Power of a “County Sheriff”
Bighorn County Sheriff Dave Mattis spoke at a press conference following a recent U.S. District Court decision (Case No. 2:96-cv-099-J (2006)) and announced that all federal officials are forbidden to enter his county without his prior approval …… “If a sheriff doesn’t want the Feds in his county he has the constitutional right and power to keep them out, or ask them to leave, or retain them in custody.”
The court decision was the result of a suit against both the BATF and the IRS by Mattis and other members of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association. The suit in the Wyoming federal court district sought restoration of the protections enshrined in the United States Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution.
Guess what? The District Court ruled in favor of the sheriffs. In fact, they stated, Wyoming is a sovereign state and the duly elected sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a county and has law enforcement powers exceeding that of any other state or federal official.”
Re-read this quote.
The court confirms and asserts that “the duly elected sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a county and has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state or federal official.”
And you thought the 10th Amendment was dead and buried — not in Wyoming, not yet. But it gets even better. Since the judge stated that the sheriff “has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR federal official,” the Wyoming sheriffs are flexing their muscles. They are demanding access to all BATF files. Why? So as to verify that the agency is not violating provisions of Wyoming law that prohibits the registration of firearms or the keeping of a registry of firearm owners. This would be wrong.
The sheriffs are also demanding that federal agencies immediately cease the seizure of private property and the impoundment of private bank accounts without regard to due process in Wyoming state courts.
Gosh, it makes one wish that the sheriffs of the counties relative to Waco, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma regarding their jurisdictions were drinking the same water these Wyoming sheriffs are. Sheriff Mattis said, “I am reacting in response to the actions of federal employees who have attempted to deprive citizens of my county of their privacy, their liberty, and their property without regard to constitutional safeguards. I hope that more sheriffs all across America will join us in protecting their citizens from the illegal activities of the IRS, EPA, BATF, FBI, or any other federal agency that is operating outside the confines of constitutional law.
Employees of the IRS and the EPA are no longer welcome in Bighorn County unless they intend to operate in conformance to constitutional law.” [Amen].
Sheriffs have enormous power, if or when they choose to use it. I share the hope of Sheriff Mattis that “more sheriffs all across America will join us in protecting their citizens.” If Wyoming Sheriffs can follow in the steps of former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack and recognize both their power and authority, they could become champions for the memory of Thomas Jefferson who died thinking that he had won those “states’ rights” debates with Alexander Hamilton.
This case is not just some amusing mountain melodrama. This is a BIG deal. This case is yet further evidence that the 10th Amendment is not yet totally dead, or in a complete decay in the United States. It is also significant in that it can, may, and hopefully will be interpreted to mean that “political subdivisions of a State are included within the meaning of the amendment, or that the powers exercised by a sheriff are an extension of those common law powers which the 10th Amendment explicitly reserves to the People, if they are not granted to the federal government or specifically prohibited to the States.”
How we can Accomplish this?
We have researched many areas and found a county with a very small population that has good water, soil and climate. We have said several times we are going to “Take over the County” which is not a good description of what we will be doing. We will be moving to this county and becoming GOOD neighbors, getting involved in the county’s business, building up the economy and improving living conditions for everyone. We will not be forcefully taking over anyones lives or their county, we will show and educate the local residents as how they can be more prosperous, happy, and enjoy the lives they were meant to live by allowing them to exercise their rights and freedoms guaranteed by upholding the Rule of Law and the Constitution.
In essence we will be taking over the County in respect to government, we will have more or as many residents in our group than there are residents in the county to make sure the elections are like the Democrats and Republicans have done for years, we will in effect be appointing our own Candidate via the voting.
This means that everyone that moves to this county is responsible for their own lives, their behavior and well being of everyone. Each is responsible for their own livelihoods, their homes and upbringing of their children. Each will be expected to stand together and give support to the Sheriff when or if needed.
This move will not be a breeze so to speak, there will be a lot of problems just as there are all over the country but we will have a better chance at surviving the coming problems in this country as we will have the knowledge and safety of being able to sustain our lives using our own good sense and being prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.
This will not be easy or cheap. We have to have our own power, water and land to grow our food and live on. We are looking now for someone who will finance a large tract which will be paid back by the people who will be taking ownership of that section of land. We will have to drill at least one large well to supply us all with water both for our living and the crops and animals. There will need to be a independant power source and with the folks that have already signed up there will be no problem in building this.
If you would like to be a part of this movement join our Yahoo group freedomisnotdead to keep up with the information we are finding out daily.
If you would like to help us show others how to successfully take back our freedoms then help us with donations to fund the necessary work that will have to be done before anyone can move on the land. Every dollar will go to this project and will pay you back in dividends of showing other counties they can also be freedom counties which will benefit everyone in this country by showing the corporate powers they are not the governing body.
Please give us your support and help us make this one project that will set a course for the future.
All of our futures !