Monday, August 22, 2005

Thoughts On The ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union performs, or used to perform, an important role in our society. Although at times the ACLU took positions that I found to be distasteful, I would remind myself that somebody had to be a stickler when it came to defending our legitimate civil liberties against the sometimes heavy-hand of government. If there was no ACLU, the rest of us would be asleep at the wheel while our civil liberties were chipped away, so the argument went. Thus, I was willing to overlook the cases in which the ACLU defended certain odious characters or positions; after all, it was a necessary sacrifice for the greater goal, right?

Since 9/11, however, I’ve come to deeply suspect the motives of the ACLU. Perhaps pre-9/11 I was blind to it, but lately the ACLU seems like nothing more than a partisan, far-left organization dedicated more to guarding the “rights” of those who would kill us in our thousands at the expense of the right of Americans to not get blown up. The result is that they’ve lost site of the bigger picture—the very real specter of mass casualty terrorism. This is a typical case of failing to see the forest from the trees.

Now, the ACLU has also seem to taken up the cause of Islam in America. In a recent case in Greensboro, NC, the ACLU has joined up with the Hamas-connected Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to allow Muslims to take an oath on the Koran in court. I don’t have a problem with this, per se, but my eye-brow is seriously raised when the ACLU—who normally stops at nothing to expunge all traces of religion (Christianity) from American public life—teams up with CAIR in a case of promoting religion in public life.

In the aftermath of the suicide backpack bombings in London, the New York police announced their intention to check bags in the subways. The ACLU cried foul, acting as if the government had some nefarious ulterior motives in checking bags for bombs. But in light of the attacks in London and continued threats against us, as well as the numerous foiled attacks in the last few years, the reality is that there is legitimate and prudent reasons to check bags.

When you take into account the ACLU’s opposition to nearly every attempt by our government to fight terrorism, it makes you wonder just who, exactly, the ACLU is really protecting. Whose side are they on? Why do they feel more like the ICLU—Islamist Civil Liberties Union? Despite their arguments otherwise, I no longer believe that the ACLU is performing a valuable, albeit unpopular at times, role. These days they feel like the lawyers for the enemy, and not much more.

If, God forbid, there is another huge attack in this country (and there probably will be), we need to remember that every step of the way, the ACLU has done everything in its power to make the job of terror prevention as difficult as possible for our government and police forces.


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