Saturday, September 16, 2006

Constitution Day: What's really in that darn document?

Received today:
Secretary Department of Homeland Security

To:
All DHS Employees

From:
Daniel W. Sutherland, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties /s/
George Tanner, Chief Learning Officer /s/

Constitution Day is being observed on Monday, September 18. The Office of the Chief Learning Officer and the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties are pleased to provide the 2006 Constitution Day training at the following link: http://www.dhs.gov/constitutiondaytraining

Federal agencies are required to provide training materials to all employees on Constitution Day. Constitution Day gives us opportunity to pause and consider the larger purpose behind our professionalism, and the nobility underlying our efforts. As Secretary Chertoff has stressed, DHS’s strategic mission “is no less than this: protect America, while fostering the values of liberty, privacy, and opportunity we all hold dear.”

The Constitution defines the structure and function of the Federal government and also provides the promise to all Americans that certain basic rights and liberties are protected. Those rights and liberties were won and preserved at a great cost by generations of brave patriots, and you carry on their legacy. As federal employees, we are duty bound to honor those sacrifices and to work tirelessly to keep the promises contained in our Nation’s founding document. As agents, officers, and federal employees, we have sworn a solemn oath to that effect. This training will help remind us all of that oath, and assist us in our daily efforts to act in accordance with the proud American traditions we uphold.

Because this is mandatory training, we ask that each of you complete the Constitution Day training by September 30, 2006. It will take no more than 25 minutes of your time. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Hmm... I wonder if everyone in the Executive Branch is required to receive training on the Constitution...

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