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Waynesboro man again asks council to oppose Patriot Act

August 21, 2003

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For at least the fifth time, a 28-year-old Waynesboro man has come before the Waynesboro Borough Council asking that it vote on a resolution opposing the U.S. Patriot Act put in place by the Bush Administration following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Chris Fewell, of 38 W. Fourth St., submitted a petition with the names of 12 residents asking the council to pass such a resolution.

Fewell is part of a growing national movement to recall the Patriot Act on the grounds that it threatens the freedom Americans enjoy in the Bill of Rights.

According to recent Associated Press reports, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, reacting to growing criticism of the act, is traveling across the country speaking on the need for it to protect the nation against terrorism.

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Fewell has said that other cities and states have passed similar resolutions.

He calls his the Waynesboro Liberty Preservation Resolution.

On Wednesday night, his father, Dale Fewell, a retired U.S. Army captain, came with him to promote the resolution.

The council, as it has in the past, listened to Fewell's arguments, accepted his petition, but took no action.

Asked if the council would ever consider acting on the request, Council President Douglas Tengler said nothing.

Mayor Louis Barlup Jr., sitting next to Tengler, asked a reporter questioning Tengler, "What are your reasons for jumping on this bandwagon?"

Dale Fewell said he and his son will continue to come to council meetings with their request. "This is not going to go away," he said.

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