Friday, May 26, 2006

ACLU Defeating its Own Purpose?

Isn't the ACLU all about civil liberties and free speech? I mean that's their official capacity right? Haven't they criticized the military for limiting the 'free speech' of the troops? Well, now it seems they want to do the same to their employees...

"The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing new standards that would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization's policies and internal administration.

"Where an individual director disagrees with a board position on matters of civil liberties policy, the director should refrain from publicly highlighting the fact of such disagreement," the committee that compiled the standards wrote in its proposals.

"Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the A.C.L.U. adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising," the proposals state.

Given the organization's longtime commitment to defending free speech, some former board members were shocked by the proposals." (source)

I have to say, I got a certain joy from reading this NYT article... Like John Kerry, the ACLU is morphing into the caricature and stereotype us right-wing types have always portrayed it as...

(H/T: Michael Savage)

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