By Helen Sabin, staff writer
Utah had its Sheriff Mack. Maricopa County, Arizona has Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But Colorado Springs, Colorado has Terry Maketa.
In November 2011, Sheriff Maketa of El Paso County, Colorado, along with its five County Commissioners struck a blow for freedom and the Constitutional rights of citizens. These six signed a proclamation affirming the right to Habeas Corpus which the National Defense Authorization Bill or Senate Bill 1867 removed when it was signed into law by President Obama.
The proclamation which has gone viral, affirms that the local sheriff, who is any county’s top cop, can override actions taken by the military or the Feds to arrest someone without notification to the Sheriff.
Under this proclamation, the Sheriff will make sure that a Miranda warning is given, the right to see a judge and the right to NOT be taken out of the county or held incommunicado without permission is upheld.
According to Wikipedia,
“Habeas corpus …is a writ, or legal action, through which a prisoner can be released from unlawful detention, that is, detention lacking sufficient cause or evidence. The remedy can be sought by the prisoner or by another person coming to their aid. … It has historically been an important legal instrument safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary state action. It is a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge. …One reason for the writ to be sought by a person other than the prisoner is that the detainee might be held incommunicado.”
The Sheriff and Commissioners were outraged over the habeas corpus removal and rightly so because the recent FBI definition of a “terrorist” is anyone who has 7 day’s worth of food and a gun in their home and this definition describes most all of the population of El Paso County.
The County is also home to 4 military bases, Ft. Carson Army Base, The Air Force Academy, Peterson and Schriever AF bases. Ft. Carson houses many returning military from combat. These same veterans were defined by Janet Napolitano as “terrorists” as reported by the Washington Times April 16, 2009.
Interest in this proclamation has grown and gone nationwide. Other counties across the United States are producing and passing proclamations of their own. As a result of the original resolution, Commissioner Peggy Littleton, who spearheaded the proclamation, and Sheriff Maketa have been invited to address the National Meeting of County Sheriff’s later this month in Las Vegas, NV.
If you want your sheriff to write a proclamation, or get a copy of that produced in Colorado, contact Sheriff Maketa at firstname.lastname@example.org and Commissioner Littleton at email@example.com
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