As they see the possibility of the government taking liberties, overstepping its bounds, and eroding the freedoms we enjoy, people are signing up to the ACLU in large numbers. Many of those folks are conservatives, who are just as scared as many liberals.
Shortly after the World Trade Center collapsed, Congress enacted the PATRIOT Act, expanding the FBI's wiretapping and search powers. Another government initiative, CAPPS II, would use databases to scrutinize every airline passenger and assign that person a threat level of red, yellow or green.An acquaintance of mine on EAForums has a constant beef with the ACLU. Her constant railing against the organization has made me realize the good they do. While I've always watched the ACLU, I'd never been motivated to join. Until now. Thanks, Ms. for making this possible. If you're reading this, you know who you are. And the ACLU thanks you, too, for keeping them on my radar screen so frequently.
A Pentagon program called Total Information Awareness, which is now on hold, would monitor individuals' credit card purchases, bank records and so on in the hunt for terrorists.
The ACLU has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with conservatives to battle each of these proposals.
"On the right and left - for different reasons and coming from different places - there is concern about the government listening to everyone's phone conversations and reading people's mail," said David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union. "And when you share those kinds of concerns with other people, you damn sure better get together with them."
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If you're worried about this administration and what it's doing, I urge you to consider the ACLU.