Saturday, June 04, 2005

Why Is The ACLU Shredding Documents?

Hat tip to John C. A. Bambenek, who is RAVING about a Drudge Report teaser which claims,

"American Civil Liberties Union has been shredding documents over repeated objections of its records manager and in conflict with longstanding policies on preservation, disposal of records... Developing..."

Some Congressmen are really fed up with the ACLU. Fed up enough to initiate an Amendment to an Act that would hit the ACLU where it would hurt the worst (in their wallets). Could it be that the ACLU has realized that they are not beyond a Congressional investigation themselves? If Congress can investigate ball players and steroids, it only stands to reason that they may be interested in investigating an organization who's funding comes from suing the government and through PRIVATE donations. Perhaps, who is contributing to the "private funding" could be in question. Or possibly, in gathering information to introduce in lawsuits against government entities (US military) and employees (Rumsfeld and crew) the ACLU has been conducting interviews with "persons of interest" in the war on terror and may have to reveal their sources if an investigation was initiated by Congress. Shredding by attorneys? Hmmm, that doesn't seem ethical.

Does the ACLU have to be held accountable for it's funding? The following, would lead one to think so: (Jan 27th, 2005) discussed the ACLU and federal funding. The points made are, "As a myriad of non-profit organizations, the ACLU receives taxpayer support in three ways: (1) the organization is a non-profit and does not pay any taxes; (2) the donations to ACLU foundations are tax-deductible and reduce the donors tax liability; and (3) under certain circumstances, ACLU lawyers are compensated with tax dollars for their time."

I guess if those "tax-deductible, tax dollars" are in question, then the answer to my question regarding accountability would be YES. But, enough on speculation. After all, this story is "... Developing..."


Hat tip from Gribbit on Stop the ACLU. Details about past ACLU shreddings. Read more about this...

posted by Is It Just Me? at 11:30 AM