Fun_People Archive
22 Feb
A Leap Day Project

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 96 01:59:33 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: A Leap Day Project

FWDs deleted (and keep deleting them so that people actually read the text)
This is not a chain letter; it is an invitation tp become part of an
immense, simple (and possibly even useful) act of political expression. The
U.S. Government has recently passed a law that enforces censorship on the
internet. As internet users we'd like to kick back at this oppression and
have a bit of fun at the same time.  The aim of this exercise is to
re-establish the United States as "The land of the Free" not a repressive
state where freedom of speech and thought are dim memories.  Some say the
Soviet Union fell as a result of such limits being placed upon the minds of
the general populace.

Please pass this letter on to as many friends or E-mail lists as you can.
If everybody copies the letter to 5 other addresses, by February 29th 1996,
this letter should have reached in excess of 2 million people. That's when
the fun begins........

On February 29th, please send the message:

    Dear Mr. President,
    Do you remember this:

followed by the pre-typed copy of the Bill of rights. By sending e-mail on
the date above, you will contribute to either one huge petition for freedom,
or else lead to a crash of the whitehouse server. Send all letters to:


Remember that solidarity is the key to success...

                              THE BILL OF RIGHTS

  Amendment I
   Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
   prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
   speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
   assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  Amendment II
   A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free
   state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be

  Amendment III
   No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without
   the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be
   prescribed by law.

  Amendment IV
   The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
   and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
   violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported
   by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be
   searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  Amendment V
   No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous
   crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in
   cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in
   actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be
   subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;
   nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against
   himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due
   process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use,
   without just compensation.

 Amendment VI
   In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a
   speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district
   wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have
   been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and
   cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him;
   to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to
   have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

  Amendment VII
   In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed
   twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no
   fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the
   United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

  Amendment VIII
   Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor
   cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

  Amendment IX
   The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be
   construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

  Amendment X
   The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
   prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively,
   or to the people.

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