Fort Collins, CO City Council Resolution

RESOLUTION 2003-039

OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FORT COLLINS AFFIRMING THE CITY'S OPPOSITION TO TERRORISM AND COMMITMENT TO CIVIL RIGHTS

WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act (PL 107-56) on October 26, 2001, following the horrific attacks on America of September 11, 2001; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Fort Collins (""the City"") denounces terrorism, and acknowledges that federal, state, and local governments have a responsibility to protect the public from terrorist attacks; and 

WHEREAS, it is imperative that a legislative response to the terrorist attacks be rational, deliberative and lawful, so as to ensure that any new security measures established by such legislation enhance public safety without impairing constitutional rights or infringing upon civil liberties; and 

WHEREAS, the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution guarantees all people living in the City of Fort Collins freedom of speech, assembly, and privacy, equality before the law and the presumption of innocence, access to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings, and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures; and 

WHEREAS, the preservation of civil rights and civil liberties is essential to the well-being of any democracy; and

WHEREAS, this is particularly true during times of conflict when such rights and liberties, especially those of immigrants and ethnic minorities, may be threatened, intentionally or unintentionally, in the interest of national security or patriotic zeal; and 

WHEREAS, law enforcement and security measures that undermine fundamental rights do irreparable damage to the American institutions and the values of equal justice and freedom that the residents of the City hold dear.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FORT COLLINS as follows:

Section 1.  That the City supports the right of the government of the United States of America to take rational, deliberate, and lawful actions against global terrorism, and also reaffirms its commitment that such campaign not be waged at the expense of essential civil rights and liberties of the people of the United States.

Section 2.  That the City reaffirms its unwavering support for the fundamental, constitutionally protected civil rights and liberties of all its residents and is firmly committed to the protection of civil rights and civil liberties for all people.

Section 3.  That the City opposes any legislative measures, whether local, state, or federal, which infringe upon such civil rights and civil liberties, or single out individuals for legal scrutiny or enforcement activity based solely on their country of origin, religion, ethnicity or immigration status.

Section 4.  That the Fort Collins City Council shall communicate in writing to President George Bush, Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Wayne Allard, and Representative Marilyn Musgrave its desire that they work to repeal those provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and any and all provisions of other federal legislation and executive orders that may be found to violate the fundamental rights and liberties embodied in the United States Constitution.

Passed and adopted at an adjourned meeting of the Council of the City of Fort Collins held this 25th Day of March, A.D. 2003 with Councilmembers William Bertschy, Eric Hamrick, David Roy, and Marty Tharp voting in favor of adoption and Councilmembers Kurt Kastein and Karen Weitkunat, and Mayor Ray Martinez voting against adoption of the Resolution.

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