The militarization of our local police forces continues, and as local law enforcement gets their hands on high-grade, weaponized and war-ready equipment, an authoritarian streak goes right along with it.
The sheriff of Erie County, New York, told the State Legislature it was none of their damn business how they use their high-tech cellphone “sniffers” to spy on Americans.
Timothy B. Howard told a committee the “Stingray Tracking Device” his department has owned for six years wasn’t being used to tap into citizen’s phone conversations, but only for tracking their movement. And that’s all he would say. The Erie County Sheriff’s Department received the device – and other surveillance equipment – from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of an ongoing effort to supply local law enforcement with high-grade military equipment.
He wouldn’t tell the elected officials about the scope of the device’s capabilities, how well it worked or how many times his department has used it.
With no disrespect to this honorable body … the specific use of the device should be left to the monitoring of the courts and not to the Legislature or to the media,” he said.
Other than riot control. Other than "rolling" over the common man. Other than using military muscle to remove your rights physically. I cannot think of any reason why they would need such a violent weapon.
THE SHERIFF IS AMERICA LAST LINE OF DEFENSE!
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Sheriffs called out to fight the law
Local officers predicted to be key to preventing gun confiscation
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A high-profile former sheriff who once sued the U.S. government over its
gun regulations - and won - says it is the local sheriff who will have
to defend Americans when and if the feds starting banning and
Richard Mack, a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://sheriffmack.com/">http://sheriffmack.com/> ; a former sheriff in Graham
County, Ariz., joined with then-Ravalli County Sheriff Jay Printz in a
lawsuit against Washington when Bill Clinton demanded sheriff’s enforce
provisions of the Brady Bill gun control law.
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He won. And since then he’s been at the front of a movement that
highlights the responsibility of local sheriffs.
Now, as Washington gears up to consider imperious plans to limit guns,
require fingerprinting and registration, impose additional taxes and
fees, ban particular features or functions outright, and even confiscate
weapons of self-defense, Mack has told WND that there’s hope remaining
in local law enforcement.
It’s not complicated, he said.
“Gun control is illegal and it’s against the Constitution,” he said.
“What people don’t realize is that the Second Amendment was designed
to protect us from the power of the federal government.”
He said he would expect sheriffs across the country to defend the rights
of ordinary Americans.
“I hope and pray America’s sheriffs won’t allow any more gun
control,” Mack said. “The sheriffs need to be united in letting the
federal government know that we’re not going to allow it.
“In the ’90s when I was the sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., we worked
with other sheriffs and stopped two or three Brady Bills,” he recalled,
a fight that he’s been detailing in seminars with sheriffs.
He said the office is critical, as it’s not only in law enforcement,
but also is elected directly by the people.
“Out of 200 sheriffs with whom I’ve met, I’ve only had one give me a
wishy-washy answer. That one said he would try to take the federal
government to court,” Mack said. “Most of them have said they would
lay down their lives first rather than allow any more federal control.
They also said they would do everything they could to stop gun control
and gun confiscation.”
Alan Stang at News With a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.newswithviews.com/Stang/alan192.htm">http://www.newswithviews.com/Stang/alan192.htm>;
Views wrote about another battle Mack encountered while sheriff. A
bridge had washed out and parents were driving children 26 miles to
school, which physically was located only half a mile across a river.
The county decided the fix the bridge and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers warned that an environmental study alone would take 10 years.
Mack promised to provide protection for the workers, and said he’d call
out a posse if needed.
The bridge was built.
Stang wrote about other close encounter between sheriffs and the feds:
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cheme-to-Destroy-the-Second-Amendment-Hardcover> out who is working to
aid Barack Obama in the destruction of the 2nd Amendment, in “America
“In 1997, in Nye County, Nevada, federal agents arrived to seize cattle
that belonged to rancher Wayne Hage. The sheriff gave them a choice:
skedaddle or be arrested. They skedaddled. … In Idaho, a 74-year-old
rancher shot an endangered gray wolf which had killed one of his calves.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent three armed agents to serve a
warrant. Lemhi County Sheriff Brett Barslou said that was
‘inappropriate, heavy-handed and dangerously close to excessive
force.’ More than 500 people turned out for a rally in the small towns
of Challis and Salmon to support the sheriff and the rancher and to tell
the federal government to back off.”
Mack, who’s written “The Magic of Gun Control,” said if there is an
actual specific plan to start taking Americans’ weapons, he expects a
“If the federal government wants to start a new Civil War, all they
need to do is go ahead with gun confiscation,” Mack said.
Just a day earlier, WND reported a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://wnd.com/?p=339279">http://wnd.com/?p=339279> ; that
Firearms Coalition a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.firearmscoalition.org/">http://www.firearmscoalition.org/> ; Executive
Director Jeff Knox said Second Amendment supporters aren’t planning
negotiations with Obama over gun control.
“We are not going to back down. We are not going to give in. And we are
not going to concede one more inch,” Knox said.
He was responding to questions about America’s response to plans like
those from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to demand gun registration,
bans and fingerprinting in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in
“Unfortunately, the president and other anti-rights politicians are not
doing anything to keep what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary from
happening again,” he said. “Instead they are going after law-abiding
gun owners and targeting commonly owned firearms and ammunition feeding
devices. Their proposed restrictions on these items would have had no
impact on what happened at Sandy Hook, and, if passed, would not stop
the next craven murderer from wreaking just as much havoc and
Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt shared Mack’s
“The county sheriffs need to act and make new deputies to stop federal
authority in the counties,” Pratt told WND. “This is a defensible
idea. He can deputize people to serve since they are the ones who voted
for him to represent them. A lot of citizens would stand up for their
Second Amendment rights if they were protected by the sheriff.”
He cited a move that already is surging among states to adopt laws and
use the Tenth Amendment to curb federal activity. The Tenth Amendment
simply reserves to the states and the people all responsibilities not
specifically assigned to Washington in the Constitution.
Pratt noted the move that over the past few years has seen eight states
adopt laws that exempt firearms made, sold and kept in the state from
federal oversight. The federal government has taken the issue to court,
where it remains at this point.
“A number of states are passing laws that use the Tenth Amendment to
curb federal control. Their law says that if a gun is made in the state
and sold in the state, that the federal government has no control over
it,” Pratt said.
He provided additional examples of what already has resulted from
sheriffs’ disputes with the feds.
“In Elkhart County, Indiana, there was a farmer who produced raw milk.
The Department of Justice was investigating the farmer and was trying to
shut down the farm,” Pratt said. “Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers
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age-sheriff-brad-rogers-of-elkhart-county-indiana/> the farmer by
saying that without a warrant signed by a judge and without probable
cause, they had no jurisdiction to investigate the farmer within his
jurisdiction of Elkhart County.”
“Rogers said that if they didn’t leave, he would arrest them. The DoJ
threatened to arrest him, but Rogers sent his deputies to defend the
farmer,” Pratt said. “The feds have had to back off.”
He also said local officials in New Mexico burned trees from a small
parcel of federal land in order to halt a raging forest fire.
“The sheriff is the chief officer in the county even on federal land if
the land is in the county,” Pratt said.
But Washington is not idle. Barack Obama says a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.powerlineblog">http://www.powerlineblog.
com/archives/2012/12/obama-repeats-support-for-gun-control.php> he will
put the weight of his office behind gun control and Feinstein even has
proposed a federal gun buyback program that has been endorsed by about
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ack-program-d7ee8fa6> members of Congress.
Feinstein’s dedication to eliminating the Second Amendment is
The California Democrat was one of sponsors of the so-called “Brady
Bill,” the 1995 “assault weapons” ban. Faced with the limitations
placed in the version that was making its way through Congress,
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rm-all-americans-17988/> that, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the
Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up every gun
in America, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in.”
Mack, who is also the founder of the Constitutional a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://cspoa.org/">http://cspoa.org/>;
Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, said Feinstein is a
“polimagician,” a political leader who believes his or her policies
will work magic for their constituents.
“They think they’re special and better than everyone else. Feinstein’
s [own] concealed carry permit is the product of this elitist
attitude,” Mack said. He said Congress and Obama simply are loading
their political agenda onto the backs of the victims of Sandy hook.
He said gun control through history produces one result: “Genocide.”
Pratt warned that Washington’s strategy will accomplish nothing but
creating vast new ranks of felons in America.
“A lot of Americans spend an awful lot of money on these guns. I don’t
think there will be very many who will willingly accept $200 for a gun
that they paid $500 to $1,000 for,” Pratt said.
The last two major gun rights cases that went before the U.S. Supreme
Court were decided in favor of gun rights, and as a followup the Second
Amendment Foundation a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.saf.org/">http://www.saf.org/> ; has been taking on local and
Recently, a federal judge struck down a North Carolina provision that
authorizes a ban on firearms and ammunition outside homes during “a
declared emergency,” determining that violates the Second Amendment.
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earlier when residents of King, N.C., were startled by the banishment of
firearms during a “declared snow emergency.”
Judge Malcolm J. Howard wrote, “…the court finds that the statutes at
issue here are subject to strict scrutiny …While the bans imposed
pursuant to these statutes may be limited in duration, it cannot be
overlooked that the statutes strip peaceable, law abiding citizens of
the right to arm themselves in defense of hearth and home, striking at
the very core of the Second Amendment.”
“When SAF attorney Alan Gura won the Heller case at the Supreme
Court,” noted SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “the gun
ban crowd said that we were a ‘one-trick-pony’ and that we would never
knock out another gun law. Well, SAF has now knocked out gun laws in
Maryland, Illinois and North Carolina.”
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An Email to Send to Your County Sheriff
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The following letter is a sample of a letter that I suggest that you email to your County Sheriff. We need hundreds if not thousands of Patriots to send emails to their County Sheriff. We need to find out which of the Sheriffs are working for the people and which ones are working for the Federal government. Copy the following letter and send it to all of your friends and neighbors and ask them to do the same. Ask everyone to email their Sheriff and demand that he or she make a commitment to honor their oath of office.
As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in _______________County you were required to take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Having taken that oath I would like to know if you will honor your oath by refusing to enforce Federal rules, regulations and directives that violate the Constitution and/or the Bill of Rights.
The Second Amendment clearly proclaims that the people have a right to own guns and in the Bill of Rights, the government is prohibited from infringing on the right of the people to own guns if they choose to do so. Your primary job is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the rights of the people that live in ______________ our County.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal government has no lawful jurisdiction in the counties and that when a Sheriff chooses to enforce an unconstitutional directive, he is violating his Constitutional Oath.
The people of _______________ County are the employer and you are the employee and we expect you to represent us and not the Federal government. As your employer, I would like to know if you are given an order that violates the Constitution, will you honor your oath or will you do as directed by the President of the United States.
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I read with baited breath; "Anthony G. Martin - North St. Paul News" article that was posted somewhere on this site by Anthony J Thannisch. I hesitantly (hopefully) question his source for this statement;
"Second, sources state that the Roberts court has quietly accepted information concerning discrepancies in Obama's history that raise serious questions about his eligibility for the office of President. The charge goes far beyond the birth certificate issue. This information involves possible fraudulent use of a Social Security number in Connecticut, while Obama was a high school student in Hawaii. .."
I hope and pray it is true but Justice Clanence Thomas is on record as saying the Supreme's are avoiding the issue. I've spoken with Attorney Orly Tiatz a week ago since Sheriff Joe Arpaio has gone public with his Cold Case Possee and has valuable expert evidence that she could use next MONDAY. According to her, Sheriff Arpaio is just trying to sell books and has refused to appear as her witness so I have been trying to put pressure on Sheriff Joe Arpaio out here where I live to appear April 16th (next Monday) in a Circuit Court in Mississippi and be a witness for Orly Tiatz in a lawsuit she is involved in concerning Obama eligibility. (She's filed a dozen or so eligibility lawsuits for different people and all Judges to date have thrown them out for one reason or another). If it is denied or thrown out, she can appeal to the Supreme Court from there. Hoping to get Arpaio's evidence recorded in a court of Law!
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