Letter from William Thomas 4/10/90
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C. 20038
January 12, 1993
Presidential Transition Team
Office of Management and Budget
1120 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Dear Mr. Panetta:
Congratulations on your new position. Many seek change,
presumably out of dissatisfaction with the status quo. I am
praying that you will use your increased power with wisdom,
because only wisdom will contribute to a more perfect union.
You will probably agree that without freedom to assemble,
"freedom of thought" and "freedom of speech" -- the true
keystones of any democracy -- become nothing more than hollow,
A lot of people who voted for President Clinton believe that
Reagan/Bush policy promoted the regulatory suppression of free
thought and expression, and left this country a greatly
diminished First Amendment. They hope this administration will
have the wisdom to reverse that trend of regulatory abuse.
You have the opportunity to nip this affront to democracy
in the bud, and reverse the authoritarian inclinations of the
For much of the past seven years the National Forest Service, one
of the agencies within Agriculture, has repeatedly (albeit, thank
God, unsuccessfully) attempted to implement a regulatory scheme
which would, in any real terms, eliminate the right of the
American people to freely assemble on "public lands." United
States v. Israel, No. Cr-86-027-TUC-RMB (May 10, 1986; 53 Fed.
Reg. 16548 (May 10, 1988), amending 36 C.F.R. Sec. 251.50 et seq,
(1987); United States v. The Rainbow Family, 694 F. Supp. 294,
(June 1, 1989, J. Justice, USED Tex. CA No. L-88-68); 55 Fed.
Reg. 8498 (March 8, 1990), and related draft of proposed
amendment to 36 CFR 251 submitted to OMB (February 22, 1990).
Now, it appears, NFS has somehow managed to obtain an exemption
from President Bush's current moratorium on regulations, and
plans to submit for OMB's approval (before January 20th) yet
another regulatory attempt to subvert the First Amendment as it
presently applies to peaceable assembly on public lands.
I like to think that the departing administration is just trying
to slip another fast one by the American public before the new
administration even knows what's going on.
If my information proves correct, and NFS actually publishes a
rule to restrict public assembly on public lands, please have
them rescind the publication as soon as you are able.
Sincerely, in service to the Creator of life,
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