August 16, 2005

This letter was sent to:
President George W. Bush
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Senator Mark Dayton
Senator Norm Coleman
Congressman Gil Gutknecht
Congressman Mark Kennedy
Congressman John Kline
Congresswoman Betty McCollum
Congressman James Oberstar
Congressman Collin Peterson
Congressman Jim Ramstad
Congressman Martin Olav Sabo

Governor Tim Pawlenty
Minnesota Attorney General Michael Hatch
Senator Dean Johnson
Senator Ann Rest
Senator Dick Day
Senator Thomas Neuville
Representative Steve Sviggum
Representative Erik Paulsen
Representative Matt Entenza

RE:      Minnesota State Bar Association Resolution on Civil Liberties

Dear ____________:

The Minnesota State Bar Association has a long history of commitment to constitutional civil freedoms in the face of laws, executive orders, military orders and justice department directives enacted by the federal government in response to terrorism.  Recent events have raised concerns that these federal laws, executive orders, military orders and justice department directives weaken judicial review and risk infringement upon constitutionally protected civil liberties.  In response to those concerns, the MSBA Assembly adopted the enclosed Resolution affirming the MSBA’s belief that the federal and state constitutions are the ultimate legal authorities when they conflict with laws, executive orders, military orders and justice department directives.

As «Insert» we urge you to support efforts to repeal or sunset the provisions of the laws, executive orders, military orders and justice department directives that violate civil liberties.  Additionally, the resolution affirms Minnesota's policy on racial profiling as codified by Minnesota Statute Section 626.8471, because while carrying out the important task of enforcing laws against terrorist activity some enforcement officers may inappropriately use the new laws to investigate, stop, search or arrest non-terrorist members of Arab, Hispanic and African ethnic groups.

We thank you for your commitment to public service and urge you to maintain the freedoms our forefathers labored to establish.

Sincerely yours,

Susan M. Holden
President

Enclosure