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Jamestown, Colorado - Effort underway

City/Town: Jamestown
County: Boulder
State: Colorado


Petition To THE JAMESTOWN BOARD

Whereas, the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Colorado guarantee those living in the United States the following rights:

Freedom of speech, assembly and privacy;
The rights to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and
Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures; and

Whereas, we believe these civil liberties are precious and are now threatened by

A. The USA PATRIOT Act, which
All but eliminates judicial supervision of telephone and Internet surveillance;
Greatly expands the government's ability to conduct secret searches;
Gives the Attorney General and the Secretary of State the power to designate domestic groups as "terrorist organizations"; and
Grants the FBI broad access to sensitive medical, mental health, financial and educational records about individuals without having to show evidence of a crime and without a court order; and

B. Federal Executive Orders, which
Establish secret military tribunals for terrorism suspects;
Permit wiretapping of conversations between federal prisoners and their lawyers;
Lift Justice Department regulations against illegal COINTELPRO-type operations by the FBI (covert activities that in the past targeted domestic groups and individuals); and
Limit the disclosure of public documents and records under the Freedom of Information Act; and

Whereas, several law enforcement officials, including previous heads of the FBI, have decried the USA PATRIOT Act and these Executive Orders as unnecessary to the prosecution of, and protection from, terrorism.
Therefore, we the people of JAMESTOWN, COLORADO, call on our local government to act in the spirit of our state and federal Constitutions by asking local and state police,
SPECIFICALLY CALLING ON THE BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF
TO USE HIS POWERS AS COUNTY SHERIFF TO:

IF NECCESARY TO OVERIDE FEDERAL OFFICIALS

As many Sheriffs in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana have already done and NOT participate, to the extent legally permissible, in law enforcement activities that threaten civil rights and civil liberties of the people of JAMESTOWN, such as surveillance, wiretaps, internet moitoring and securing of private information, which the Act and Orders authorize.