I recently read Sheriff Richard Mack’s inspiring book and I hope you’ll read it too. After finishing it, the first thing I wanted to do was buy additional copies to pass out to my local police and Sheriff. Mack tells about how quickly after he joined the police force he realized that the he was part of “taxation through citation” and his job was primarily to meet quotas. He realized that the police forced people to wear seatbelts, but the police were guilty of a greater crime of not keeping their oath to the Constitution.

His stand for the Constitution came when his lawsuit against the Clinton administration regarding the Brady Bill came before the Supreme Court. The 1997 ruling said that the federal government could not commandeer state or county officers for federal bidding. The ruling stated that the States were “not subject to Federal direction.” Justice Scalia wrote, “The Federal Government may not compel the States to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program.”

James Madison envisioned that state legislatures would “erect barriers against encroachments of national authority,” yet we see that they frequently fail to do so. He believed Sovereign States could nullify any unconstitutional encroachments by the federal government.

Mack teaches that the County Sheriff is the highest law enforcement official in their county and they have a duty to protect the people they have sworn to serve not only from criminals, but especially from lawless government. The Sheriff should not violate their oath for a judge or legislature. Their oath supercedes blindly following orders. They are not machines, but men with a conscience. The Sheriff’s job is to protect people from abuse, crimes of federal agencies.

We have no hope of changing Washington, D.C. unless we begin in our homes and counties. We need to urge our city councils to pass resolutions nullifying lawless regulations. Some may think accusing federal agencies of a crime is just inflammatory rhetoric so he reminds us of the 1998 Congressional hearing where IRS employees testified that the “IRS routinely fabricated evidence against American citizens who they knew were financially incapable of defending themselves.”

The Sheriff’s job is to protect people from tyranny.

What is tyranny? Noah Webster tells us it is arbitrary (depending on will or discretion, not governed by any fixed rules. Arbitrary power is most easily established in the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness (excessive indulgence of liberty; contempt of the just restrains of law, morality, and decorum))   or despotic (absolute power; independent of control from men, constitution or laws; arbitrary in the exercise of power) exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. Hence, tyranny is often synonymous with cruelty (disposed to give pain to others; destitute of pity) and oppression.

Again, the County Sheriff is the highest law enforcement officer in the County. In 1997 the Sheriff of Nye County, NV told the Feds they would be arrested if they tried to confiscate rancher’s cattle.

A Wyoming Sheriff enacted a policy that all federal agents have to check with him before they can make arrests, serve papers, or take property after the INS erroneously raided home of U.S. citizens.

For Federal officers to take over a county is the “epitome of usurpation” and the Sheriff should not tolerate it. Any agency that violates the Bill of Rights commits treason.



Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 2pm protesters will gather at the Japanese Fishing Village Memorial located at 1124 S. Seaside Ave., San Pedro, CA. The memorial is adjacent to the Terminal Island Federal Prison where Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were sent January 4, 2016 to serve the remainder of their five year mandatory sentences for Arson.

The Hammond case sparked international media attention when Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy and other protesters moved into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge several weeks ago. The Hammonds have refused to sell their property to the BLM for decades so the BLM has attempted to destroy their livelihood and deny their right to the pursuit of happiness by arbitrarily denying permits and blocking access to water rights.

Protesters are calling upon Attorney General Loretta Lynch to prosecute all federal officials involved in the criminal activity of denying the Hammond family their constitutionally protected rights. Gov. Brown of Oregon is called upon to protect the citizens of her state from federal abuse.

In 2001 Dwight & Susan Hammond’s son, Steven, informed the fire department that he was going to be conducting a prescribed burn on their property to improve the productivity of the land for the following year. Despite Steven’s training and experience in fire management, the fire inadvertently burned 127 acres of grass on public land which caused no damage and according to BLM Range Conservation Agent Dave Ward and BLM Fire Specialist Roy Hogue “land productivity had improved.”

In 2006, lightning started fires that burned thousands of acres and threatened their cattle’s winter feed. Steven Hammond started a backfire on their property which succeeded in putting out the blaze.

The following day, federal agents filed a police report against Dwight and Steven Hammond for starting the backfire. Steven was arrested by Sheriff Dave Glerup and BLM Ranger Orr. The Harney County D.A. dropped the charges against Steven and his father.

Five years later, the US Attorney Office charged Dwight and Steven Hammond as arsonists under the Federal Anti Terrorism Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. June 22, 2012 Dwight and Steven Hammond were found guilty of the 2001 and 2006 fires. Judge Michael Hogan said that the minimum five year sentence would constitute cruel and unusual punishment, therefore, he sentenced Dwight to three months and Steven to 12 months in prison. The Hammonds did their time and were released in March 2013 and January 2014 respectively.

Despite a 2012 agreement not to appeal, in June 2014, Prosecutor Frank Papagni, did file an appeal seeking resentencing. The 9th District Federal Court ordered the 74 year old Dwight Hammond and his son to return to prison in 2016 to serve the five year mandatory minimum sentence. The Hammonds have paid $400,000 in fines to the BLM and were also forced to grant the BLM the first right of refusal if they ever sell their ranch.

In a similar case, United States v. Estate of Hage, U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones accused the BLM of a decades long criminal conspiracy against ranchers to deprive them of their permits and water rights. “This behavior shocks the conscience of the Court and provides a sufficient basis for a finding of irreparable harm,” he penned. Judge Jones alerted the U.S. Attorney’s office, but no action has been taken.