• Letter: Representative James P. Moran on civil liberties

    January 21, 2005

    Representative James P. Moran


    James Landrith

    PO Box 8208

    Alexandria, VA 22306-8208

    January 21, 2005

    The Honorable James P. Moran

    U.S House of Representatives

    2239 Rayburn House Office Building

    Washington, DC 20515-4608

    Dear Representative Moran:

    As your constituent, I urge you to fulfill your pledge and defend our Constitution from enemies, both foreign and domestic. I believe that attacks our cherished freedoms are great threats to the nation and deserve your vigorous action.

    I too have pledged to stand join with more than 400,000 ACLU members and supporters to help ensure that the President, his administration, and our leaders in Congress fulfill their duty to preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution.

    I believe that we need to fix the PATRIOT Act and other expanded police powers that infringe on our freedom from unnecessary searches or chill our freedom of speech. I believe we need to fight a discriminatory amendment that would write intolerance discrimination into the Constitution by permanently denying the right to marry to gay men and lesbians. I believe we need to defend the right of people to peacefully assemble and speak out on important issues without the threat of government harassment. I believe that the government has no place involving itself in our most private medical decisions. I also strongly believe that people should not be held indefinitely without a fair trial and our government should follow the Geneva Conventions in the treatment of prisoners here and abroad.

    I believe all these things to be true, and necessary to the basis of a free and just society.

    By reaffirming my commitment to the American values of justice and liberty for all, I am enlisting in a powerful movement to defend our freedoms against assaults on our civil liberties. I urge you to make this same commitment and defend America’s freedoms through your votes in Congress.

    Once again, I urge you to defend the Constitution and our cherished liberties. If we lose these freedoms, we will have lost the liberties that lie at the core of what makes America great.

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter.

    Sincerely,

    James Landrith

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