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Over nine years ago, to prompt a deeper look at the contemporary meaning and imperatives of the Fourth of July, ICUJP released a New Declaration of Independence.
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A New Declaration of Independence
By Stephen Rohde, ICUJP Steering Committee Released 05 March 2003
A New Declaration of Independence
from King George W. Bush
At the ICUJP Rally in Support of the
National Moratorium to Stop the War on Iraq
March 5, 2003
227 years ago, faced with a tyrant named King George, the American people declared their independence.
Today faced with another tyrant named George, who acts like a King, the people must once again declare our independence.
We reaffirm that all men and women are created equal. That we are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men and Women deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.
When a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce the People under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The history of the present King George is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny
This King George has detained citizens and non-citizens alike, incommunicado, without charging them with any crimes and without affording them the right to legal counsel.
This King George has eavesdropped on suspects consulting with their attorneys.
This King George has entered homes and offices for unannounced "sneak and peak" searches.
This King George has authorized his FBI to seize personal records from libraries and bookstores.
This King George has reinstated Cointelpro to resume the infiltration and surveillance of domestic religious and political groups.
This King George has banned the press and public from all deportation hearings.
This King George has recruited Americans to spy on citizens and non-citizens alike.
This King George lured students and visitors from predominately Muslim nations to submit to special INS registrations and then rounded them up and held them in detention, without access to their lawyers and families.
This King George has empowered Admiral John Poindexter to invade the privacy of all Americans by collecting their telephone records, credit card records, medical records and e-mail messages.
This King George has ordered his Justice Department to design new laws stripping Americans of their U.S. citizenship.
This King George has threatened those who object to his abuses that they are only aiding the terrorist and giving ammunition to America's enemies.
At every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress yet we have been answered only by repeated injury.
A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free People.
In all this, he has set the Bill of Rights aflame, leaving our sacred charter in ashes.
With a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence and Human Rights, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.