, Brett Barslou of Lemhi County, Idaho, and Jay Printz of Ravali County, Montana, to name a few.

Mack and Prinz rebelled when three federal agents attended a meeting of Arizona sheriffs and basically told them they would be FORCED to administer and enforce the (then new) federal Brady gun registration law, which was called the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

Editor’s Note: The Brady Act started the registration of guns through instant background checks.

On June 27th,1997, the sheriffs won; in Printz v. U.S. (521 U.S. 898) the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portions of Brady that required local law enforcement agencies to enforce the provisions of the Act. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the ruling for the Court in which he explained our system of government at length.

Click HERE to read the summary of Printz v. U.S.

In the court ruling Scalia refers to the “dual sovereignty” established by the U.S. Constitution that federalism is built upon. His opinion states that the Framers designed the Constitution to allow Federal regulation of international and interstate matters, not internal matters reserved to the State Legislatures. The majority arrives at the conclusion that allowing the Federal government to draft the police officers of the 50 states into its service would increase its powers far beyond what the Constitution intends.

Finally, the majority cited previous rulings by the Supreme Court in similar situations. They relied on New York v. United States, wherein the Court ruled a Federal bill compelling States to enact legislation to provide for radioactive waste disposal was unconstitutional because it violated the Tenth Amendment; thus, a precedent was set prohibiting the Federal government from compelling a state to enforce a Federal regulatory program.

Sheriff Mack was the first of a mere handful of sheriffs who have grasped the full implications of the courts ruling. The sheriff is under no obligation whatsoever to enforce ANY federal law that violates the spirit and intent of the Constitution. The states also receive immunity from illegal federal laws via the 10th Amendment. Many states, in fact, are doing just that, but the real salvation for the people will come from local sheriffs who have the guts to stand up to the federal behemoth.

Evil and designing men have conspired together to destroy the Constitution and the system of checks and balances so that today federal judges protect the legislative and executive branches and all three have at times united against the sovereignty of the states. All have seemingly united against the individual in a betrayal of trust and possibly treason in some cases. But there is still hope for our Republic and it comes in the form of the man wearing the star.

Sheriffs can’t do it alone. They will require the people to stand behind them, either through citizen brigades or their willingness to join a posse if called on by the sheriff.

The long dormant spirit of America is reviving. The states are beginning to adopt 10th Amendment resolutions, using powers they have always had. The people are restoring our long unbalanced constitutional system.

It is entirely possible that the salvation of our Republic rests in the hands of the 50 states and approximately 36 to 70 million armed civilians and roughly 5,400 county officials holding the elective office of sheriff. The Battle for America will be decided in your county at your front door. If you act now, later you will not need to stand alone when push comes to shove.

Additional MUST reading:

SHERIFFS CAN SAVE AMERICA

Sheriff Mack home page

“…we’re getting closer to a federal police state. That’s what we fought against 200 years ago – this massive federal government involved in the lives of people on the local level.”
Charles “Bud” Meeks, executive director of the National Sheriffs Association

The Sheriff Has Authority To Deny Federal Agents Access To His County

Greene County’s sheriff could deputize men to resist anti-gambling task force raid

Sheriff boots feds from his county

The birth of the sheriffs brigade

Long Live The Constitutionalist Sheriff!

(excerpt from “Long Live the Constitutionalist Sheriff!”

“…In an almost totally non-reported incident, an armed conflict between federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and a Nevada Sheriff’s SWAT team was averted only by virtue of the fact that, at the last minute, BLM backed down from the impending confrontation.

“For the record: federal police agencies have a long history of committing illegal searches and seizures (even assault and murder–can anyone say, ‘Ruby Ridge’ or ‘Waco‘?) against the US citizenry. But BLM might be the most notorious federal police agency of all…”

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Treason and betrayal

Let’s call a spade a spade. Coincidence and even lousy governance can no longer be blamed for the total betrayal by those we elected to represent our best interests. Our Constitution, and therefore our nation, are being illegally abandoned in favor of the very principals our Founding Fathers warned us against. I call this treason and trust the following information will uphold my belief.

Before going off on a rant, here’s my understanding of treason. Quite simply, treason is defined as a violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies. Remember, the United States is a sovereign nation, each state is sovereign in its sphere and the individual citizens are sovereign.

The Constitution says treason against the United States …”shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Congress, however, declares economic warfare against we the people every time it passes an un-funded mandate, raises taxes or allows the Fed to print worthless money. Between the Congress and the Fed, our currency is virtually worthless.

Many laws and acts of Congress are unconstitutional, whether the Supreme Court agrees or not, and thus infringe on liberty. A classic example is the so-called PATRIOT ACT. That act is de-facto treason against both the sovereign states and the sovereign people.

Treason is also a betrayal of trust or confidence and that type of treason oozes out of Washington daily. So, read on and recognize how literally we have been betrayed.

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