FOIA : Declaration of Independence

Originally posted by se portland on 09/02/07

As a class project fifth grader Cecile Lipscomb submitted a Freedom of Information request to the White House for a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Now 17, Cecile shared with me the document he just now received.

View my reconstruction of the heavily redacted Declaration of Independence Cecile finally got from the White House below the fold.

[cross posted at Daily Kos]

  The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people  to assume among the powers of the earth,  the Laws of  God  requires that they should

We hold these truths to be self-evident,  their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are  to secure these rights, Governments are instituted  – That whenever  Government becomes  the Right  and to institute  Government, laying  its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light  and to provide new Guards for their future security. – Such has been  Systems of Government. The history of the present  is a history of repeated  Facts  submitted to a candid world.

Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance,  to attend to them.

pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people,

He has called together legislative bodies  purpose  compliance with his measures.

He has  manly firmness

He has  to be elected,  exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured  Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners;

He has  Administration of Justice by  Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges

He has erected a multitude  substance.

He has kept  Standing Armies with the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected  the Military  superior  Power.

He has combined  a jurisdiction  to our constitution, and acknowledged by our laws; giving  Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For  armed troops

For protecting  the Inhabitants of these States:

For  our Trade with all parts of the world:

with our Consent:

For transporting us beyond Seas

For  the free System of  Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein a government,  so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument

For  our most valuable Laws  fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

invested with power  in all cases

He has  by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has  our seas,  our coasts,  our towns, and  the lives of our people.

He is  Head of a civilized nation.

our fellow Citizens  become  their friends and Brethren,

excited domestic insurrections amongst us,  is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage  whose character is thus marked by every act which may define  the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend a warrantable jurisdiction . We have reminded them of the circumstances of our  justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred  They too have  the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity,  War,

We, therefore,  do,  declare,  Allegiance to  the State  ought to be total and  have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. –  with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,


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