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Posse Comitatus: A Threat Assessment
This assessment analyzes the threat posed by the extremist group, Posse Comitatus, to the infrastructure and security of local communities throughout the United States.
# 153075 | 2,438 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Criminology (Public and Crime) , Political Science (Terrorism)

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This paper analyzes the threat posed by the extremist group, Posse Comitatus, to the infrastructure and security of local communities throughout the United States. The paper provides a concise overview of the origins of Posse Comitatus, the history of criminality and violence by individuals associated with the Posse Comitatus, relevant threats posed by the Posse Comitatus and affiliated partners and supporters. In addition, the paper presents recommendations and strategies on how to counter the threats posed by Posse Comitatus.

Origins of Posse Comitatus
History of Criminality and Violence
Relevant Threats
Partners and Supporters

From the Paper:

"The primary founder of the Posse Comitatus is not entirely known. Various sources believe that either Henry Lloyd Beach or William Potter Gale founded the group in the late 1960's or early 1970's. Regardless, both men identified themselves as a practicing member with the right-wing extremist organization known as "Christian Identity." As a result, aspects of the Posse Comitatus' ideology are rooted in right-wing extremism, most notably its politically violent attacks against government entities and fierce hostility towards the Jewish community. Generally speaking, the Posse Comitatus believe that all government power is controlled by an evil occupying force (i.e., Jews) who does not rule under God's law. The group is also affiliated with right-wing extremist groups, such as Neo-Nazi's, and other Posse's who are loosely banded together against federal authority throughout the country.
"The formation of the Posse Comitatus was based on four ideological concepts that were thought to be in direct violation of the "sovereign citizen" and Christian "common-law". These violations included federal intervention in education and the schools, the Federal Reserve System, income tax and the unlawfulness of the judiciary. Gale, among other followers, believed that the government held too much power and refused to recognize authority above the level of the County Sheriff. The reason for this was described by Gale who explained "the county has always been and remains to this day, the TRUE seat of the government for the citizens who are the inhabitants thereof. The County Sheriff is the only legal law enforcement officer in these United State of America" (Levitas, pp. 109)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berlet, Chip (2010). "Christian Identity, Survivalism, and the Posse Comitatus." A New Facefor Racism & Fascism. Political Research Associates.
  • Bjelopera P., Jerome (2012). "The Domestic Terrorist Threat: Background and Issues forCongress. Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism." Congressional ResearchService.
  • Hoffman, Bruce. (1987). "Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States." Violence, Aggressionand Terrorism. (No.1 p. 1-25).
  • Levitas, Daniel. (2002). The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the RadicalRight. Macmillan Publishing. New York, N.Y.
  • Lieberman, J., & Collins, S. (2008). United States senate committee on homeland securityand governmental affairs.

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