04-0600R

RESOLUTION REGARDING THE TREATMENT OF DULUTH CITIZENS BY THE SECRET SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES.

BY COUNCILOR STEWART:

     WHEREAS, it is the mission of the United States Secret Service to provide for the physical security of the President and not to engage in political investigations of individuals who are not a physical threat to the President; and

     WHEREAS, during President George W. Bush’s July 13, 2004 visit to Duluth, flyers containing photographs of two well respected members of the Duluth community who pose no physical threat to the President were taped to tables at Secret Service security checkpoints at the President’s rally; and

     WHEREAS, such posting of photos of politically active community members who pose no physical threat to the President can have a chilling effect on political speech and activity in our community.

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council expresses its deep concern regarding the posting of photos of Duluth residents Joel Sipress and Joel Kilgour at Secret Service security checkpoints at the President’s recent Duluth rally.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council requests that the United States Secret Service provide the Duluth City Council with an explanation of the reasons for the posting of these photographs.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Clerk is hereby directed to send copies of this resolution to the United States Secret Service Director W. Ralph Basham, U.S. Secret Service, Office of Government Liaison and Public Affairs, 245 Murray Drive, Building 410, Washington, D.C., 20223, and to senators Mark Dayton and Norm Coleman and Representative James Oberstar.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution sets forth the council’s position on a matter of concern.