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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


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



  1. Interesting. Journalists at the Washington Post and the Center for Public Integrity, who passionately support the First Amendment, have a problem with the CSPOA and Oath Keepers, who passionately support the Constitution and it’s Bill of Rights.

    As usual, the leftists are going to attempt to discredit their ‘enemies’ without realizing that their ‘enemies’ are actually their protectors.

  2. Good article to read today and most fitting. I am still deescalating from yesterday. I got involved without hesitation. I drove into a fast food chain and in between two fast food chains in a parking area I saw another person who rights messages on their window. Relieved I was not the only one. I drove by him sitting in his vehicle with regular music volume own and thumbs up to him, his flag and POW sign on his door, and support our troops, united we stand. I went inside and kept an eye on him for 15 minutes, saw a man walk up talk to him while out of his vehicle then leave and was on his phone, looked regular thing to do. Then within five minutes three police cars pulled up, then two more, then three more. First few officers walked around his vehicle looking into and around and but did not enter. Several standing around back at the cars and on phones. I saw about 3 more cars pull in. I asked a lady that worked there how long he had been here near by she didn’t know he was there. I heard a group of people laugh among themselves saying the police are here. I went to my car put my things inside, kept my phone and knowing he was out numbered and all along I began walking hundred yards toward a dozen police and about that many cars thinking I can’t believe I’m doing this and that a lib has caused all of this.
    I don’t know when I would have stopped but then two began to come towards me meeting me in the middle with their bullet proof vest, eye shades dressed in black. I said I’m not here to interfere in an arrest but he is not the only one that whites on his vehicle as I pointed to mine said I do as well. I said it’s communist. before I could say let him go in an asking manner I was cut off, the officer said that is not what it’s about and there was not going to be an arrest and they walked back towards this man. The police where there a good 15 minutues from start to end. I saw some watching me and the couple by the man then bumped fist the made an opening for him to walk away. I stood in the same spot until he was freed. I gave the officers a thumbs up, and the man said, your cool. I went back to my car and left.
    I can only say selfless and self- preservation is was I feel in my gut.

  3. I read this article two days ago. In fact I pasted it to my CPT file for future reference.
    The first sentence exposes the author, Tom Jackman, for the anti-American progressive parrot that he is.

    “Local police chiefs and sheriffs typically swear to enforce the laws of their state.” No. That is a dishonest fabrication.

    Followed immediately by;
    “But a group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is intent on strictly enforcing their view of the U.S. Constitution…”
    Strictly enforcing ‘their views’ of the constitution?

    He sets a negative tone, by inserting his personal opinion, and disparaging the very essence of the true oath law enforcement swears too – the constitution, with his “their views” derogatory. The author is a Jack-ace.

    1. The words that Jackman uses are almost verbatim what reporters from The Oregonian and other mainstream sources have used in describing Constitutional Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County, Oregon regarding his stance in the Malheur standoff.

      Apparently the memo has gone out amongst the Jurno-lists that ‘this is how we are going to destroy the credibility of these Oath Keeper types’.

  4. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a true to form Communist organization that watches and reports hate crimes, while instigating hate for profit by skewing the rights of individuals and organizations, provides Homeland Security with THEIR data that demonizes anyone or group that supports the Constitution. The FBI recently refused to accept SPLC guidance in any and all law enforcement matters.

    Sheriff Mack is on the SPLC hit-list for his great work with organizing sheriffs to resist federal intervention when federal law usurps local and state constitutional law.

    SPLC pundits argue that federal laws outweigh state and local laws, because the SPLC philosophy is based-on the Communist model. They hate the 1st, 2nd and 10th amendments and believe-in absolute control by a central government….when it appeases them.

    1. Truer words were never spoken.

      And speaking of the Devil (SPLC), they are now branching out into environmental matters. I recently read an article on my local liberal blogger’s website written by David Neiwert, Southern Poverty Law Center Hatewatch titled “Conspiracists See UN ‘Agenda 21’ Plot Afoot in Plan to Remove Klamath River Dam”.

      I wrote a comment to this article, but it was almost immediately deleted. I guess the webmistress must have figured that I was a conspiracy theorizing ‘hater’ because I disagreed with the SPLC.

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