ACLU Launches Anti-Everybody Campaign
It appears that the ACLU doesn't like anybody, perhaps not even themselves.
This ad was paid for by the ACLU and run in (where else?) the New York Times.
Hat tip to Stop the ACLU.
To share the blame around some after singling out the President in this campaign, immediately after it was "leaked" that an investigation by the Department of Justice would be conducted into identifying the source of the leak in the NSA that resulted in the ACLU aggressively launching it's smear campaign of the President they are now going after the Department of Justice's Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. It seems that the ACLU deems it within their responsibilities to now advise the DOJ on state legal matters, which are not of a civil liberty nature, but are rather of a criminal one involving the release of sensitive and highly classified information.
This is the official release from the ACLU website (again thanks to Stop the ACLU):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union today sharply criticized a Justice Department investigation into the disclosure of an illegal National Security Agency domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush.
In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as well as two full-page advertisements in the New York Times, the ACLU has called for the appointment of a special counsel to determine whether President Bush violated federal wiretapping laws by authorizing illegal surveillance of domestic targets.
The following statement can be attributed to ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero:
President Bush broke the law and lied to the American people when he unilaterally authorized secret wiretaps of U.S. citizens. But rather than focus on this constitutional crisis, Attorney General Gonzales is cracking down on critics of his friend and boss. Our nation is strengthened, not weakened, by those whistleblowers who are courageous enough to speak out on violations of the law.
To avoid further charges of cronyism, Attorney General Gonzales should call off the investigation. Better yet, Mr. Gonzales ought to fulfill his own oath of office and appoint a special counsel to determine whether federal laws were violated.
Where they come up with the idea that "our nation is strengthened, not weakened, by those whistleblowers" in this case is beyond me. Actually it is nearly beyond belief that an act verging on treason by the whistleblower could be described as strengthening anything but the enemies position.
Finally, here is an example that shows the ACLU doesn't think much of itself. Believe it or not the ACLU acted in counsel with the town of Prairie Village, KS to establish laws that would not infringe on anyones civil liberties. It appears they have now decided to sue the city based on their own advice after the city enforced the laws the ACLU helped establish.
It makes one wonder just how worthy their advice really is.
posted by Is It Just Me? at 4:57 PM