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Hi guys - here's a very interesting piece I found at SIGHTINGS and Free Republic.. Click here for previous post.



County sheriffs in Wyoming are insisting that all federal law enforcement officers and personnel from federal regulatory agencies must clear all their activities in a Wyoming county with the Sheriff's Office. Speaking at a press conference following the recent US District Court decision (case No 2:96-cv-099-J) Bighorn County Sheriff Dave Mattis stated 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 power and right to keep them out or ask them to leave or retain them in custody." The court decision came about after Mattis & other members of the Wyoming Sheriffs' Association brought a suit against both the BATF and the IRS in the Wyoming federal court district seeking restoration of the protections enshrined in the United States Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution. The District Court ruled in favor of the sheriffs, stating that, "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."

The Wyoming sheriffs are demanding access to all BATF files to verify that the agency is not violating provisions of Wyoming law that prohibit the registration of firearms or the keeping of a registry of firearm owners. 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 state courts.

Sheriff Mattis stated: "I am reacting 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."

This case is evidence that the Tenth Amendment is not yet dead in the United States. It may also 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 Tenth Amendment explicitly reserves to the People, if they are not granted to the federal government and specifically prohibited to the States.

Case Notes: Case: Castaneda v. USA Filed: 10th May 1996 Closed: 29th April 1997 Case No: 2:1996cv00099 Wyoming District Court, Casper Nature of Suit: Civil Rights

Robert Bright

-- robert bright (roosterbos@go.com), January 14, 2000


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-- Robert Mangus (rmangus1@yahoo.com), January 14, 2000.

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OOPS ... Wrong key above ...

It look like FreeRepublic.com has a Y2K search problem with their Web site (engine!).

This, cited from the bottom of the following URL:

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Or ... Their

"New search engine features. Get the scoop here."

(ibid same Web page)

... as long as it happened AFTER 01/01/2000 ...


Regards, Bob Mangus

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-- Robert Mangus (rmangus1@yahoo.com), January 14, 2000.

Let us HOPE this is about to become a new trend. Naturally, the 'spineless jellyfish' far outnumber true american citizens 500 to 1. We may have to move back to WY.

-- Will continue (farming@home.com), January 14, 2000.

I always wanted to move to Wyoming, now I have a great reason...

-- Powder (Powder47keg@aol.com), January 14, 2000.

Judging by the response level to this thread, I shall now revise my "jellyfish" numbers and suggest 1000 to 1.

I'd better begin packing.

-- Will continue (farming@home.com), January 14, 2000.

Everyone should copy this and e-mail it to their states sheriffs association.

-- Johnny (jljtm@bellsouth.net), January 14, 2000.

http://www.leolinks.com/search/Law_Enforcement/Sheriffs_Departments/in dex.shtml

This is a good start to find out your states Sheriffs "stuff"

-- Johnny (jljtm@bellsouth.net), January 14, 2000.

Warning! Terrorists move into Wyoming
attempting the seizure of private property
and the impoundment of private bank accounts. They have been identified as the IRS, EPA,
BATF and the FBI.

I have met the enemy and he is us. - Pogo

-- spider (spider0@usa.net), January 14, 2000.

hmmm...wonder if there's room in Bighorn county for a right-thinkin' technical writer...i've already called U-Haul...

-- John Galt (still@doom.er), January 14, 2000.

Hot damn!!! I just cannot believe this! I'm packin' my covered wagon now as we speak... I am so stoked. We need to pray for these courageous law enforcement officers, and legal professionals taking this dangerour stand.

-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), January 14, 2000.

A Gold Star for Sheriff Mattis.

I'm going to print this and take it to the Sheriff here in Gentry county Missouri.

-- Sam (Wtrmkr52@aol.com), January 14, 2000.

May God bless and protect this brave man, and all who follow his example. And may they be many. This brought tears to my eyes, and a lump in my throat. Maybe there is still hope...

-- Elaine Seavey (Gods1sheep@aol.com), January 14, 2000.

Sheriff Dave Mattis sounds like a man of integrity and great courage. It would be great if he gets a lot of national attention and grassroots support for his efforts! Go, Dave!!

-- (RUOK@yesiam.com), January 14, 2000.

The "case notes" at the end state that this action was closed April 29,1997. I wonder what the results of the suit were?

-- mark (anvilmark@yahoo.com), January 14, 2000.

I am in disbelief that this could actually happen in America. This is a happy day for me. Meet you all in Wyoming!

-- Worried One (?) (bustina420@hotmail.com), January 14, 2000.


"The District Court ruled in favor of the sheriffs, stating that, "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."

Watch out Billy Clinton...there's a good chance Sheriff Mattis chews Skoal.


-- Will continue (farming@home.com), January 14, 2000.

Hey WC!

Wait up, will ya'? I've got farther to run than you! ; )

-- Wilferd (WilferdW@aol.com), January 14, 2000.

Nice to already be here! ... hee hee hee hee

-- hiding in plain (sight@edge of.nowhere), January 14, 2000.

Hey everybody......we can stay with hiding until we find jobs!!!

-- Will continue (farming@home.com), January 14, 2000.

I'm looking for a career change, might as well change locations, too. To heck with high-tech aerospace and electronics. I call "Dibs!" on the first open railroad locomotive engineer job.

I've got freinds in that job who make more than I do, and they can see the sun and scenery outdoors. All I've got is computer displays and interior walls.


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), January 14, 2000.

I think that sheriff ought to be president. Hey Hiding, do ya'll need any dozer men out there?

-- dozerdoctor (dozerdoc@yahoo.com), January 14, 2000.

Unlike some other places, and times :-) there is always plenty of room at this inn! Refugees and weary travelers are always welcome! Especially amongst my TB2000 family.

Uhhh - just set myself up - huh? Oh well, is honest truth.

Rev. ThunderLight

-- hiding in plain (sight@edge of.nowhere), January 14, 2000.

Dozer - in a word - yep!

Lots of oil and natural gas fields in area ... new and renewal road construction a never ending thing (harsh winters tend to do terrible things to roads and highways) ... etc.

-- hiding in plain (sight@edge of.nowhere), January 14, 2000.

If only this would spread to the entire country. For many years I have wondered why state governments have allowed the feds to abuse the constitution withouit protest. That all states and , with one exception, all sheriffs allow the feds to do as they wish with no protest is unbelievable. From top to bottom they all fail to uphold the law of the land and guard our guarenteed rights.

-- Mr. Pinochle (pinochledd@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

I stand with integrity and righteousness. Sherrif Dave is the kind of man we need in Washington, a man who can read and understand what our forefathers meant in the Consitution, not some " out for false glory" politician. We need more men to stand up for the freedom many have paid for with their lives.

-- Marlene Evans Castelow (e3mareva@fast.net), January 15, 2000.

Having a President who would put our Contsitution above all else would certainly be refreshing, Alan Keyes comes to mind. Too bad we're outnumbered by the spineless jellyfish 1000 to 1.

It will take a revolution to return our government to it's originally intended form. We could probably locate many willing to participate in such an endeavor, providing it could be dealt with within a weekend because people wouldn't want to use up any of their vacation time. These are the same citizens who would consider voting if they could recieve a tax credit for doing so. Ahhhhelll. We need more than a revolution, don't we?

-- Will continue (farming@home.com), January 15, 2000.

Anybody have an e-mail address where we could send the good sheriff a copy of this thread and personal messages of support?

-- (TrollPatrol@sheesh.now), January 15, 2000.

This case was closed April 29th, 1997. This man may not even be a Sheriff any longer. It's just one more sterling example of our 24/7 news industry in action. Too busy chatting about how to keep your Poinsettia fresh during the holiday season or the evils of depriving your children of daycare, to notice that local law enforcement needs to take the fed gov to COURT in order to keep it within the boundries set forth in our constitution.

Pathetic beyond puke.

-- Will continue (farming@home.com), January 16, 2000.

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