Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I am unclear on the purpose

Why was ACLU attorney Jamel Jaffer in Guantanamo Bay to ensure that Canadian terrorist Omar Khadr's civil rights were being defended, and not in Iraq ensuring that the rights of Americans Alex Jimenez and Byron Fouty were? Isn't the ACLU the American Civil Liberties Union, and doesn't that imply that its mission is to defend the rights of Americans? Let's see:

The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.

  • Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.

  • Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.

  • Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

We work also to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.

Hmmm... nothing in there about terrorists, enemy combatants (lawful or otherwise) or foreign enemies of the Constitution. I guess that's coming in the next revision of the Website.

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