A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF EUREKA MONTANA, PETITIONING CONGRESS; TO REPEAL PORTIONS OF THE PATRIOT ACT.
WHEREAS, the Town of Eureka recognizes the Constitution of the United States of America, its Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the State of Montana as the supreme laws of the land, which our elected Town officials and police officers by their oath of office have sworn to uphold; and
WHEREAS, the Eureka Town Council members, as representatives of the people, are accountable to the people and effective guardians of the public trust; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Eureka has a long tradition of upholdinq the people's constitutional rights and the Town of Eureka greatly benefits from the many contributions of all of its citizens and visitors, past and present, who are vital to our Town's unique character; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Eureka affirms its strong opposition to terrorism but believes that government can protect public safety without impairing constitutional rights and civil liberties; and
WHEREAS, federal policies adopted since September 11, 2001 including provisions in the U.S.A. Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56) and related executive orders regulations and actions may be contrary to the Town of Eureka's constitutional obligations and may threaten the fundamental civil rights and liberties of the citizens and visitors of Eureka;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Eureka, Montana, as follows:
Section 1: That the Town Council and the Town of Eureka does hereby resolve that the Town of Eureka supports fully the constitution of the United States, its Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the State of Montana and requests that the Congress of the United States repeal all sections of the Patriot Act which diminish or take away those rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
Section 2: That the Eureka Town Council directs the Town Clerk to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Montana's elected officials in Congress, to the Governor and to the members of the Legislature representing Eureka, to the President George W. Bush, and to Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Section 3: The Eureka Town Council supports the immediate repeal of those provisions of the U.S.A Patriot Act that are unconstitutional, and opposes the proposed enhancement of the U.S.A. Patriot Act contained within the Justice Department's draft "Domestic Security'Enhancement Act of 2003."
Section 4: This Resolutions shall take effect immediately upon its adoption
by the Town Council, and signing by the Mayor thereof.
PASSED AND ADOPTED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF EUREKA, MONTANA, ON THIS 10th DAY OF May. 2004
Craig D. Eaton, Mayor
Mary Durham, Clerk/Treasurer