The Posse Comitatus is a loosely organized far right social movement that opposes the United States federal government. There is no single national group, and local units are autonomous. Posse charters were issued in 1969 in Portland, Oregon, by Henry Lamont Beach, "a retired dry cleaner and one-time member of the Silver Shirts, a Nazi-inspired organization that was established in America after Hitler took power in Germany". Posse members believe that there is no legitimate form of government above that of the county level and no higher law authority than the county sheriff. Members of the Posse Comitatus frequently refuse to pay taxes, to obtain driver's licenses, or otherwise to comply with regulatory authorities. They deny the validity of United States fiat money as not backed by gold, which they claim the Constitution requires. Some Posse members embraced…
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