The Washington Post on Sheriff Mack and CSPOA

The Washington Post on Sheriff Mack and CSPOA

Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, in Phoenix, January 2011. (Gage Skidmore) Photo from The Washington Post article.

Sheriff Mack is a member of the Oath Keepers Board of Directors

Editor’s Note:

I am going to send readers to The Washington Post to read the article in full. In doing so, any reader may chance to click the embedded link to the Center for Public Integrity’s massive hit piece on Oath Keepers and Sheriff Mack’s CSPOA, which prompted The Washington Post, at least to some degree, to contact Sheriff Mack for the interview.

I will do a report of my own regarding the CPI’s verbal butchery and brain-wash contribution to the MainStream media, in another article, because it is one of the more ghastly examples of yellow journalism I’ve seen in recent years,  but did want to at least offer our readers here at Oath Keepers a preparatory notice that clicking on the embedded link at The Washington Post’s article will bring up the CPI’s hit piece.

That said, below are several opening paragraphs from The Washington Post’s not-too-unfriendly article, which, I am glad to see, is a sign suggesting that “integrity” in journalism still has a place at The Washington Post.

The Washington Post’s article is HERE

National sheriffs’ group, opposed to federal laws on guns and taxes, calls for defiance

By Tom Jackman April 28 at 5:00 AM

Local police chiefs and sheriffs typically swear to enforce the laws of their state. But a group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is intent on strictly enforcing their view of the U.S. Constitution and, according to a long new piece by the Center for Public Integrity, “its ambition is to encourage law enforcement officers to defy laws they decide themselves are illegal.” In essence, they are troubled by the overreach of the federal government in matters concerning guns, taxes and land management, and founder Richard Mack has described the federals as “the greatest threat we face today,” and his association as “the army to set our nation free.”

In an interview with Julia Harte and former Post reporter R. Jeffrey Smith, Mack said he had enlisted “several hundred” of the more than 3,000 sheriffs around the country as members of the CSPOA, and that hundreds more are sympathetic. At the association’s 2014 convention, dozens of sheriffs signed a declaration that they would not tolerate any federal agent who attempted to register firearms, arrest someone or seize property in their counties without their consent.

Mack struck a blow for states’ rights in the 1990s as a sheriff from Graham County, Arizona, when he and a sheriff from Montana challenged the Brady Bill’s interim requirement that local law enforcement agencies perform background checks on gun buyers. The Supreme Court ruled in Mack’s favor, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion affirming the states’ sovereignty under the 10th Amendment and that the federal government could not enlist the local police in 50 states to do its bidding. The decision did not have lasting impact because a national database was put in place to enable gun dealers to run the checks themselves, removing local law enforcement from the process.

But Mack became popular in conservative circles and he launched the CSPOA in 2011. At a recent training for local police, the CPI reported, Mack declared that “gun control is against the law” and that his goal was to sign up about one-fourth of the nation’s sheriffs to join the association. “And then everybody in this country has at least two or three places in each state where they can go for refuge,” Mack said, “find a true constitutional sheriff who’ll tell the federal government, ‘You’re not going to abuse citizens anymore.’”

(snip) Read entire article at The Washington Post HERE

Special thanks to “Trey” for fetching this one.


Elias Alias, editor

As an addendum I would like to share a video we published in 2014. This is KrisAnne Hall, a Constitutional attorney and lecturer who supports CSPOA and Oath Keepers in her nation-wide teaching endeavors. Under this video at KrisAnne Hall’s YouTube channel is the following info:

Published on Sep 20, 2014

THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB–WASHINGTON, D.C.– KrisAnne Hall, constitutional attorney speaks at the CSPOA press conference and summarizes the CSPOA Resolution that was drafted by CSPOA on January 24, 2014 and presented to legislative offices this week.– September 17, 2014

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Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net