LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
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January 1, 2014, 5:55 AM - To all Members of Congress:
These are proposed guidelines for Congress to follow or to enact into law in the process of both receiving and listening to communications from US Citizens (including all residents of all the US Territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, the Marianas, the US Virgin Islands, and for the purposes of this proposal, the people of American Samoa shall have US citizenship rights), as well as communications to Congress from lawful immigrants to the United States and lawful visitors to the USA:
1) No unsolicited influence from any foreign Government, any foreign corporation, any foreign intelligence agency or any foreign shell organization may be exerted upon any Member of Congress or upon any Congressional staffer or page or intern; in any direct way or any concealed, covinacious, financial way or in any manner of special privilege and prioritized access, or in any way which violates the Article Six "religious Test" clause of the Constitution of the United States. This foreign influence ban shall encompass and be legally binding upon Political Action Committees, and on any foreign-influence committees, liaisons, societies and businesses, as well as cultural exchange groups. In any office of any Member of Congress, no more than five staffers shall be authorized to handle the foreign contacts and communications described above; and no office of any Member of Congress shall accord to any foreign interest any higher priority than that accorded to any citizen of the United States.
2) No foreign agent, lobbyist, lobby, or any other factor of foreign influence may donate to the campaign fund, or personal fortune, or corporate connection of any candidate for any position of public trust under the jurisdiction of the United States.
3) Every US citizen or legal representative thereof who contacts Congress will be granted a response, within 90 business days, which response shall be either in writing, via e-mail, by voicemail, or through the electronic media or electronic device most suitable. A private response will be given in all circumstances except for those in which the citizen requests a public response to any cordial and cogent open letter, and the office of Congress decides to respond publicly. The response may be either from the Congressional office originally contacted or from any other Congressional office, including but not limited to the home State and/or Congressional district office of the citizen who initiated the contact originally; as some Members of Congress may have known specialties which call for a handoff of certain citizen queries or petitions to an office of Congress better able to handle the issue. The response of any Congressional office to any citizen shall not be in the form of a meaningless "form letter" with a machine-signature; but shall contain the name of the staffer responding to the citizen or handling the issue, contact information if requested, and a truthful and lucid acknowledgement that the communication particularly relevant to the Congressional response has been understood. The response may be as simple as a tweet or a postcard, or a voicemail message. Any office of Congress has the option of responding to multiple citizen contacts from the same citizen within the same calendar month, with only one response per month. There is no requirement that the Congressional office must agree with the citizen on any issue; and any office of Congress has the option of countering a citizen falsehood with a corrective fact relevant to the citizen's query or situation.
4) No Congressional office may respond to any citizen communication with a letter bearing the name of a Member of Congress in the signature or closing portion of the letter or other communication in writing or print, unless that member of Congress is the person in that Congressional office who is actually personally attentive toward the matter about which the citizen has raised concerns, or unless the citizen is being particularly honored in some way.
4-B) Furthermore, whenever any professional Congressional staffer is contacted regarding any harmful Constitutional violation which is either ongoing or reasonably anticipated; and that office of Congress fails to respond to the grievance or fails to take any meaningful action to assist in preserving the Constitutional rights of the US citizen so damaged in a further ongoing way or subsequently, any US citizen who is beset with such harmful negligence by any office of Congress may file civil and criminal charges against the Congressional staffer who shall have failed to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution; and may also prosecute and file civil charges against any Member of Congress who has knowingly tolerated such negligence and misconduct, in any and all cases in which actionable and grievous harm has resulted from such Congressional negligence.
5) No corporate "revolving door" conflict of interest relationship of special influence in or out of any Congressional office, to or from any corporation exceeding 1,000 employees in size at any time during the past five years, shall be permitted to Members of Congress or staffers or pages who are employed in Congressional offices in the performance of any task. Staffers who work in the office of any Member of Congress who is leaving or who has left Congress are free to subsequently work in other offices of other Members of Congress, or in the offices of Federal agencies in Washington, or in the offices of corporations employing 1,000 people or fewer, or may be free to start their own businesses, and may write books about their experiences working for Congress as long as the books do not violate attorney-client privilege. In fact, all citizen contacts with offices of Congress are to be understood as entailing attorney-client privilege insofar as certain confidentiality aspects regarding sensitive personal information are concerned. No Office of Congress, or any employee therein, may blackmail or entrap any citizen of the United States; and accordingly any citizen of the United States who requests that Congress initiate a Federal investigation which has not been previously on the calendar shall have that request honored at least within the office of that member of Congress so petitioned. Moreover, any citizen of the United States who requests immunity in testimony in the context of any Federal investigation to be carried out in support of the Constitution or on the basis of any Federal laws, shall have that request honored; and citizens covered by any such grant of immunity are also immune from prosecution by State and municipal authorities with respect to the context of and fact-finding regarding such testimony. No security agency may lawfully spy on or intercept or interfere with communications between citizens of the United States and the offices of Congress, except through a court order which is made known to the citizen in question - and even then, any citizen of the United States who is so described still has the right to contact Congress in matters pertaining to Constitutional questions and grievances, including those citizens who are or who may have been under incarcerative (prison or probation/parole) conditions. The primary purpose of all offices of all Members of Congress is to support, protect and defend the Constitution, rather than to dispense special favors upon request; and all staffers in all offices of all Members of Congress are expected to prioritize their caseloads and other work accordingly, giving highest priority to citizen communications which properly invoke the Constitution and which call for a cogent remedy for Constitutional violations.
6) General contact information pertaining to the staffers who are full-time, paid employees of all offices of Congress shall be made available to the general public in a general manner, and shall not be impeded by any security agency or for any security reason. That information need not exceed the name of the staffer, their official title (such as Chief Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director, Legislative Assistant, etc.) their legislative specialties, and the Member of Congress in whose office they are employed; however it must include these elements at a minimum. Such information shall be made available upon request to any office of Congress.
7) No staffer in the office of any Member of Congress will be permitted lawfully to rebuff, intimidate, or obstruct any citizen of the USA who brings to the attention of any Congressional office any Constitutional violation perpetrated by any Government agency or contractual affiliate thereof, under the jurisdiction of the United States. And all such violations of the US Constitution brought to the attention of any Congressional office must be responded to in a coherent manner which is to the point of the issue raised, within 235 business days (about 48 weeks) of the original grievance to be redressed.
8 ) No staffer or office of Congress may rebuff, intimidate, insult, obstruct or redirect any US citizen on the basis of State of residence or Congressional district limitations, or on the basis of any "argumentum ad hominem" (i.e., no more "security" lists of citizens to be automatically disregarded) or refusal to handle legal matters. Since the Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution is indivisible by State line or district boundary, all members of Congress and all staffers who work in Congress are expected to do their utmost to uphold the Constitution indivisibly and without respect to persons. Any staffer may have the option of turning over any line of citizen communication over, to any other staffer in the same office of any Member of Congress, in any event and at any time, without explanation or prior notice.
9) Staffers and pages in Congressional offices may provide legal advice which does not entail conflict of interest, to any US citizen in distress (or in the context of general helpful advice); PROVIDED that staffers cannot be held legally responsible for the results of the decision of any citizen to follow such legal advice so provided; and must warn citizens of that condition whenever the conversation turns in this direction. No paid staffer may refuse to provide to any US citizen legal advice relevant to preservation, protection and defense of the Constitutional rights of any citizen raising such issues, or may knowingly withhold such information from any US citizen or from any lawful resident of or lawful visitor to the United States.
10) Staffers in the offices of Congress may provide financially relevant advice to any US citizen in distress (or in the context of general advice), on the conditions that such advice cannot conflict with insider trading rules or knowingly ensnare any citizen in financial mishaps. Staffers cannot be held legally responsible for any such advice given, and must warn citizens of that condition whenever the conversation turns in this direction.
11) Whenever any Congressional staffer advises any US citizen to contact any Government agency of any type, the staffer shall also contact the same agency on behalf of the citizen to expedite the pathway to success in this contact for any citizen who needs such assistance; PROVIDED that the staffer cannot be held legally responsible for the behavior or response of any Government agency or Federal employee at any level, or for the eventual successful signing of any proposed law coursing through Congress.
12) Staffers may identify citizens of or visitors to the United States as security risks in the context of contacting Congressional offices only for the following reasons:
A) Repeated use of foul language in a manner which is directed offensively against any particular staffer, page or threateningly against any Member of Congress or any other elected Federal official, whether a party to the conversation or not;
B) Direct and express threats in which a citizen expresses an interest in violating the law in a way which is likely to cause loss of life, and/or personal injury, or property damage, or damage to the Constitutional rights of any citizen or lawful resident of or visitor to the United States, or to commit actionable fraud;
C) Evincing serious and malicious intent to defame, libel, harmfully intrude upon or actionably malign or blackmail any staffer or page.
Staffers may identify citizens of or visitors to the United States as heightened security risks, in the context of contacting Congressional offices, only for violating any court order with respect to A, B or C as listed above; or for pointlessly and in a criminal manner interfering with the access of any fellow citizen to any office of any Member of Congress; or for malignantly and in a criminal manner interfering with the duties or the personal safety of any staffer or page who works in any office of any Member of Congress.
13) No politically correct standards (such as any past record of citizen activism against Government policies at any level; or any arbitrary delimitations upon frequency of contact, length of message or messages, imputed patterns of thought or speculation thereon, or non-actionable content of communications from citizens) shall be employed as a security measure to block Constitutionally protected rights with respect to any materially harmless citizen access to any office of Congress.
14) No Government record on, or accusation against, or security measure in place regarding any US citizen may be regarded as a valid pretext for disrespectful handling of any issue raised by any US citizen with any Congressional office, including such issues as any such supposed or actual record, accusation, or security measure itself. When any citizen calls into question the validity of any such record, accusation or security measure, staffers are required under the Constitution to grant such citizens the benefit of the doubt; and to work on behalf of any citizen of the United States whose Constitutional rights require restoration, or any citizen of the United States who cites a reasonably anticipated precise clear and present danger to a specific Constitutional right or privilege. No staffer in any Office of Congress may sustain, uphold, or participate in the ongoing infliction of any Constitutional violation which has been committed against the rights of any citizen of or lawful resident of or visitor to the United States and the self-governing territories appertaining to the United States.
Committee of 37 Peace Initiative
PO Box 877
Edgmont, PA 19028-0877
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