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The Government Is Spying on Americans

By zlitocook ·
The Government Is Spying on Americans

Documents obtained by the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the FBI is using its Joint Terrorism Task Forces to gather extensive information about peaceful organizations. Recently, President Bush acknowledged giving explicit and secret authorization for warrantless electronic eavesdropping and physical searches by the National Security Agency. Now, there is reason to believe that the Pentagon, too, is illegally gathering and sharing private and protected information.

The actions of the president, his administration, and these agencies are part of a broad pattern of disregard for the rule of law in the name of national security. The ACLU is calling for investigations and full disclosure of records to determine if oaths of office were broken or federal laws violated.
Look at this wab site.
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spyfiles/index.html

Well it looks like they can do what ever they want!
And I will get more emails saying thatit is for our own protection.

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The ACLU

by Montgomery Gator In reply to -

What you describe is that the law requires the states to pay the ACLU for the "privilege" to be sodomized by them. There is another group headquartered here in Montgomery, AL that uses the same tactics to get money from the taxpayers, the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their name is very deceptive. The Southern part is right, because they are in Alabama. The Center part is right, because they have a very nice building in downtown Montgomery. But "Poverty" is a misnomber, because they have millions of dollars, and the scumbag trial lawyers that run them are millionaires. "Law" is also a misnomer, because they twist the law to their own purposes.

A much better group for fighting for our rights is the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

http://www.aclj.org/

Also, the Pacific Legal Foundation does a good job of fighting for our liberties

http://www.pacificlegal.org/

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We need to repeal...

by Montgomery Gator In reply to -

...the Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Awards Act.

It is just a boondoggle for the trial lawyers and a great cost for the taxpayers. I am surprised the Republicans in Congress have not made an effort to do this, since they are supposedly pro-taxpayer and pro-business. I guess they have been too busy writing earmarks to remember why we elected them to begin with. The only thing that keeps me voting Republican is that the Democrats would be much worse, and the Libertarians are either too weak (and voting for them would split the ticket and put Democrats in power), or most of the time, their candidates are weirdos (at least the ones in Alabama are, don't know about the Libertarians in rest of the country).

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by maxwell edison In reply to As if the republican part ...
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ACLU answer

by tomtater2004 In reply to 2

ACLU did take up the cause of Japanese Americans in the 40s.The forties saw new assaults on civil liberties in California, brought on by America?s entrance into World War II. History has shown that the rights of minorities are always most threatened in time of war, when the majority itself becomes fearful. This was true of World War I, which saw the birth of criminal syndicalism legislation, and it was equally true of the second world war, when over a hundred thousand Japanese Americans were interned in concentration camps. Throughout the forties, the ACLU/SC went to court again and again to fight government persecution of Japanese Americans.

ACLU lost when the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Japanese curfew and evacuation orders, but won when we defeated efforts to strip Japanese Americans of their US citizenship. The ACLU got the courts to recognize the right of Japanese Americans to hold civil service jobs, and finally, in 1949, to rule that Japanese Americans who renounced their citizenship at the Tule Lake Relocation Center had done so under duress and were therefore still US citizens.
During the 1950s the ACLU defended untold cases on loyalty oaths, Professors drummed out of classrooms for refusing to sign loyalty oaths, it also represented the Hollywood 10 when they were called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. A group of screenwrighters and producers for suspected Communist activities.
The ACLU was founded in 1920, the same year Women were given the right to Vote. Up to that time Racial segregation was the law of the land and violence against blacks was routine.

Sex discrimination was firmly institutionalized; it wasn't until 1920 that women even got the vote.

Constitutional rights for homosexuals, the poor, prisoners, mental patients, and other special groups were literally unthinkable.

And, perhaps most significantly, the Supreme Court had yet to uphold a single free speech claim under the First Amendment.

The ACLU was the first public interest law firm of its kind, and immediately began the work of transforming the ideals contained in the Bill of Rights into living, breathing realities

1925 the ACLU defended John T. Scopes in the Scopes trial, When Tennessee passed the Anti-Evolution law. Clarence Darrow headed the defense team. Scopes was convicted, with a $100 fine. One of the most famous trials of the 20th century. So it seems to me the ACLU has been about protecting our Civil Liberties then and after 1976.

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Just like Unions

by jdclyde In reply to ACLU answer

they have lost their way and forgot why they were formed in the first place.

What once performed a much needed service are now corrupt shadows of their former selves.

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Betelgeuse1958 - I'd really like your answers on these questions

by maxwell edison In reply to As if the republican part ...

Do you have any?

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Who's abusing words?

by naturallymyself In reply to Define 'spying'

Police checking my speed as I drive on a public roadway, not spying. Grocery clerks that offer to help when I choose to shop in a store that I am aware the proprietor has trained such clerks to offer assistance, not spying. Postal service reading the address that I specifically put on the envelope for them to read? Get real, not spying. The government reading my private correspondance or listening in on my private conversations with out my knowledge or permission, definitely spying.

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by jdclyde In reply to Who's abusing words?

as long as your not making the choice to converse with known terrorists, they WON'T be listening to anything you do.

Guilty by association.

Your not conversing with terrorists, are you?

Terrorists are a global threat to everyone, not just military targets. Especially because "soft" targets are easier to hit and get more of the horror value that they need to truely terrorize the average citizen.

If you are talking to them, plan on having your conversation listened to. Of course because of dumbass liberals more interested in hurting anything Bush does than protecting us, they probably won't learn much this way ANYMORE.

The next major hit that is not stopped will be directly the fault of the people that TOLD the scumbag terrorist that we were listening to them.

How can people be so truly stupid?

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