Thursday, August 24, 2006

ACLU: NSA Wiretapping & War Deserters...

For those of you that haven't heard --The decision of Detroit-based U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, that the NSA wiretapping is illegal, has been brought to new light. She is being charged with a conflict of interest. The case was brought by the ACLU and (go figure) Taylor is an ACLU contributor... She has given the ACLU at least $125,000.

"...Questions about a possible conflict of interest appear likely to raise new concerns. The Web site for the group that supported the A.C.L.U., the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit, lists Judge Taylor as its secretary and a trustee. It indicates that trustees make all financing decisions for the organization, whose assets exceed $350 million and which gives grants for a variety of community projects.

Judge Taylor declined to comment on the matter on Tuesday, and the foundation did not respond to a message for comment on what role if any she had in awarding the civil liberties grants." (Source)

I feel bad for the left'o'sphere --first the very public humiliation after the cancellation of "Fitzmas" and now this impending deflation...
(More at Stop the ACLU)

The ACLU, who has also taken up for NAMBLA, has taken another pressing cause - War Deserter Ehren Watada. Because the civil rights of sexual predators and war deserters should be what is taking precedence in this day and age...

This from the Washington chapter of the ACLU's website:

"In a military justice case that has drawn wide attention, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is backing the free speech rights of a soldier facing court martial for refusing to serve in the war in Iraq. The ACLU today submitted a friend-of-the-court brief contending that Lt. Ehren Watada should not be punished for his public statements expressing legal and moral objections to the war in Iraq.

The military is holding a hearing on August 17 to determine whether to go forward with court martial proceedings against Watada. The ACLU takes no position on his challenge to the lawfulness of the orders to report for duty in Iraq.

“Soldiers should not be court-martialed for explaining their views on important political issues when doing so does not adversely affect military functioning. Lt. Watada was exercising his free speech rights as a citizen in a democratic society,” said Kathleen Taylor, Executive Director of the ACLU of Washington." (source)

How is violation of a contract a civil rights issue?
(More at Stop the ACLU)

(*Watada Photo Credit: Sanctuary)

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