September 26, 2003

More Conservatives Joining ACLU

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.

As a result, the ACLU is looking to reach out to conservatives on their common ground, recognizing a threat to what we all believe in.

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.

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."

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.

You can't buy that kind of advertising. I'm now a card-carrying, contributing member.

If you're worried about this administration and what it's doing, I urge you to consider the ACLU.

Posted by James at September 26, 2003 1:09 PM
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Posted by: Bob at September 26, 2003 4:01 PM

I remember back when I used to contribute to political newsgroups. One think I learned quickly was how much the right vehemently hates the aclu. I always found it odd since at their core they are a conservative organisation since their goal is to protect the constitution. Anyway, I got to realise that that ACLU was a frequent scape goat in various conservative conspiracy theories. They are right up there with the UN and the WHO.

It's interesting to see this happen.


Posted by: Rui Campos at September 26, 2003 10:36 PM

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