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The ACLU has been pushing a radical liberal agenda for years, and
despite the rare occasion that they get something right, they of en
take up anti-American causes.
by Matthew Vadum

Which major liberal advocacy group               Conservative Political Action Conference       so-called rights on a regular basis and
zealously guards workers’ rights                 (CPAC) in the nation’s capital, is a           argues that the Constitution is a living,
but won’t lift a finger to help when              tangled mess of contradictions. This           breathing document whose meaning
workers suffer government-sanctioned             fair-weather friend of liberty claims          changes with the seasons. It regards
discrimination as a result of affirmative         to protect the U.S. Constitution and           itself as an avant-garde crusader for
action programs?                                 individual rights, but often adopts statist,   unlimited abortion rights, polygamy
   And which group protects the right            Big Government positions on issues that        and same-sex marriage and brags
of Muslim women to wear religious                would alarm the nation’s founders. As a        that it compelled the state of Alaska
headscarves—even in jail—but erupts in           self-described progressive “social justice”    to give equal employment benefits to
apoplectic rage when nativity scenes and         organization, it believes in “welfare          homosexual employees.
menorahs pop up on public property?              rights,” which are figments of the                 Regarding just about anything having
   It’s the American Civil Liberties             liberal imagination unmentioned in the         to do with sex, the ACLU refuses to
Union, which has a rich and storied              Constitution. It seldom defends private        pass moral judgment. Columnist Deroy
tradition—of not making any sense.               property rights or economic freedoms           Murdock notes that the ACLU has
   Even before President George H.W.             but creatively squeezes non-existent           supported the extremely controversial
Bush helped secure his 1988 election             rights and liberties out of supposed           North American Man/Boy Love
victory by noting in a televised debate          emanations and penumbras in the                Association (NAMBLA) which “openly
that Democrat Mike Dukakis was a                 Constitution.                                  preach[es] pedophilia and arguably
“card-carrying member of the ACLU,”                  In legal terms, the ACLU is a              encourage[s] kidnapping, rape and
conservatives have long been suspicious          501(c)(4) legislative lobbying group. Its      murder,” while being “energetically
of the Communist-founded ACLU—and                litigation and outreach arm, the ACLU          hostile” to the Boy Scouts of America.
for good reason.                                 Foundation, is a legally separate                 The ACLU supported NAMBLA,
   Founded by radicals during the                501(c)(3) organization. The ACLU               which an Ohio court previously found
Progressive Era who simultaneously               claims to have more than 500,000               complicit in a separate case of child rape
professed admiration for American ideals         members and supporters, almost                 for producing a how-to manual, when
and for the totalitarian Soviet Union,           200 staff attorneys and thousands of           it was sued in federal court. Parents of
the morally preening group, which risks          volunteer attorneys, and staffed offices        Jeffrey Curley, a 10-year-old boy raped
the wrath of conservatives every year            in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the          and murdered by a former NAMBLA
by manning an exhibit hall booth at the          District of Columbia.                          member in 1997, filed a wrongful death
                                                     The ACLU constantly applauds               suit against the group but dropped it
                                                 the growing power of the judiciary at          last year after a key witness was ruled
American Civil Liberties Union Executive
Director Anthony Romero has accused the          the expense of elected lawmakers. It           unfit to testify. “There was never any
Bush administration of approving the torturing   does not object to government control          evidence that NAMBLA was connected
of terror detainees. The ACLU has repeatedly     of education and is hostile to school          to the death of Jeffrey Curley,’’ ACLU
taken stances that go against American
interests. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)              voucher programs. It invents new               lawyer Sarah R. Wunsch told the Boston

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                                                                                                                 so-called collective right to keep and
                                                                                                                 bear arms only in connection with a
                                                                                                                 state militia. After the Supreme Court
                                                                                                                 slapped down this implausible view last
                                                                                                                 year in the Heller case, the ACLU stuck
                                                                                                                 to its guns, saying it disagreed with
                                                                                                                 the court. The group added, somewhat
                                                                                                                 disingenuously, that it takes no position
                                                                                                                 on the issue of gun control. “In our view,
                                                                                                                 neither the possession of guns nor the
                                                                                                                 regulation of guns raises a civil liberties
                                                                                                                 issue,” the ACLU stated on its website.
                                                                                                                    Although conservatives have strongly
                                                                                                                 criticized the ACLU for decades, and the
                                                                                                                 group historically supported the Fairness
                                                                                                                 Doctrine, it generally does defend the
                                                                                                                 free expression of ideas.
                                                                                                                    Some conservatives don’t like that it
                                                                                                                 defends pornography, but occasionally
                                                                                                                 the ACLU pleasantly surprises
                                                                                                                 conservatives. Colorado state Sen. Greg
     Scott Cozza, right, of the Scouting for All organization, leads a protest outside of the National Council   Brophy, a Republican, had jokingly
     Conference of the Boy Scouts of America in Philadelphia, demanding that the BSA allow homosexuals to        suggested he wanted an “ACLUSUX”
     be scout leaders. The ACLU has backed gay-rights groups and other liberal organizations in their fights
     against the Boy Scouts. (AP/Mark Stehle)                                                                    vanity license plate. He was taken aback
                                                                                                                 when the ACLU offered to defend his
                                                                                                                 right to express that sentiment on a
     Globe. “It’s been our view that for the               a battle to bring America back to                     license plate. When state officials seized
     last eight years, it’s been the First                 the vision and ideals embraced by                     the medical records of talk radio host
     Amendment that’s been the defendant                   our Founders and enshrined in our                     Rush Limbaugh in a drug investigation,
     in this case. In America, there’s freedom             Constitution: separation of powers,                   the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court
     to publish unpopular ideas, and that’s                democratic actions and the honor of                   motion arguing the officials had
     what this case was about.”                            fundamental rights. These are the things              overreached. “For many people, it may
        Yet, Murdock writes, the ACLU                      that make us free, that show the world                seem odd that the ACLU has come to the
     looked down upon the Boy Scouts,                      that we are honorable and decent, that                defense of Rush Limbaugh,” said Howard
     “an organization that tries to turn                   bring the support of our allies and the               Simon, executive director of the Florida
     boys into men, with sex alien to the                  respect of those who might be tempted to              ACLU. “But we have always said that the
     process.” The ACLU could not abide                    oppose us” [emphasis added].                          ACLU’s real client is the Bill of Rights,
     the fact that San Diego allowed the                      The ACLU, a reliable booster of                    and we will continue to safeguard the
     group to lease and manage parkland,                   international law, doesn’t seem to                    values of equality, fairness and privacy for
     because it considers the Boy Scouts to                understand that the Constitution                      everyone, regardless of race, economic
     be a religious organization and hostile               was not created primarily to impress                  status or political point of view.”
     toward homosexuals. Although the                      foreigners, allies, potential adversaries                The group has also criticized
     Scout Oath requires the scout to promise              and residents of Manhattan’s                          proposed tobacco control legislation
     to do his “duty to God,” and Scout Law                ideologically homogeneous Upper                       for curtailing advertisers’ right to
     requires him to be “reverent,” the Boy                West Side. It was created to provide a                free speech and has attacked various
     Scouts had not barred other groups from               framework for the nation to be governed,              aspects of the freedom-limiting
     using the park and had even allowed the               with specified limits on the exercise of               McCain-Feingold campaign finance
     San Diego Gay Pride Festival to be held               government power.                                     law. However, it disdains public
     there. The ACLU won in court, and the                                                                       prayer even though the attendees at
     Boy Scouts were forced to leave the park.             SCHIZOPHRENIC AGENDA                                  the Constitutional Convention prayed
        Conservatives are often galled,                    The group’s inconsistencies are the stuff             together.
     and rightly so, by the ACLU’s moral                   of legend.                                               The ACLU adores terrorists. At
     pretensions and lofty rhetoric. In its                   For example, the ACLU claims a                     one point, Bernardine Dohrn, the
     2007 annual report, the group uses the                special affection for the Bill of Rights,             unrepentant Weather Underground
     same kind of soaring, inappropriately                 but strangely has long rejected the                   leader married to fellow terrorist Bill
     internationalist language one might                   “individual rights” interpretation of the             Ayers, sat on its advisory board.
     expect to hear from President Obama                   Second Amendment. The group would                        In the 1980s, the ACLU defended
     or George Soros: “The battle to keep                  make the amendment effectively a dead                 the terrorist Palestine Liberation
     America safe and free is, at its heart,               letter because it believes it protects a              Organization when it tried to keep its

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information office open in Washington,         refugee Elian Gonzalez back to Fidel        called truth commission be created
D.C., arguing the relevant issue was free     Castro’s Cuba in 2000, just as it argued    to investigate enhanced interrogation
speech and not national security. When        20 years earlier for the deportation        techniques used against a handful of
Homeland Security Secretary Janet             of 12-year-old asylum seeker Walter         Muslim terrorists after the 9/11 attacks.
Napolitano unveiled her department’s          Polovchak to the then-Soviet Union.         On orders from Soros and his Open
infamous “right-wing extremism”               Ultimately, Gonzalez was forced to leave    Society Institute, in the springtime Blue
directive to law enforcement that             but Polovchak was allowed to stay.          State Digital, a leftist communications
lumped together neo-Nazis with limited           Although the Constitution clearly        firm that BusinessWeek called President
government supporters and returning           gives the federal government the power      Obama’s “secret weapon,” manufactured
soldiers, the ACLU’s Mike German, a           to defend the nation and repel invasions,   a website for a front group called the
former FBI special agent, was scathing.       the ACLU consistently gets in the way,      “Commission on Accountability” as part
“Soon we’ll all be radicals,” German said.    siding with America’s enemies and           of Soros’ push for political show trials.
He also condemned the DHS document            frustrating government efforts to secure       The ACLU doesn’t seem bothered by
and other “threat reports that focus on       the national border.                        the fact that its demand is profoundly
ideology instead of criminal activity.”
   America is hopelessly, systemically
racist, according to the group, which         “The ACLU’s intellectual
supports affirmative action on “racial
justice” grounds and as a way for the
                                              incoherence seems to stem from
country to atone for past sins. ACLU
lawyer Chandra Bhatnagar insists that
                                              the views of its principal founder
racial profiling of minorities by law          and longtime leader ... an avowed
enforcement “remains a widespread and
pervasive problem throughout the U.S.”        anarchist, pacifist and Communist.”
   Like all good leftists, the ACLU
believes that almost a century and a half        ACLU activists have reportedly           un-American and is a kind of nihilistic
after slavery was abolished, America          monitored the activities of border-         political theater that was a characteristic
remains vexed by “the continuing              security groups along the U.S.-Mexico       of Stalin’s Soviet Union and is
persistence of structural racism and          border and gone out of their way to         frequently seen in banana republics.
inequality in this country.” And like the     help illegal aliens enter America.          Although the group hasn’t formally
radical leftist group ACORN, the ACLU         The group frequently goes to court          joined Soros’ coalition, it uses similarly
indulges the fantasy that voting rights are   in an effort to free undocumented           rabid rhetoric. Sounding like a radical
constantly under attack in modern-day         immigrants from detention, and brags        anti-war protester, ACLU Executive
America. It wants all felons to vote too.     that it stopped the Department of           Director Anthony Romero said July
   Speaking of felons, in July, the           Homeland Security from using Social         22 that “the evidence is abundantly
Pennsylvania branch of ACLU threw             Security “no-match” letters—letters         clear that the crime of torture was
its lot in with the radical activist          employers receive when an employee’s        authorized at the highest levels of the
group ACORN. After the Pittsburgh             name does not match his Social              Bush administration. ... Those who
district attorney filed charges against        Security number on an employment            authorized, legally justified and carried
seven canvassers for falsifying voter         form, which can be a red flag that the       out this dark spot on our nation’s history
registration forms, the ACLU claims the       employee is in the country illegally—for    must be held accountable.”
law was misapplied. Witold Walczak of         immigration enforcement purposes.              There is little doubt that pressure
the ACLU said, “They already charged             Morton Halperin, a former director       from the ACLU and similar groups led
the employees, and they’ve hinted they        of the ACLU’s Washington office, made        to the Obama Justice Department’s
might go after ACORN next.” Can’t have        clear his contempt for intelligence         absurd decision (reported by the Weekly
that, can we?                                 agencies charged with protecting            Standard) to order FBI agents to read
   The ACLU also encourages prisoners,        America’s interests. He has said that       Miranda rights to some detainees
whether in the U.S. or Guantanamo Bay,        the CIA’s covert career service should be   captured in Afghanistan. The ACLU
to engage in endless litigation against       eliminated and called the agency “the       also ignores the age-old principles of the
their jailers and considers overcrowding      subverter of everyone else’s freedom.”      law of war and argues that the United
to be a kind of torture.                      Halperin also said it was “an open          States shouldn’t even be using military
   Although the ACLU claims to defend         question” whether the CIA might one day     commissions to try terrorist detainees
immigrants’ rights and ascribes popular       begin assassinating American citizens.      captured on the battlefield. “The military
backing of stricter enforcement of               As part of a larger, vindictive          commission system directly violates
immigration laws to “anti-immigrant           campaign to pay back the architects of      America’s most basic principles of
hysteria,” it has supported delivering        the Global War on Terror for making         democracy and justice,” said Michael W.
young asylum seekers back into                a good faith effort to defend America,      Macleod-Ball of the group’s Washington
Communist tyranny. The group                  the ACLU joined with liberal billionaire    legislative office.
supported sending 6-year-old Cuban            George Soros to demand that a so-              Long before leaders of the Texas-

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                                                                                                                    The Bay State chapter called the
                                                                                                                    prosecution “a chilling testament to
                                                                                                                    what is being done to individual rights
                                                                                                                    and to the rule of law itself in the name
                                                                                                                    of ‘fighting terrorism.’”
                                                                                                                        The ACLU also tries to undermine
                                                                                                                    America’s national security by creatively
                                                                                                                    litigating against American companies.
                                                                                                                    Using a litigation strategy perfected by
                                                                                                                    the Center for Constitutional Rights, an
                                                                                                                    anti-American public-interest law firm
                                                                                                                    that makes the ACLU seem right-of-
                                                                                                                    center, the ACLU sued aircraft maker
                                                                                                                    Boeing on behalf of three suspected al
                                                                                                                    Qaeda operatives transported by the
                                                                                                                    CIA to Arab countries for interrogation.
                                                                                                                    The lawsuit claimed a Boeing subsidiary
                                                                                                                    helped the intelligence agency fly
                                                                                                                    the detainees to Egypt and Morocco,
                                                                                                                    knowing they would be tortured by
     Barbara Curley, mother of 10-year-old murder victim Je rey Curley, stands next to photos of Je rey, at
     her home in Cambridge, Mass. Barbara and Robert Curley, parents of the 10-year-old boy who was killed          authorities there under the CIA’s
     on Oct. 1, 1997, filed a federal lawsuit against the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA)           “rendition” program. Romero said U.S.
     and the Internet service provider that allegedly carries its Web site, claiming they are responsible for the   companies should not profit from a
     boy’s su ering and death. The ACLU supported NAMBLA in the case.(AP/Gail Oskin)
                                                                                                                    program that is “unlawful and contrary
                                                                                                                    to core American values” and that
     based Holy Land Foundation for Relief                      The same report also complained                     such businesses “should be held legally
     and Development, an Islamic charity                     that in the Holy Land case the                         accountable.” The group is also hostile to
     that claimed to help Muslims in the                     government designated the Coalition                    the activities of Blackwater, a company
     Middle East, were convicted of funding                  on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)                   that now calls itself Xe Services LLC and
     Islamic terrorism in 2008, the ACLU                     as an “unindicted co-conspirator” [see                 provides security for the U.S. military
     represented Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, a                      “Devil May CAIR,” by Robert Spencer,                   overseas.
     fundraiser for the group who was living                 July 2009]. The ACLU document
     in the United States illegally. The federal             naively treats the group as a legitimate               COMMUNIST TIES
     government said the group, which was                    participant in civil society, describing               The ACLU’s intellectual incoherence
     shut down in 2001, directed millions                    it as “America’s largest Islamic civil                 seems to stem from the views of its
     of dollars to the Palestinian militant                  liberties group.”                                      principal founder and longtime leader,
     group Hamas, a government-designated                       In fact, terrorism expert Daniel Pipes              Roger Nash Baldwin. The group was
     terrorist group.                                        has documented CAIR’s extensive ties                   founded in 1920 by Baldwin, an avowed
        And even after the U.S. government                   to terrorism. He points out that CAIR                  anarchist, pacifist and Communist.
     met with some success in shutting                       is on record supporting terrorists.                       Baldwin spoke highly of American
     down terrorist funding networks within                  When President Bush froze Holy                         rights and liberties while extolling
     the country, the ACLU accuses the                       Land assets, CAIR denounced the                        the virtues of socialism. Government
     government of discriminating against                    action as “unjust” and “disturbing.”                   repression was acceptable in some
     Muslims in its drive to stamp out those                 When those who carried out the 1993                    circumstances, he believed, if it
     networks. Shutting down corrupt, pro-                   bombing of the World Trade Center                      furthered revolutionary goals. In a
     terrorist Islamic charities stigmatizes                 were convicted, CAIR called it “a                      1934 article, he wrote “dictatorship”
     all Islamic charities, the group argues.                travesty of justice.” CAIR called it a                 would be necessary “while the job of
     “The government’s actions have created                  “hate crime” when the so-called blind                  reorganizing society on a socialist basis
     a climate of fear that chills American                  sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who                           is being done.”
     Muslims’ free and full exercise of their                conspired to bomb various New York                        Baldwin seemed to recognize
     religion through charitable giving,                     City sites including the World Trade                   that socialist ideas were foreign
     or Zakat, one of the ‘five pillars’ of                   Center, was found guilty in court. The                 to Americans who revered rugged
     Islam and a religious obligation for                    ACLU of Massachusetts criticized the                   individualism and maintained a
     all observant Muslims,” the group                       government for having the temerity to                  healthy distrust of government power.
     pontificates in a recent report. ACLU ally               charge the terrorist leader’s attorney,                In a 1917 letter on political strategy
     David Cole, a Georgetown law professor,                 radical activist Lynne Stewart, with                   to journalist Louis Lochner, who was
     helpfully compares the crackdown on                     providing material support for terrorism               involved in a radical group, Baldwin
     jihadi finance to tactics used during “the               by passing a communique from her                       urged subterfuge be used.
     McCarthy era.”                                          client to his fellow terrorists in Egypt.                 “Do steer away from making it look

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like a Socialist enterprise,” Baldwin
counseled. “We want to look like patriots    THE TOWNHALL ON...
in everything we do. We want to get a
lot of flags, talk a good deal about the
Constitution and what our forefathers
wanted to make of this country, and
to show that we are really the folks
that really stand for the spirit of our
institutions.”                                “While it may be hard to believe the ACLU is
   The Harvard-educated Baldwin
later broke with Soviet dictator Josef
                                              wantonly endangering our troops, the facts at
Stalin and Communism and purged               hand are troubling. For the very ACLU that can’t
Communists from the group’s leadership        wait to protect the civil liberties of terrorists
but didn’t seem to expel all of the
intellectual baggage associated with          throughout the world is quite indi erent when it
them. In the early days of the ACLU,          comes to the civil liberties of American soldiers
Baldwin had gushed over so-called             who are risking their lives by being deployed in
scientific socialism. He wrote that Russia,
at the time, was “a great laboratory of       the War on Terror.”
social experimentation of incalculable                                                                           A.W.R. Hawkins
value to the development of the world.”                                                                           Human Events
   The ACLU now describes itself as
America’s “guardian of liberty,” laboring
to “defend and preserve the individual
rights and liberties guaranteed to
every person in this country by the          “The ACLU is getting a lot of credit these   “There they are again, the American
Constitution and laws of the United          days for defending our precious First        Communist Lunatics Union showing their
States.” It claims to defend the rights      Amendment right to scribble sadistic         true colors. I have yet to see where this
of “segments of our population that          child pornography”                           organization of crackpots have stood up
have traditionally been denied their                                       Ann Coulter    for a worthy cause. This band of nut jobs
rights, including Native Americans                                  is another example of liberal lef -wing
and other people of color; lesbians,                                                      ideals.”
gay men, bisexuals and transgendered                                                                                    “Diamondon”
people; women; mental-health patients;                                                                                The Fox Nation
prisoners; people with disabilities; and
the poor.”
   Despite being regarded by liberals
as America’s foremost civil libertarian,
Baldwin deferred to President Franklin
Roosevelt when he interned thousands
of Japanese-Americans during World
War II. To Baldwin, who came of age
during the Progressive Era, a time of
open racism and belief in the power of
eugenics, people with eye folds must not
have counted for much.
   Nowadays the ACLU stumbles from
controversy to controversy, roughly
following Baldwin’s playbook. It defends
terrorists, illegal aliens and child
molesters, while letting law-abiding
Americans and victims of reverse racism
fend for themselves. •

Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at
Capital Research Center, a Washington,
D.C., think tank that studies the politics
of philanthropy.

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