TO THE TOWN OF
TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO ADOPT THE FOLLOWING
RESOLUTION TO PROTECT
CIVIL LIBERTIES OF
Whereas the citizens of Orleans have a long and distinguished history of defending the liberties of the Colonies and the Constitution of the United States, in 1772 and 1773(as the South Precinct of Eastham) protesting British violations of their rights and liberties, in 1776 vowing to “defend [independence] with our lives,” later fighting in the Revolution, the War of 1812 including the Battle of Rock Harbor, the Civil War and Regional and World Wars and Conflicts, and
the rights and liberties of the citizens and non-citizen residents of
--Freedom of speech, assembly and aspects of privacy;
--The rights to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and
--Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures; and
Whereas the Constitutional protections of
-- monitoring their telephone, internet and library use, video rentals, book and grocery purchases, banking and medical records and other activities without evidence of criminal behavior and without court order; and
--spying on domestic organizations without evidence of wrongdoing, designating organizations as “terrorist” without evidence of intent to act against the United States of America, and deporting Orleans citizens and residents who contribute to these organizations, even if unaware of the “terrorist” designation; and
--conducting secret military tribunals without fundamental legal protections for the accused; and
--secretly searching the homes of Orleans residents when they are absent; and
--blocking public access to meetings of government advisory committees and some public records, and
--unregulated ethnic profiling of individuals; and
Whereas the United States Attorney General has made threatening statements regarding legal opposition to these policies, and
Whereas these aforementioned laws, regulations and executive orders are currently impacting all residents and citizens alike, including those exercising their Constitutional rights to speak out against local, State or National policy,
. It Is Therefore Resolved and the Town Meeting
is petitioned to forbid all local and non-local officials in
1. Participating in or cooperating with any inquiry, investigation, surveillance or detention; and
2. Recording, using and keeping any intelligence
information about persons
and organizations in
3. Enforcing immigration matters, and
4. Profiling based on race, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, or political values.
It Is Further Resolved that all Federal, State and County law enforcement officials are requested, and local law enforcement officials directed, to the extent legally permissible, to report to the Orleans Board of Selectmen publicly in writing monthly the extent and manner in which they have acted under the cited and allied laws and executive orders, including but not limited to:
--the names of any Orleans residents detained here or elsewhere and non-residents detained in the area for more than 48 hours as a result of terrorism investigations, and the circumstances, charges against, and names of counsel for each detainee;
--the number of search warrants that
have been executed in
--the extent of governmental electronic surveillance, monitoring of political, religious and other activities, and obtaining of education, library, video and bookstore records in Orleans.
It Is Further Resolved that the OrleansTown Clerk shall communicate this resolution to all town departments, all Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials, the Governor of Massachusetts, the President and Attorney General of the United States, and the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, and to ask that Delegation to act to repeal provisions of the cited and allied laws and executive orders that violate the protections of the Massachusetts and United States Constitutions.
It Is Finally Resolved that that if any part of these provisions or their applicability is declared invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, that part shall be severable and the remainder shall remain in full force and effect.