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Peterborough, New Hampshire

City/Town: Peterborough
County: Hillsborough
State: New Hampshire
Congressional District: (click to contact Rep.) 2

Population (2000 Census): 5,883
Date Passed: 03/15/03

Peterborough Resolution: Article 10

Approved by: Peterborough Town Meeting

Whereas, the Town of Peterborough and the State of New Hampshire have a long distinguished history of protecting and expanding civil rights and civil liberties; and

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

WHEREAS, several acts and orders recently enacted at the Federal level, including sections of the USA PATRIOT Act and several Executive Orders, now threaten these fundamental rights and liberties:

• Freedom of speech, assembly and privacy;
• The rights to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and
• Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures; and
• All guaranteed by the Constitution of New Hampshire and the United States Constitution and its Bill or Rights;

THEREFORE, we the citizens of Peterborough, New Hampshire, acting in the spirit and history of our State and community, do hereby request that:

Local law enforcement continue to preserve resident’s freedom of speech, religion, assembly and privacy; rights to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures even if requested or authorized to infringe upon these rights by federal law enforcement acting under new powers granted by the USA PATRIOT Act or orders of the Executive Branch;

Federal and state law enforcement acting within the Town work in accordance with the policies of the Peterborough Police Department, and in cooperation with the Department by not permitting detentions without charges or racial profiling in law enforcement;

Our United States Congressmen and Senators actively work for the repeal of the parts of the PATRIOT Act and those Orders that violate fundamental rights and liberties as stated in the Constitutions of New Hampshire and the United States.