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Snoqualmie City Council opposes Patriot Act

SNOQUALMIE - Snoqualmie became the latest city in Washington to pass a resolution protesting the USA Patriot Act (USAPA).

At its Sept. 8 meeting, City Council passed a resolution with a 3-2 vote that, according to its summary, "encourages all citizens, organizations, and governmental legislative bodies to study, for understanding, the State and Federal Constitutions and their history, and the Bill of Rights and its history so that they can recognize and resist attempts to undermine our Constitutional Republics and the system of government that has brought our civilization so much success."

Council members Jay Rodne and Greg Fullington voted against the resolution.

The USAPA was passed by Congress in October of 2001, following the Sept. 11 attacks. It has been criticized as being too sweeping in the powers it grants law enforcement authorities to gather information about possible suspects in terrorist activities.

Mayor Fuzzy Fletcher, who introduced the resolution to the City Council, said he had wanted to say something about the USAPA ever since it was passed. After seeing Tonasket pass a resolution protesting the USAPA earlier this April, Fletcher helped draft one for Snoqualmie that is nearly identical to that passed by the Eastern Washington city.

"For me personally, government is here to work for the people, not to run over the people," Fletcher said. "I'm not ready to give up what the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Washington and what our laws here in the city of Snoqualmie have given us, for a little bit more safety."

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