About the only thing I even mildly respect about the ACLU is it's stubborn adherence to blind principle, even in the face of mountains of evidence that prove them dead wrong.
While many other organizations share their dogged devotion to truth as they see it--The Flat Earth Society, The Holocaust Never Happened Foundation, The "The ain't no Man never landed on no moon" Brotherhood and others-none are able to attract the funding and the attention that the ACLU does; mainly because those other organizations have such scant appeal to moonbats.
For the sake of objectivity, pretend that you just arrived from another planet and the only thing you knew about America was that 3,000 of it's citizens were murdered by young middle eastern Muslims who had slipped into the country illegally; that the president vowed to do his best to keep something like that from happening again and had directed the FBI to get busy rooting out potential copy cats.
ACLU news release....
ACLU Files First-Ever Challenge to USA PATRIOT Act, Citing Radical Expansion of FBI Powers
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union today filed the first legal challenge to the USA PATRIOT Act, taking aim at a section of the controversial law that vastly expands the power of FBI agents to secretly obtain records and personal belongings of innocent people in the United States, including citizens and permanent residents.
“Ordinary Americans should not have to worry that the FBI is rifling through their medical records, seizing their personal papers, or forcing charities and advocacy groups to divulge membership lists,” said Ann Beeson, Associate Legal Director of the ACLU and the lead attorney in the lawsuit.
“We know from our clients that the FBI is once again targeting ethnic, religious, and political minority communities disproportionately,” she added. “Investing the FBI with unchecked authority to monitor the activities of innocent people is an invitation to abuse, a waste of resources, and is certainly not making any of us any safer.”
I'm sure you picked up the key phrases in Ann's lament...
"Why are you fascists talking to all those innocent people?!!!
Uh, well, Ma'am, it's mainly because we don't exactly know which ones are guilty until we can check them out. If we did, I guess we wouldn't have needed the Patriot Act in the first place.
"Likely story! You thugs are picking on ethnic, religious and political minorities and the ACLU is simply not going to stand for it"!!!!
Hmmm....er... Ma'am we're trying to find members of the same group that hijacked 4 airplanes and destroyed a sizable area of downtown New York City.
So far no one has told us there were any Presbyterians, Girl Scouts or paraplegics from North Dakota involved in the crime. But if you have any evidence............?
"Well, you're certainly not making any of us any safer..!!!
Maybe not, Ma'am, but we're sure trying and I guess we don't really know that just yet, do we?
By the way, since nothing like that has happened in over three years now, I'm really curious how you can be so sure that Americans aren't any safer .
Do you happen to have any first hand knowledge of similar plots that might be brewing ?
Mind if we have a chat with your staff members?
Just routine, you understand.......