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The Sheriff, Posse Comitatus and the Militia

December 11, 2008

Jack Otto
Source ….. We’re going to talk about the Sheriff tonight, and specifically a law called Posse Comitatus which limits the scope of what government can do.
They may not bring military people in upon us.

Here in America, the only true seat of government is the county, and the county sheriff is the highest lawfully sanctioned law enforcement officer in the United States of America. He can mobilize all men between the ages of 17 and 65 who are armed and in good health and not in the military service. Other may volunteer. The militia is that entire body of those inhabitants who may be summoned by the sheriff. Every man must serve when he’s called. The citizens called out of the militia for service are the sheriff’s posse. The full title of that body of law is called Posse Comitatus.

By definition the militia is free people with arms who are ready to defend themselves and their country, and hence the sheriff is the elected servant of the citizens who are inhabitants of the county. It’s not his choice as to whether or not the militia is organized and brought into being. It’s only his choice as to whether or not he chooses to use it by calling up a posse out of the militia. The term posse comitatus is itself a Latin phrase that means “power of the county”. A county government is the highest authority of government in our republic. It’s the closest to the people who in fact are the government.

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