London: Why It Happened (An Anti-ACLU Rant)
As news continues to trickle in from Scotland Yard, a pattern of these homicide bombers emerges:
Yet, in the United States, we can't pursue such leads, because the ACLU cries "Profiling!" in perpetuity! (link)
We can't prosecute those we've captured during military actions because of these lies: (link)(ACLU Petition to UNtied Nations).
While many Americans would like to believe that the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib involved only the horrific acts of a few poorly trained soldiers, the fact is that the torture and abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guant�namo was widespread and systematic. The roots of the conduct can clearly be traced to a series of administration policies designed to insulate the treatment of military detainees from public scrutiny, judicial review and ultimately from the rule of law.
We can't get our judiciary to uphold our existing laws:
July 1, 2005
WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed great concern that the Bush administration will replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her retirement today after more than two decades on the court, with a nominee whose judicial philosophy is fundamentally opposed to the progress made in protecting individual rights over the past century.
The ACLU is preparing to hold a board meeting in the coming weeks to decide whether to oppose the Bush administration's nominee. As a matter of policy, the ACLU will only oppose nominees to the Supreme Court that are fundamentally hostile to civil liberties and will do so upon a vote of the board of directors. The national board of the ACLU has voted to oppose only two nominees in its history: Justice William Rehnquist and former solicitor general and law professor Robert Bork.
And they try to tie up the hands of our legistlature:
(link) (link)WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed its disappointment with the two key House committees that considered legislation to reauthorize the Patriot Act, citing the unwillingness by lawmakers to reject a power grab by the administration and restore proper checks and balances to the anti-terrorism law. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider similar legislation soon.
The House Judiciary Committee met today to consider reauthorization of the Patriot Act. The flawed base bill would make the Patriot Act permanent and includes minimal, superficial changes
Flying Blind by Michael Smerconish