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Citizen Signing Statements
George W. Bush often signs bills into law and then uses "signing statements" to announce which portions of the law he won't obey. What if citizens were to submit their own signign statements announcing which portions of Bush's unconstitutional laws we won't obey? This idea comes from a California activist who has submitted the first example below. Please add your own in the comments:
U.S. Citizen Nick Fotheringham Rejects "USA Patriot Act of 2001"
Today, I have reviewed this law, "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate
Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001." This
law represents some progress toward improving the overall security of Americans. However,
in many cases it does so by the unnecessary and unconstitutional restriction of the civil rights
of U.S. Citizens. For example,
Sections 201 and 202, authorizing interception of wire, oral and electronic communications
related to terrorism, is too broadly stated and may be in conflict with Amendments 1 and 4 of
the U.S. Constitution.
Section 212, Paragraph 2703, requiring disclosure of customer communications and records,
conflicts with Amendment 4 of the U.S. Constitution.
Likewise, Section 213, providing authority for delaying notice of the execution of a warrant,
appears to conflict with Amendment 4 of the U.S. Constitution.
Section 225, providing immunity for compliance with FISA wiretaps, conflicts with Amendment
6 of the U.S. Constitution.
Section 412, providing for mandatory detention of suspected terrorists; habeas corpus; judicial
review, is in conflict with Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution.
Due to these and other serious flaws in this legislation, I do not intend to apply this law to my
role as a U.S. Citizen.
Moreover, I do not acknowledge representation by any elected official whose activities are
unconstitutional or result in unconstitutional legislation. I encourage both houses of Congress
to continue to seek constitutional legislation that improves the security of our nation and its
citizens at home and abroad.