DENALI BOROUGH, ALASKA

 

RESOLUTION NO. 03-16

 

A RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE USA PATRIOT ACT, THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE CIVIL LIBERTIES, PEACE, AND SECURITY OF THE CITIZENS OF OUR NATION.

 

WHEREAS,  the Denali Borough recognizes the Constitution of the United States as our charter of liberty, and that the Bill of Rights enshrines the fundamental and inalienable rights of Americans, including the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, and privacy; and

 

WHEREAS,  each of the Denali Borough’s duly elected public servants has sworn to defend and uphold the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Alaska and the Charter and Ordinances of the Denali Borough; and

 

WHEREAS,  the Denali Borough denounces and condemns all acts of terrorism, wherever occurring; and

 

WHEREAS,  attacks against Americans such as those that occurred on September 11, 2001, have necessitated the crafting of effective laws to protect the public from terrorist attacks; and

 

WHEREAS, any new security measures of federal, state, and local governments should be carefully designed and employed to enhance public safety without infringing on the civil liberties and rights of innocent citizens of the Denali Borough, the State of Alaska and the nation; and

 

WHEREAS,  certain provisions of the Uniting and Strengthing America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, also known as the USA PATRIOT Act, allow the federal government more liberally to detain and investigate citizens and engage in surveillance activities that may violate or offend the rights and liberties guaranteed by the federal constitution;

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  That the Denali Borough Assembly supports the government of the United States of America in its campaign against terrorism, and affirms its commitment that the campaign not be waged at the expense of essential civil rights and liberties of the citizens of this country contained in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Denali Borough stands ready to oppose any portion of the USA PATRIOT Act that would violate the rights and liberties guaranteed under the federal constitution; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Denali Borough Assembly implores the United States Congress to correct provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act and other measures that infringe on civil liberties, and opposes any pending and future legislation to the extent that it infringes on Americans’ civil rights and liberties.

 

PASSED and APPROVED by the DENALI BOROUGH ASSEMBLY this 19th day of November, 2003.

 

                                                                   SIGANTURE ON FILE

                                                                             Mayor

 

ATTEST:                                                    SIGNATURE ON FILE

                                                                             Borough Clerk