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Addendum to Resolutions and Ordinances Critical of the USA PATRIOT Act

and Other Laws and Policies that Diminish Civil Liberties

Haines Borough, Alaska


Passed on December 13, 2005
A resolution of the Haines Borough Assembly reaffirming the Borough's commitment to
civil liberties, opposing portions of the “USA Patriot Act” and related Executive Orders,
and re-affirming the Borough’s commitment to the protection of Constitutional rights.

WHEREAS, the Haines Borough recognizes that the Constitution of the United States as the
charter of our liberty, guaranteeing our fundamental American rights, including the freedoms of
religion, speech and assembly, and recognizes that the Alaska Constitution specifically protects
the right of privacy; and,

WHEREAS, each of the Borough’s duly-elected public servants has sworn to support the United
States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and the Haines Borough Charter;
and,

WHEREAS, the Haines Borough denounces and condemns all acts of terrorism, wherever
occurring, and supports the need to craft effective laws to protect the public from terrorism; and,

WHEREAS, provisions of the “USA Patriot Act,” allow the federal government to detain
citizens without due process and engage in surveillance activities that are believed to violate the
rights guaranteed by the United States and Alaska Constitutions;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Haines Borough Assembly supports the
government of the United States in the campaign against terrorism, and affirms the Borough’s
commitment that the campaign to ensure public safety be waged in a manner that protects the
essential civil rights guaranteed by the United States and Alaska Constitutions; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Haines Borough joins Juneau, Fairbanks, Sitka and other
communities across the state and nation, in stating concern that the “USA Patriot Act” threatens
civil rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution; and opposing any portion of the
“USA Patriot Act” that would violate State or federal Constitutional rights; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Haines Borough adopts the following policy. Unless
there is reasonable suspicion of criminal activity as defined by Alaska Statutes, the Borough, its
officers, employees and agents shall not, even where permitted by the “USA Patriot Act” or
related Executive Orders:

1. Initiate, participate in or assist in any investigation of, surveillance of or detention of an


individual or group;

2. Collect, retain or share any private information concerning any person or group. This includes
collection and review of library records, book or video sales or rental records, medical records,
financial records, student records and other personal data;

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3. Retain intelligence information. Any information now held shall be carefully reviewed by the
Borough Attorney for legality and appropriateness under the United States and Alaska State
Constitutions. Any information previously collected shall be permanently destroyed unless
essential to a police investigation based upon a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity;

4. Enforce immigration matters, these being the jurisdiction of the U.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Service;

5. Collect or maintain information about the political, religious or social views, affiliations,
associations or activities of any individual, group, organization, corporation or business;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any State or federal law enforcement agency working within
the Haines Borough is expected to comply with the policies and procedures of the Haines
Borough Police Department, and will regularly report to the mayor the extent and manner of any
investigation conducted under the “USA Patriot Act” or related Executive Orders. This includes
providing the names of any detainees held in or taken from the Haines Borough, and of any
Haines Borough resident detained elsewhere. The mayor will then publicly report to the
Assembly; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be sent to all Borough
departments, the Governor and Attorney General of the State of Alaska, the President and
Attorney General of the United States of America, and to the Alaska delegation in Congress to
support our congressional representatives working to repeal the USA Patriot Act.

ADOPTED by a duly constituted quorum of the Haines Borough Assembly this 13th day of
December, 2005.

Coventry, CT
Passed on November 01, 2004
Resolution Regarding the USA Patriot Act

WHEREAS the Town of Coventry is committed to protect its residents' and visitors'
constitutionally guaranteed civil rights and liberties, which are essential to the well-being of our
democratic society; and

Recognizing that Federal, state and Local Government have a responsibility to protect the public
from attacks such as those that occurred on September 11, 2001, accompanied by a responsibility
to ensure that any new security measures enhance public safety without impairing constitutional
rights or infringing on civil liberties; and

Emphasizing that the Town Council supports the premise that there is no inherent conflict
between national security and the preservation of liberty;

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Concerned that various provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and
recent draft legislation entitled Domestic Security Enhancement Act (also known as Patriot II)
provide sweeping intelligence-gathering and administrative powers, many of which are not
related to terrorism, that could undermine the basic constitutional rights of Coventry's people;
and

Noting especially provisions that permit detention of persons without the bringing of legal
charges, denial of detained persons' right to counsel; expansion of authority to conduct
unregulated surveillance of lawful activities; expanded video, electronic and other information
gathering about persons without any demonstrated evidence of criminal behavior and without
court order; secret military tribunals and immigration hearings; unregulated ethnic profiling of
individuals; circumvention of the Freedom of Information Act by limiting access to public
documents; and measures that deliberately conceal such actions from public knowledge;

Now therefore, the Town Council of Coventry

• Affirms the fundamental constitutional rights of all residents and visitors to the town;

• Strongly supports the right of all individuals not to be singled out for scrutiny based upon
their ethnicity, language, religion, country of origin or other group or personal attributes;

• Calls upon all employees of Town-supported services to continue to preserve every person's
constitutional rights including freedom of speech, assembly, and religion; counsel and due
process in all legal and judicial proceedings; protection from unreasonable search and
seizures; protection from racial profiling and from detentions without charge;

• Reiterates the privacy rights intrinsic to intellectual freedom, and encourages librarians,
booksellers and other communications dealers to take measures to protect those rights;

• Urges our state and federal representatives to refuse support for new legislation that violates
American rights and liberties, and to work toward repeal of the constitutional provisions of
the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act; and

• Directs the Town Clerk to transmit a copy of this resolution to all town employees and
agencies, to our representatives in the state Legislature and the Congress, to the Governor of
Connecticut and to the President and Attorney General of the United States.

Windham, CT
Passed on September 07, 2004
Community Resolution

WHEREAS, The Town of Windham is committed to protect the civil rights and liberties of its
residents: and

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WHEREAS, The preservation of civil rights and liberties is essential to the well-being of a
democratic society; and

WHEREAS, The Town of Windham has a diverse population, including immigrants and
students, whose contributions to the community are vital to its economy, culture and civic
character; and

WHEREAS, Federal, State and local Governments should protect the public from attacks such as
those that occurred on September 11,2001, but should do so ensuring that any new security
measure enhances public safety without impairing constitutional rights or infringing on civil
liberties; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Selectmen supports the premise that there is no inherent conflict
between National security and the preservation of liberty; and

WHEREAS, Some policies adopted under the USA Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56) and related
executive orders, regulations and actions that raise concerns over loss of fundamental rights and
liberties; and

WHEREAS, New legislation has been drafted by the Bush Administration entitled Domestic
Security Enhancement Act (DSEA) (also known as Patriot II) which contains a multitude of new
and sweeping law enforcement and intelligence gathering powers, many of which are not related
to terrorism, that would severely dilute, and could undermine, many basic constitutional rights,
as well as disturb our unique system of checks and balances; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That the First Selectman and the Windham Board of Selectmen:

1. Affirms their strong support for the fundamental constitutional rights and its opposition to
Federal measures that infringe on civil liberties; and

2. Strongly supports the rights of immigrants and opposes measures that single out individuals
for legal scrutiny or enforcement activity based on their Country of origin; and

3. Calls upon the law enforcement officials working within the Town of Windham to continue
to preserve resident's freedom of speech, assembly, religion; privacy; rights to counsel and
due process in judicial proceedings; and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures;
and to not engage in nor permit detentions without charges or racial profiling in law
enforcement; and

4. Affirms the privacy rights of intellectual freedom of it's residents and supports librarians,
booksellers and other communications dealers in protecting those rights; and

5. Directs the Town Clerk to transmit a copy of this resolution to our United States Senate and
Congressional representatives, Governor Jody Rell, President George W. Bush and Attorney
General John Ashcroft.

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Muskegon, MI
Passed on November 9, 2005
Resolution to encourage continuing reinforcement of the constitutional protections of all
people.

WHEREAS, the United States Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the State of Michigan
protect freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, the right to counsel and due process in
judicial proceedings, and the protection from unreasonable searches and seizures for all persons;
and

WHEREAS, concern has been raised that provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act and regulations
promulgated there under threaten such protection and grant authorization for discriminatory
treatment; and

WHEREAS, the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners has a proud tradition of supporting
the protection of civil rights and liberties of all people; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners


reaffirms its commitment to the protection of the civil rights and liberties for all people
regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, etc.; and further

BE IT RESOLVED that the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners opposes the use of any
laws, including the US Patriot Act, or the enforcement of those laws, that infringe upon the rights
of any person, including the right of peaceable assembly, freedom of speech, religion and
political activity; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners urges


Congress to perform due diligence in upholding such protections as it deliberates re-
authorization of sunset provisions in the United States Patriot Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be duly signed and transmitted to
all locally elected Federal and State officers as evidence of this desire.

South Brunswick, NJ
Passed on October 11, 2005

Resolution text not yet available.

Silver City, NV
Passed on November 1, 2005
A Resolution to Protect the Civil Liberties of Silver City Inhabitants

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Relating to the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56), the Bill of Rights, the Constitution of
the State of Nevada and the civil liberties, peace, and security of the citizens of our country and
the world.

BE IT RESOLVED BY SILVER CITY, NEVADA:

WHEREAS Silver City recognizes the Constitution of the United States as the governing law of
the land and the Bill of Rights as guaranteeing inalienable rights of Americans, including the
freedoms of religion, speech, the press, assembly, privacy, and petitioning the Government for
redress of grievances; and

WHEREAS each of Silver City's duly elected public servants has sworn to defend and uphold
the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Nevada; and

WHEREAS Silver City denounces and condemns all acts of terrorism, wherever occurring; and

WHEREAS any new security measures resulting from the attacks against the United States that
occurred on September 11, 2001 should be carefully designed and employed by federal, state,
and local governments to enhance public safety without infringing on the civil liberties and rights
of innocent citizens of Silver City, the nation, or the world; and

WHEREAS certain provisions of the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing


Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001", also known as the
USA PATRIOT Act, as well as several executive orders, allow the federal government to
conduct surveillance on and detain citizens and foreign nationals without adequate constitutional
safeguards; and

WHEREAS further provisions contained in the draft legislation entitled the "Domestic Security
Enhancement Act of 2003", also known as Patriot Act II, and the draft legislation entitled the
"Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003", also known as the
VICTORY Act, contain a multitude of new and sweeping extra-constitutional law enforcement
and intelligence gathering powers.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Silver City affirms its strong opposition to
terrorism, but also affirms that any efforts to end terrorism not be waged at the expense of the
fundamental civil liberties, rights, and freedoms of the people of Silver City, the United States,
or the world; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the policy of Silver City to oppose any portion of the
USA PATRIOT Act that would violate the rights and liberties guaranteed equally under the state
and federal constitutions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, in accordance with Nevada state or Lyon county policy,
Silver City calls upon the Lyon County Commission as well as the duly elected Sheriff to
publicly clarify that an agency or instrumentality of Lyon County will not without probable
cause:

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1. initiate, participate in, assist or cooperate with any inquiry, investigation, surveillance, or
detention;

2. record, file, or share intelligence information concerning a person or organization, including


library lending and research records, book and video store sales and rental records, medical
records, financial records, student records, and other personal data, even if authorized under
the USA PATRIOT Act;

3. retain such intelligence information; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Silver City calls upon the Lyon County Commission as well
as the duly elected Sheriff to publicly clarify that it will not:

1. use state, county, or city resources or institutions for the enforcement of federal immigration
matters, which are the responsibility of the federal government;

2. collect or maintain information about the political, religious, or social views, associations, or
activities of any individual, group, association, organization, corporation, business, or
partnership, unless the information directly relates to an investigation of criminal activities
based on probable cause, not mere suspicion of criminal conduct;

3. engage in racial, religious, or ethnic profiling nor use national origin or any other identifiable
characteristic(s) as factors in selecting individuals or groups to target for investigation except
when race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin is part of the description of a specific
suspect; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Silver City implores the United States Congress to repeal
any provision of the USA PATRIOT Act or other measures that infringe on civil liberties, and
opposes any pending and future legislation that similarly infringe on civil rights and liberties.

COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President of the
United States; the Honorable Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States; the
Honorable Kenny Guinn, Governor of Nevada; Majority Floor Leader of the Nevada State
Senate, William Raggio; Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly, Richard Perkins; Bob Milz,
Chet Hillyard, Don H. Tibbals, Leroy Goodman, Phyllis Hunewill of the Lyon County
Commissioners; and to the Honorable Harry Reid and the Honorable John Ensign, U.S. Senators,
and the Honorable Jim Gibbons, Honorable Shelley Berkley, and the Honorable Jon Porter, U.S.
Representatives, members of the Nevada delegation in Congress.

Bristol, RI
Passed on July 20, 2005
A Resolution by the Town of Bristol Reaffirming its Commitment to the U.S. Constitution
and its Bill of Rights and Established Freedoms

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WHEREAS, the Town Council of Bristol, RI recognizes and upholds the United States
Constitution and its Bill of Rights and the Rhode Island Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the residents of Bristol cherish their political and civil rights and liberties based
upon the Constitution and Bill of Rights; and

WHEREAS, full recognition is taken of the serious nature of the current threats to the United
States and its citizens which prompt dynamic actions to defend ourselves and our way of life;
and

WHEREAS, while we support the necessary thrust of actions for "homeland security," we do not
want those actions, directed to preserve our liberties, to in any way abridge the very liberties
being defended; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Bristol, thus, wish to insure that the PATRIOT ACT and related
executive orders do not significantly erode our fundamental constitutional protections, including
but not limited to due process, the right of privacy, the right to counsel, protection against
unreasonable search and seizure and all basic freedoms of the Bill of Rights.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council, while not condemning the
PATRIOT ACT, urges its federal delegation to review and work toward revision and/or repeal of
those sections of the PATRIOT ACT that may limit or violate the fundamental liberties granted
to Americans by the Constitution and Bill of Rights; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this resolution be transmitted to our


Federal Congressional delegates.

Columbia, SC
Passed on October 26, 2005
Statement on the Defense of Civil Liberties
Whereas, the City of Columbia has a long and distinguished history of protecting and expanding
civil rights and civil liberties as set forth in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights
especially:

• Freedom of speech, assembly and privacy;


• The rights to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and
• Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures;

Whereas, the City of Columbia houses a diverse student and working population, including non-
citizens, whose contributions to the community are vital to its character and functions;

Whereas, the City of Columbia has with gratitude for their supreme sacrifice memorialized those
in the Armed Forces who have died in battle protecting these same cherished rights and liberties;

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Whereas, the City of Columbia is motivated to protect the human rights of all persons in
Columbia and the free exercise and enjoyment of any and all rights and privileges secured by our
constitutions and laws of the United States, the State of South Carolina, and the City of
Columbia;

Whereas, the City of Columbia believes there is no inherent conflict between national security
and the preservation of liberty, and affirms its strong support of the right of Americans to be both
safe and free;

Whereas, several acts and orders enacted at the Federal level, including sections of the USA
PATRIOT Act, threaten these fundamental rights and liberties;

Whereas, nearly 400 cities and 4 states and the National League of Cities, have adopted
resolutions criticizing the violations of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights as well
as State Constitutions posed by the USA PATRIOT Act and related Federal Orders; and

Therefore, we the City of Columbia, acting in the spirit and history of our community do hereby
request that

1. Local law enforcement and city employees continue to preserve residents’ freedom of
speech, religion, assembly, and privacy; rights to counsel and due process in judicial
proceedings; and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures in accordance with
their solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitutions of South Carolina and the
United States of America;

2. Federal and state law enforcement officials acting within the City work in accordance with
the policies of the Columbia Police Department, and in cooperation with the Department, by
not engaging in or permitting detentions without charges or racial profiling in law
enforcement;

3. A mechanism will be set up to report regularly and publicly the extent to and manner in
which our city has been affected by the USA PATRIOT Act, new Executive Orders, or
COINTELPRO-type regulations, including disclosing the names of any detainees held in
Columbia or any Columbia residents detained elsewhere.

Rapid City, SD
Passed on September 19, 2005
Rapid City Resolution

WHEREAS, the City of Rapid City has been presented with discussion regarding the
constitutionality of various provisions of the USA Patriot Act; and

WHEREAS, the City of Rapid City recognizes the importance of maintaining the security of the
nation and its citizens from acts of terror; and

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WHEREAS, the City of Rapid City recognizes the importance of maintaining the rights of the
people guaranteed by the United States Constitution and its amendments.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Rapid City encourages the President
of the United States and the United States Congress to continue to insure that the rights of the
people guaranteed by the United States Constitution and its amendments are maintained to the
fullest extent possible in all executive and legislative enactments.

Coupeville, WA
Passed on December 13, 2005
Resolution of the town of Coupeville, reaffirming a commitment to uphold the United
States Constitution.

Whereas citizens of the town of Coupeville have presented information and concerns to the town
council regarding various provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and

Whereas the town council recognizes the importance of maintaining the security of the nation
and its citizens from acts of terror and

Whereas the town council recognizes the importance of maintaining the rights of the people,
guaranteed by the United States Constitution and its amendments,

Now therefore be it resolved

That the town council of the town of Coupeville encourages the president of the United States
and the United States Congress to ensure that the rights of the people guaranteed by the United
States Constitution and its amendments are maintained to the fullest extent possible in all
executive and legislative enactments.

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