DEFEND YOUR CIVIL LIBERTIES
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WHEREAS we recognize the seriousness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need to take strong personal actions to combat its contagion and also the need for local communities to provide for adequate medical care for those who are infected,
WHEREAS Governors, mayors and county sheriffs across the nation are declaring states of emergency under the guise of protecting the public from the coronavirus,
WHEREAS these emergencies have been declared without respect to Civil Liberties contained in the First, Second and Fourth Amendments,
WHEREAS the right to peaceable assembly has been nullified by limiting to very small groups and in some cases declaring that violators will be fined and/or incarcerated,
WHEREAS churches are being forced to abandon physical assemblies in favor of online broadcasting that is not available to a vast number of smaller churches in America,
WHEREAS businesses are being forced out of business because of mandated closure for indefinite periods of time,
WHEREAS the Second Amendment is being violated when government executives, using unchecked power granted them to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, use that power to deny citizens their right to purchase arms and/or ammunition,
WHEREAS the Fourth Amendment is being violated when citizens are not secure "in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures [that] shall not be violated",
WHEREAS all of these actions are preventing citizens from exercising their Unalienable Rights as guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence, including the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,
WHEREAS all elected leaders take an oath of office to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States",6,432 signatures
THEREFORE the signers of this petition demand that all civil and/or elected officials who have issued any type of executive order or emergency declaration in relation to the coronavirus, rescind any and all orders that violate any portion of the Bill of Rights. including the First, Second and Fourth Amendments. Furthermore, we demand that all future orders will not violate the U.S. Constitution and that oversight be exercised to ensure that this does not happen either intentionally or inadvertently.
THEREFORE the signers of this petition also pledge to hold any and all civil or elected officials personally accountable to remedy this demand in the most timely and expedient manner.
Edward R Lamaster commented on DHS Plans To Compile A List Of All Bloggers, Journalists And “Social Media Influencers” 2018-08-31 05:06:24 -0700People seem to like these programs when “their guy” is President, hoping that the tools will be used against the other side. Once the genie is out of the bottle, it never goes back, and future administrations—some much less friendly to your worldview—use those same powers against you. My fear is that speech which is perfectly legal today will be used against me at some future date, much as we use today’s standards to indict Civil War leaders for things that were common in their era.
However, the tools are not the issue, as they just make more efficient what can already be done by much more difficult means. Rather, privacy needs to be understood as a true right with crystal clear rules about when that right may be lawfully violated for probable cause Countermeasures to protect privacy need to be widely available to ensure that right and restrain the violation of rights for mere expedience.