Community Resolution for Edgartown, MA
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WHEREAS there is strong evidence that these guarantees are threatened by parts of the USA PATRIOT Act, related legislation, and Federal Executive orders which allow: a) detaining citizens and residents of Edgartown without bringing legal charges and denying their right to counsel; b) monitoring their telephone, internet and library use, video rentals, book and grocery purchases, financial transactions, medical records and other activities without evidence of criminal behavior and without a court order; c) spying on domestic organizations without evidence of wrongdoing, designating organizations as ""terrorist"" without evidence of intent to act against the US and deporting citizens and residents who contribute to these organizations even if they are unaware of the ""terrorist"" designation d) conducting secret military tribunals without fundamental legal protections; e) secretly searching the homes of residents and citizens of Edgartown when they are absent; and f) profiling individuals according to their ethnicity.
WHEREAS the people of Edgartown are joining over 233 cities and towns in the US in affirming strong opposition to those parts of the USA PATRIOT Act, related legislation and acts, and to certain Justice Department directives and executive orders that weaken or destroy our constitutional civil rights and liberties.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Edgartown should employ all possible leverage to ensure that Federal and State law enforcement officials working on the Island not engage, to the extent legally permissible, in law enforcement activities that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, such as surveillance, wiretaps, and securing private information, which the USA PATRIOT Act and related legislation and acts authorize.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the people of Edgartown request that our United States Congressional representatives monitor the implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT and related legislation, acts, and executive orders, and actively work for the repeal of the parts of those documents that violate fundamental rights and liberties as stated in the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Massachusetts, in the United Nations Charter, and the ratified International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Convention on Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Town Clerk communicate this resolution to all Town departments, the General Court, the Governor and Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, the US Attorney General, the President of the United States and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
A. To protect the civil rights and civil liberties for all and to affirm the Town's commitment to embody democracy, and to embrace, defend and uphold the inalienable rights and fundamental liberties granted under the United States and the Massachusetts Constitutions, and
All employees of the Town shall promptly refer the matter to Selectmen without taking any other action when, in the course of Town employment, the following occurs:
All town officials and employees, when acting in their official capacity under this bylaw, will be indemnified by the Town.
If any section or sections of this article are or are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all other sections shall nevertheless continue in full force and remain in effect.