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Warner plans amendment to Patriot Act petition on town-meeting floor re police and library
Posted by Bill Densmore at 1:10 p.m., May 13, 2005
Sponsor Ray Warner has decided to amend the Patriot Act petition which will be considered by the Williamstown Town Meeting on Tuesday (May 17).
In a letter to signers of the petition, Warner said his substitute amendment will “delete the two paragraphs asking the police not to spy on us and the paragraph asking the library to destroy records of what books people borrow.” He said town librarian Pat McLeod is a strong support of the resolution, as it will be amended, and “will speak up for it at town meeting.”
Town Meeting is set for Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Williamstown Elementary School gym. CLICK HERE to read the full Town Meeting Warrant. CLICK HERE to read a previous GreylockNews.COM story about the warrant items.
Here is the text of the note from Warner received last week by petition signers:
To All of You Who Signed the Petition:
The petition was a hasty compilation of excerpts from petitions in several other towns. I completed it in a hurry because I was heading south and figured I would not be back in time for the April deadline. I have long been disappointed with the petition. Essentially, I think all we need is a request that our politicians kill the provisions of the act that are out of bounds.
As a result, I plan to delete some sections at the annual meeting May 17. The vote will be on the petition I submit with a motion to adopt the resolution, not on the printed petition. (I have cleared this with the moderator). I plan to delete the two paragraphs asking the police not to spy on us and the paragraph asking the library to destroy records of what books people borrow. Actually, the library does not keep such records now, and Pat McLeod is a strong supporter of the resolution and will speak up for it at the meeting.
The petition will keep the section asking the police to report any Federal requests that could violate state or local law and the section asking libraries to post a sign stating what the law says about the possible surveillance.
At least that is what I plan now. If you have a different opinion please let me know about it. I hope you will speak out on what we present.