WHEREAS, the Lexington-Fayette Urban-County Government (LFUCG), an urban county government in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, affirms its concern for the welfare of its citizens in this age of terrorism and also affirms that any efforts to end terrorism need not be waged at the expense of the fundamental civil rights and liberties of the people of Fayette County, Commonwealth of Kentucky; and
WHEREAS, the Lexington-Fayette Urban-County Government believes that there is no inherent conflict between national security and the preservation of liberty, and submits thatAmericans can be both safe and free; and
WHEREAS, the LFUCG is committed to upholding the human rights of all people in Fayette County and the free exercise and enjoyment of any and all rights and privileges secured to them by our Constitution and the laws of the United States, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the LFUCG; and
WHEREAS, the Council of the LFUCG recognizes the Constitution of the United States of America to be the supreme law of the land, which all public servants are sworn to uphold; and
WHEREAS, the Countil of the LFUCG is concerned that provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, similar laws and several Executive Orders have compromised the protections guaranteed by our Bill of Rights,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE LEXINGTON-FAYETTE URBAN COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
Section 1 - That the LFUCG affirms the rights of all people in the United States in accordance with our Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Section 2 - That we call upon Congress to review the USA PATRIOT Act and any other laws or Presidential orders enacted since September 11, 2001 related to the war on terror for compliance with the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
Section 3 - That we further call upon Congress to repeal any provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and similar laws and Presidential orders enacted since September 11, 2001 that violate the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
Section 4 - That the clerk of the Urban County Council is directed to provide copies of this resolution to the Kentucky Congressional delegation, the United States Attorney General and the President of the United States.
Section 5 - That this Resolution shall become effective on the date of its passage.